Don’t let rainy weather get you down. There are plenty of things to do in North Carolina when it’s raining. Whether you’re looking for something to entertain the kids for the afternoon, or hoping for a fun couple’s day, you’ll definitely find something on this list. Here are the 14 most awesome things to do in North Carolina while the rain comes down.
1. North Carolina Museum of Art
Take the kids during the day to explore the museum and grab some lunch. For a fun date, visit for “Art in the Evening.” See a vintage film or exhibition, but get there early to mingle in the lobby, where you’ll find wine, beer and small plates.
2110 Blue Ridge Road, Raleigh
2. Sky Zone Trampoline Park
Just because it’s raining doesn’t mean that you need to sit around all day. Get moving at Sky Zone Trampoline Park. The park boasts that it’s the world’s first trampoline park. Jump, flip and fly into the 10,000 foam-cube-filled pit.
2101 Westinghouse Blvd., Raleigh.
3. The Light Factory
Check out the latest photography exhibitions, or learn how to be a shutterbug yourself. Take a class or workshop from some of the masters. Teens and middle-school-aged kids can learn photography at the Light Factory’s summer camp.
1817 Central Avenue, Charlotte.
Physics, nature, chemistry, space adventures and more! SciWorks is the perfect way to spend the rainy day - even for the littlest scientists.
400 West Hanes Mill Road, Winston-Salem.
5. Tour a Brewery in Asheville
The breweries in Asheville boast more than 100 local brews, and the city has the highest number of breweries per capita in the country. Grab a snack or a full dinner, and try a host of specialty beers. This is Asheville Brewing Company.
6. Discovery Place
Spend the day discovering the magic of science at Discovery Place. Interactive exhibits will challenge your creativity and provide hours of entertainment. There’s something for everyone at this museum. Once you’re worn out, take a little break at the IMAX theater.
301 N. Tryon St., Charlotte.
7. Harper’s Restaurant Group Cooking Classes
What better way to spend a rainy day than in the kitchen, creating delicious meals? Take a class from a Harper’s restaurant chef, which includes tastings, drinks and recipes. Classes are available at Mimosa Grill, Upstream and Harper’s-Carolina Place.
8. Strike City
Strike City isn’t just any bowling alley. In addition to the 12 bowling lanes, the venue has 75 HD screens, showing just about every sport event in the country. The arcade offers the classics like darts and skeeball. The menu includes pizza and some amazing Italian food.
210 E. Trade Street, Charlotte.
9. Victory Lane Indoor Karting Center
Feeling the need for speed on a rainy day? Head over to the Victory Lane Indoor Karting Center. Racing for kids or adults.
2330 Tipton Drive, Charlotte.
10. North Carolina Maritime Museum
Explore North Carolina’s rich maritime history at this fun museum. Learn about Blackbeard, the seafood industry and some of the state’s worst hurricanes.
315 Front Street, Beaufort.
11. The Mint Museum
You can spend an entire day at the Mint and still not see everything. From Native American Art to the extensive collection of glass, metal and fiber arts, you can spend hours exploring. Check out Sunday Fun Day for hands-on fun.
Visit either location - Downtown at 500 S. Tryon Street or the museum at 2730 Randolph Road, Charlotte.
12. Biltmore Estate
Take a tour of the three-story Biltmore House. Wonder at the 65 fireplaces, indoor bowling alley and pool, and the library which houses more than 10,000 books. Bring an umbrella and explore the grounds, too.
One Lodge Street, Asheville.
13. North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences
It’s the most popular museum in the state for a reason. Visit the living fish, invertebrates, butterflies, reptiles and amphibians, or check out the dioramas and hear scientists give entertaining, informative lectures.
11 West Jones Street, Raleigh.
14. Lexington Glassworks
This 5,000-square-foot studio showcases the beautiful art of glassblowing. Visit to watch the artists at work - they blow glass six days per week (there’s no glassblowing on Tuesdays). Enjoy local beer on tap, too.
81 S. Lexington Avenue, Asheville.