25 Rainy Day Activities in Fort Lauderdale
Summertime in Fort Lauderdale is in full swing, which means it’s time to break out your bathing suit and head to the beach, indulge in waterside dining at one of the city’s fabulous restaurants, ride your bike down A1A or browse the shops along the iconic Las Olas Boulevard.
Unfortunately, summertime can also mean rain—and lots of it. Weather in Fort Lauderdale often changes unpredictably and rainstorms usually spoil your afternoon plans. Don’t despair, as we've compiled a list of 25 things you can do for fun when the sunshine state is far from sunny.
Imbibe at Sip Tales
What better time to embrace your creative side than when the weather outside is bleak? Grab a friend or two, some wine and get ready to paint. (Pro tip: the more wine you drink, the better your painting will look—at least to you.) The best part? At Sip Tales, you don’t have to be artistically inclined to create your own masterpiece. Some of South Florida’s most talented artists will guide you step-by-step to create artwork. So paint, sip and enjoy. Check out the calendar of events to choose from a selection of paintings.
Dates and times vary. Reservations required. $30.
1113 E. Hallandale Beach Blvd., Hallandale Beach; 954.507.7224; siptales.com
Float Over to Butterfly World
When Ronald Boender created the first butterfly house in the United States in 1988, he probably didn’t foresee it becoming the largest butterfly house in the world. Now spanning 10 acres, Butterfly World has expanded to include numerous aviaries filled with not only butterflies, but also a rainbow of birds, hummingbirds and a lorikeet encounter. Butterfly World is home to whimsical gardens with vibrant butterflies flitting all around the lush, verdant atmosphere. Luckily, it’s enclosed, so if the weather isn’t great, you can still venture inside a small oasis with these special creatures.
Open 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday-Saturday and 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday. $21.95 to $29.95.
3600 W. Sample Road, Coconut Creek; 954.977.4434; butterflyworld.com
Shop ‘Til You Drop at the Sawgrass Mills Mall
A downpour is the perfect excuse to indulge in some serious retail therapy. What better place to shop than Sawgrass Mills, the largest outlet and value retail shopping destination in the United States. With more than 350 stores, Sawgrass Mills has something for everyone. It includes brands like Nike, Ralph Lauren and Tommy Hilfiger; value retailers Target, Marshalls and Bed Bath & Beyond, and luxury brands including Tory Burch, Prada and GUCCI. If you’re hungry from all that shopping, head over to one of the many extensive dining options, including Texas de Brazil, P.F. Chang’s and Matchbox American Kitchen + Spirit, to name a few.
Open 10 a.m. to 9:30 p.m. Monday-Saturday and 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. Sunday.
12801 W. Sunrise Blvd., Fort Lauderdale; 954.846.2300; simon.com/mall/sawgrass-mills
Experience Mai Kai Dinner and Show
Escape to a dining and entertainment experience that transports you to a small village in Polynesia. With its warm authenticity, Mai Kai is a chance for you to experience the South Seas without having to ever leave the comfort of Fort Lauderdale. Stroll by the giant Tiki sculptures standing guard over the gardens, watch the light glow from the torches and smell the musky thatch roof that all make this experience so special. Enjoy a delicious meal while watching the essence of Polynesia come alive through performances of traditional songs and dances complete with drums and brightly colored costumes.
Open 5 p.m. to 9:30 p.m Tuesday-Thursday, 5 p.m. to 10:30 p.m. Friday, 4:30 p.m. to 11:45 p.m. Saturday and 4 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. Sunday. Reservations required. Prices vary.
3599 N. Federal Highway, Fort Lauderdale; 954.563.3272; maikai.com
Challenge Yourself With Think Escape Games
If you still want an adventure and going outside isn’t an option, try Think Escape Games: team building events where participants are locked in a room and use elements of the room to solve a series of puzzles, find clues and escape the room within a set time limit. Go with family and friends or suggest it to coworkers for team bonding. Choose from a variety of rooms like The Laboratory 51, The Shady Tavern, The Study and more that offer different levels of difficulty and require different numbers of players.
Open 2 p.m. to 10 p.m. Monday-Thursday and Sunday, 2 p.m. to midnight Friday and noon to midnight Saturday. Reservations required. $30.
2635 E. Oakland Park Blvd., Fort Lauderdale; 954.233.2663; thinkescapegames.com
Knock Down Some Pins at Manor Lanes Bowling Center
Manor Lanes Bowling Center is the perfect place to visit on a rainy day. Grab some friends, pick up a ball, lace up your bowling shoes and see who can make the most strikes at this neighborhood bowling center. Featuring 20 state-of-the-art synthetic surface bowling lanes, a fresh-food snack bar, a service bar and a game room filled with arcades, Manor Lanes has something fun for everyone. Additionally, this center offers bowling leagues for all ages and talent levels.
Open bowling 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday-Saturday. $3.25-$5/game.
1517 NE 26th St., Fort Lauderdale; 954.566.7457; manorlanesfl.com
Get Cultured at the NSU Art Museum
Spend your day getting lost inside this modern, expertly designed 83,000-square-foot building gazing at 6,000-plus works contained at the NSU Art Museum. Check out the avant-garde CoBrA artists from Copenhagen, Brussels and Amsterdam, extensive holdings of works by leading Latin American artists and the country’s largest collection of 19th and early 20th century paintings and drawings by the American realist William Glackens. The museum also boasts the most extensive holding in the U.S. of works by post-World War II artists.
Open 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday-Saturday and noon to 5 p.m Sunday. $5 to $12.
1 E. Las Olas Blvd., Fort Lauderdale; 954.525.5500; nsuartmuseum.org
Jump Around at Sky Zone
Get ready for wall-to-wall aerial action that will be sure to keep you active even on the gloomiest of days. Grab some air on the sprawling trampoline or make all your dunking dreams come true with SkySlam. Sky Zone also offers trampoline dodgeball, a foam pit and a constantly moving Sky Ladder, suspended over a soft foam pit. Enjoy jumping, flipping and flopping effortlessly through the air while getting your heart rate up and having tons of fun.
Open 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. Monday-Friday, 10 a.m. to 11 p.m. Saturday, 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. Sunday. $10 for 30 minutes.
1834 SW Second St., Pompano Beach; 954.417.3999; skyzone.com/fortlauderdale
Experience IMAX 3D Movie Theater
Who doesn't love to watch movies when the weather outside is lousy? Why not make it even better by watching a movie in IMAX 3D? At the IMAX 3D Movie Theater in the Museum of Discovery and Science, experience unparalleled realism in a fusion of light and sound. With stadium seating, a six-story-high screen and the only 4K Laser IMAX Projector in the state of Florida, this experience is hard to beat. Up your movie game and toss Netflix to the side in lieu of this realistic viewing experience.
Open 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday-Friday, 9:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, 11:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday. Reservations required. $7-$9.
401 SW Second St., Fort Lauderdale; 954.463.4629; mods.org/IMAX/
Paint Pottery at Joe Picasso’s
Experience what it feels like to be a true artist in an eclectic studio. Bring a friend or simply enjoy some solitude while the rain pours outside the window and lose yourself in hours of relaxing creativity. When you walk in, choose your piece of handmade pottery to paint, or choose to create a mosaic or other piece of art. Artists will help you select paint colors, mosaic pieces and explain the necessary steps while still giving you ultimate control over your masterpiece. Take classes in clay hand-building, pottery wheel lessons, glass fusing and canvas painting—just to name a few. These hand-created pieces are great to give as gifts or to keep for yourself.
Open 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. Monday, Wednesday and Thursday, 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. Friday and Saturday and 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. Sunday. Prices vary.
1495 N. Federal Highway, Fort Lauderdale; 954.462.2551; joepicassos.com/paint_your_own_pottery_studio/
Dive in at the International Swimming Hall of Fame
If you’re looking for a way to learn about the water while staying dry, pay a visit to the International Swimming Hall of Fame (ISHOF). Known as the mecca and international showplace for swimming, diving, water polo and synchronized swimming, the ISHOF occupies more than 7,500 square feet and contains the world's largest collection of aquatic memorabilia and the single largest source of aquatic books, manuscripts and literature. With more than 40 exhibits and displays that illustrate the history of aquatic sports, it’s easy to see why this is a great place to spend an afternoon learning about the athletes and people who made these sports what they are today.
Open 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday-Friday and 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday. $4-$10.
1 Hall of Fame Drive, Fort Lauderdale; 954.462.6536; ishof.org
Read and Sip at Brew Urban Cafe
There’s nothing better on a rainy day than snuggling up with the newest murder mystery novel and a hot cup of coffee or tea. Brew Urban Cafe and Next Door at C&I Studios is the perfect place for enjoying a cozy afternoon doing just that. This eclectic space enables customers to drink delicious coffee while watching photo shoots through the glass that divides the cafe from the studio, enjoying the relaxed, warm atmosphere. Indulge in Brew Urban Cafe’s sprawling book collection or maybe a baked good (or two) while you lose yourself for a few hours at this comfortable hideaway.
Open 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday-Saturday and 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday. Prices vary.
