When it comes to how to spend a sunny day, there's no shortage of options around Orlando. But what are the things to do on a rainy day in Orlando? Sure, you could order pizza and binge-watch the latest craze to hit Netflix, but there are so many indoor activities in Orlando, why let the day go to waste? Here are our favorite indoor things to do in Orlando and date ideas for a rainy day.

Got kids? Head to Orlando-Parenting.com for 23 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 in Orlando.

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  1. Player 1 Video Game Bar
  2. Primrose Lanes Orlando
  3. Arcade Monsters in Oviedo
  4. 1Up Bar in Downtown Orlando
  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. SeaLife Aquarium
  18. Orange County Regional History Center
  19. Orlando Museum of Art
  20. American art at the Charles Hosmer Morse Museum of American Art

Places for Indoor Activities in Orlando

Check out an arcade-themed 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

If you're near Seminole County, don't miss Arcade Monsters in Oviedo – it's huge and has a small bar with drinks and snacks. AND, a new Arcade Monsters location has opened on International Drive!

Just down the road at the Oviedo Mall is District Eat and Play with tons of incredible arcade games, fascinating escape rooms, and a great bar with casual food.

1Up in Downtown Orlando is a retro arcade bar that earns rave reviews. And Primrose Lanes is a marvelous retro restaurant that pays homage to one of Orlando's most beloved, historic bowling alleys.

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Primose Lanes bowling and dining – image by Dani Meyering

Alternatively, it is not an arcade bar, but ICEBAR Orlando is a cool indoor date idea. With two venues in one, Fire Lounge on one side and the ICEBAR on the other, you can spend a full evening here in a truly unique atmosphere.

Related: 19 Unique Bars in Orlando

Race around an indoor go-kart track

Several indoor go-kart racing tracks in Orlando attract locals and visitors alike. Check out K1 Speed (near the Florida Mall) and Andretti Indoor Karting & Games, which has an arcade bar, ropes/zipline course, laser tag, bowling, and more in addition to karting. Both options are located about 15 minutes from each other, so visit each one if you're having a good time. Just don't forget to wear closed-toe shoes!

Related: Date Ideas on International Drive

Explore an Indoor Entertainment Complex

The claim to fame of Dezerland Park Orlando is that it is the largest indoor attraction in the area. Explore go-karts, a massive arcade, bowling, bumper cars, a trampoline park, pinball, and more. There are casual places to eat too!

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.

Also in the attractions area is GameTime Kissimmee. With a full menu, bar, and tons of games this is another great indoor date idea. 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.

One of the great things about the attractions area is all the resorts and hotels locals can visit, even without staying the night. NEW at the Caribe Royale in Lake Buena Visita is 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.

Stadium Club at Caribe Royale Orlando – Image by Dani Meyering

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!

Chicken and Waffles and Hockey Simulator at Stadium Club Orlando
Chicken and Waffles and Hockey Simulator – image by Dani Meyering

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.

Do it all at Elev8 Sanford

Although it is a bit north of Orlando, Elev8 Sanford is worth a trip. We were invited out to check out all there is to do here, and it has quickly become one of our favorite indoor date ideas. With two floors packed with indoor fun, plus two bars, and a full restaurant, you could easily spend an entire afternoon at Elev8 Sanford.

Elev8 Sanford Ropes Course
Elev8 Sanford Ropes Course

The entrance is on the upper floor and you'll immediately notice the fun energy in every corner. 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. There are also pool tables and a mini-golf course that feels more like an arcade-mini-golf mashup.

Elev8 Sanford Rewind Arcade - Lower Floor
Elev8 Sanford Rewind Arcade – Lower Floor

The downstairs bar overlooks the retro arcade and the go-karts making for a fun spot to hang out and enjoy the view. Our go-kart experience was so exhilarating that we pulled up a seat at the bar for some ice water and great local craft beer to refresh ourselves immediately after the race.

