Rain can ruin a lot of plans. But there are plenty of ways to turn around a dreary day in Boston, without having to worry about the weather. The city boasts an array of quality places for shopping and dining. But there are plenty of other rainy day activities that shouldn’t be overlooked. Here’s a guide to some of the best.

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Go to a Museum

Boston is a world-class city when it comes to museums. The Museum of Science, the MFA, the ICA, and Isabella Gardner Museum are some of its most famous. If none of those suit your taste, there are plenty of offbeat options as well.

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Catch a Movie

It could be as simple as a trip to Loews on the Common. Or for an enhanced experience, go 3-D or try one of the area’s Drive-ins.

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Read a Book

Curl up inside your closest public library or grab some reading from a local book store.

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Have a Ball

There are plenty of places to have a ball with indoor sports. Strike back against the lousy weather at some of the area’s best bowling lanes. Shoot paintballs, shoot billiards, or shoot the breeze (so to speak) while putting your way through a game of indoor mini golf.

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Let the Kids Run Wild

Boston has several playspaces where the little ones can go to have a blast.

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Scale a Mountain

Bring the outdoor adventure indoor at some of the best indoor rock climbing facilities around Boston.

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Just Relax

A getaway to a Spa is a great way to forget about the rain, getting a deep tissue massage or soaking in a 4-foot-deep hot tub with your significant other. Boston has plenty of top-notch spas to choose from.

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Go for a Drive

F1 Boston has two indoor go-kart racing tracks. Drivers must be 18+ with a valid driver’s license.

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Go for a Ride

Low on funds? Hop on the ‘T’ for some people-watching. As long as you stay inside the fare gates, you could conceivably spend the whole day riding on a single $2 fare.

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Get Wet

There are a handful of great indoor water parks in the area, and if it’s warm enough, and you’re bold enough, there are some great outside options as well.

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Brave the Elements

Boston Duck Tours ride rain or shine. When it starts to drizzle, Boston Duck Tours hands out plastic ponchos.

Do you have a favorite rainy day activity that’s not on the list? Let us know in the comments section below.