6 Activities for a Rainy Day
Check out these spots to make the most of dreary weather.
When the sky clouds over and the rain begins to fall, most of us retreat into our homes and wait for the bad weather to pass. But the time has come to fight back against the tyrannical rain. There’s always something to do, no matter the weather.
R1 Indoor Karting
Sometimes you need an adrenaline rush, even if the weather is being disagreeable. R1 Indoor Karting offers the thrill of racing over asphalt within the safety of an indoor climate-controlled track. They have high tech karts imported from Europe for participants young and old. 100 Higginson Ave., Lincoln, 401-721-5554, r1indoorkarting.com.
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Cable Car Cinema
When the weather’s damp and dreary, nothing beats a day at the movies. Cable Car Cinema features indie and art house films in a cozy environment. Grab a hot sandwich and steaming coffee from the attached cafe and curl up on one of the cinema’s comfy couches and watch a film about brighter days. 204 South Main St., Providence, 401-272-3970, cablecarcinema.com.
Nothing beats the rainy day blues quite like a good ol’ fashioned book. Head to Savoy Bookshop to peruse everything the written word has to offer, from informative biographies to flashy fiction. But Savoy offers a lot more than just literature — it’s got class. Dark wood paneling, leather chairs and atmospheric lighting will make you want to while the whole day away. Sip a hot tea from the shop’s cafe and gaze out the window in between bouts of reading. 10 Canal St., Westerly, 401-213-3901, banksquarebooks.com.
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Roger Williams Park Botanical Center
So you love nature, but not tromping around through the mud? Don’t let the rain ruin your passion for plants. The Roger Williams Park Botanical Center is the largest indoor garden display in all of New England, with 23,000 square feet of vegetation, from massive palm trees to tiny Venus fly traps. Amateur botanists could easily spend an entire day here, rain or shine. 1000 Elmwood Ave., Providence, 401-785-9450, providenceri.gov/botanical/about-the-botanical-center.
Left-brained versus right-brained, analytical versus creative — from an early age we’re taught that science and art are at opposite ends of the spectrum. But the Rhode Island Museum of Science and Art is challenging that perception. Spend a rainy day engaging your imagination and sparking your curiosity about the world around you with the museum’s unique approach to learning. Adults and children alike can enjoy the fun exhibits. 763 Westminster St., Providence, 401-272-0404, rimosa.org.
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Central Rock Gym
Fitness fanatics might find the rain particularly disturbing: Without the great outdoors, where are you supposed to exercise? Rock climbing is the perfect indoor alternative to the outdoor athlete. Learn to scale towering walls, or give bouldering (climbing without ropes at lower heights) a try. Central rock gym has thousands of square feet of rock climbing terrain, and even dedicated areas for yoga, weightlifting and cardio if you’d like to shake up your workout. 275 West Natick Rd., Warwick, 401-889-5452, centralrockgym.com/warwick.