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14 Awesome Things You Can Do In Virginia When It’s Raining

Rain. It’s a love/hate relationship. On the one hand, we’ve been lucky lately to have plenty of rain this year. Gardens have been growing well – and in my case, it’s been a bumper crop of weeds. But when the weekend hits, or even worse, when there’s a long weekend like Labor Day coming up and there’s rain in the forecast, you want to have a go-to list of activities. Fortunately, there are plenty of options for rainy days here in Virginia. Below, we’ve put together some of our favorites to help you out when the bad weather hits.

 

1. Try Indoor Skydiving at iFLY in Virginia Beach 

2. Go to the Theater – the REAL Theater….

Anyone can go to the movies (or binge-watch Netflix as it were), but when was the last time you went to a live show? Virginia has some incredible live theaters offering amazing ambiance and world-class performances. Check out a small sampling of Virginia’s theaters below, see our full list here, or look for a live theater in your area.

3. Let the Kids Loose at a Children’s Museum

When it comes to hands-on indoor fun, Virginia has some great options. Children’s museums like the ones below offer arts and crafts, interactive exhibits and play space to keep everyone happy – at just about any age. See the examples below or check your local listings for one near you.

4. Geek out at a Science Museum

Like children’s museums, science museums offer a creative, interactive way for kids – and adults – to learn how things work in the world around them. With a number of options to explore, the following spots are a great place to start.

5. Check out The Virginia Aquarium and Marine Science Center in Virginia Beach 

6. Perfect Your Swing with Indoor Mini-Golf

Who says it has to be sunny to golf? Try one of Virginia’s indoor mini-golf locations, like these shown below.

7. Avoid the Rain at an Indoor Water Park

Sure, you’ll get wet all the same, but it will be a lot more fun. Virginia offers a number of choices for indoor water parks from large venues to smaller, local pools. Check out a few of the options below.

8. Go Bouncing at a Trampoline Gym

I don’t know about your house, but at my house? Trampoline gyms are the new big thing. Featuring wall-to-wall and on-the-wall bouncing surfaces, foam pits and a number of other things guaranteed to make anyone under 21 feel old, trampoline gyms are also the perfect place to wear the kids out on a rainy day. Check out some examples below.

9. Go “karting” at an Indoor Go-Kart Track 

You don’t need sunshine to race go-karts. There are several options throughout the state for indoor go-kart good times – check out an example below.

10. Get Your Game On Central Park Fun Land, Fredericksburg 

11. Go Rock Climbing – indoors, of course.

Rock Climbing has become an increasingly popular sport – both indoors and out. And these days, most areas have indoor rock climbing – either as a stand-alone facility or as part of a larger gym. Try The River Rock in Roanoke or  look for a rock climbing gym near you.

12. Watch Professional Indoor Football with the Richmond Raiders 

13. Explore Your Local Nature Center 

Nature Centers bring the outdoors inside. Perfect for a rainy day, Virginia’s nature centers are an excellent way to learn about our indigenous plants and animals, as well as dissever some new species. Here are a few to get you started…

14. Explore the World of Aviation at the Udvar-Hazy Center, Chantilly

15. And when all else fails? Just dance in the rain…

What are you favorite rainy day activities? Let us know if we’ve missed some of your favorite spots or if you have any great suggestions. We would love to hear from you in the comments below!

Anna Strock
Virginia staff writer for Only in Your State, freelance writer and journalist. Even though Anna has lived other places, somehow Virginia is where she always seems to land.