Rainy days can feel like a drag when you're used to the year-round sunshine and beach weather of Sarasota. Don't let yourself go stir-crazy on a rainy day; there are numerous fun activities to do around town that don't involve the beach! You can still get out of the house and keep the whole family entertained, even on a gloomy day. Here are a few ideas for fun things to do on a rainy day in Sarasota:
Nothing cures the rainy weather blues like a day at the movies! This spot offers something different than most traditional movie theaters as it's Sarasota's premier location to catch first-run foreign, independent, and art films. Located in the historic Burns Court area, this theatre offers a revolving selection of hand-picked films. Beer and wine are available at the concession-stand for parents while kids can enjoy classic movie snacks. Who doesn't love eating popcorn and watching a movie on a rainy day?
Established in 1927, The John and Mable Ringling Museum of Art is the state art museum of Florida. While the outdoor gardens are always free to visit, the indoor Museum of Art is ideal for a rainy day. Adult admission is $25, but the museum offers free admission on Mondays and numerous discounts for students, children, military, teachers, and seniors. Beyond the Museum of Art, admission includes access to the historic Ca' d'Zan Mansion, Bayfront Gardens, an art library, the Circus Museums, and the Historic Asolo Theatre. There's so much to see at this spot, making it the perfect place to escape a rainy day!
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Art Center Sarasota is a member-based organization that engages the artistic community of Sarasota. With four rotating exhibition galleries, there is always something new and exciting to see here. The center also offers both adult and youth classes, workshops, and educational programs. Spend a rainy day exploring the galleries or getting your creative juices flowing with an art class!
Sarasota's Classic Car Museum is a car buff's rainy day paradise. The 60,000 square-foot facility houses a constantly rotating collection of over 100 vintage cars of all types. In fact, it's the second-oldest continuously operating antique car museum in the country! Travel back in time as you view antique, exotic, European, and one-of-a-kind classic cars. The museum is open seven days a week from 9:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m., and admission is $12.85 for adults.
JDub’s Brewing Company is a production craft brewery and tap room that also offers tours and a rotating selection of food trucks! Spend a rainy day relaxing and sipping on one of their tasty craft brews. They have four flagship beers plus yearly offerings available. Tours are given Thursdays at 6:00 p.m. and Fridays and Saturdays at 1:00 p.m. and 6:00 p.m. for $5 and include one flagship beer! If rain is in the weekend forecast, gather some friends and book a tour at JDub's!
Experience ocean life even when the rain ruins your beach day by seeing a variety of marine life and scientists in action at the Mote Marine Laboratory & Aquarium! This working aquarium allows you to experience a wide array of marine animals up-close. Stop by their two touch tanks or observe the ocean's most ferocious predators in the 135,000-gallon shark habitat. You'll also be able to witness the scientific research that goes on at the aquarium in viewable working laboratories. Have fun while learning something new about ocean creatures at this unique, exciting spot!
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Rain or shine, there's something for everyone to enjoy in the beautiful city of Sarasota, so check out one or more of these places on the next rainy day!
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