A few months ago our good friends came in town for the weekend and it ended up raining. Pouring actually. Our big plans to spend a sunny afternoon brunching outdoors, laying out at Barton Springs and exploring Second Street were essentially ruined. What is there to do in Austin when it rains? We put our heads together and came up with this list below. And then proceeded to do 4/5 (we didn't make it to the Thinkery, but there is always next time).
Things to do in Austin When it Rains
Bowling and hipsters collide at The Goodnight. While I wouldn't normally spend my afternoons here - bowling is actually quite fun when it is all dark and stormy outside. You can reserve a private bowling lane and a waiter comes by every so often to take your order. A great alternative to The Highball which was closed for renovations at the time.
This place is a great little shop on East 11th street to stop by if you need a snack. They have everything you could dream of. Complete with a deli counter, beers on tap and local products. Plus the yellow stools are super cheery and made me think of sunshine.
Obvious choice, but how could you go wrong here. Movies, food and beer. Done. Alamo Drafthouse Cinema is a great way to pass the time on a rainy day or evening. I'm also just now realizing that all of my choices up until this point have involved food and beverages. What can I say, I like to eat and drink. You're welcome.
An evolution of the Austin Children's Museum, this is a great idea for families with children or if you just like to act like a kid and food and beer aren't in the cards. If you luck out and it happens to be one of their Thinkery 21 nights, then even better - which turns the building into what can only be compared to as camp for adults.
This one might be cheating because this fun can be had anywhere when it rains, not just Austin. The day before our rainy adventure in Austin we played approximately 3 hours of the card game Presidents and Assholes while waiting for our table at The Salt Lick. Little did we know that our buzzer was broken, and our table had been ready for ages, but I digress. Two other games perfect for passing the time are Cards Against Humanity and my newest favorite, the easily transportable Heads Up app. Both of which could keep you entertained for hours.
What do you do when it rains and there is company in town? Let me know your favorite things to do in Austin when it is raining in the comments below!