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29 Best Things To Do On A Rainy Day In Austin

May 01, 2024

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Best Things To Do On A Rainy Day In Austin

It’s been POURING in Austin for the last couple of weeks so what’s there to do? Here are my top picks for the 17 best indoor activities to do on a rainy day in Austin!

SEE ALSO: 5 Best Spots For Glamping Near Austin

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Wonderspaces in Austin Texas


Wonderspaces Austin — the permanent, interactive art exhibit with rotating works — has added four new art installations from renowned artists at its 28,000-square-foot space (located at 1205 Sheldon Cove), the first rotation since it opened in the summer of 2020. Additionally, the Wonderspaces team is thrilled to launch its thoughtfully curated bar program to complement the art displayed, complete with cocktails, beer, and wine and featuring all Austin and Texas-specific products.

10% off with code: ATASTEOFKOKO

1205 Sheldon Cove # 2-A, austin.wonderspaces.com/

Holey Moley in Austin Texas

Holey Moley

NEW vibey mini golf experience with the COOLEST cocktails served in glasses like a cowboy hat, disco ball, unicorn, and bathtub with a rubber ducky! Even the beer tower is awesome. Holey Moley just opened in East Austin with three 9-hole courses inspired by popular themes.

807 E 4th St, holeymoley.com/locations/austin

Soupleaf Hot Pot - all you can eat hot pot in Austin Texas

All-you-can-eat hot pot

NEW all-you-can-eat hot pot spot in Austin Texas! Soupleaf Hot Pot just opened with Chinese-style hot pot and it’s SO good. Steaming pot of hot pot and cold beer – perfect combo.

  • pick your broth: tonkatsu, tomato, miso dashi, Chinese mala, & vegetable
  • all-you-can-eat veggies, seafood, fish balls, noodles, etc
  • al la carte premium meat like angus prime, pork belly, beef brisket, shrimp, clams, etc
  • make your own sauce station
  • lunch is $18.99 per person & dinner is $23.99

6929 Airport Blvd Suite #127, soupleafhotpot.com

Ramen Tatsu-ya in Austin

Eat noodles

Every time it rains in Austin, there’s nothing more than I want to do but slurp a steaming bowl of ramen. Here’s my guide to the best ramen in Austin!

SEE ALSO: Best Asian Food in Austin

Electric Shuffle

The hottest new bar concept from London just opened in Austin – Electric Shuffle. This reimagined bar is rescuing the game of shuffleboard from the back of bars and putting a lively and contemporary spin on the classic bar game for an outrageously thrilling experience!

  • high-tech shuffleboards that track your score
  • sharable trophy cocktails 🏆
  • champagne bottle service 💥
  • full menu with pizzas, chicken wings, sliders, fries, & more
  • private rooms that hold 4-20 friends
  • $10/ person for 1 hour, $15/ person for 90 minutes
  • outdoor, dog-friendly walk-up bar on Rainey St

91 Red River St, Austin, TX 78701,

Museum of Ice Cream in Austin Texas

Museum of Ice Cream

Museum of Ice Cream is open in Austin at The Domain with it’s Instagrammable museum of ice creamI Its U.S. flagship outlet is located in New York, providing the culturally-rich Broadway area and its visitors a place for human connection and creativity. Its first ever international establishment is located in Singapore, bringing the sold-out interactive museum experience to Asia.

11506, Century Oaks Terrace, #128, museumoficecream.com

Viva Day Spa in Austin Texas

Viva Day Spa

I can’t imagine a better way than enjoying a hot stone massage or hydrating Hydrafacial while listening to the sound of rain. Viva Day Spa is my go-to and there are four locations in Austin: The Domain, 35th St, North Lamar, and Round Rock.


Cape Bottle Room in East Austin Texas

Cape Bottle Room

When it’s raining, head into a wine tasting room and learn about some new pours! Cape Bottle Room is a wine tasting room focused on South African wines and is actually the only exclusively South African wine venue in the U.S. All the wines are social and environmentally sustainable and available by the glass or by the bottle. Tasting room fits up to 50 people, perfect for private events.

500 San Marcos St #102, capebottleroom.com

SEE ALSO: 11 Best Wine Bars In Austin Texas

Go Axe Throwing

There are a few spots to go axe throwing in Austin like Celtic Axe Throwers at Amarillo Den and Urban Axes. Cidercade is also a fun option.


Get ready to travel through parallel universes & explore the cosmos in Austin’s newest immersive art experience, MESMERIZE, located inside of Native Hostel.

807 E 4th St, thisismesmerize.com

Alamo Drafthouse

Alamo Drafthouse

An obvious choice for rainy days. Watch a movie at the movie theater and grab dinner at the same time. My favorite combo is the bottomless popcorn with extra butter, fried pickles, buffalo cauliflower, and boozy milkshake. Or check out paramount theatre!