Important tip – It is best to wear comfortable clothes you can move around in, especially for bending up and down, getting in and out of the go-karts, and so forth. Close-toed shoes are required for some experiences.

Play laser tag or go roller skating

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. Battleground Orlando offers indoor tactical courses.

Or if you're near Seminole County, head to Semoran Skateway which has been entertaining locals for decades and continuously updates its offerings.

Play a round of glow in the dark 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.

Build your relationship in an escape room

Escape games and escape rooms are interactive, adventure scenarios where multiple players are locked in a room and have to work together to find clues, solve puzzles and crack the code to escape within a set amount of time. It's an epic indoor date idea! Each game has a unique room and story, which range from helping to steal a painting to finding buried treasure.

Not only does this work as a date idea, but it doubles as a team-building experience.

Drink and Dine Indoors

Share a meal at an indoor market
Orlando is home to several wonderful indoor markets, each featuring a variety of food options alongside items from local vendors.

  • East End Market has a little bit of everything
  • Henry's Depot in Sanford is perfect for a food and drink crawl, complete with a Florida-themed bar
  • Plant St. Market is home to Crooked Can Brewery and a coal-fired pizza joint, Michael's Ali Coal Fired Pizza, in addition to many other vendors.
Plant Street Market next to Crooked Can Brewery
Plant Street Market next to Crooked Can Brewery – Dani Meyering

Sip craft beer at one of Orlando's many breweries

The craft beer movement is going strong in Orlando with new breweries being announced frequently. Check out Crooked Can Brewing in Winter Garden (the Cloud Chaser Hefeweizen is blissful). Other local breweries include Ten10 Brewing and Hourglass Brewing, among others. Here's our full brewery guide.

Relaxing Indoor Activities in Orlando

If the rainy day in Orlando is zapping your energy, there are many relaxing indoor date ideas around Orlando. Explore some of the best spas for couples in Orlando and other relaxing ideas.

Book a couple's spa day

For the ultimate in rainy day relaxation, visit one of Orlando's local spas.

Options include the Duet Signature couples massage at Poseidon Spa (in the Grand Bohemian Orlando), custom facials at Spa Orlando (the Gentleman's facial is tailored to men), or a 2-hour couples package (includes a 50 minute couples massage and 50 minute pedicure for both) at Mokara Spa located inside the Omni at ChampionsGate.

For a unique spa experience, book an appointment at Beer Spa Orlando.

Catch a film at Enzian Theatre

Going to the movies is a standard rainy day option, so freshen up this go-to activity by watching an independent film or cult-classic at Enzian Theatre. In addition to the feature film (showing daily), Enzian also shows cult classics, film festival picks, and other special programs. It's also home to Eden Bar and the yearly Florida Film Festival. Check their calendar online for a full list of upcoming films and events.

Enzian Theater
Image credit: Enzian Theater

Other Indoor Theaters in Orlando to catch a show:

Learn Something New at Orlando's Museums

Nerd out at the 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.

Orlando-Parenting.com has an expert guide with Tips for Visiting the Orlando Science Center.

Visit the 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.

Related: Don't Miss These Things to do at ICON Park

SeaLife Aquarium Orlando - Indian Ocean Tank
SeaLife Aquarium Orlando – Indian Ocean Tank | Dani Meyering

Spend the afternoon at a local museum

If you're a fan of art and history, you're in luck! Learn about Central Florida's history at the Orange County Regional History Center, check out the latest art exhibits at the Orlando Museum of Art (and dine at a Mills50 area restaurant afterward), view Tiffany glass and American art at the Charles Hosmer Morse Museum of American Art in Winter Park, or visit one of your own favorites.

Charles Hosmer Morse Museum

Create your own stay at home fun

For those days when the weather is extra dreary and you just can't bring yourself to change out of your pajamas, get creative with a fun date night at home.

Or make it a gourmet night at home. If you have a flair for travel make your own international date at home.

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