Orlando on a rainy day? Yes it happens. While you can plan the perfect Orlando vacation, you can’t control weather. Summer afternoon showers are almost a given. Sometimes it may rain all day. Hiding inside isn’t an option. Nor is slogging through a theme park.
Fortunately, you have numerous indoor attractions to choose from when it’s too wet to go to a theme park. Many are located on International Drive served by the I-Ride Trolley. I-Drive is the birth place of many famous chain restaurants so there lots of options for lunch or dinner. Look online for discounted tickets for all attractions.
Putting Edge Golf takes a high-tech approach, making mini-golf possible in any weather. Mini-golf is played on an 18-hole glow-in-the-dark obstacle course. Also available: an arcade, snacks and drinks (no alcohol).
America’s Escape Game, a locked room attraction for those 12 and over, requires visitors to solve clues and escape before the time is up. Rates are low.
King’s Bowl has ten-pin bowling lanes, billiards tables, shuffleboard and a full-service restaurant.
At Madame Tussaud’s, a world famous chain of wax museums, figures include Brad Pitt, Martin Luther King and Shaquille O’Neal.
Ripley’s Believe It or Not! is tilted at an angle, as if sinking into one of Florida’s dreaded sinkholes. The Odditorium includes 16 galleries of artifacts, weird art, hobbies, and oddities.
Titanic-The Artifact Exhibition houses the world’s only series of full-scale recreations of the ship’s most famous public rooms — including the famed First Class Parlor Suite and Grand Staircase. Hour-long guided tours are lead by costumed actors who portray people on the Titanic voyage.
iFly Orlando can turn anyone into a successful sky diver without using an airplane. How do you skydive inside? By floating in a 1,000- hp vertical wind tunnel generating a wall-to-wall cushion of air. Good for ages 3 and up.
IMAX Theater: Some movies demand the biggest space possible and this 8-story high screen delivers. IMAX is part of the Regal Pointe Orlando Stadium 20 where 3-D films are a specialty.
WonderWorks: The 4-story, upside-down, building definitely is I-Drive’s most interesting architecture and one of the best ticket values. According to the attraction theme, the structure was ripped from the Bermuda Triangle and landed in Orlando with all its lab experiments still unharmed. The lab is still in use, spread out over 2 floors, all part of a science show. More than 100 on-hands exhibits include landing a space shuttle, piloting F14 and F18 fighter jets with 3 wide screen TV monitors, earthquake simulator, glow-in-the-dark ropes course and more, all for one flat fee. LazerWorks, a 10,000-foot lazer tag arena, costs extra, as does the evening magic/comedy dinner show.
Escapology Orlando appeals to those who love solving mysteries or exciting brain games. Book online from five themed experiences (such as Cuban Missile Crisis or Arizona Shootout). At the attraction, five players are placed in a locked room with puzzles and clues pointing the way to escape. But can you do it within 60 minutes?
Just off I-Drive, Andretti Indoor Karting & Games, is an action-packed indoor entertainment complex with electric go-kart racing, racing simulators, laser tag and a game arcade. It has everything to keep most youngsters busy for hours. Minimum height restrictions for some activities.
The Crayola Experience offers 25 hands-on attractions featuring colorful crayon products. It’s good for kids under 10. Adults can join in or shop and dine at the Florida Mall.
The Great Escape Room is built around the master sleuth of all time, Sherlock Holmes. Holmes and compatriot Dr. John Watson are not present but their “memorabilia” provide the clues.
Formerly known as Downtown Disney, Disney Springs, offers lots of shopping and diversions.
The Lego Store is a colorful standout, with friendly dinosaurs and a huge sea serpent made of LEGO bricks. The 4,400-square feet indoor showroom is filled with the latest Lego models for sale. Kids are encouraged to use the LEGOs. Preregistered youngsters can create changing monthly mini-models and take it home (for free). All children are welcome to build a mini-tower or a selected models, such as Minecraft, also for free.
At AMC Disney Springs 24 with Dine-in Theatres watch a movie and dine at the Fork & Screen family movie theatre-restaurant with upgraded seats, full cocktail bar and seat-side service. The extensive menu includes everything from Buffalo wings and Mozzarella sticks to tacos, burgers, sandwiches and blackened chicken Alfredo. Adults-only cinema suites offer recliners, food menu and full bar. The theater also offers traditional movie viewing without food/bar service interruptions.
Splitsville is an upscale entertainment center with a serious update to a bowling alley, with billiards, dining, music and nightlife. The family friendly place doubles as a sports bar and adult party hangout.
Medieval Times Dinner and Tournament, an exciting way to spend part of an afternoon, includes a 2-hour jousting tournament. Knights on horseback (and on foot) fight with lance, sword and mace. Lunch (11:30 a.m. on select days) is medieval style, eaten with fingers.
Orlando lacks a major league baseball team but the area is loaded with indoor batting cages; reserve cage time in advance.
Lebron’s Batting Cages, an indoor training space, has baseball, softball, and fast-pitch machines that throw from 30–80 miles per hour.
Premier Baseball Academy offers baseball-softball indoor cages for hitting and pitching; it requires at least two players to schedule a reservation.
Allstars Sportsplex has batting cages rented for as short as 15 minutes or as long as an hour or more.
Quinco Sports Academy’s baseball-softball batting cages have a variety of pitching machines to control ball speeds that range from 30-90 miles per hour.