Rainy Day Fun

Where Orlando - - Where - BY JUSTIN BRAUN AND LAURA AN­DERS LEE

Don't let our sum­mer show­ers dampen your fun. Head to these dy­namic mu­se­ums and in­door at­trac­tions.

Sum­mer in the Sun­shine State means fre­quent af­ter­noon show­ers. Check out these in­door spots for a fun-filled va­ca­tion, rain or shine.

WONDERWORKS

This in­ter­ac­tive mu­seum on In­ter­na­tional Drive is a real show-stop­per. You’ll love the in­ter­ac­tive and di­verse ex­hibits that teach while they en­ter­tain. Stay for the nightly magic and com­edy show or head next door to a va­ri­ety of at­trac­tions and din­ing op­tions at Pointe Or­lando.

OR­LANDO SCI­ENCE CEN­TER

This four-story mu­seum in down­town Or­lando pro­vides ed­u­ca­tional fun for all ages. Check out trav­el­ing shows or ex­plore the per­ma­nent col­lec­tions to learn about space, di­nosaurs, al­li­ga­tors and more. Stay for a movie or doc­u­men­tary on the IMAX. (Tip: Take the sky­bridge from the park­ing garage.)

THE MALL AT MILLENIA

Fash­ion­istas, this stop is for you. Get lost in Bloom­ing­dale’s and Neiman Mar­cus then browse some of the top de­signer stores like Gucci, Prada, Kate Spade and Tory Burch. Although there are no ac­tiv­i­ties for chil­dren here, many fam­i­lies as­sem­ble at the food court.

ARTEGON

This huge mar­ket­place is all un­der one roof for con­ve­nient shop­ping and entertainment with­out get­ting wet. High­lights in­clude the ar­ti­san mar­ket, Gods and Mon­sters comic store, in­door ropes course, new hot-glass at­trac­tion and glow-inthe-dark putt-putt.

SEA LIFE AQUAR­IUM

Lo­cated at the I-Drive 360 un­der the big fer­ris wheel, this aquar­ium is the per­fect size for kids, with in­ter­ac­tive ex­hibits, games and an in­door play­ground amid 5,000 fish. You’ll es­pe­cially love the 360-de­gree ocean tun­nel with sharks cir­cling all around.

MADAME TUS­SAUDS

This at­trac­tion is right next to Sea Life Aquar­ium and Skele­tons, so you can make a day of it. See amaz­ingly re­al­is­tic celebri­ties cre­ated in wax, along with his­tor­i­cal fig­ures like Florida’s founder, Ponce de Leon.

RI­P­LEY’S BE­LIEVE IT OR NOT

Ex­pe­ri­ence 600 ex­hibits and ar­ti­facts in­side 10,000 square feet of jaw-drop­ping fun. With op­ti­cal il­lu­sions, odd­i­ties and rare items like an au­then­tic shrunken head and a chicken with its head cut off, you’ll have plenty of sto­ries to share with the folks back home.

K1 SPEED

This in­door go-kart track is per­fect for those seek­ing an adren­a­line rush on a rainy day. Also on site are spa­cious lounges, snack bars and au­then­tic rac­ing mem­o­ra­bilia on dis­play.

KINGS BOWL

Lo­cated on In­ter­na­tional Drive in the heart of the tourism cor­ri­dor, Kings Bowl pro­vides fam­ily-friendly bowl­ing by day and a lounge set­ting by night with a full-ser­vice bar and bil­liards. When you’ve worked up an ap­petite, or­der from the restau­rant menu that far ex­ceeds the food at your bowl­ing al­ley back home.

THE FLORIDA MALL

This huge in­door mall fea­tures more than 200 shops and restau­rants for the whole fam­ily, along with an in­door play­ground and at­trac­tions like Amer­i­can Girl, Cray­ola Ex­pe­ri­ence and M&Ms World.

CRAY­OLA EX­PE­RI­ENCE

This new at­trac­tion at The Florida Mall will bring out the cre­ativ­ity in every­one with 25 dif­fer­ent sta­tions in­clud­ing an in­door play­ground. Spin wax into art, color on the walls, name your own crayon and watch col­or­ful cre­ations come to life on the big screen.

DAVE & BUSTER’S

Whether you’re a sports fan, have a com­pet­i­tive streak or just like to play, Dave & Buster’s on In­ter­na­tional Drive won’t dis­ap­point. Watch foot­ball on the huge screens and hang out at the bar; play shuf­fle­board, bil­liards and bas­ket­ball; or have some in­ter­ac­tive fun with dozens of cool ar­cade games for all ages. Cash in tick­ets for great prizes.

WonderWorks

Kings Bowl

Amer­i­can Girl

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