We’ve been pretty lucky this summer. Granted, there was a very large fire to kick things off, followed by a large flood somewhere in the middle, but if you’ll allow me to be a glass half full kind of guy for about one second, our weather hasn’t been horrible. Sure, we’ve gotten a lot of rain, but it’s been spliced in, mostly at nights, between some fairly warm days. Even when it does rain, it’s usually at night, so we get days filled with sunshine. Hey, at least it’s not snowing, right?
But while there are plenty of things known to do throughout Edmonton when the weather is ripe, it’s not always known what to do when the weather doesn’t cooperate. Personally, I’m a fan of a nice cruise along in my 2016 Dodge Dart, with the perfect soundtrack coming out of the speakers. Rain driving with great mood music is a borderline otherworldly experience.
With that, here are 5 things to do on rainy days in Edmonton:
Breakout/Escape rooms –
These things seemed to have popped up out of nowhere. One day, they were only a rumor, these cool things you read about on the internet. Then you blinked and now there’s basically one on every street corner, next to the Subway sandwich shop and the Mac’s convenience store. Be that as it may, they are a fun way to spend a couple hours indoors.
Vertically inclined –
A little physical activity never hurt anyone. Actually that’s not accurate whatsoever. But that’s not a reason to avoid it. Rock climbing is a grand old time and a great work out to boot. There’s something about Rock climbing that makes you feel like a kid again in the best possible way.
World Water Park –
One of the more popular and well known attractions in Edmonton. I’m personally a huge fan of the water park even as a grown man. It’s a great place for a family, or for a group of adult friends to let loose and enjoy some good old wholesome fun. While you’re there, get yourself a delicious hot dog, which somehow taste all the better when you eat it in a bathing suit.
The on-going trend here seems to be: When it rains, do stuff that kids would do. That’s not always a bad thing. Growing up is certainly overrated, besides being able to drive, vote, drink, gamble, and do pretty much anything you want whenever you want, hence why as adults we’re always trying to recapture our youth. Nothing says that like spending a day bouncing around on and entire building filled with trampolines.
A Matinee! –
I’m a sucker for movie theater popcorn. The process of going to a movie, eating the junk food, enjoying an overly-large fountain beverage is a borderline religious experience for me. It’s a great way to escape the bad weather and spend 2 hours getting whisked away into a magical land, or a futuristic world, or maybe just the normal world, depending on what kind of movie you want to see.