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Central Florida's sunshine state reputation can take a temporary dip when rain showers roll in, but fear not, adventure seekers! Orlando transforms into a haven for indoor fun, offering a diverse range of activities guaranteed to keep your day exciting and your date night sparks flying. From heart-pounding thrills to creative explorations, this guide unveils the coolest indoor options to turn a rainy day (or very hot day) in Orlando into an unforgettable experience.

Got kids? Head to Orlando-Parenting.com for 24 Indoor Things to Do in Orlando with Kids.

Rainy Day Orlando Indoor Activities

From indoor arcades to food halls, plus unique movie theaters, and museums, there are plenty of activities on a rainy day, or hot day, in Orlando.

  1. Player 1 Video Game Bar
  2. Primrose Lanes Orlando
  3. Arcade Monsters in Oviedo
  4. Stadium Club
  5. ICEBAR Orlando
  6. K1 Speed
  7. Andretti Indoor Karting & Games
  8. Dezerland Park Orlando
  9. Main Event Orlando
  10. GameTime Kissimmee
  11. The Keg Social
  12. Elev8 Sanford
  13. Putting Edge Indoor Mini Golf
  14. Battleground Orlando Lazer Tag
  15. Semoran Skateway
  16. Orlando Science Center
  17. Sea Life Aquarium
  18. Orange County Regional History Center
  19. Orlando Museum of Art
  20. American art at the Charles Hosmer Morse Museum of American Art
  21. Old Kinderhook Glass Blowing and Axe Throwing in Sanford

Places for Indoor Activities in Orlando

Player 1 Video Game Bar

Drinking and playing games go hand in hand. Several Orlando bars make for great indoor date ideas and allow you to sip adult beverages while indulging your inner child. One of the most popular and longest-lasting arcade bars in Orlando is Player 1 Video Game Bar

Orlando's ultimate gamer lounge with games from Ms. Pac-Man to PS5 and one of the best selections of craft beer around. A $5 cover charge gets you unlimited retro arcade games in Player 1, a dark, clubby bar filled with video games and craft brews. It's no-frills, sure, but it's also an incredibly fun way to spend an afternoon.

WHERE: 8562 Palm Pkwy, Orlando; 407-504-7521

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Primrose Lanes Orlando

Colonial Lanes has been reborn as Primrose Lanes Restaurant and Bowling Club. Drink, dine, and bowl with lanes of fun, plus a dining space helmed by some familiar names from Orlando’s culinary scene. Chef Nick Grecco (Cask & Larder, Black Bean Deli) developed the menu, and you can get your cocktail fix at the bar overlooking the lanes. 

WHERE: 400 N Primrose Drive, Orlando; 407-745-0862

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Primrose Lanes – Image by Dani Meyering

Arcade Monsters

If you're near Seminole County, don't miss Arcade Monsters in Oviedo and Lake Mary – it's huge and has a small bar with drinks and snacks. Have a blast playing games in a 16,000 square feet of arcade gaming, restaurant, bar, merchandise store, and anime art exhibit space. Arcade Monsters is locally owned and fun for all ages. AND, a new Arcade Monsters location has opened on International Drive!

WHERE: 3 locations
15 Alafaya Woods Blvd, Suite 117. Oviedo; 407-542-4499
1130 Townpark Ave #1122, Lake Mary; 407-878-3569
6362 International Drive, Orlando; 407-250-5680

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Stadium Club

Stadium Club has awesome, chef-driven food (not your typical sports bar fare), delicious cocktails, and mocktails plus an incredible atmosphere. Stadium Club aims to provide a stadium-like experience with large screens visible from around the bar and dining room. Best of all there are game simulators in private-bays. You can book these bays by the hour and enjoy interactive game simulators like soccer, golf, football, soccer, hockey, and even carnival games!

WHERE: 8101 World Center Dr, Orlando; 407-238-8120

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Stadium Club at Caribe Royale Orlando – Image by Dani Meyering

ICEBAR Orlando

ICEBAR is, as its name states, a bar made out of ice with a below-freezing theme. You get a parka-like jacket to wear inside, and your drinks come in ice glasses. Once you are good and frozen you can visit the adjacent Fire Lounge and warm up with themed cocktails and dancing. There is a cover charge that includes your jacket and time in the ICEBAR, but you can experience the Fire Lounge without the cover charge.

WHERE: 8967 International Dr, Orlando; 407-426-7555

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Summer date ideas in Orlando - ICEBAR
Image credit: ICEBAR

K1 Speed

K1 Speed is the place for thrills and excitement! Open to the public every day of the year, there is no better place to experience wheel-to-wheel racing. They have designed their indoor go-kart track with the needs of the public in mind, and you will find they have far more to offer than you might expect! In addition to their professionally designed track, they also have 50+ arcade games, a prize redemption area, a bowling alley, a restaurant and bar, plus lots of authentic racing memorabilia on display.

