If there is one thing you can predict, it’s that Atlanta weather can be a bit unpredictable. Sunshine today but rainy tomorrow? No problem. We’ve taken the stress out of figuring out what to do and where to go with this roundup of 25+ things to do on a rainy day in Atlanta.
Andretti Indoor Karting and Games
Got restless tweens and teens at home? Andretti is a whopping 100,000 square feet of indoor activity from karting to gaming, rock wall, laser tag and more. All this resides under one roof complete with a restaurant and bar for Mom and Dad. There are two Georgia locations.
Atlanta Monetary Museum
Show me the money. At Atlanta Fed's Monetary Museum you can see the money up close and in person. This museum covers the Federal Reserve, U.S. currency and more. See how robots are used to move the money, how it’s made, how it’s destroyed and learn all about money in our daily lives. It's a great educational stop for the entire family.
Center for Puppetry Arts
A trip to the Center for Puppetry Arts is a surefire way to beat the rainy day blues, especially for youngsters. Tour the Worlds of Puppetry Museum, catch a performance or sign up for one of CPA’s fun curriculum-based workshops for an educational, creative and fun outing.
Children's Museum of Atlanta
Kids climbing the walls? Get them out of the house and into educational, hands-on fun at the Children’s Museum of Atlanta, located Downtown. With plenty of places to explore, climb, play and learn this children's museum is bound to entertain kids for hours.
Dinner and a movie? It's perfect for couples. Or choose a family flick and bring the kids. Cinebistro, located in Brookhaven, allows you to enjoy a film and a real meal, complete with alcohol if you so choose, in the comfort of a reclining chair. It's a great place to hide from Mother Nature, kick back and enjoy the show.
Everyone's gotta eat but let’s be honest, sometimes the thought of taking your kids out to a restaurant might cause a bit of anxiety. Relax, we’ve compiled some kid favorites. Ranging from a classic Atlanta landmark to a true medieval experience, these 8 fun restaurants for kids in Atlanta are guaranteed to please.
This popular new entertainment trend is a great way to spend some time with teens or adult friends. Spend an hour or two solving puzzles, uncovering hints and playing detective to escape a locked themed room. We recommend The Escape Game Atlanta, Escape the Room, Mission Escape and Ultimate Escape. Follow up your adventure with drinks or dinner out.
Fernbank Museum of Natural History
What do dinosaurs, fish and roses have in common? They’re all at the Fernbank Museum of Natural History, where the entire family can enjoy getting out of the rain and into the past. Explore "A Walk through Time in Georgia,” see the largest dinosaurs that roamed the earth and so much more. The great interactive exhibits, Giant Screen theater and 900-gallon saltwater aquarium are just a few of the attractions that await.
This Downtown venue offers lots of gaming fun for the whole family. With more than 60 state-of-the-art arcade games, this place offers hours of fun for every age. Game-X has food and drinks plus a full bar offering happy hour entertainment and all-day weekend fun for the entire family.
A year-around favorite, Georgia Aquarium is a great spot to spend an inclement day and a terrific place to take visitors in case Mother Nature is raining on your parade. The nation’s largest aquarium houses 10 million gallons of fresh and saltwater habitats, plus interactive exhibits, animal encounters, tours, the 4D Funbelievable Theater and so much more.
High Museum of Art
An afternoon at the High Museum of Art is a wonderful place for you and your honey if you are trying to get out of the rain. More than 17,000 works of art in its permanent collection, a healthy rotation of visiting exhibitions, a fabulous museum shop, on-site cafe and other amenities allow you to stay under one roof and out of the weather while indulging in a little culture.
The rain is coming down, but you just wanna grab your sweetheart and get out of the house for a bit. Head down to Hodgepodge Coffeehouse in Little Five Points. This eclectic spot features art and merchandise by local artists and artisans, has a full menu of delicious breakfast and sandwich offerings and, of course, a full espresso bar with signature drinks. It's a great space to hang out and read the paper, play a game or visit. Got kids in tow? There is a play area just for them.
Get out of the rain and head indoors for a bit of ice. Public ice skating can be found at The Alpharetta Family Skate Center, Center Ice Area in Sandy Springs, Ice Forum in Duluth, and Kennesaw and Marietta Ice Center. Pricing and times vary. Wheels a little more to your liking? Try Cascade Fun Center for roller skating in addition to other activities.
Kids especially love swimming any time of year so we gathered a list of indoor facilities in the metro area where you can head when swimming outdoors isn't an option.
- The Bethesda Park Aquatic Center in Lawrenceville features a giant water slide that curves out of the building and back in for a big finish. Float on the lazy river, swim in the pool and conquer the play structure with dunking buckets.
- Austell’s South Cobb Aquatic Center has a spiraling enclosed slide. Slip through the yellow tube and into the water for a lazy river float. Open swim hours are available daily.
- Bogan Park Aquatic Center is home to an indoor leisure pool with a beach entry, a giant water slide and water play structures. It's located in Buford.
- Just want to swim? Indoor pools can be found in the following places: The Mountain View Aquatic Center in Marietta; Martin Luther King Jr. Recreation and Aquatic Center, Downtown Atlanta; city of Atlanta Aquatic facilities: Washington Park Natatorium, Rosel Fann Natatorium and Adamsville Natatorium (each with two heated, indoor pools); and in John’s Creek the Goldfish Swim School opens its heated pool for family swim time weekday afternoons. Be sure to check corresponding websites for days, times and fees.
