Don't let rain dampen your Boston visit!
Our list of over 30 top things to do in Boston on rainy days will give you plenty of suggestions so that drizzles and downpours won't turn your visit to the city into a wash-out.
Even better, you'll get get to see and experience some wonderful places that you might otherwise miss.
Best of all, these rainy day activities in Boston are also fun things to do on sunny days . . . and even those other "s-word" weather days we try not to use . . . snow, sleet, and worst of all, slush.
Top Photo: Downtown Crossing near the Theatre District on a rainy Boston afternoon in November
Indoor Sports & Culture for Rainy Days in Boston
Spend a Day in a Museum
Spending a day in a museum is a time-honored way of avoiding bad weather - rainy days, steamy days, snowy days.
With over 30 city museums to choose from, finding one to fit your interests shouldn't be a problem.
But if you're dealing with a day-long bone-chilling drizzle or soaking downpour, choose one of the bigger museums:
- Visiting with kids? Head to the Boston Children's Museum (best for ages up to about 10 or 11) or the New England Aquarium (avoid long lines by getting your tickets in advance).
- Teens and adults? In addition to the Aquarium, try the Museum of Fine Arts - be sure to visit the spectacular Arts of the Americas Wing and check out the mummies in the Egyption rooms.
Save on Entrance Fees
To save on admission fees if you're going to more than one museum, get a Boston discount card. You can choose from 2 types:
- Boston CityPASS - Gives you free admission to 4 attractions including the New England Aquarium, Museum of Science, and 2 other attractions. Good for 9 days.
- Go Boston Cards - Gives you free admission to New England Aquarium, Museum of Science, Museum of Fine Arts, and Boston Children's Museum, plus almost 40 other attractions. Available for 1, 2, 3, 5, or 7 days - you choose.
Explore the World of Science
- Project Vaccine - Learn more about vaccines and their development in the Museum's newest exhibition
- Design Engineering Workshop - Design, build, and test solutions for everyday problems
- Resilient Venice: Adapting to Climate Change - Learn how we can implement solutions in this new pilot gallery
With fascinating permanent exhibits for all ages, there's always something to see, do, and learn. Here are just a few of the most popular: Butterfly Garden (extra fee), Colossal Fossil: Triceratops Cliff, Cosmic Light, Dinosaurs, Arctic Adventure, Hall of Human Life, Live Animal Care Center, Mathematica, Nanotechnology, Natural Mysteries, New England Habitats, The Light House - plus 17 more!
Where: Boston's Museum of Science
When: Daily, 9am-5pm; open until 9pm on Fridays
Admission: $29 general museum admission ($24 for kids). Buy online to skip the line. Get free museum admission when you have a GoBoston Discount card or Boston CityPASS card.
Imax Theater and Planetarium: Additional fees apply
Watch a Game or Concert at TD Garden
TD Garden, home to the Boston Celtics and Boston Bruins, and frequent site of star-studded concerts, Disney on Ice, and other stellar events is next to North Station (Orange and Green T lines).
Check out the schedule:
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See a Show in the Theater District
Boston theaters present everything from Broadway musicals to cutting edge drama. Going to a show is a favorite year-round Boston activity - you'll find a huge number of choices in the downtown Theatre District:
Laugh at a Comedy Act
You'll forget all about the rain by catching a show at one of Boston's comedy clubs. Stand up, improv, ensembles...whatever your preference, you're sure to find interesting choices:
Catch a Live Radio Broadcast at Boston Public Library
Head over to Boston Public Library (free admission!) in Copley Square on Tuesday or Friday, 11am-2pm, and watch a live Boston Public Radio broadcast in the BPL Studio (go in the Boylston Street entrance). Then enjoy the library's museum-worthy art, dazzling architecture, cafes/coffee bars, and of course, all the books.
One of Boston's best kept secrets are our bowling alleys. Easiest to get to by T in the rain is Kings (50 Dalton St), close to Prudential Center in Back Bay (in fact, if you're staying near Pru Center, it's an easy walk, even in the rain). Great for family fun before 6pm, and then strictly 21+.
Big screens, beverages for all ages, and food will add to your enjoyment.
Find out more on Kings' website
Watch a Movie
Even if you're normally addicted to Netflix when you're at home, going out to a movie on a rainy day can be a lot of fun, especially if you're visiting a different city.
For movie theaters showing first run commercial films, check Loew's Boston Common 19 (very close to the Park St T station). Thanks to the theater's 19 screens, you're likely to find something of interest.
But for indie films, foreign films, and repertory film series that defy description, see what's playing at the Brattle Theatre near the Harvard Square T station in Cambridge, and also grab a bite to eat.
Chinatown is only a couple of blocks away - so grab an umbrella and head over to one of these fun Asian restaurants for a meal after your movie.
Another option: Jump on the T's Orange Line at Downtown Crossing toAssembly Station (about 5-6 minute ride), and enjoy plush seating and first-run movies at AMC Assembly Row. Bonus: Shop for bargains in the Assembly Row outlet stores, and enjoy the trendy restaurants and bars in this upscale shopping complex. More about Assembly Row
If the rain reaches the miserable level, here's the perfect solution: Join a Boston brew tasting tour. A bus takes you around to the breweries and brew pubs, so you'll stay dry - plus after you taste up to 15 local brews and enjoy a meal, you won't care about the weather.
Looking for more suggestions based on the season? Check out our recommendations:
Fun Spring Activities
Fun Winter Activities
Go for a Walk in the Rain . . . and Explore & Shop in Downtown Boston
Going for a walk on a rainy day gives you the chance to see the city from a new perspective.
This short walking tour itinerary starts in beautiful Boston Common and takes you along one of the most interesting sections of the historic Freedom Trail - and then through the Downtown Crossing shopping area where you'll find fascinating small shops as well as a huge Macys.
The route covers less than a mile so you won't actually be in the rain very long - plus you can always pop into a store, coffee bar, or restaurant along the way if the rain gets harder.
Top Hotels near Boston Common
You'll enjoy Boston Common to the fullest when you stay nearby - the hip and glamorous W Hotel, for example, is just 1 block away:
More top hotels near Boston Common:
Follow in the Footsteps of Revolutionary War Heroes
On sunny days, you might want to walk along the Freedom Trail past various Revolutionary War sites.
But it's raining - so head to one of the historic Boston bars where the Sons of Liberty plotted their tea party and dreamed of revolution.
Or enjoy a leisurely meal in one of Boston's historic Union Oyster House, where generations of Bostonians have eaten basically the same traditional New England dishes that you'll be served.
Most of these places are very close to Faneuil Marketplace and several T stops - ask at your hotel which will be the most convenient from where you're staying. Or better yet, stay nearby: