Rainy Day Activities in Sarasota-Bradenton

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If the first thing you think of on a rainy day is “Rain, rain, go away,” we have a special treat for you! The Sarasota and Bradenton areas of Florida are filled with not only outdoor activities for the whole family, but plenty of options to stay dry when Mother Nature changes her weather pattern. With that being said, don’t let anything rain on your parade as we jump into the area’s top rainy day activities!

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Visit a Museum or Aquarium

Take a twist on your ideal trip to the museum by checking out some of the area’s most diverse and interactive rainy-day past times. From maritime encounters to appreciation of classic cars, the Sarasota Classic Car Museum and Mote Marine Laboratory and Aquarium are the top two on our list.

Sarasota Classic Car Museum – Known as the second oldest operating antique car museum in the country, the Sarasota Classic Car Museum is open seven days a week – perfect for that unpredictable rainy Florida weather! If you’re a fan of classic rock, check out John Lennon’s 1965 Mercedes Benz and Paul McCartney’s Mini Cooper! With more than 75 types of antique domestic and foreign cars, you’ll find collectors, car enthusiasts, and future NASCAR drivers checking out the stock!

Mote Marine Laboratory and Aquarium – As natives of Florida, we can all appreciate the beautiful marine wildlife surrounding us. From sea lions to turtles, sharks to manatees, we encourage visitors to totally immerse themselves in the beautiful marine exhibits of Mote Marine Laboratory and Aquarium. If you make the trip, don’t miss their 135,000 gallon shark exhibit (just stay dry!)

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Catch a Movie

If there’s one thing that can cure a day of rainy blues, it’s a buttery bag of popcorn and an exciting movie! Burns Court Cinema in Downtown Sarasota is a top pick for sitting back and relaxing with one of their hand-picked featured films. With the sweetest candy options and hottest popcorn, it couldn’t be easier to enjoy a rainy day! For our adult movie goers, be sure to stop by the concession stand for a tasty over-21 beverage!

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Get Crafty

If you have a taste for interior decorating, quirky knick knacks, or are looking for the perfect gift for a new resident of Forest Properties’ Florida buildings, Arts A Blaze in Lakewood Ranch is a wonderful place to spend the afternoon. Get in touch with your creative side as you decorate a variety of personal pieces:

  • Pottery Painting
  • Glass Painting
  • Glass Fusing
  • Pallet Painting

This walk-in pottery painting studio welcomes all ages, with no appointment necessary. If you have a large group, consider booking their party room – guaranteed to brighten up your gloomy day!

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