9 Things To Do on a Rainy Day In Boston

Wet and dreary New England weather doesn't mean you can't have fun

Damp and dreary days are no fun. And yet on days when the weather is far from fair there are still many things to do in this city.

Here, our faves:

Bust 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 create skits on the spot. If you’re looking for seasoned talent, head to Laugh Boston, featuring performers each week the likes of Chris Kattan and Bryan Callen.

Be moody: This region's signature wet weather has no doubt contributed to the etymological inspiration of some of the its 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.

Loiter, gallery-style: If fine arts are more your speed, one of the top collections of visual mastery in town would have to be the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum. Not to mention the visual appeal of the building itself—a Venetian palazzo and a four-story interior courtyard (for a dose of greenery without the precipitation).

Courtyard at Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum (Courtsey Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum)

Play a game: Grab a group and get competitive at Kings Boston, which features 16 bowling lanes, Skee-Ball and billiards tables. Or, the sleuths among us can provoke their minds in a puzzle-solving outing to Escape the Room, where themed rooms challenge players to get out in 60 minutes or less.

Curl up with a book: Trident Booksellers & Café, Newbury Street's popular indie bookstore boasts an unparalleled magazine selection and a crazy good vegan cashew chili. Those on a budget can head to the gorgeous central branch of the Boston Public Library in Copley Square.

Sip suds: Tasting your way through Boston’s beer culture a la 18 different samples with Boston Brew Tours.

Catch a flick: You don’t want to stay in, but contemporary cinema doesn't appeal. You're in luck because the Hub has a handful of alternative movie houses. Classic films, art-house titles and foreign cinema are fodder at the Brattle Theatre. True cinephiles appreciate Harvard Film Archive for viewing works from every period of film history and hearing from filmmakers directly.

Whit Stillman at Harvard Film Archive (© Marcus Halevi)

Get creative: Sip and paint. Sip and paint. Muse Paintbar, Paint Corner Art Bar and The Paint Bar liven up dreary evenings with camaraderie, creativity and a little wine.

Break a sweat: Instead of crawling out of your skin with cabin fever, scale a wall at popular climbing gym Rock Spot Climbing or rock out at a hard-core spin class at Recycle Studio.

Sarah Burke
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