Inside CNN Studio Tour
The CNN Studio Tour is fun and informative for everyone. Get a sneak peek behind-the-scenes of a news network, see how a teleprompter works, learn how the weather maps work and watch the action inside Studio 7, the largest studio CNN has ever built anywhere in the world. Plus keep your eyes peeled as you never know who will be around.
Jimmy Carter Presidential Library and Museum
History buffs enjoy a visit to the Jimmy Carter Presidential Library and Museum, located in Atlanta and nestled in a beautifully landscaped area. It is filled with interactive displays and fascinating exhibits that the entire family will enjoy. Experience "A Day in the Life of the President," step into a replica of the Oval Office, take a virtual trip with the Carters to fight disease and promote democracy around the world.
Rain got you down? Head to Kefi in Buckhead for a fun and interactive afternoon of play. Kefi offers state-of-the-art activities like creating music, testing toys and other modern, relevant experiences designed to stretch your child’s imagination. Kefi offers safe and clean play spaces for kids, ages 2 through 12, with a separate work space/lounge for caregivers.
LEGOLAND Discovery Center
Everyone’s favorite toy brick is the centerpiece of this center that is a great place to take the kids on a rainy day. There are rides, activity stations, a 4D movie theater and so much more, all under one roof. It is a fun and educational spot for families with kids of all ages.
Marietta Fire Museum
The Marietta Fire museum offers a free tour of fire memorabilia including vehicles, uniforms and more. The gift shop includes shirts, hats and other souvenir items. Open Monday through Friday, it's a must visit for firefighting buffs.
Museum of Design Atlanta
Art and design buffs love checking out MODA, the only museum in the Southeast devoted exclusively to the study and celebration of all things design. While providing community outreach and education, MODA also offers exhibitions highlighting architecture, industrial and product design, interiors and furniture, graphics, fashion and more. This is a great stop for families with older kids or couples looking for a unique date night.
Public Markets for Food and Shopping
Got cabin fever and just itching to get out of the house? Head to one of Atlanta’s public market spaces for food, shopping and fun. Both Krog Street Market and Ponce City Market offer great indoor spaces for shopping, dining. Be sure to check the event calendars for classes, pop-ups, workshops and more.
Southeastern Railway Museum
Train lovers and toddlers love spending time at this museum that is full of all things train, including a “warehouse” filled with replica train stations and retired train cars just waiting to be explored. If the rain lets up there are 35 acres of trains and other vehicles outside to explore. Check the calendar for the Toddler Programs and other special events throughout the year.
SkyZone offers so many indoor activities it’s impossible to experience them all in one day, which makes it a great repeat option for Atlanta rainy days, summer heat, and winter sleet and snow. Trampolines, dodge ball, rock climbing, “warrior” course and sky hoops are just a few of the offerings. SkyZone even has spaces for the smallest family members to play in the Tot Zone, making this a true family destination.
Stars and Strikes
Bowling appears to be making a come back, and with spots like Stars and Strikes we can see why. There's a ton of options all under one roof, with 20 bowling lanes, a full arcade and even laser tag. Plus you can dine on gourmet food, enjoy a drink and celebrate any occasion, even if it’s just getting out of the rain.
If you love beer you may want to venture into SweetWater Brewery next time the rain sends you scrambling for cover. This craft brewery offers tours every Wednesday through Friday evening as well as Saturday and Sunday afternoons. Catch the tour and taste the offerings of year-round favorites and seasonal releases.
The Painted Pin
This upscale boutique bar is the perfect spot for couples trying to escape a stormy day. Head inside this industrial space for interactive gaming such as bocce ball, Ping-Pong and more, in addition to 20 lanes of pin bowling. The full-service bar turns out classic cocktails, wine, and craft and local beers that can be accompanied by chef inspired “alley” foods like wood fired pizzas, tacos, sliders and salads. It's a true upscale playground for adults.
Nearly all kids love to get behind the wheel and “drive.” So when the weather isn't so great outside, head inside to Tiny Towne, where kids of all ages can learn the rules of the road and drive cars sized just for them. Even teens appreciate the hands-on experience and opportunity to hone their driving skills.
It's pouring rain but you’re itching to drive golf balls? Topgolf offers a driving range with opportunities to play outdoors or in. Hit a bucket of balls, enjoy yummy food and drinks, and catch the latest game on one of 200 HDTVs.
Fans of Br'er Rabbit and his antics delight in a rainy day visit to the Wren's Nest-once the home of Joel Chandler Harris, editor of the Atlanta Constitution and author of the Uncle Remus Tales, based upon stories he heard during his youth. Take a tour, hear stories and partake in activities on weekends at this historic site.
Bound to wear out the most energetic of kids, Xdrenaline is bursting with high-energy activities like trampoline fun, rope courses, rock climbing and even a “ninja” course. Kids love playing alongside adventurous moms and dads.
If you're looking for even more things to do on a rainy day, there are a few more ideas on this list of indoor things to do in Atlanta.
Joleen Pete lives outside Atlanta with her husband and their son. On the weekends they enjoy going into the city for family fun and exploration. Joleen is the family travel and lifestyle blogger behind Love, Joleen.