The Ultimate List of Rainy Day Things to Do in Atlanta
If there is one thing you can predict, it’s that Atlanta weather can be a bit unpredictable. Sunshine today but rainy tomorrow? No problem. We’ve taken the stress out of figuring out what to do and where to go with this ultimate list of things to do on a rainy day in Atlanta.
Andretti Indoor Karting and Games
Got restless tweens and teens at home? Andretti Indoor Karting and Games is a whopping 100,000 square feet of indoor activity from karting to gaming, rock wall, laser tag and more. All this resides under one roof complete with a restaurant and bar for mom and dad. There are two Georgia locations.
Atlanta Monetary Museum
Show me the money. At Atlanta Monetary Museum you can see the money up close and in person. This museum covers the Federal Reserve, U.S. currency and more. See how robots are used to move the money, how it’s made, how it’s destroyed, and learn all about money in our daily lives. It’s a great educational stop for the entire family.
Note: Visitors are required to show proof of vaccination or a negative PCR or antigen rapid test. At this time, masks are optional if you are fully vaccinated.
Center for Puppetry Arts
A trip to the Center for Puppetry Arts is a surefire way to beat the rainy day blues, especially for youngsters. Tour the Worlds of Puppetry Museum, catch a performance or sign up for one of CPA’s fun curriculum-based workshops for an educational, creative and fun outing.
Children’s Museum of Atlanta
Kids climbing the walls? Get them out of the house and into educational, hands-on fun at the Children’s Museum of Atlanta, located Downtown. With plenty of places to explore, climb, play and learn, this children’s museum is bound to entertain kids for hours.
This popular new entertainment trend is a great way to spend some time with teens or adult friends. Spend an hour or two solving puzzles, uncovering hints and playing detective to escape a locked themed room at The Escape Game Atlanta, Mission Escape and Ultimate Escape. Follow up your adventure with drinks or dinner out. The Escape Game also offers physical and virtual games online, so you can bring the fun home.
Fernbank Museum of Natural History
What do dinosaurs, fish and roses have in common? They’re all at the Fernbank Museum of Natural History, where the entire family can enjoy getting out of the rain and into the past. Explore “A Walk through Time in Georgia,” see the largest dinosaurs that roamed the earth and so much more. The great interactive exhibits, Giant Screen theater and 900-gallon saltwater aquarium are just a few of the attractions that await.
A year-around favorite, Georgia Aquarium is a great spot to spend an inclement day and a terrific place to take visitors in case Mother Nature is raining on your parade. The nation’s largest aquarium houses 10 million gallons of fresh and saltwater habitats, plus interactive exhibits, animal encounters, tours, the 4D Funbelievable Theater and so much more.
High Museum of Art
An afternoon at the High Museum of Art is a wonderful place for you and your honey if you are trying to get out of the rain. More than 18,000 works of art in its permanent collection, a healthy rotation of visiting exhibitions, a fabulous museum shop, on-site cafe and other amenities allow you to stay under one roof and out of the weather while indulging in a little culture.
The rain is coming down, but you just wanna grab your sweetheart and get out of the house for a bit. Head down to Hodgepodge Coffeehouse in Little Five Points. This eclectic spot features art and merchandise by local artists and artisans, has a full menu of delicious breakfast and sandwich offerings and, of course, a full espresso bar with signature drinks.
LEGOLAND Discovery Center
Everyone’s favorite toy brick is the centerpiece of this center that is a great place to take the kids on a rainy day. There are rides, activity stations, a 4D movie theater and so much more, all under one roof. It is a fun and educational spot for families with kids of all ages. Located within Phipps Plaza.
NOTE: LEGOLAND Discovery Center Atlanta is currently undergoing renovation and will reopen in the spring of 2023.
Marietta Fire Museum
The Marietta Fire Museum offers a free tour of fire memorabilia including vehicles, uniforms and more. The gift shop includes shirts, hats and other souvenir items. It’s a must-visit for firefighting buffs. Open daily from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. for self-guided tours.
Museum of Design Atlanta
Art and design aficionados love checking out Museum of Design Atlanta (MODA), the only museum in the Southeast devoted exclusively to the study and celebration of all things design. While providing community outreach and education, MODA also offers exhibitions highlighting architecture, industrial and product design, interiors and furniture, graphics, fashion and more. This is a great stop for families with older kids or couples looking for a unique date night.
Public Markets for Food and Shopping
Got cabin fever and just itching to get out of the house? Head to one of Atlanta’s public market spaces for food, shopping and fun. Both Krog Street Market and Ponce City Market offer great indoor spaces for shopping and dining. Be sure to check the event calendars for classes, pop-ups, workshops and more.
Southeastern Railway Museum
Train lovers and toddlers love spending time at this museum that is full of all things train, including a “warehouse” filled with replica train stations and retired train cars just waiting to be explored. If the rain lets up there are 35 acres of trains and other vehicles outside to explore. Check the calendar for the Toddler Programs and other special events throughout the year.
Sky Zone Trampoline Park
Sky Zone offers so many indoor activities its impossible to experience them all in one day, which makes it a great repeat option for Atlanta rainy days, summer heat, and winter sleet and snow. Trampolines, dodge ball, rock climbing, “warrior” course and sky hoops are just a few of the offerings. Sky Zone even has spaces for the smallest family members to play in the Tot Zone, making this a true family destination.
Stars and Strikes
Bowling is always a blast. At Stars and Strikes there are several entertainment options all under one roof, including 20 bowling lanes, a full arcade and even laser tag. Plus you can dine on gourmet food, enjoy a drink and celebrate any occasion, even if it’s just getting out of the rain. There are several locations in the Atlanta area.
If you love beer you may want to venture into SweetWater Brewery next time the rain sends you scrambling for cover. Catch the tour and taste the offerings of year-round favorites and seasonal releases.
The Painted Pin
This upscale boutique bar, located in Shops of Miami Circle in Buckhead, is the perfect spot for couples trying to escape a stormy day. Head inside this industrial space for interactive gaming such as bocce ball, Ping-Pong and more, in addition to 20 lanes of pin bowling. The full-service bar turns out classic cocktails, wine, and craft and local beers that can be accompanied by chef inspired “alley” foods like wood fired pizzas, tacos, sliders and salads. It’s a true upscale playground for adults.
The Splatter Studio
Instead of raindrops, splatter paint instead. The Splatter Studio offers guests a chance to go wild, making colorful artwork and having a blast while doing it. It’s great for all ages and any occasion.
Nearly all kids love to get behind the wheel and “drive.” So when the weather isn’t so great outside, head inside to Tiny Towne, where kids of all ages can learn the rules of the road and drive cars sized just for them. Even teens appreciate the hands-on experience and opportunity to hone their driving skills.
It’s pouring rain but you’re itching to drive golf balls? Topgolf offers a driving range with opportunities to play outdoors or in. Hit a bucket of balls, enjoy yummy food and drinks, and catch the latest game on one of 200 HDTVs.
Bound to wear out the most energetic of kids, Xdrenaline is bursting with high-energy activities like trampoline fun, rope courses, rock climbing and even a “ninja” course. Kids love playing alongside adventurous moms and dads.
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