WHERE: 5228 Vanguard St., Orlando; 407-434-7500

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Andretti Indoor Karting & Games

This all-in-one complex features go-karting, bowling, VR games, and more. From classic arcade and prize games to the latest and greatest, there's something for everyone.

Indulge in an unforgettable dining experience in their full-service restaurant and bar, where good times and amazing food come together. Their award-winning Chef has carefully curated a menu that celebrates the use of fresh ingredients, and culinary creations made entirely from scratch.

WHERE: 9299 Universal Blvd, Orlando; 407-305-5786

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Andretti Indoor Karting & Games | image credit: @theorlandoduo

Dezerland Park Orlando

Dezerland Park is a huge indoor space with go-karting, bowling, arcade games, axe throwing, and glow-in-the-dark mini-golf at Putting Edge. With over 20+ thrilling indoor attractions, experience the excitement at the longest indoor karting track in Florida, dive into the thrill of the largest pinball arcade in the state, and immerse yourself in one of the world’s most extensive car collections in the world at the Orlando Auto Museum.

WHERE: 5250 International Dr, Orlando; 321-754-1700

Main Event Orlando

Main Event Orlando is a sprawling entertainment complex that is just one of many ways to spend date night at Pointe Orlando on International Drive. While you'll have to make a run for it getting from the parking garage to the indoor game hub, an array of fun games await once you've made it indoors. Bowling, virtual reality, games, and a ropes course are just a few fun adventures to choose from.

WHERE: 9101 International Drive Suite 1032, Orlando; 407-352-3300

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Main Event Entertainment Center

GameTime Kissimmee

GameTime offers a Mega Arcade with a full-service restaurant and sports bar. GameTime’s Mega Arcade has over 100 new and retro arcade games, prize machines, and other interactive games! At GameTime Kissimmee, you can play and eat in style! Their extensive menu includes a wide selection of appetizers, entrees, kid’s meals, healthy salads, and sports bar options like wings and build-your-own burgers.

The Kissimmee location is part of Sunset Walk at Margaritaville Orlando Resort, and there are other locations around Central Florida like Ocoee and Daytona Beach.

WHERE: 3241 Margaritaville Blvd, Kissimmee; 407-749-1287

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Keg Social

For the most adult indoor entertainment experience, head towards UCF for The Keg Social. This place is great for late nights packed with axe-throwing, bowling, VIP Karaoke, billiards, ping-pong, retro games, plus food, drink, and an outdoor patio. They have four themed bars, including craft cocktails made with house-made syrups, 50 craft beers on tap, seasonal drafts and cans, and their upstairs Flo Bar dedicated to craft beers and spirits originating from Florida.

WHERE: 12850 Waterford Lakes Pkwy, Orlando; 407-286-3000

Elev8 Sanford

With two floors packed with indoor fun, plus two bars, and a full restaurant, you could easily spend an entire afternoon at Elev8 Sanford. The ropes course and bowling lanes will most likely capture your attention right away. A bar is near the entrance if you're ready to raise a glass to a fun indoor date.

The restaurant is very casual and certainly not for high-end dining, but don't skip out on an appetizer, flatbread, or burger to keep the fun going. The upstairs arcade is loud, colorful, and full of the latest exciting games, plus larger-than-life Connect Four, Pac-Man, and other classics.

Downstairs is a great vibe for date night. It is a little more adult-focused thanks to the Rewind Arcade full of retro games. The downstairs bar overlooks the retro arcade and the go-karts making for a fun spot to hang out and enjoy the view.

WHERE: 320 Towne Center Cir, Sanford; 407-777-2876

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Elev8 Sanford Ropes Course
Elev8 Sanford Ropes Course

Putting Edge Indoor Mini Golf

Putting Edge is an 18-hole indoor mini-golf course lit completely by black lights. Put on your favorite white t-shirt and have a friendly competition. For extra fun, follow the instructions at each hole for alternative putting methods, like one hole in which you must kick the ball soccer-style instead of using your putter. Plus, Putting Edge is part of Dezerland Park Orlando which bills itself as Florida's largest indoor attraction.

WHERE: 5250 International Dr, Orlando; 407-248-0700

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Putting Edge glow in the dark mini golf

Battleground Orlando Lazer Tag

Remember elementary school birthday parties spent roller skating and playing laser tag? Enjoy a heavy dose of nostalgia while playing a game of laser tag, grown-up style. They have real all-terrain combat fields so, … you may get dirty. This is the closest to real combat you can get. They have Indoor and Outdoor courses with grass, sand, trenches, woods, sometimes mud, urban structures, etc. So leave your Gucci purses and designer shoes at home and prepare for battle! 

WHERE: 7190 Rose Ave, Orlando; 407-294-0694

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Semoran Skateway

Glide into a world of joy with roller skating, laughter, and exciting music! Semoran Skateway has been entertaining locals for decades and continuously updates its offerings. If you are worried about the kiddos, they have a special Adults night on Sundays where you can skate for just $10 (plus a $3 skate rental).