*Multiple locations, drafthouse.com/austin

The Contemporary Austin - Jones Center

The Contemporary Austin – Jones Center

The Contemporary Austin – Jones Center in downtown Austin has a new exhibit: Daniel Johnston: I Live My Broken Dreams and Crit Group Reunion. Guests are invited to step into the surreal universe of visionary musician and artist Daniel Johnston, filled with love, loss, ghosts, aliens, superheroes, and the eternal battle between good and evil.

As Austin’s only museum solely focused on contemporary artists and their work, The Contemporary Austin offers exhibitions, educational opportunities, and events that start conversations and fuel the city’s creative spirit. Known for artist-centric projects and collaborations, The Contemporary invites exploration at both its urban and natural settings—downtown at the Jones Center on Congress Avenue, lakeside at the Laguna Gloria campus (including the Betty and Edward Marcus Sculpture Park, the Art School, and the historic Driscoll Villa), and around Austin through the Museum Without Walls program.

700 Congress Ave, thecontemporaryaustin.org

Texas Farmers Market Mueller

Texas Farmers Market Mueller

The Texas Farmers Market in Mueller has a a new permanent home at Mueller’s Branch Park Pavilion that is indoors so no more worry of rain! Designed by The Lawrence Group, the Pavilion will feature 19,800+ square feet of gathering space and vendors will be inside of the Pavilion, wrapping around the perimeter of the building and set up on the closed-down Philomena Street segment between Aldrich St. and Mattie St.

Hours: 10am-2pm every Sunday rain or shine

2006 Philomena St, texasfarmersmarket.org

Wonder Bar in Austin

Wonder Bar

Escape from the rain and play at Austin’s newest Instagrammable bar, Wonder Bar, at the Domain!

11500 Rock Rose Ave Suite D, Austin, TX

Crowson Vineyards, wine bottles lined up on a table

Visit Tasting Rooms In Fredericksburg

When it pours, you might as well head down to Fredericksburg to the different winery tasting rooms. A couple of my favorites:

  • William Chris Vineyards
  • Ab Astris Winery
  • Crowson
  • Grape Creek Vineyards

SEE ALSO: 11 Best Wine Tours In Fredericksburg Texas


Pinballz Arcade

I just went to Pinballz for the first time last month and it was so much fun! Pinballz is similar to Dave & Busters with all the arcade games but with one major difference… it’s BYOB! Or in my case, BYOW – bring your own wine. I brought canned wine to sip on while playing all the games!

8940 Research Blvd, pinballzarcade.com

Austin Central Library

Austin Central Library

Curl up to a book at the Austin Central Library with the sound of rain on the rooftop garden that has an incredible view of Austin and overlooks Lady Bird Lake. If you’re hungry, head downstairs to the Cookbook Cafe.

710 W Cesar Chavez St, library.austintexas.gov/central-library

Topgolf Austin

Topgolf Austin

Topgolf is completely covered so rain or shine, swing away! They’re also dog-friendly.

2700 Esperanza Crossing, Austin, TX 78758, topgolf.com/us/austin/

Wanderlust Wine in Austin Texas

Wanderlust Wine

celebrating wine wed with the largest wine on tap winery in the world that’s in AUSTIN TX – with more than 56 wines on tap!

  • Every weds: all wines on tap are 50% off from 12-11p with live music
  • more than 56 wines on tap!
  • self-pour & you’re only charged for the ounces you pour!
  • reservations not needed
  • southern italian food truck parked in the back, @theheelofthebooteats

610 N Interstate Hwy 35, wanderlustwine.com

Hank's Austin coffee shop in Austin

Visit a new coffee shop

I’m guilty of always visiting my favorite local coffee shops in Austin so why not try a new stop? A couple of new spots:

  • El Tigre
  • Revival Coffee
  • Civil Goat
  • Fleet Coffee


The Thinkery

The children’s museum elevated. Want to avoid the kids? The Thinkery closes the museum on one Thursday of every month for Thinkery21 – adults can eat, drink and mingle while experiencing innovative science and art.

1830 Simond Ave, Austin, Texas 78723, thinkeryaustin.org

Prison Break at Escape Room

The Escape Game

You can get out of the rain and put your puzzle-solving skills to the test in these immersive escape rooms. They have 5 adventures to choose from that might have you finding gold, breaking out of prison, taking part in an art heist, and more. You can get more information and reserve here!

Blanton Museum

Blanton Museum

Located on the University of Texas Austin campus, The Blanton Museum of Art is one of the largest university museums in the nation. Admission is free on Thursday.

200 E Martin Luther King Jr Blvd, Austin, TX 78701

Austin Beerworks brewery in Austin Texas

Local breweries

We have dozens of local Austin breweries in Austin that make their own craft beer.

