If it’s not gorgeous outside, then chances are you’re seeing a classic rainy day in Vancouver. Don’t worry though, because we’re here to help with some of the best indoor activities in the city. After all, Vancouver has been dealing with rain for decades, and there’s no shortage of options to explore!

Here are 12 amazing activities for a rainy day in Vancouver.

The Vancouver Art Gallery

You don’t need to know Monet from Cézanne to enjoy a day at the Vancouver Art Gallery. With new exhibits popping up all the time, it’s a fun, educational and culturally enriching place to check out. And of course, who doesn’t love ‘hmm-ing’ and ‘hah-ing’ at some crazy paintings?

Where: 750 Hornby Street
Cost: $6.50 – $24 depending on age and by-donation on Tuesday evenings

Bloedel Conservatory

You’re either a flora person or a fauna person and luckily the Bloedel Conservatory has got both of them in spades. Located in Queen Elizabeth Park, this is the place to have a colourful getaway on a grey, drizzly Vancouver day. Not only is it nice and warm, but the plants and tropical birds are beautiful.

Where: 4600 Cambie Street
Cost: $3.55 – $7.05 depending on age

The Polygon Gallery

 

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That’s right, we’ve got two art galleries on this list and there’s a good reason we did. The Polygon is a really cool place to check out in North Van that brings art in from as many people as possible. Working to limit barriers in the art world means there are some really unique exhibits at this place.

Where: 101 Carrie Cates Court, North Vancouver
Cost: By donation

The Museum of Vancouver

You would be blown away by the deep history of Vancouver, and the Museum of Vancouver is a great place to foster that knowledge. Even though Vancouver is relatively young, there’s still a world of history to learn about here. Plus, they’ve got a neon sign exhibit!

Where: 1100 Chestnut Street
Cost: $0 – $10 depending on age and whether you self-identifying as Indigenous

Museum of Anthropology

 

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Want to go one step further on the history scale? Look no further than the Museum of Anthropology at UBC. Offering an incredible look at cultures from around the world, and with a focus on First Nations history, this museum is the perfect place the unwind on a rainy day.

Where: 6393 NW Marine Drive, UEL
Cost: $15

FlyOver Canada

Sure, FlyOver Canada might be a little touristy. But, there’s something to be said about an experience that has people coming back year after year to check out new options. This immersive experience will have you see parts of the world from a whole new angle, literally.

Where: 201 – 999 Canada Place
Cost: $23+

Rio Theatre

 

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A regular old movie night isn’t a bad option either, though! While Vancouver is home to a few independent theatres, we really like the Rio for it’s consistently diverse lineups. And, for the adult readers, this is one of the easiest ways to see a burlesque or drag show in the city.

Where: 1660 E Broadway
Cost: $15+

Vancouver Symphony Orchestra

Maybe a little bit of culture is what you’re after. And, you’ll absolutely find it when you sit down in the Orpheum Theatre for a VSO performance. Even better, mix ‘high’ culture with pop culture and book tickets for one of their beloved live concerts accompanying classic and blockbuster movies!

Where: 601 Smithe Street
Cost: Varies per event

Vancouver Aquarium

 

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One of Vancouver’s most popular indoor attractions has returned, and in a big way! New for 2021. the Vancouver Aquarium has a new exhibit focusing on the Marine Mammal Rescue (adorable) and even a new state-of-the-art 4D theatre showing movies and documentaries about our aquatic pals!

Where: 845 Avison Way
Cost: $42

Queen Elizabeth Theatre

In the same vein as the VSO, Queen Elizabeth Theatre is always worth the trip down there. Whether you’re checking out a comedy act, a live magic show, or seeing a touring play, this theatre is an iconic venue, and one every Vancouverite needs to visit at least once.

Where: 630 Hamilton Street
Cost: Varies per event

Science World

 

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Last but certainly not least, we’ve got one of the most iconic buildings in Vancouver to share with you. Science World has been delighting kids and adults alike for decades, and is showing no signs of slowing down. Whether you’re browsing the permanent collection, checking out what’s new, or just there for Omnimax Theatre (sadly, this option is closed until further notice), you can’t go wrong.

Where: 1455 Quebec Street
Cost: $27.62, reserve your timeslot online

Zero Latency VR

Getting a little bored of playing video games from your couch? Zero Latency has exactly what you need. This state-of-the-art facility offers a variety of truly immersive experiences, ranging from solving puzzles to a shooter set within the Far Cry universe. Think of it as your local arcade’s older sibling.

Where: Kingsgate Mall, 370 E Broadway #101
Cost: Varies per experience

SPEEDERS Richmond

For the more adventurous, a day spent inside doesn’t have to mean a day without excitement. Speeders ProKarts in Richmond offers a 50,000 square foot facility to zoom around in, and has the fastest electric karts in BC, reaching speeds up to 70km/hr!

Where: 13471 Crestwood Place, Richmond
Cost: $21+

See what we mean? It’s easy to overcome a rainy day in Vancouver, if you just know where to look! Next time you’re feeling stumped about what to do, just remember this guide, and pick a spot off here.