Rainy days can make anyone want to stay, but you don’t have to. Charlotte offers plenty of indoor activities so you can have fun on a rainy day.
A gloomy and dismal day can take a person’s mood from cheerful to dreary, but we know some good places to turn the tide when rain is forecast in Charlotte. Things to do include art classes, brews, kid-friendly options for the whole family, indoor mini-golf, and more.
Here are 11 places to visit when it rains:
Be a Kid at Frankie’s Fun Park
Location: 10621 Bryton Corporate Center Dr, Huntersville, NC 28078
Frankie’s Fun Park is perfect for an indoor day out as it has a variety of activities to keep you busy for hours. Indoor options include arcade games, bowling, laser tag and more.
Cost: Varies depending on the activity. Bowling is $35 on weekdays or $40 on weekends, plus $5 shoe rental; bumper cars are $7; the laser tag is $9; mini-golf is $10; rides are $6+.
Browse Black Authors at Urban Reader Bookstore
Location: 440 East McCullough Drive Suite A-130 Charlotte NC 28262
Neighbourhood: University City South
You can buy new and used books from home if you want to stay, or head to the independent bookstore that opened in 2021 to browse what’s on the shelves.
Cost: Varies, depending on whether you are making a purchase
Explore Charlotte’s Downtown Museums
Bechtler Museum of Modern Art
Location: 420 S Tryon St, Charlotte, NC 28202
Neighborhood: Third Ward/Uptown
Harvey B. Gantt Center for African American Arts and Culture
Location: 551 S. Tryon St., Charlotte, NC 28202
Neighbourhood: Second Ward/Uptown
NASCAR Hall of Fame
Location: 400 E MLK Jr Blvd, Charlotte, NC 28202
Neighbourhood: Second Ward/Uptown
When the rain slows down your day, head to Uptown to check out some of Charlotte’s museums. You can explore the Bechtler for Modern Art History or learn more about African-American history at the Harvey B. Gantt Center. Or zoom into the NASCAR Hall of Fame to find out everything you ever wanted to know about motor racing.
Cost: Bechtler and Gantt Center range from free to $9; NASCAR Hall of Fame ranges from $20 to $27, with additional packages available.
Pro tip: Admission to many Charlotte museums is free on Wednesday nights as part of Wednesday Night Live.
10 lanes of the park
Location: 1700 Montford Drive, Charlotte, NC 28209
Queen Park Social
Location: 4125 Yancey Road, Charlotte, NC 28217
Neighbourhood: York Road
Avoid the rain at 10 Park Lanes or Queen Park Social, some of the best bowling alleys in Queen City. There’s nothing like a bit of rubbish chatting with friends over food and drink to pass the time.
Cost: Prices for 10 Park Lanes vary depending on the time of day, but expect to range from $100 to $200 for 2.5 hours plus bowling shoe rental for two people, and a $20 automatic gift card for food and beverages can be added during peak hours when you make reservations online. Queen Park Social lanes are $35/hour for up to six people, plus $5 for shoes per person.
Lounge at PAPARAZI CLT
Address: 9539 Pinnacle Dr, Charlotte, North Carolina 28262
Neighbourhood: University City North
PAPARAZZI CLT is a selfie bar, restaurant and lounge with interactive selfie walls and photo booths for guests 21+ to enjoy and get picturesque photos – perfect for an indoor night out. The restaurant’s menu features a variety of daytime options, like Taco Tuesday and Fried Night, and its wildly popular brunch is available on weekends. Make reservations through OpenTable or the QR code on its website.
Cost: Prices vary depending on the entertainment offered, but ladies are often free with an RSVP.
Make your own creation at Lip N Pour
Address: 1811 Sardis Rd N Suite 204, Charlotte, North Carolina, 28270
Neighbourhood: East Forest
Instead of shopping online on a rainy day, people who love lip products can create their own instead. In the Lip N Pour class, guests make their own lipstick, with options such as cream, matte, liquid matte, ice lip, or smoothie lip. You can make reservations online in advance.
Cost: Classes are $65.
Putt-putt in Puttery
Address: 210 Rampart Street, Charlotte, North Carolina 28203
Puttery, an indoor miniature golf course, is a perfect place to shelter from the rain. It not only has great scenery for mini golf, but also great food and drink, such as lamb chop sliders and the Tasty Green cocktail. As you progress through the courses, the difficulty increases.
Ride at Kate’s Skates
Location: 4114 E. Franklin Blvd, Gastonia, NC 28056
Location: 1151 Ice Rink Drive, Gastonia, NC 28054
Location: 14500 E Independence Blvd, Indian Trail, NC 28079
Neighborhood: Indian Trail
Location: 1530 Celanese Road, Rock Hill, SC 29732
Neighbourhood: Rock Hill
Don’t be rained at home. When was the last time you put on a pair of skates and went to a roller rink? You can spend a day at Kate’s Skates, listen to your favorite tunes while skating, then break for nachos or a slice of pizza.
Cost: Price varies by location, but starts at $5-$10 admission, plus $5 skate rental.
Sip a drink at the Flower Bar
Location: 1201 Village Harbor Dr., Ste 103, Lake Wylie, SC 29710
Neighbourhood: Lake Wylie
Location: 1988 Cherry Road, Rock Hill, SC 29732
Neighbourhood: Rock Hill
Step out of the rain showers and into The Flower Bar, a flower shop that doubles as a wine bar and offers various courses. This could be the activity for creatives who want to put together floral wreaths or centerpieces while enjoying a rose wine, raspberry and hibiscus slushie, or a Legal Remedy Watermelon Wheat beer with a box of charcuterie.
Cost: beers are $3 and up, customizable slushes are $9.50 and $12.50. Classes and floral arrangements vary.
Try a Craft Beer at Charlotte’s Breweries
Charlotte offers dozens of breweries, including Armored Cow Brewing Co., Brewers at 4001 Yancey, Devil’s Logic, Legion Brewing and many more. These brews have a variety of styles to try – IPAs, goses, porters and lagers. Many brasseries also offer food. But remember, drink responsibly and don’t drive drunk.
Pro tip: You can find many of the area’s best breweries in our CharlotteFive Best Breweries poll – voting is underway.
Admire the creatures of the ocean at Sea Life Charlotte-Concord
Address: 8111 Concord Mills Boulevard, Concord, North Carolina 28027
What better way to beat the rainy day blues than seeing sea creatures? Both adults and children can enjoy the aquarium, with exhibits such as Tropical Ocean, Interactive Touchpool, Sea Turtle Rescue Center, Stingray Bay, Shoaling Ring, and Jellies.
This story was originally published September 28, 2022 9:10 a.m.