Bookpeople in Austin Texas


BookPeople is one of the few locally owned bookstores in Austin and the largest bookstore in Texas. Koko’s Guide To Austin is sold here!

603 N Lamar Blvd, bookpeople.com

Austin Bouldering Project

Austin Bouldering Project

The world’s largest bouldering gym is located in Austin at the Austin Bouldering Project with a 50,000 square foot facility. Everything is bigger in Texas right?

I recommend getting the day pass for $16 and spending the day at the facility. Austin Bouldering Project has rock climbing, yoga classes, a gym, food options, and an area to work upstairs.

979 Springdale Rd #150, austinboulderingproject.com



It’s on my bucket list to skydive (even though it terrifies me) so I’ll opt for indoor skydiving for now. Skydive at iFly’s high-tech indoor attraction located in North Austin boasts a vertical-wind-tunnel-powered skydiving simulation. That’s me in the photo above!

13265 US-183, iflyworld.com/austin/

Punch Bowl Social Austin

Punch Bowl Social

21,000-square-foot venue with a craft-beverage bar, a gastropub diner featuring high-end comfort food, private-party facilities and a one-of-a-kind Old School entertainment space offering pool, pingpong, shuffleboard, darts, vintage arcade games, board games and a private karaoke room.

11310 Domain Dr, Austin, TX 78758, punchbowlsocial.com/Austin/

Dart Bowl

Highland Lanes

No-frills old-school bowling alley with ample snack options, full bar & discount specials. Ask for the COOL Glow Bowling (Electric Bowl) where you can bowl with the lights down–great music turned up and awesome special effects lighting.

** Dart Bowl has sadly closed

8909 Burnet Rd, highlandlanes.com



IKEA is always packed and it’s a nightmare, but not on rainy days! Go for some home inspiration, or browse their new collections.

1 IKEA Way Round Rock, TX 78665, ikea.com

Blazer Tag

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Blazer Tag

Blazer Tag in South Austin is the largest laser tag arena in Texas with a 10,000 sq/ft laser tag arena with towers & ramps.

1701 W Ben White Blvd, Austin, TX 78704, blazertag.com

Vigilante Gaming Bar

Before you say, “Gaming bar? Really?” Vigilante has every single board game possible (200+ options) with food, sake cocktails, wine, and beer. It’s $10 a table so if you have 3 friends plus yourself, that’s $2.50 per person for the entire day and unlimited board games. If you want some privacy and have a large group, Vigilante also has private rooms to rent.

Let it pour outside while you discover a new board game and toss back sake bombs!

7010 Easy Wind Dr #150, Austin, TX, vigilantebar.com

Bullock Texas State History Museum

Opened in 2001 as the official history museum of the State of Texas, we engage the broadest possible audience to interpret the continually unfolding Story of Texas through meaningful educational experiences. We also collect and archive first-person stories about Texas through the Texas Story Project, because the memories and experiences of Texas people, places, and objects contribute to a better understanding of the generations that came before us.

The Bullock Museum is currently open Wednesday to Sunday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. If you’re not into a history museum, Bob Bullock also has an IMAX Theatre.

1800 Congress Ave, thestoryoftexas.com

Mexic-Arte Museum

The Mexic‐Arte Museum is dedicated to enriching the community through education programs, exhibitions, and the collection, preservation, and interpretation of Mexican, Latino, and Latin American art and culture for visitors of all ages.

419 Congress Ave, mexic-artemuseum.org

Harry Ransom Center

The Harry Randsom Center is an archive, library and museum at the University of Texas at Austin housing 36 million literary manuscripts, one million rare books, five million photographs, more than 100,000 works of art, and complete copy of the Gutenberg Bible. Admission is free and you can go on daily tours of exhibits related to literature, photography, film, art, and the performing arts.

300 W 21st St, hrc.utexas.edu/

LBJ Presidential Library

Also located at the University of Texas at Austin is the LBJ Presidential Library that is the presidential library and museum of Lyndon Baines Johnson, the 36th President of the United States.

Free admission to the public is available on several days throughout the year.

2313 Red River St, lbjlibrary.org

Texas State Capitol Building

If you want to be a true Austinite, you have to visit the Texas State Capitol Building at least once and a rainy day in Austin is the best time.

Capitol Tours are typically free but currently suspended due to COVID. Self-guided tours of the Capitol and Grounds are allowed. You can pick up free self-guided Capitol and Grounds tour brochures at the Capitol north entry or Capitol Information and Guide Service 1S.2.

1100 Congress Ave, tspb.texas.gov/prop/tc/tc/capitol.html


Jane Ko is the Austin blogger behind A Taste of Koko, Austin's top food and travel blog featuring the hottest restaurants and weekend getaways. Jane has been a speaker at South by Southwest (SXSW), Texas Conference for Women, BlogHer, and more on entrepreneurship and social media. She lives in Austin Texas with her dog and cat.