Rainy day on vacation? Come indoors to play in Massachusetts

Into every life a little rain must fall. When it does, Massachusetts turns up the indoor fun and competition. You can find indoor climbing gyms with sky ropes courses that test your balance and agility, including specially designed courses for kids ages 2-7. Indoor play spaces allow teenagers to enjoy their favorite multi-player video games and dance games; the youngest in the bunch can climb jungle gyms and ride slides in a three-story-tall play space. Parents will find spaces and places to join in the fun, eat great food, watch TV, and relax. Nearby are family friendly lodging and museums and galleries for more indoor adventures.
Sky Zone Trampoline Pit - Kingston Colection Outlets - Kingston, MA
Kingston Collection

101 Kingston Collection Way Kingston, MA, 02364 Phone: 781-582-2445

Indoor fun from shopping to trampolines and bowling entertain at Kingston Collection

The occasional rainy day during your vacation in Plymouth County is actually good news. That’s because the Kingston Collection, a mall packed with shopping, dining, and entertainment for kids and adults, is just a short drive from Plymouth. In addition to shopping at national brand-name stores, a day here can offer play time at Billy Beez, Mystery Room, PiNZ or Sky Zone Trampoline Park; haircuts and eyebrow shaping; dining and live entertainment at PiNZ and Bar Rustic. You can even leave your car back at home or your hotel; commuter rail line that connects the region to Boston and Cape Cod. Visit our website and follow us on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter for a complete directory of stores, ongoing specials, promotions and a calendar of events.
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Colony Place

174 Colony Place Plymouth, MA, 02360 Phone: 508-746-7663

Rain getting you down? Time for some retail therapy at these great shops

The plus side of a rainy day? You get to go shopping. At Colony Place, easily accessible midway between Boston and Cape Cod, there is something for absolutely everyone. Fashions for the family? Check. Home furnishings? Check. Sporting goods? Electronics? Games? Jewelry? Pet supplies? Accessories? Every shoe you can possibly want? All here, and all at great prices. Plus, you can get a lovely haircut, a fancy manicure and get those eyebrows taken care of. As for dining, you have a host of possibilities, from burger places to Italian restaurants, from ice cream shops and coffee bars to sushi restaurants and eateries with wonderful salads. Make sure to get a preferred shopper discount card for special deals and promotions.

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Boy in Armor - Worcester Art Museum - Worcester MA
Worcester Art Museum

55 Salisbury Street Worcester, MA, 01609 Phone: 508-799-4406

Come out of the rain and into a museum where art, and art appreciation, are celebrated

A rainy day can’t be all bad if it gives you an excuse to visit, or revisit, the magnificent Worcester Art Museum, boasting thousands of objects that span time and cultures as well as a modern approach to viewing art. Visitors can marvel at the museum’s collection of Old Masters (and the fabulous 15th century Spanish ceiling) while using iPads to provide “alternative labels” if they wish. Newly reinstalled medieval galleries mean viewing the expanded chivalric arms and armor collection as well as participating in interactive activities. Current and upcoming exhibits range from cherry-blossom scenes on exquisite Japanese folding screens to massive murals, works inspired by nature and the relationship between kimonos and Japanese prints. Check the website for timed-admission information and safety protocols.
Pied Piper - Concord Museum - Concord, MA
Concord Museum

35 Cambridge Turnpike at Lexington Road Concord, MA, 01742 Phone: 978-369-9763

Take advantage of that rainy “indoor day” to visit Concord’s engaging history museum

When you see rain and realize it’s going to be an indoor kind of day, that’s a perfect day to visit the Concord Museum, where history comes alive. The museum, which takes one to two hours to explore its 16 galleries and current special exhibition, has a marvelous collection of objects, including Paul Revere’s “one if by land/two if by sea” lantern, Henry Thoreau’s humble writing desk (on which he drafted “Walden” and other works), Revere’s engraving of the Boston Massacre and fabrics and fashions including a silk pelisse worn by Lydia Jackson, who married Ralph Waldo Emerson. There are interactive stations and scavenger hunts, and a digital map in the April 19, 1775 gallery that takes visitors step by step through that historic day.
Sekkonk Grand Prix Arcade Seekonk MA
Seekonk Grand Prix

1098 Fall River Avenue Seekonk, MA, 02771 Phone: 508-336-8307

Game room, rock-climbing wall, ropes course at race track attraction means rainy days are OK

Rain can be a pain for a lot of family activities, but it’s no obstacle to the fun to be had at Seekonk Grand Prix, where a huge game room features some of the most popular games now available, from hoops, movie-themed pinball to air hockey, the Sweet Stuff Candy Crane, and Wack-a-Minion. Go the virtual reality route with Virtual Rabbids: The Big Ride! Inside activities also include a rock-climbing wall and a ropes course with plenty of challenging obstacles. Take some time out for pizza, ice cream, Slush Puppies, soda and other snacks. Check the website for special character nights and other events.
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Southwick’s Zoo

2 Southwick Street Mendon, MA, 01756 Phone: 800-258-9182

Discovery center is the place to start your zoo adventure – until the rain stops

Rain or shine, seven days a week, Southwick’s Zoo, New England’s Largest Zoo, welcomes guests of all ages. On rainy days, start your day at the EARTH Discovery Center to meet the animal ambassadors and hear a keeper talk. You might even learn about the two-toed sloth or the sleek servals from one of our zookeepers. You can also learn about geckos, snakes, iguanas, and tarantulas at the center. Have lunch at Galliford’s Restaurant and Tavern and, when the sun comes out, head out to visit some of the zoo’s 850 animals in naturalistic habitats, from leopards and lemurs to giraffes and lions, there are so many new species to learn about at Southwick’s Zoo!
Kids Cooking - Old Sturbridge Village - Sturbridge, MA
Old Sturbridge Village

1 Old Sturbridge Village Road, off Route 20 Sturbridge, MA, 01566 Phone: 508-347-3362 Toll-Free: 800-733-1830

A little rain cannot put a damper on the experience of visitors to historical village

Rain does not dampen the spirits of visitors to Old Sturbridge Village, where 40 historical buildings, costumed historians, a lively assortment of heritage-breed animals and hands-on experiences have combined to re-create a classic New England village of the 1830s. And there’s plenty to do indoors! See how cider was made in the cider mill, watch lumber being turned out at the sawmill, help the tinsmith create an intricate lantern or the printer put together a must-read paper. Walk through homes both simple and ornate, check out the graffiti carved into the original desks in the schoolhouse. Have lunch in the Bullard Tavern or an amazing pastry in the Ox & Yoke Cafe. Check the website for the day’s schedule and information on special exhibitions.