Florida might be the Sunshine State, but the subtropical climate also means frequent afternoon showers, especially in the summer. But don't let a little rain put a damper on your fun. Check out these 30 indoor spots for a fun-filled vacation, rain or shine. For your planning, we've grouped attractions by location, but you'll find a variety of activities from art and science museums to indoor putt-putt, go-karts and even sky diving. And for more ideas on things to do in Orlando, check out our most-popular attractions.
This local gem is a treasure trove of Louis Comfort Tiffany pieces, salvaged from Tiffany's Long Island estate by a Rollins College professor. Admire famous Tiffany lamps along with rare pieces like stained-glass windows and an entire chapel. Located in Winter Park.
This gorgeous, four-story museum in downtown Orlando provides educational fun for all ages. Check out traveling shows like the widely acclaimed Mummies exhibit or explore the permanent collections to learn about space, dinosaurs, alligators and more. Stay for a movie or documentary on the IMAX. (Take the skybridge from the parking garage)
Located in Loch Haven Cultural Park next to the Orlando Science Center, the Orlando Museum of Art was founded in 1924 and features a notable collection of American contemporary art as well as traveling exhibits and African art. The Dale Chihuly sculpture in the rotunda is breathtaking.
This free art gallery in downtown Orlando offers six different rooms showcasing the works of local artists. Located upstairs is the Sak Comedy Lab, a lively improv theater where Wayne Brady got his start.
Train-obsessed boys (and girls), will love Orlando's new two-story commuter train. Kids ride free and, for a minimal fare, you can ride for more than an hour through the city and over lakes to the northern-most point in DeBary and back. Stations in Winter Park, Downtown and near The Florida Mall.
Fashionistas, this stop is for you. Get lost in Bloomingdale's and Neiman Marcus then browse some of the top designer stores like Gucci, Prada, Kate Spade and Tory Burch. Although there are no activities for children here, many families assemble at the food court.
Welcome to home-design heaven! You can spend hours in Ikea, just wandering through the maze of fun furniture and design ideas. Free breakfast is served weekdays at 9:30, and an indoor playground is offered for kids who are potty-trained. Play areas are also set up throughout the store, keeping little ones entertained while you shop.
If you're obsessed with the Titanic, this Premier Exhibitions attraction is for you. Take a guided tour and see full-scale recreations of the luxury ship, including the grand staircase and authentic items that were on board.
Experience 600 exhibits and artifacts inside 10,000 square feet of jaw-dropping fun. With optical illusions, oddities and rare items like an authentic shrunken head and a chicken with its head cut off, you'll have plenty of stories to share with the folks back home.
Located on International Drive in the heart of the tourism corridor, Kings Bowl provides family-friendly bowling by day and a lounge setting by night with a full-service bar and billiards. When you've worked up an appetite, order from the restaurant menu that far exceeds the food at your bowling alley back home.
Located at the I-Drive 360 next to Madame Tussauds, this aquarium is the perfect size for kids, with interactive exhibits, games and an indoor playground amidst 5,000 fish. You'll especially love the 360-degree ocean tunnel with sharks circling all around.
This new attraction at the I-Drive 360 features more than 450 real skeletons from animals all over the world. See an African elephant, hippo, giraffe and a Tasmanian devil along with a Florida section showcasing the skeletons of a manatee and alligator.
This attraction is right next to Sea Life Aquarium and Skeletons, so you can make a day of it. See amazingly realistic celebrities created in wax, along with historical figures like Florida's founder, Ponce de Leon.
If your kids feel cooped up in the rain, Monkey Joe's is the answer with nearly a dozen bounce houses with slides and obstacles to burn off that pent-up energy. An arcade and cafe are also located on site. Monkey Joe's is located right next to the parking garage at Pointe Orlando on International Drive.
This movie theater at Pointe Orlando on International Drive, near the Orlando convention center, features 20 stadium-style theaters with new releases and an IMAX theater. Use the parking garage to stay dry.
This interactive museum at Pointe Orlando is a real show-stopper. You'll love the interactive and diverse exhibits that teach while they entertain. Stay for the nightly magic and comedy show or head next door to a variety attractions and dining options at Pointe Orlando.
Whether you're a sports fan, have a competitive streak or just like to play, Dave & Buster's won't disappoint. Watch football on the huge screens and hang out at the bar; play shuffleboard, billiards and basketball; or have some interactive fun with dozens of cool arcade games for all ages. Cash in tickets for great prizes.
Formerly called World of Chocolate Museum & Cafe, this is where you can watch how chocolate is made, taste delicious samples and even see world-famous landmarks sculpted in chocolate. Located on International Drive.
Experience the thrill of skydiving in this unique simulator that gives you the sensation of floating, coasting and flying through the sky. An instructor will help you through the process as your friends and family look on.
Downtown Disney's bowling alley has thought of every amenity, for the serious bowler and the first-timer alike. The wait staff will serve you lane-side, whether you want a cocktail, snack or a full meal from the restaurant. This attraction is also located right next to the central parking garage at Downtown Disney/Disney Springs.
This cafe/movie-theater combo is a great way to spend a lazy, rainy afternoon at Downtown Disney/Disney Springs. At the Fork & Screen Dine-In Theater you can order dinner and drinks right to your seat. Plus, it's right next to the parking garage so you don't have to tread far in the rain.
The main draw here is Earl Cunningham's body of works with rotating exhibits of other American artists.
This huge indoor mall features more than 200 shops and restaurants for the whole family, along with an indoor playground and attractions like American Girl, Crayola Experience and M&Ms World.
This new attraction at The Florida Mall will bring out the creativity in everyone with 25 different stations including an indoor playground. Spin wax into art, color on the walls, name your own crayon and watch colorful creations come to life on the big screen.
Your little lady will love this sweet store with a huge national following. She can pick out her own American Girl doll, or if she already has one, select accessories, books and outfits. This specialty store also features an onsite doll salon and a doll-friendly bistro serving brunch, lunch, tea and dinner.
This indoor go-kart track is perfect for those seeking an adrenaline rush on a rainy day. Also on site are spacious lounges, snack bars and authentic racing memorabilia on display.
Located just 60 miles east of Orlando, the Kennedy Space Center is an ideal day trip. Visit NASA's launch complex, the Apollo/Saturn V complex, Astronaut Hall of Fame, Children's Dome, IMAX theater and much, much more.
Escape games have taken the country by storm, and for good reason. Who doesn't love a good game night among friends? Find clues, solve puzzles and pick locks in order to escape the room in just 60 minute or less.
Head to Pointe Orlando in the heart of International Drive for a state-of-the-art bowling center with plenty of entertainment for the whole family. Also located near Monkey Joe's, a movie theater, and WonderWorks.