WHERE: 2670 Cassel Creek Blvd, Casselberry; 407-834-9106

Orlando Science Center

The Orlando Science Center is just as fun for adults as it is for kids. Inside you'll find exhibits focused on nature, dinosaurs, planet Earth, and more. Live science demonstrations take place on most days, but check the schedule on the day of your visit to confirm. Listen for news on upcoming seasonal Science Night Live events; these are themed evenings exclusively for adults 21 and over.

WHERE: 777 E Princeton St, Orlando; 407-514-2000

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Sea Life Aquarium

Located at ICON Park, the Sea Life Aquarium is surprisingly enjoyable and larger in size than it appears from the outside. Walk through an ocean tunnel, spot sharks and sea turtles, or catch one of the daily dive shows. If you purchase tickets online look for a Florida Resident discount.

For an epic date idea, book the Behind the Scenes Tour which is a 30-minute experience. You'll get to see a day in the life of an aquarist. It is just $10 and you'll get to visit multiple areas that are not part of the normal Sea Life experience. My husband and I were invited to do this tour with our son, which exceeded our expectations. Get a view of the ocean tanks by walking above the surface at the Ocean Overlook. And wrap up the tour by feeding some fish.

WHERE: 8449 International Dr, Orlando; 855-450-0680

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Orlando Sea Life Aquarium

Orange County Regional History Center

Spend the afternoon learning about Central Florida's history with exhibits exploring aviation, African-American history, our natural environment, theme parks, and more. The History Center includes a museum in a historic courthouse, the collection of the Historical Society of Central Florida, the Joseph L. Brechner Research Library, the Emporium Gift Shop, and Heritage Square park. It advances its mission through wide-ranging programs, permanent and traveling exhibits, and limited-run exhibitions from other prestigious institutions. Admission is $8. On the Third Thursday of each month, they offer free admission from 6 to 8 p.m.

WHERE: 65 E Central Blvd, Orlando; 407-836-8500

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Orlando Museum of Art

Orlando Museum of Art is Orlando’s flagship museum and a leading provider of visual art education and experiences in a four-county region. Annually, the museum presents about a dozen exhibitions consisting of special and visiting exhibitions, as well as ones curated from the museum’s collections.

Launching on January 18, 2024, during OMA's centennial year, Access for All at OMA is a monthly free day dedicated to the community. On the third Thursday of each month, we'll extend our hours from 10 AM to 8 PM, offering free admission to all visitors. Each event will feature live performances, educational experiences, and more! Sketching materials will be available to visitors between 5 pm and 7 pm, and a docent-led highlights tour will be held at 7 pm.

WHERE: 2416 N Mills Ave, Orlando; 407-896-4231

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Image credit: Orlando Museum of Art

Charles Hosmer Morse Museum of American Art

Nothing comforts quite like an art museum on a rainy day, or an afternoon when you just want to escape for a while. Hiding in plain sight on a quieter corner of Park Avenue in Winter Park is The Charles Hosmer Morse Museum of American Art. The Morse Museum is a hidden gem in Winter Park home to the most comprehensive collection anywhere of Louis Comfort Tiffany glass. Inside, find a collection of jewelry, lamps, sculptures, and American art in addition to a full chapel interior with its own private viewing room.

WHERE: 445 N Park Ave, Winter Park; 407-645-5311

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Morse Museum Winter Park
Image credit: Charles Hosmer Morse Museum of American Art

Old Kinderhook in Sanford

When the weather is hot or rainy head to historic downtown Sanford. This charming area has tons of breweries, restaurants, shops, and cafes that you can easily stroll to, from one to the other – even in the rain. One of the best indoor spots is new to Sanford, but not new to Orlando. Old Kinderhook is right next to West End Trading Company (a legendary spot in Sanford) and offers glass blowing and axe throwing – dubbed throw and blow.

editor dani meyering participates in a Glass Blowing Class at Old Kinderhook in Sanford
Glass Blowing Class at Old Kinderhook – image by Dani Meyering

You can learn the basics of glass blowing while making your own glass charm for a necklace, or hang out at the axe throwing lanes.

This isn't some ordinary axe throwing. Instead of just throwing at a board, digital projections onto the board create fun games like duck hunting or whack a mole. And the digital boards keep score for you. It adds a whole other level of fun.

Old Kinderhook in Sanford Axe Throwing and Glass Blowing tables with view of indoor activities
Old Kinderhook in Sanford – image by Dani Meyering

Old Kinderhook has a large menu of soft drinks and craft beers. You can order food from The Joint right next door, get a text when it is ready, and walk right next door to pick it up.

Where: 307 E 2nd St, Sanford, Fl 32771

As you can see there are lots of indoor activities in Orlando, so don't let a rainy day (or super hot day) spoil your fun!

This post is updated throughout the year, most recent update in May 2024 by Meghan Roth and Dani Meyering