Boston’s Best Rainy Day Activities

April 26, 2014 6:00 AM

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Don’t let the rain stop your fun. Just because you don’t want to be outdoors doesn’t mean you can’t explore, play and learn. The next time storm clouds arrive, try out the rainy day activities provided here.
Photo credit: Facebook/Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum

Photo credit: Facebook/Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum

Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum
280 The Fenway
Boston, MA 02115
(617) 566-1401

A rainy day is the perfect time to browse the unique collection at the Isabella Stewart Garner Museum. This museum brings art and beauty to the community through its works of performers and artists. The collection contains over 2,500 works of art, including sculptures, paintings, textiles, furniture, drawings, silver, illuminated manuscripts, ceramics, photographs, rare books and letters. To get the full museum experience, be sure to catch one of the many free talks or tours offered here. Public tours are on a first-come, first-served basis so arrive early to save your spot.

Photo credit: Facebook/Rock Spot Climbing

Photo credit: Facebook/Rock Spot Climbing

Rock Spot Climbing
67 Sprague St.
Boston, MA 02136
(617) 333-4433

Rock Spot Climbing makes it easy to stay active on a rainy day. It boasts over 9,000 square feet of climbing surface containing slabs, overhangs, roofs, aretes, steep faces, stemming corners and even an arch. Advanced climbers can tackle the 90-100 boulder problems and use the 35 top rope stations. Beginner climbers can practice in the training area before moving on to tougher climbs. If you need a break from climbing, head up to the second floor mezzanine where you can watch the other climbers or browse the retail store to stock up on all of your climbing needs.

Photo credit: Skywalk Observatory

Photo credit: Skywalk Observatory

Skywalk Observatory
800 Boylston St.
Boston, MA 02199
(617) 236-3100

Enjoy beautiful views of the city even on rainy days by heading to the top of the Prudential Center to the Skywalk Observatory. You will have 360-degree views of Boston and the surrounding communities from a unique sky-high perspective. Experience the different views on your own or use the guided audio tour to learn about the city’s cultural and historic points. Tickets can be purchased at the kiosk in the Prudential Arcade or at the Skywalk entrance.

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Photo credit: Facebook/Museum of Fine Arts

Photo credit: Facebook/Museum of Fine Arts

Museum of Fine Arts
465 Huntington Ave.
Boston, MA 02115
(617) 267-9300

Stimulate your mind on your next rainy day by touring the Museum of Fine Arts. Take some time to admire the many collections ranging from the ancient world to contemporary art, photographs, jewelry, prints and drawings, and musical instruments. Perhaps join one of the free gallery tours to explore the collections more deeply. If you prefer an individualized tour, use the Museum of Fine Arts guide along with a touch screen player to learn about more than 500 objects.

Photo credit: Facebook/Boston Bowl

Photo credit: Facebook/Boston Bowl

Boston Bowl
820 Morrissey Blvd.
Boston, MA 02122
(617) 825-3800
www.bostonbowl.comBoston Bowl is a fun place to spend the day indoors when the weather has you down. Stop by any time as the alley is open 24 hours a day. Choose from 10 pin or candlepin bowling, and shoot some pool when you’re done. Shoe rentals, available for both children and adults, include sport socks, so don’t worry about being unprepared. After your game, drop into the Deadwood Cafe for a snack, drink or pizza.

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Kim Vareika is the owner of Vareika Personal Training and Yoga in Plainville. She has been in the fitness industry for over ten years, and believes that wellness is about more than just physical health. When she is not teaching, practicing, or writing, she resides in Bridgewater where she enjoys spending time with family, friends, and her nephew Caesar. Her work can be found at

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