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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.
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

So much to do inside this historic village that you won’t even notice those raindrops

There’s so much going on inside the historic buildings in Old Sturbridge Village, that a little rain is no bother. More than 40,000 artifacts made or used by rural New Englanders between 1790 and 1840, including early lighting devices, scientific instruments, clocks and firearms, are on exhibit. Learn about the history of beekeeping, the early process of cloth-making, the role of militias and, through July 2023, the history of parades and parade traditions from 1776 to 1940. See tinware decorated in the Tin Shop, pots fired in the Pottery Shop and Kiln, meals cooked over an open hearth, barrels made in the Cooper Shop and table legs turned in the Cabinetmaking Shop. Enjoy a sandwich or a salad in the Bullard Tavern Cafe.
Shooting Pool - Plymouth G Pub - Plymouth, MA
Plymouth G Pub

101A Carver Road Plymouth, MA, 02360 Phone: 508-591-0964

Let it rain! Lively gastro pub has a game room, lots of TVs and a cider taproom

Rain is no obstacle to the fun to be had at the Plymouth G Pub, the unique entertainment and dining destination in West Plymouth Square. In addition to its innovative menu of gastro-style fare paired with a good-sized selection of craft beer, wine, cocktails and hard cider from the on-site High Limb Cider Taproom, you can watch the game on one of over 17 wide-screen TVs. Or, you can play the games in the pub’s game room! Try your hand at foosball, air hockey, pool and old-school arcade games in the lively room, the perfect spot to gather with friends and family for a fun day (or night), even when it’s raining. (Plus, no walking blocks to where you parked the car!)
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.
Reptile Exhibit 500x250 - Southwick's Zoo - Mendon, MA
Southwick’s Zoo

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

Even on those rainy days, there is plenty of fun to be had at this 200-acre zoo

A rainy day shouldn’t dampen your spirit of adventure! At Southwick’s Zoo, there’s a lot to do, even among the raindrops. Feed parakeets and cockatiels in the walk-through aviary or fallow deer in the 35-acre Deer Forest, take a relaxing ride on the Woodland Express Train to get a close look at elk and trumpeter swans. Depending on the weather, you can see giraffes, white rhinos, lions, tigers, leopards, sloths, lemurs, flamingoes, monkeys and alligators. There are tarantulas in the reptile and insect exhibit and bearded dragons and snakes in the EARTH Discovery Center. Check the website for animal feedings and zookeeper talks. Enjoy lunch or dinner at Galliford’s Restaurant & Tavern, with an extensive menu offered year-round.
Summer Evening 500x250 - Colony Place - Plymouth, MA
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.