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Thanks to our inconsistent weather in Cape Town, it’s easy to get frustrated when that hike you had planned can’t happen due to bad weather, or that sunset excursion is foiled by clouds ​invasive.

Luckily, there are a few experiences in Cape Town that can make us feel like being outdoors without needing to be outdoors. Here are 5 indoor experiences that resemble outdoor experiences in Cape Town:

1.Discover the seascape at the Two Oceans Aquarium:

The Two Oceans Aquarium has been a local and tourist favorite for 26 years, allowing us to explore the creatures and wonders of the seascape up close. Is there really a better way to spend a day indoors than exploring a whole world of life below the surface? It’s like going to the depths of the ocean without the need for a wetsuit, and it’s a perfect activity for the whole family.

  • Where: Dock Rd, Victoria & Alfred Waterfront, Cape Town

2. Go to the Planetarium and discover the stars

Take your outdoor cravings to those of another world with the SAAO Planetarium at the Observatory. And, if you ever wondered where the name Obs comes from, X marks the starry spot. At Open Nights, which take place on the second and fourth Saturdays of each month at 8 p.m., you can learn about the great starry world beyond and even stargaze.

  • Where: Path to the Observatory, Observatory

3. Dine ‘al fresco’ at Babylonstoren’s Green House Restaurant

Babylonstoren is not only a place of outdoor wonders thanks to its Greenhouse Restaurant. Set at the back of its fairytale garden, The Greenhouse Restaurant is the epitome of the outdoors, indoors. With food served as a picnic, offering preserves of jams and salads as well as fresh bread, it’s like living a picnic, except in a beautiful greenhouse.

  • Where: Klapmuts – Simondium Road, Simondium

4.Enjoy an ice adventure at the Ice Station

Step into an indoor winter wonderland with the Ice Station, where you’ll do a little sliding, a few falls, but lots of laughs.

Open since 1971, The Ice Station is the best cool place for all things ice skating. With an Olympic-size ice surface housed in a world-class facility, the ice station offers lessons, functions and sessions for all types of experience levels and even has a mini ice rink for the little flakes. of snow.

  • Where: Grand West Casino, 1 Jakes Gerwell Drive, Acacia Park

5. Venture into the treats of an indoor market

The covered markets resemble Aladdin’s Cave of Wonders, but without collapsing in on themselves. There are a dozen covered markets in Cape Town just waiting for the curious onlooker to appreciate the creations and foods they boast. For a market open every day of the week, head to Mojo Market at Sea Point where music, drinks and an array of exciting foods await. It has that open-air market buzz all in the comfort of the large interior.

  • Where: 30 Regent Road, Sea Point

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Image: @babylonstoren