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A Day in the Life in “Rain”esville

A Day in the Life in “Rain”esville

Local Rainy-Day Activities for the Whole Family


With high temperatures and rainy days in August’s forecast, the search is on for exciting indoor activities to escape the dreary weather and enjoy some quality time with the family.

Thankfully, Greater Gainesville is home to many local spots ideal for indoor fun, from painting in peace at cozy studios to sports centers with plenty of room to play.



Arts and crafts is a great way to pass the time on a rainy day. At Pinspiration, everyone can enjoy crafting their own unique creations. Choose a craft project and personalize a masterpiece with the studio’s project kits, supplies and tutorials –– then take the creation home to display!

Corks & Colors Studio

Anyone who wants to exercise their artistic muscles will enjoy creative fun at this studio. Guests of all ages are welcome to come anytime to paint on pottery pieces or canvas. Corks & Colors also offers classes and art camps.



Flip Factory

A family entertainment park, Flip Factory offers a myriad of engaging activities to do on rainy days, including trampolines, an arcade, a two-story laser tag arena, an indoor roller coaster and a four-story jungle gym. Plus, guests can enjoy a full-service cafe.

Skate Station Funworks

When an unexpected downpour puts a damper on fun plans, grab some skates and get ready to roll around the rink. In addition to roller skating, this immersive amusement center boasts rock climbing, go-karts and even batting cages for sports enthusiasts.

Sun Country Sports Center


Indoor rock climbing is a popular activity and provides a safe way to stay active when stuck inside. Enjoy the state-of-the-art facility, offering many features and textures found on a real rock cliff, or sign up for classes to take rock-climbing skills to the next level.


Dave and Busters

With state of the art games, mouthwatering menu items and innovative drinks, Dave and Busters has whatever suits your appetite. They also have a premium bar where you can watch a game on one of their many big screen TVs with stadium sound.


Splitz of Gainesville

Bowling is a classic way to pass a scorching or stormy day. Splitz offers three styles of bowling lanes, an arcade alley, laser tag and a restaurant.

Escape Rooms

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Put your problem-solving skills to the test with friends and family in an escape room. Families trapped inside by the weather can spend quality time together as they uncover clues and work as a team to find a way to freedom.


Movie Theaters

A day at the movies is a great way to spend a rainy afternoon. With IMAX experiences, dine-in theaters and more, there are plenty of ways to enjoy watching the newest blockbusters with the family.


Kika Silva Planetarium

Ideal for avoiding the sweltering heat or pouring rain, Planetariums allow people of all ages to engage in an immersive experience and learn about astronomy and science. Even though it is located on a college campus, the Kika Silva Planetarium is open to the public and features live and interactive shows.


Feeline Good Cat Cafe

There is nothing quite like spending a stormy day nestled close to a sweet pet. Snuggle with cuddly felines at this local cat cafe. Sign up for 30- or 60-minute time slots to play with the kitties and enjoy a delicious cup of coffee or tea. Some furry friends are even available for adoption!

GG’s families do not have to settle for being cooped up when the temperatures go up or the rain comes down. Take advantage of some quality family time with any of these unique experiences.

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