View from a bridge of downtown Charlotte, North Carolina, on a cloudy, rainy day.

It’s going to be a wet next few days in the Carolinas. The forecast is calling for rain, rain, and more rain. And with tropical storm Nicole approaching the Charlotte region you may be looking for something to do other than stay in and watch Netflix for the next two days. I personally am crazy enough to sit through the Panthers game tonight in the rain but if you’d like to stay dry I completely understand. Especially if you have tomorrow off for Veteran’s Day!  But the good news is there is plenty of fun rainy-day activities to take advantage of in Charlotte. Whether you want your kids to tag along or you want to avoid kids at all costs this list has something for you.

Want to drink and do an activity? We’ve got you covered. Want a more athletic option? Also got you. How about creating something you can take home? That’s also an option. Yes, you could go to the mall or the movies and those are great things to do. But if you want something a little more memorable, keep reading to see 10 suggestions for some of the best rainy day activities in Charlotte. Enjoy, and stay dry for the next few days.

  • Indoor Mini Golf

    Enjoy a round of (mini) golf and a beverage! Charlotte has a couple of options for indoor golf including both adults-only and kid-friendly options! I’ve been to both Stroke and The Puttery and immensely enjoyed my experience (and drink) at each. You don’t need to be good at golf, I certainly am not, to enjoy it either!

    The Puttery: 210 Rampart St., Charlotte, NC 28203

    Stroke Urban Golf Club: 1318 Pecan Ave Suite 101, Charlotte, NC

    Monster Mini Golf: 230 East W.T. Harris Blvd C-4 Charlotte, NC


  • Inner Peaks

    I remember going to Inner Peaks for birthday parties as a kid. Yes, I’m a Charlotte unicorn. But I also have paid a few visits as an adult too. If you’ve never been you simply have to watch a quick instructional video. If you don’t have someone with you who knows how to belay don’t fret. They have several courses that have automatic belay systems. It’s a fun way to spend an afternoon (and you’ll get a good workout in too without even intending to).

    Inner Peaks Southend: 2220 S Tryon St, Charlotte, NC

    Inner Peaks Matthews: 10715 Independence Pointe Pkwy, Matthews, NC

  • Top Golf

    I know what you’re thinking isn’t that “outdoors”? Well not really. Your ball goes outside but unless it’s raining sideways golfers are able to stay dry! Plus it may be the best time to go to TopGolf as it’s probably not as crowded. And we all know you are always going to have to wait it seems. Also get the injectable donuts just trust me.

    Top Golf Charlotte Southwest: 8024 Savoy Corporate Dr. Charlotte, NC

    Top Golf University: 9110 Drivers Way Charlotte, NC

  • Axe Throwing

    This one is on my bucket list for sure. Axe Throwing. While I’m not entirely sure I trust myself with an axe I’m willing to give it a try. And when you’re stuck inside all day it seems like an even better option! And its growing in popularity which means several places you can give it a go in the Queen City.

    BATL: 933 Louise Ave, Suite 108, Charlotte, NC

    Bad Axe Throwing: 350 E 6th St Unit 1, Charlotte, NC 28202


  • Mint Museum

    Charlotte has some great museums and checking out any of them is a great idea on a rainy day. And with two Mint Museum locations, it’s a good choice. Established in 1936 as North Carolina’s first art museum, The Mint Museum is a leading, innovative cultural institution and museum of international art and design. With two locations — Mint Museum Randolph in the heart of Eastover and Mint Museum Uptown at Levine Center for the Arts —the Mint boasts one of the largest collections in the Southeast and is committed to engaging and inspiring members of the global community.

    Mint Museum Uptown: 500 South Tryon Street Charlotte, NC

    Mint Museum Randolph: 2730 Randolph Road Charlotte, NC

  • Duckpin Bowling

    Bowling is a fun rainy-day activity, but duckpin bowling is more fun in my opinion. The duckpins are shorter and lighter and bowlers get three rolls per frame as opposed to two in traditional bowling. We have two fantastic options for duckpin bowling in Charlotte.

    Pins Mechanical: 307 W Tremont Ave Charlotte, NC

    Pinhouse: 2306 Central Ave Charlotte, NC


  • Discovery Place

    Spend your day learning at Discovery Place. With 4 Charlotte area facilities, the possibilities are endless. Check out uptown’s Discover Place Science, Discovery Place Nature at Freedom Park, or one of the two Discovery Place Kids locations. There is also an iMax screen for movies. Current exhibits at Discovery Place Science include Science Fiction, World Alive, and Fantastic Frogs. They even have adults-only events some weekends.

    Discovery Place Science: 301 N Tryon St Charlotte, NC

    Discovery Place Nature: 1658 Sterling Road Charlotte, NC

    Discovery Place Kids: 105 Gilead Road Huntersville, NC; 233 E. Washington St. Rockingham, NC

  • Make A Candle

    Want an experience and a take home? Try making your own candle. As we move into the holiday season you can give your work as a gift or use it to get your home into the holiday spirit. Bring a drink and make it happy hour while your at it.

    Paddywax Candle Bar: 1930 Camden Rd #130

  • Sealife Aquarium

    Spend your rainy day with the animals who are constantly wet- sea life! Concord Mills is home to the SeaLife Aquarium. There you can watch thousands of tropical fish, sharks, and sea turtles and experience them upclose. You can also go behind the scenes and see first-hand how the creatures are cared for.

    SeaLife: 8111 Concord Mills Boulevard Concord, NC

  • Dave and Buster's

    Enjoy games and food and maybe even win some prizes. You won’t care that it’s downpouring outside with the bright lights and excitement of Dave and Busters. With two Charlotte area locations your escape from the weather is easily accessible.

    Dave and Busters Pineville: 11049 Carolina Place Pkwy Suite LS-05, Pineville, NC

    Dave and Busters Concord: 8361 Concord Mills Boulevard, Concord, NC

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