Ugh… who wants rain while on vacation? It can be the ultimate bummer, especially in a place like Orlando where there is so much to do outdoors. If you’re visiting between June – September when most of the area’s rainfall occurs, you’re bound to have a rainy day or two during your trip. Luckily, most rain falls in the afternoon giving you even more incentive to hop out of bed early to hit the parks first thing.
If you do get stuck with a rainy day, give a call to the concierge at your hotel or resort to see if the hotel has made any indoor plans. They might be showing an indoor movie or have a kid’s camp that will keep your gang busy with indoor scavenger hunts, crafts, and video games. And while your brood is busy, you can hot the spa!!!
With that in mind, you can plan for a rain day in advance by packing a board game or two from home (Bananagrams packs really easily and it’s so much fun!). Bring a portable DVD player or fork out the $15 to rent an in-room movie. I found a book packed with rainy day activities for kids. Check it out here.
Rainy days are great times to catch a flick… or two or three. Here’s a list of my favorite area movie theaters.
If you’re staying near Disney, journey over to Downtown Disney where you’ll find DisneyQuest, and indoor interactive theme park that will keep the family occupied for hours with games and virtual reality experiences. There is also an AMC theater located at Downtown Disney too.
Consider checking out the Orlando Science Center. They have excellent IMAX films and a plethora of new and permanent exhibits ideal for every age group. Although I’ll admit it’s not quite as exciting as the Science Center, The Orange County Regional History Center is not a bad option, especially for older kids.
Of course, the other option is to travel between May and October when you’re not likely to see any rain at all.