541 NW First Ave., Fort Lauderdale; 954.357.3934; facebook.com/brewnextdoor
Explore the Young at Art Museum
If you’re feeling the rainy blues, visit the Young at Art Museum and explore a world limited only by your imagination. Learn about foreign cultures, ancient customs and a world of fantastic adventures. You will experience a variety of sounds, textures and sights as you move through the exhibits, Art Institute and teen center. A great place for families and kids of all ages, YAA is where children can build a sense of identity through art, architecture, history and culture; where artists can teach their crafts; where teachers can develop new art-integrated classroom skills; and where teens can expand their potential.
Open 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday-Thursday, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Friday and Saturday and 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sunday. $11-$14.
751 SW 121st Ave., Fort Lauderdale; 954.424.0085; youngatartmuseum.org
Place Your Bets at the Seminole Hard Rock Hotel and Casino
The Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino has an overwhelming abundance of treats and activities for everyone to enjoy. Whether you want to experience the thrill of gaming in South Florida’s largest Casino (140,000 square feet), dine at one of the award-winning restaurants or experience a show at the Hard Rock Live arena with performances from popular musicians and comedians, the options are truly limitless.
Open 24 hours, Monday-Sunday. Prices vary.
1 Seminole Way, Hollywood; 866.502.7529; seminolehardrockhollywood.com
Rev Up at The Fort Lauderdale Antique Car Museum
If you want to check out American automotive history, the Fort Lauderdale Antique Car Museum is the place for you. With 22 Packard motorcars on display from the 1900s to the 1940s, all in working order, take a glimpse into the past. From Roadsters with compartments for golf clubs, a doctor's coupe with a compartment for his medical bag and a 1929 645 Dual Cowl Phaeton that can self-lubricate its chassis as it drives along the road, this museum has it all for the ultimate car-lover. Additionally, the 18,000-square-foot building is also stocked with thousands of pieces of memorabilia and has a gallery dedicated to the late President Franklin D. Roosevelt.
Open 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Monday-Friday. Free. Donations appreciated.
1527 SW First Ave., Fort Lauderdale; 954.779.7300; antiquecarmuseum.net
Go, go, go at K1 Speed
If you’re feeling the need for speed, experience the best indoor go-kart racing at K1 Speed. With karts capable of reaching speeds close to 45 mph, you will feel as if you are racing with the pros as you whip around the curves of the two indoor go-kart tracks offered. Cater to your competitive spirit as you challenge friends and family to a high-speed racing test. If you’re not looking for a relaxing rainy day activity, this is the one for you.
Open noon to 10 p.m. Monday-Thursday, 11 a.m. to midnight Friday, 10 a.m. to midnight Saturday and 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. Sunday. $19.99-$48.
2950 Stirling Road, Hollywood; 954.416.0044; k1speed.com
Dinner and a Show at AMC Coral Ridge Dine-In Theatre
Change up your usual movie-going experience and enjoy a theater and restaurant in one. Reserve your seat and enjoy the newest popular comedy while indulging in hand-crafted menu items or a refreshing drink from MacGuffins Bar. Kick your feet up, lean back in the plush, comfortable chairs and simply push the service button at your seat for instant service right at your fingertips.
Movie times vary. Check show times for movies and pricing. Tickets start at $10.
3401 NE 26th Terrace, Fort Lauderdale; 954.566.9666; amctheatres.com
Experience History at the Bonnet House Museum & Gardens
The historic Bonnet House Museum & Gardens is one of the few complete homes and studios of two American artists open to the public. The estate is a house museum dedicated to historic and environmental preservation, as well as creative expression. Move through the Main House, filled with a collection of art and the personal treasures of the Birch and Bartlett families, while knowing you are walking where ancient Tequesta Native Americans, early European settlers and shipwrecked sailors once roamed.
Open 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesday-Sunday. $16-$20.
900 N. Birch Road, Fort Lauderdale; 954.563.5393; bonnethouse.org
Get a Hole-in-One at Monster Mini Golf
Put away your umbrella, hang up your raincoat and get ready to play because this is not your average mini golf experience. Monster Mini Golf takes this classic activity to the next level with 18 holes of monster themed, glow-in-the dark mini golf, a laser maze and an arcade filled with fun and games for everyone. This course is filled with animated monsters around every twist and turn that will make your mini golf experience unlike any you’ve had before. Once you’ve putted your way to victory, test your reflexes and agility as you maneuver through a dense field of laser beams, or show off your gaming skills with arcade games like Fruit Ninja, Big Bass Wheel, Skee Ball, Glow Air Hockey and more.
Open noon to 10 p.m. Monday-Saturday and noon to 8 p.m. Sunday. $8-9.
