It might not seem like it lately, but did you know that although Seattle is known to be the “Rainy City” we actually receive less rain on average than Miami?
But...it's always nice to be prepared. You can still have a great time in Seattle Southside, even if it's pouring outside! Here are some ideas on how to make the most out of a rainy day:
8 Really Fun Things To Do On A Rainy Day in Seattle
- Go Bowling
- Tour a Chocolate Factory
- Visit the Museum of Flight
- Try Indoor Skydiving
- Hike in the Rain ... yes, people do this.
- Racing Indoor Go-Karts
- Catch a Movie
- Go Shopping at the Mall
Take a solo trip or bring the whole gang over to Bowlero in Tukwila. With its urban and modern design, they offer a unique, and extremely fun bowling experience for each and every visitor. Not only can you bowl, but you can also play pool, lounge around in their sports bar and watch sports on their massive HD TVs, or play some air hockey in the arcade. Bowlero is fun for all ages; you won’t even notice that it’s raining outside!
If there's one thing that's guaranteed to perk you up on a rainy day, it's chocolate. Experience Chocolate is the brand new tour of the Seattle Chocolates factory in Tukwila! You'll be lead by professional chocolatiers, see how the delicious chocolate is made and of course, there will be plenty of sweet samples along the way.
How about a trip to the Museum of Flight to live your childhood dream of being a pilot? You can journey through the history of aviation and spaceflight from the Wright brothers to missions to Mars. The Museum of Flight has so many airplanes and artifacts, that you'll get lost in the world of aviation and never want to leave!
Ticket prices range from $13-$21.
It’s all in the name. A new experience will be discovered at iFLY in Tukwila. It’s not a ride or a simulator, you actually get to go skydiving (without having to jump out of a plane)! No experience is required, and there’s no age limit (well, it's 3 to 103). You have professional and experienced instructors that will help you every step of the way. Take up the challenge and do something new and exciting!
Prices range from $59.95 to $269.99 depending on the packages that you book.
Maybe you like the rain? Taking a hike is actually quite refreshing and fun when it’s raining, and it keeps you pretty cool, especially when you’re going up hills and sweating up a storm. Rattlesnake Ridge is a fun and popular trail that’s perfect for beginners if you have not hiked before. When you get to the top, enjoy a lovely view of Rattlesnake Lake.
Rattlesnake Ridge is located 31 miles from Seattle Southside’s Visitor Center (just a 35 minute drive!). Directions: From Seattle, drive east on I-90 to exit 32 for 436th Avenue SE. Turn right onto 436th Avenue SE, also signed as Cedar Falls Road SE. Proceed about four miles down the road to the Rattlesnake Lake parking lot on the right.
The hiking trail is closed for access an hour before sunset.
Who doesn't enjoy a good go-kart race? It’s fast, fun, and perfect for thrill seekers. You race an inch off the ground at 30-35 mph, which is probably the most intense fun you can have indoors. The adrenaline and thrill of the ride will have you forget all about the rain outside.
Prices range from $19 to $50 depending on package purchased.
Catch a movie at AMC Southcenter, featuring the top box office movies, you can watch on huge screens both standard size and in IMAX, while lounging back in extremely comfortable seats with a large tub of popcorn!
Prices range from $6 to $16.75
Go shopping at Westfield Southcenter Mall, with more than 240 specialty shops, you can enjoy first class shopping with limitless choices. After purchasing the shoes you always wanted, or the purse on your wish list, you can visit one of the numerous restaurants in or around the mall area, where there’s something to eat for everybody! Make sure you visit the Seattle Southside Visitor Center as well during your shopping trip.