Florida is best known for blue skies and white sand, but it is also vulnerable to storms rolling down the eastern seaboard or brewing in the Gulf.
What do you do if you are planning to spend the day lazing in the sun, but dark skies are in the forecast? Or the forecast is full of sun and thick humidity?
We’ve put together a list of fabulous things to do in Florida when it is rainy or too hot to be outside.
Orlando: What To Do in Florida When It’s Too Stormy For Theme Parks
Orlando runs on tourism. Because of this, the city offers plenty of things to do indoors to keep both tourists and locals entertained. Trip Savvy has put together an extensive list of rainy day activities in Orlando.
Move Outdoor Activities Inside.
iFLYOrlando offers one of the most unique options for bad weather fun: indoor sky-diving, no airplane necessary! According to the website, anyone over three can fly.
Got Kids? Get Scientific!
Wonderworks is a smorgasbord of interactive exhibits that subtly teach science. Learn about natural disasters, outer space, and so much more! Master an indoor ropes course, design and ride your own roller coaster, play laser-tag and enjoy nightly comedy dinner theater.
The Florida Mall is full of great shops for adults and play areas for kids. Check out The Crayola Experience, where kids can create their own crayons, melt and mold wax, and participate in 26 other fun activities.
Go Into Orbit.
Tour NASA Kennedy Space Center. See the inside of a spaceship, and check out historic astronaut artifacts and memorabilia.
Check Out Florida’s Best Museums
The Dali Museum in St. Petersburg houses the largest collection of Salvador Dali works outside of Europe. The Spanish painter is one of the most widely recognized names in Surrealism. The museum has 96 oil paintings, over 100 watercolors and drawings, and 1,300 other works. The collection includes some of Dali’s most famous masterworks.
The Chihuly Collection, also in St. Petersburg, houses the permanent collection of studio glass artist Dale Chihuly. The collection features nearly 20 installations of large-scale sculptures, in a building designed specifically to house Chihuly’s work. The pieces are beautifully lit, to form a unique, glowing wonderland.
The Ringling in Sarasota is the official state museum of Florida. It includes both a circus museum, full of vintage playbills and other circus artifacts, and 150,000 square feet of classical and traditional art.
The St. Augustine Pirate and Treasure Museum has interactive exhibits and a large collection of pirate artifacts. These artifacts include actual pirate booty! Climb aboard replica pirate ships and learn about the lives of both famous and lesser-known pirates.
Explore the Ocean and Your Need For Speed
The Florida Aquarium in Tampa routinely ranks as one of the best things to do in Florida. It’s also ranked as a top aquarium by media outlets such as USA Today, Parents Magazine, Working Mother, and Trip Advisor. Dive with sharks, swim with sea animals, and learn about aquatic life and conservation.
Xtreme Action Park in Fort Lauderdale will keep you so busy, you’ll forget to miss the beach! Try the ropes course, roller skate, play with virtual reality, enjoy arcade games, or race go-karts.