9533 Westview Drive, Coral Springs; 954.526.5115; monsterminigolf.com/coralsprings
Score Points at Laser Quest
If you’re looking for a great way to test your stealth and practice your aim head to Laser Quest for a fun-filled evening. Dress in black, grab your closed-toed shoes and your laser gun, and get ready to play. Laser Quest puts a new spin on traditional hide-and-seek and tag with a high-tech twist. From arenas that have swirling fog to the pulsing, energetic music and fun waiting around every corner, this is an experience everyone can enjoy.
Open 3 p.m. to 11 p.m Monday-Thursday, 3 p.m. to midnight Friday, noon to midnight Saturday and noon to 10 p.m Sunday. Call Laser Quest to request pricing.
2101 N. University Drive, Sunrise; 954.747.1474; laserquest.com
Giddy up for the Horse Races at Gulfstream Park
When the weather outside is gloomy, experience the thrill of live thoroughbred racing at Gulfstream Park. As the majestic creatures gallop past you, take chances placing bets on your favorite racehorse and cheer from the sidelines as they thunder by. Luckily, races run rain or shine—so it’s OK if you’re afraid of getting wet… The horses certainly aren't. Once the races are finished, Gulfstream Park also offers shopping, dining and casinos to prolong your fun throughout the entire day.
Races offered at 1:15 p.m. Thursdays-Sundays and at 2:15 p.m. Fridays. Check the schedule for availability, race dates, tickets and pricing.
901 S. Federal Highway, Hallandale Beach; 954.457.6201; gulfstreampark.com/racing
Gain Knowledge at the Museum of Discovery and Science
Spend your rainy day at the Museum of Discovery and Science, where you can explore two floors of fascinating interactive exhibits and watch science come to life before your very eyes. See sharks and the largest living Atlantic coral reef in captivity, hang out with bats, be charmed by a 12-foot snake, test your pilot skills in nine cockpit simulators and learn about Florida's amazing Everglades in the Living in the Everglades exhibit. Walk under a 12-foot-tall Imperial Mammoth, dig for fossils or experience hurricane force winds... just to name a few activities. It’s safe to say there is no chance you will be bored in this museum.
Open 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday - Saturday and noon to 6 p.m. Sunday. $13-$16.
401 SW Second St., Fort Lauderdale; 954.467.6637; mods.org
Climb up at Coral Cliffs
Get your harness ready and grip onto this perfect rainy-day activity. Coral Cliffs Indoor Rock Climbing is a complete indoor climbing gym for all levels. Whether you’re a climbing professional or just starting out, you will have plenty to do with more than 87 top-roped routes, 25 lead routes, bouldering, slabs, aretes, overhangs and arches and roofs that all change on a weekly basis. You can take classes, learn to belay or just free climb for the day. Don’t worry about having the right equipment, you can rent anything you might need and can receive instruction from the rock climbing pros who work there.
Open 4 p.m. to 10 p.m. Monday-Friday and 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday-Sunday. $19.
3400 SW 26th Terrace, Fort Lauderdale; 954.321.9898; coralcliffs.com
Score at the Futbol Club
Kick it at the Indoor Futbol Club with lots of fun options for the whole family to enjoy. This is a great way to expel some energy—even when it’s wet outside. Let your competitive spirit shine when you kick, dribble and shoot soccer balls. Bring friends and compete against other teams, jump into a pickup game, run into your opponents in a huge plastic bubble in bubble soccer or even rent a field out for the day. While you’re at it, be sure to check out the fitness center that offers individual or group training, a crossfit gym and two artificial turfs.
Open 9 a.m. to 12 a.m. Monday-Sunday. $8-$100.
5219 NW 35th Ave., Fort Lauderdale; 954.247.8208; thefutbolclub.com
Challenge Yourself at Funderdome
The perfect spot for indoor fun on a rainy day, Funderdome offers plenty of activities including a toddler zone, sky trail tropes course, ball blaster arena and a climbing wall. The space quadrant laser maze, interactive activity floor, 30-foot high vertical tower of play and obstacle course, green monster spiral slide, sports court in the sky and arcades are also options to choose from. There are various classes offered throughout the week and activities for all different ages.
Open 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday-Thursday and Sunday, 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. Friday and Saturday $7.95-plus.
1455 SE 17th St., Fort Lauderdale; 954.525.1816; funderdome.net
Summertime in Fort Lauderdale means rain—and lots of it—that often comes unpredictably and usually spoils your afternoon plans. Don’t despair, as we've compiled a list of 25 things you can do for fun when the sunshine state is far from sunny.