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17 Best Things To Do On A Rainy Day In Austin

October 20, 2018

UPDATED MAY 2019

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 things to do on a rainy day in Austin!

SEE ALSO: The 25 Instagram Worthy Restaurants in Austin

 

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

 

Infinite Monkey Theorem

The Infinite Monkey Theorem

After opening the doors of its first Austin location in 2015, The Infinite Monkey Theorem has moved to East Austin to an 11,000 square foot warehouse allowing them to produce up to 10,000 more bottled wine cases per year! Much like the old space, the winery will continue hosting a slate of programming such as the popular Silent Disco taking place the first Friday of the month and Trivia Tuesdays, as well as regular tours & tastings and one-off events. 

702 Shady Ln, theinfinitemonkeytheorem.com

 

Pinballz

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

 

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!

 

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. 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/

 

Thinkery

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

 

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

 

Maze Room Austin

MAZE ROOM

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

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

 

iFly

IFLY

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 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/

 

Alamo Drafthouse

ALAMO DRAFTHOUSE

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

 

Dart Bowl

DART BOWL

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

IKEA

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

via @knnneecole

BlAZER TAG

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

 

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


Best Things To Do On A Rainy Day In Austin

WRITTEN BY:

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.

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