Florida is known as the Sunshine State because of the glorious sunshine that pours on the State pretty much every day. What’s not commonly known is that Central Florida is also the lightning capital of the United States because of the number of thunderstorms it sees. Florida averages 70 to 100 thunderstorm days per year and it’s not unusual to have a brilliant sunny day interrupted by a lot of rain later in the day. With that in mind, you need some options for when the wet weather rolls in.
1. Visit A Museum
Museums are educational as well as fun! The Orlando Science Center and the Orange County History Center have lots of activities to occupy all the family for the day. On the cultural side you can visit the Orlando Museum of Art which has a nice selection of American Portraits and Landscapes.
2. Go to the Movies!
A visit to a local movie theater to catch the latest flick is a great way to spend some time. Downtown Disney, The Loop and the I-Max theater at Point Orlando are all great places to enjoy a movie and have some fun.
3. Wander the Malls.
When its raining is a great time to visit the Malls. Mall of Millennia, Florida Mall, Orlando Premium Outlets and many of the other malls are always an enjoyable place to visit and get that shopping bug out of the system. Orlando has some great shopping and dining places…go out and explore them!
4. Visit the ‘Distraction Attractions’
Sounds odd but the ‘distraction attractions’ are a great place to visit when the bad weather arrives and when wandering the main parks is no longer any fun. Places like the Titanic Exhibition, Orlando Science Museum and Wonder Works all have interactive exhibits that will amuse you for hours.
5. Visit the Library
Orlando Library at 101 East Central Boulevard, Orlando, The Hart Memorial Library at 211 Dakin Avenue, Kissimmee or the West Osceola Library at 6070 W Irlo Bronson Highway, Kissimmee are three great places to visit to find some great reading material. You can surf the web, browse through magazines and newspapers or simply hang around and enjoy a great book.
6. Disney Quest
DisneyQuest Indoor Interactive theme park is a one-of-a-kind gaming experience in the Downtown Disney area. Discover 5 floors of cutting-edge technology, virtual reality and 3D encounters fueled by Disney innovation and imagination.
Don’t miss Pirates of the Caribbean, Virtual Jungle Cruise, CyberSpace Mountain, Buzz Lightyear’s Astroblasters, Animation Academy and much more!
7. Visit the Theme Parks
Lots of folks take a look at the weather and decide to visit the theme parks on another day. However, visiting the theme parks when it’s raining can be fun and it almost always means the lines will be shorter. Remember, most attractions and shows are indoors or in covered pavilions…it’s only getting to them that may cause you to get a little wet. So break out the poncho or the umbrella and go for it!