It doesn’t rain often in Austin but when it does, us Austinites are left stranded. Here are my top picks for the 15 best things to do on a rainy day in 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/
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
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
Enter the safe house of a Soviet spy and try to reveal his true identity. You have one hour to figure out your way out of the room with your friends. We made it just 10 minutes over!
5555 N Lamar Blvd Suite K110, Austin, TX 78751, austin.mazerooms.com
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, Austin, TX 78702, 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 boasts a vertical-wind-tunnel-powered skydiving simulation. That’s me in the photo above!
13265 US-183, Austin, TX 78750, iflyworld.com/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/
The fun; vintage bowling lanes, billiards tables, ping-pong tables, Skeeball lanes, shuffleboard, Zoltar fortune telling and a private karaoke room. The regal; our unique dining spaces including a social dining room that overlooks our Brazilian wrap around bar, two elevated lounges, a private banquet hall and a lush pet-friendly patio.
An obvious choice for rainy days. Watch a movie and grab dinner at the same time. My favorite combo is the bottomless popcorn with extra butter, fried pickles, buffalo cauliflower, and boozy milkshake.
*Multiple locations, drafthouse.com/austin
Opened since 1958, Dart Bowl offers the most affordable lanes in Austin with $1.50 games (per person/per game) on Sundays after 9pm. Check out the Lazer Maze when you’re there, we spent over a hour trying to beat each others times.
5700 Grover Ave, Austin, TX 78756, dartbowl.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
DAVE & BUSTERS
I love going to D&B with my friends for the games and their appetizer platter. You know that fluffy unicorn from Despicable Me? Yeah, I have the lifesize one on my bed.
9333 Research Blvd, #A600, Austin, TX 78759, daveandbusters.com
Blazer Tag is the largest lazer 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
Photo credit: Richard Casteel
STILL AUSTIN WHISKEY CO
Still Austin Whiskey Co. is the first whiskey distillery to open within the Austin city limits since Prohibition. Still Austin Whiskey is one of the rare birds of craft distilling in that it’s a “grain-to- glass” distillery, making whiskey from 100% scratch. Through their relationships with Texas farmers, they utilize local grains, limestone-filtered water, and the Texas climate to make bold whiskey expressions unique to Austin.
Rainy day in Austin? Go to Still Austin Whiskey and go on a tasting or tour for $12 that includes a tasting!
440 E St Elmo Rd, Austin, TX 78745, stillaustin.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