Rainy Day Activities
Nine things to do when the weather is wet.
Damp and dreary ain’t no fun. And yet on days when the weather is far from fair there’s lots to do without catching a chill.
1 HAVE A LAUGH
Cure your gray mood by busting a gut. Brainy Bostonians know how to joke around. So, when the weather drives you indoors, there’s no better opportunity to check out the latest local talent. Entertainers at Improv Asylum ( 216 Hanover St., 617.263.6887) create skits on the spot. If you’re looking for seasoned talent, head to Laugh Boston ( 425 Summer St., 617.725.2844), featuring performers each week the likes of Chris Kattan and Bryan Callen.
2 EMBRACE THE MOOD
A rainy day in Boston offers a singularly moody atmosphere. This signature dreary weather has no doubt contributed to the etymological inspiration of some of the regions greatest writers and artists. If you’re feeling up to a jaunt with an umbrella, head to Beacon Hill to check out the old haunts of some of the city’s noted authors: Sylvia Plath, Nathaniel Hawthorne, Henry David Thoreau, Louisa May Alcott and Robert Frost.
3 HANG IN A GALLERY
If fine arts are more your style, one of the top collections of visual mastery—not to mention the visual appeal of the building itself—would have to be the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum ( 25 Evans Way, 617.566.1401) with the style of a Venetian palazzo and a four-story interior courtyard (for a dose of greenery without the precipitation).
4 CATCH A FLICK
When you don’t want to stay in, but none of those cliché blockbuster titles sound appealing, take in a movie at one of the city’s alternative theaters. Classic films, art-house titles and foreign cinema are fodder at the Brattle Theatre ( 40 Brattle St., Cambridge, 617.876.6837). For true cinephiles, Harvard Film Archive ( 24 Quincy St., Cambridge, 617.495.4700) screens works from every period of film history and offers opportunities to hear from filmmakers directly.
5 PLAY A GAME
Grab a group and get competitive at Kings Boston ( 50 Dalton St., 617.266.2695), which features 16 bowling lanes, SkeeBall and billiards tables. The sleuths among us can provoke the mind in a puzzle-solving outing to Escape the Room ( 33 West St., 857.256.1174). Themed rooms challenge players to get out in 60 minutes or less.
6 READ A BOOK
A popular Newbury hangout, Trident Booksellers & Café ( 338 Newbury St., 617.267.8688), is part bookstore—with an award-winning magazine section to boot—and part eatery serving somewhat healthy diner fare and breakfast classics. Those on a budget can head to the Boston Public Library ( 700 Boylston St., 617.536.5400) to peruse the stacks, catch an author talk or view the Sargent Murals.
7 WHET YOUR WHISTLE
Loosen up by tasting your way through Boston’s beer culture a la 18 different samples on Boston Brew Tours ( 617.453.8687).
8 FIND YOUR INNER MUSE
Sip and paint. Sip and paint. Muse Paintbar ( 461 Artisan Way, Somerville), Paint Corner Art Bar ( 31 Belmont St., Cambridge, 781.526.6048) and The Paint Bar ( 248 Newbury St., 617.467.5777) liven up dreary evenings with camaraderie, creativity and a little wine.
9 WORK UP ENDORPHINS
Instead of crawling out of your skin with cabin fever, scale a wall at popular climbing gym Rock Spot Climbing ( 30 Old Colony Ave., 617.269.2084) or work up a good sweat with a hard-core, rockin’ spin class at Recycle Studio ( 9 Newbury St. and 18 Union Park St., 617.366.9670).
The Gardner Museum is a resplendent refuge
Whit Stillman at Harvard Film Archive