The summer months are upon us and with them come the summer showers Florida is known for. Rainy days can be a huge detour when you are planning a day of Florida fun though. Whether you are on vacation or not, these Florida rainy day tips are just what you need. Don’t miss these rainy day tips for theme parks as well as things to do in Florida when it rains. Let me share a few of my favorites as well as a free printable.
Florida Rainy Day Tips | Rainy Day Tips for Theme Parks
If you are visiting Central Florida or plant to stay here, you need to be aware that we get a lot of rain storms in the summer months. They typically hit around three in the afternoon but the time is variable. So let’s talk about what you can do to prepare for the rain so that it doesn’t ruin your Florida fun.
Rainy Day Tips for Theme Parks
Let’s start with the theme parks. I know that a lot of people who come to the Central Florida area come for our awesome theme parks. After all, we have some of the best ones here! So what happens on days when it rains on your vacation?
Keep an eye on the radar.
We have a saying in Central Florida, “If you don’t like the weather, wait 5 minutes.” Having a radar such as intellicast on your phone can help you to see if a storm is going to be a quick mover or stick around for a while. This can help you to decide what your next steps need to be.
Plan fast passes and ride reservations during the rainy hours of the day.
Are you planning to ride rides like Soarin, Avatar, Escape from Gringotts, or any other indoor rides? These rides are a great place to be when it rains. However, everyone will head to these areas to escape the rain. If you set up your fast pass for those times you will have the ability to get out of the rain without worrying about the crowds preventing your escape.
Pack rain gear
It can be tempting to do a park day with no backpack or items to carry. However, if you are going to get caught in the parks on a rainy day it can help to have a few items on hand. Here are a few of my favorites.
- Poncho – Having a poncho can be a help on a rainy day. It’s a great way to keep you from getting drenched.
- Pool shoes/flip flops – Kids can hate getting their feet wet. Plan to either bring pool shoes that are safe to get wet while in the parks or flip flops. (Keep in mind that flip flops can be slippery when running.)
- Spare clothes/socks – Don’t let wet clothes or socks ruin your day. Having a backup outfit or backup socks can help you to continue to enjoy your day.
- Ziploc bags – If you are bringing phones or camera gear, having a ziploc bag on hand can help you to protect electronics from the rain. These are also great to store autograph books.
- Ponytail holders – When it gets rainy, it can help to pull your hair out of your face. Bring along ponytail holders, a brush, or anything else you need to get ready for the rest of your day.
Plan park breaks around the rain.
While our weather is gorgeous, it doesn’t stay that way in the summer months. Extreme heat switches to torrential downpours. Instead of letting the rain ruin your plans, plan for rain as part of your adventure. This could mean that instead of expecting to spend the entire day at the theme park, you can plan your breaks around the rainy part of the day. Head back to the hotel and let the kids take a nap for a bit before heading back to the park to shut it down for the night.
When in doubt, ask cast members/staff members
Are you unsure about the best places to avoid rain? Ask the cast members/staff members at the park you attend where the best place to get out of the rain is. Sometimes they will be able to recommend a restaurant, lower trafficked attraction, or shopping area you can walk with the kids.
Go to a character meal or special reservation
Character dining and some sit down reservations can eat up large parts of your theme park day. In fact, many people will tell you to skip them in order to enjoy your time in the parks. Rainy days are the exception to this rule. Enjoy a special meal while avoiding the rain. It’s a win-win.
Indoor Rainy Day Activities for Central Florida
Are you looking to avoid the theme parks? The Central Florida area is packed with some incredible options for people to have fun without being stuck in the rain.
Crayola Experience – In Orlando, there is a fun indoor attraction called the Crayola Experience. This is a great option for families to spend a few hours together laughing, creating, and spending some great time.
Icon Orlando – Icon Olrando on I-drive has a few fun attractions you are sure to enjoy. Whether you ride the Orlando Eye, visit Madame Tussauds, visit Sea Life, or head to the Skeleton museum, you are sure to have a great time.
Orlando Science Center – If you are looking for a fun way for the family to run free during the day, head over to the Orlando Science Center. It has multiple floors of amazing entertainment you won’t want to miss out on.
Wonderworks – Wonderworks is a fun place to spend a few hours with the kids. Lots of unique exhibits that kids can interact with.
Ripley’s Believe it or Not – We have not visited this location yet but we hear it is a lot of fun for kids and adults.
Titanic Artifact Exhibition – This exhibition is absolutely amazing! It’s a great slow paced experience that you are sure to enjoy. I would caution against going with younger children who get bored easily.
I Drive Nascar – This location is a combination of an indoor go kart racing place and an arcade.
Movie Theaters – We’re big fans of the Cinemark Artegon as it has awesome seats, fair prices, and I can reserve the seat I want. Movies are a great way to unwind inside.
Indoor Trampoline Parks – There are a few indoor trampoline parks you may want to head to to let the kids bounce off some energy while giving you a chance to relax for a few minutes. Indoor trampoline parks are a great option for busy kids.
Do some shopping – There are quite a few great outlet malls in Central Florida to check out. We have a few favorites. Save on souvenirs by shopping at the outlets.