Things to do when it’s raining in Raleigh, NC

20 indoor activities to save for a rainy day


Boxcar Bar + Arcade has dozens of arcade cabinets, pinball machines + console games.

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We’ve all been there. The weather is bad, you’re bored, and you have no clue what to do. We’re here to help with 20 indoor activities to make the most of a rainy day in Raleigh.

For the competitors

  • Boxcar Bar + Arcade, 330 W. Davie St. | Grab a drink + play classic and modern games like pinball and air hockey.
  • The Crazy Axe, 3141 Capital Blvd. | Learn how to throw an axe + compete in challenges.
  • ParTee Shack, 5300 Fayetteville Rd. | Choose from three mini-golf courses or take a swing at virtual golf and multi-sport simulators.

For the animal lovers

  • Purr Cup Cafe, 210 Prospect Ave. | Drink coffee + cuddle with adoptable cats.
  • West Street Dog, 400 W. North St. | Hang out with pups at this indoor, off-leash dog park + bar.

For the movie buffs

  • Alamo Drafthouse Cinema, 2116-D New Bern Ave.|Enjoy a new film in a retro atmosphere. Pro tip: After the movie, stop by Little Blue Bakehouse next door for sweet treats like macarons and ice cream.
  • Marbles IMAX, 201 E. Hargett St. | Watch a flick on Raleigh’s only certified giant screen.
  • Paragon Theaters, 21 Fenton Main St., Cary | This luxurious movie theater offers box VIP seats with a dine-in menu.

For the athletes

  • Current Wellness, 219 S. East St. | Join a fitness, yoga, or dance class in this inclusive space.
  • Dose Yoga + Smoothie Bar, 415 N. Harrington St. | Challenge your core with a hot vinyassa flow + reward yourself with a smoothie.
  • Mega, 2330 Bale St. | Jump, dance + sculpt your body during a 45-minute cardio trampoline class.
  • Triangle Rock Club, 6022 Duraleigh Rd. |Test your strength and endurance by bouldering, auto-belayed climbing, top-rope climbing, and lead climbing.

For the art lovers

  • Artspace, 201 E. Davie St. | Check out local art at the largest public studio environment for visual artists in NC.
  • CAM Raleigh, 409 W. Martin St. | Explore contemporary art in the Warehouse District.
  • NCMA, 2110 Blue Ridge Rd. | Beyond its permanent + rotating exhibitions, this art museum has a robust events calendar.

For the plant parents

  • Copperline Plant Co., 300 Blake St. | Get creative with plant-related crafts like making your own macrame plant hangers + block printing.
  • Urban Pothos, 714 W. Peace St. | Green your thumb during a plant care workshop.
  • The Zen Succulent, 208 S. Wilmington St. | Make your own terrarium at the DIY bar.

For the crafters

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