13 Things to Do in Houston When it Rains

Houston is known for its warm, sunny weather. Winters here are mild, summers are hot, and the autumns and springs can be heavenly. Clear blue skies and outdoor activities are hallmarks of Houston. But even in H-Town sometimes a little rain must fall. If you’re visiting this fair city and the skies happen to open up on you, don’t worry, there are still more than enough activities to keep you entertained.

Museum It

When you think about Houston, you may already know about its serpentine bayous and stellar food. But lovers of all things art and culture, will be excited to hear that it’s also known for its plethora of museums. It’s home to several incredibly impressive art museums, including the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, the Contemporary Art Museum of Houston and the Menil Collection. Art not your thing? There are more options than you can wrangle in one rainy afternoon from the Houston Museum of Natural Science where you can come face-to-face with a multitude of mummies and prehistoric creatures; to the Downtown Aquarium where you can explore inside the sunken hull of a 17th century Spanish galleon; and Space Center Houston where you can experience a virtual Martian sunset.

Shop It

You don’t ever need an excuse to shop. But if you’re looking for one, rain will certainly suffice. There is no lack of shopping in Houston and if the rain has all of H-Town running for cover, The Galleria is an ideal spot to stay dry and get shopping. You will find it all at The Galleria from shoes to clothes to accessories to everything in between. More shopping options here.

Screen It

A movie may be an obvious pick for a rainy day, but iPic is no ordinary pick for a place to watch a movie. The theater boasts insanely comfortable seats that will make you want to stay for a double feature, and the menu and wine list are far above typical movie theater-quality. 

Play It

There’s something about the rain that brings out the kid in people. It gives you a chance to play hooky from real life in all the best ways. In Houston, there are all kinds of choices for play. You can bowl in style at Lucky Strike; or ride the indoor go-karts, play laser tag, or put your skills to the test in a rousing game of mini golf at Track21.

Escape It

It’s the latest craze; it’s all over Houston, and it’s an ideal for a rainy day. Gather up your friends and fam and get to chasing clues and solving puzzles. You can try your hand at escaping at The Escape Game Houston. Just remember, the rain will end and so will your time to set yourselves free from the room!

Fly It

Ever wanted to fly? iFly Houston will let you hide from the rain and from any fears you’ve ever had of your feet leaving the ground. Indoor skydiving is a great way to take to the sky without braving the great outdoors. Once you get the hang of it, which you will in no time, you’ll be flipping and spinning through the air with the greatest of ease.

See It

One thing there is never a lack of in the Bayou City is performing arts. There’s theater at Alley Theatre, the Wortham Theater Center, and the Hobby Center; dance at the Houston Ballet, opera at the Houston Grand Opera, and music, music, music all over town. There’s so much to take in, you might even want to take a time out even if the skies are clear.

By Jenny Block