The 15 Best Rainy Day Activities to Do in Massachusetts!

If you don’t like the weather, just wait a few hours. This phrase is a common one in Massachusetts, as well as in all the New England states. This means it’s not unusual for the weather to prohibit outdoor activities from time to time—regardless of the season. That said, residents and visitors need not despair. There are plenty of rainy day activities in Massachusetts to amuse even the most discerning folks. Check out these 15 great rainy day activities to do in the Bay State. 

1. Museum of Science, Boston, MA

Yes, it’s educational, but it’s also fun. The Museum of Science features exhibits, hands-on exploration, an IMAX theater and more. You can easily spend the better part of a rainy day enjoying all is has to offer.

2. Sky Zone Trampoline Park, Danvers, MA

Play basketball while bouncing on trampolines, and just enjoy some freestyle moving while bouncing. Sky Zone Trampoline Park provides the opportunity to do both—and a whole lot more.

3. CoCo Key Water Park, Danvers, MA

Adults and kids will love racing down the slides, splashing in the pool and lounging in an inner tube—all while indoors. CoCo Key Water Park makes all this possible.

4. Showcase Cinema Superlux, Chestnut Hill, MA

Enjoy dinner and a movie—at the same time—at Showcase Cinema Superlux. Featuring SuperLux Dining (in-seat), indulge in a cheeseburger, chicken fingers and more while watching your favorite new release.

5. Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, MA

Spend a rainy day checking out art exhibits at the Museum of Fine Arts. The gift shop features unique options for yourself or a very special someone.

6. Boston Rock Gym, Woburn, MA

Try your hands (and feet!) at indoor rock climbing at Boston Rock Gym. Rent climbing shoes and a harness and head on up that amazing indoor rock wall. Lessons are available.

7. New England Aquarium, Boston, MA

You can easily spend several hours on a rainy day at the New England Aquarium. From sharks to sea lions, and a whole lot of fish, experience the excitement of marine life at this state of the art aquarium.

8. Sports Museum of New England, Boston, MA

View exhibits pertaining to New England sports teams and players at the Sports Museum of New England. Whether you follow the Boston Celtics, Boston Red Sox, or the New England Patriots—or prefer sports like the Boston Marathon—you’ll find plenty to hold your interest at this nonprofit museum.

9. Roller Kingdom, Hudson, MA

Rent some roller skates or dust off you own, and take to the rink on the next rainy day. Roller Kingdom in Hudson has skate rentals, a light and sound show, a snack bar and more.

10. The Butterfly Place, Westford, MA

From February through October, spend a rainy day observing both local butterflies as well as species from around the world. The Butterfly Place is an indoor garden with hundreds of free-flying butterflies.

11. Nashoba Valley Olympia Skating Rink, Boxborough, MA

Lace up your ice skates—or rent a pair at the rink—and take a spin on the ice at Nashoba Valley Olympia Skating Rink. Check out the figure skating and hockey shops on site, and enjoy a snack in the snack bar.

12. Beanstalk Ropes Course, Reading, MA

Located inside Jordan’s Furniture, Beanstalk Ropes Course is the perfect way to test your agility—and have some fun at the same time. Ride a zip line for even more excitement.

13. Ceramics a la Carte, Canton, MA

Try your hand at painting pottery at Ceramics a la Carte. Pick the piece you want to paint—a platter, a mug, a tile or bowl—and choose your favorite paint colors. The piece will be fired in a kiln and you’ll be given a date to go back and pick it up.

14. John F. Kennedy Presidential Library and Museum, Dorchester, MA

Step back in time at the John F. Kennedy Presidential Library and Museum, and marvel at the rich history of our nation’s 35th president. Browse media galleries, search archives, and view permanent and special exhibits.

15. Samuel Adams Brewery, Boston, MA

As long as your rainy day doesn’t happen on a Sunday, you can take a tour of the Samuel Adams Brewery—and even enjoy a free sample. You must be 21 with a valid ID. A suggested donation of $2 benefits local charities.

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