43 Things To Do on a Rainy Day in Sarasota [2022]

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This is a list of things to do in Sarasota when it rains.

You’ll find lots of fun things to do indoors.

Indoor Activities at Defy Bradenton

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Here are the best indoor activities in Sarasota, FL on a rainy day:

  1. Perspire Sauna Studio
  2. The Cookie Cottage
  3. The Artful Giraffe
  4. Painting with a Twist
  5. Pangea Alchemy Lab
  6. McCurdy’s Comedy Theatre
  7. Livingston’s Amusements
  8. Sarasota Architectural Salvage
  9. The Ringling Museum
  10. Arts A Blaze Studio
  11. Cat Depot
  12. Bowlero Bradenton
  13. AMF Gulf Gate Lanes
  14. Siesta Key Rum
  15. Mote Marine Aquarium
  16. Mysterium Escape Rooms & VR
  17. Ellenton Ice Skating Rink
  18. Astro Skate of Bradenton
  19. Shore Rejuvenation Day Spa
  20. Big Top Brewing Company
  21. Bahi Hut Tiki Cocktail Lounge
  22. CMX CinéBistro Siesta Key
  23. Circus Sarasota
  24. CryoXL Sarasota
  25. Sarasota Art Museum
  26. Sarasota Opera House
  27. Indoor Mall at UTC
  28. Sarasota Classic Car Museum
  29. Defy
  30. Sky Zone Trampoline Park
  31. Jumpin Fun Inflata Park
  32. Bounce Down Under
  33. AlexArt International Art Gallery
  34. Try the Best Coffee
  35. Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall
  36. Acro Fit
  37. Florida Studio Theatre
  38. Indoor Playground at UTC
  39. Chick-fil-A Playground
  40. Best Downtown Restaurants
  41. Discover Sarasota Tours
  42. Gulf Gate Public Library
  43. Selby Public Library

Perspire Sauna Studio

309 N Cattlemen Rd #2, Sarasota, FL

Perspire Sauna Studio just opened in 2022. They have infrared saunas where you can “Netflix ‘n Sweat”. The infrared heat increase circulation, speeds up oxygen flow and allows you to sweat out toxins.

It also has red light therapy that encourages cell regeneration and reduces inflammation in the body. For 40 minutes you can watch Netflix or listen to different Pandora station while healing your body.

335 Gillespie Ave, Sarasota, FL

The Cookie Cottage is for people who love to make cookies. They offer cookie making group classes, home cookie kits and take home cupcake kits. You can even drop in to decorate.

While it is kid-friendly, it’s also a great place to go on a date or with friends. It’s one of the best things to do in Sarasota when it rains.

The Artful Giraffe

1861 Fruitville Rd, Sarasota, FL

The Artful Giraffe has some of the best indoor activities for people who love art. You can learn pottery wheel throwing, basics of painting, how to draw, make resin art and more!

They have drop in times and group classes you can join.

Painting with a Twist

5543 Palmer Crossing Cir, Sarasota, FL

Painting with a Twist is a great place to paint while drinking indoors. Get together with family or friends and create a masterpiece. No pressure. And if you feel pressure, they have wine.

Pangea Alchemy Lab

1564 Main St, Sarasota, FL

Pangea Alchemy Lab is a speakeasy style bar in the heart of downtown. First, you have to enter through a secret door (back alley). Then you’ll get to experience some truly creative craft cocktails.

You see cocktails on fire and sometimes even a drink with fruit loops (cereal) in it. It’s one of the most fun places to go indoors when it rains.

McCurdy’s Comedy Theatre

1923 Ringling Blvd, Sarasota, FL

McCurdy’s Comedy Theatre always has something going on at 7:30pm or 9pm. If it’s raining and you’re looking for things to do, check out who’s performing on their event calendar.

Livingston’s Amusements

5947 Clark Center Ave, Sarasota, FL

Livingston’s Amusement Center is a 50,000 square foot indoor activities hub. You’ll find go-karts, arcade games, pool tables, bumper cars and a bar. If you plan on racing, avoid drinking since they tend to us a breathalyzer.

Sarasota Architectural Salvage

1093 Central Ave, Sarasota, FL

Sarasota Architectural Salvage is a cool place to go when it rains. You’ll find furniture made from old boats, antique chandeliers, grandfather clocks, surfboards and more. Pretty much anything wood or metal. No, it’s not a thrift shop. It’s actually very cool.

The Ringling Museum

5401 Bay Shore Rd, Sarasota, FL

The Ringling Museum is full of fun things to do indoors. There’s an art gallery and lots of places to explore. There’s even a Mediterranean style mansion called “Ca d’Zan”. Modeled after the Venetian palazzos of Venice, Italy.

Arts A Blaze Studio

8111 Lakewood Main St #107, Bradenton, FL

Arts A Blaze Studio is a pottery studio that offers ceramic painting and pottery classes. You can choose from over 500 ceramic pieces to paint and 70 different colors.

You can learn the basics of throwing and create your own pieces. They will then fire them up in the on-site kilns.

Cat Depot

2542 17th St, Sarasota, FL

Cat Depot is a free-roaming adoption center. The cats live in bedroom size rooms where you can truly experience what having a cat would be like. You can pet, cuddle and adopt a cat or just hang out and give it some love.

They also run fun events like cats and coffee, yoga with cats, paint your pet events (not your actual pet) and more.

Bowlero Bradenton

4208 Cortez Rd W, Bradenton, FL

Bowlero is a bowling alley in Bradenton. It’s renovated, clean and very well organized. You can always go there last minute without checking availability. It’s great if you’re in the Bradenton area.

AMF Gulf Gate Lanes

7221 S Tamiami Trail, Sarasota, FL

AMF Gulf Gate Lanes is a bowling alley in Sarasota. They do get busy, but it’s a great option to go somewhere last minute. It’s one of the best things to do in Sarasota when it rains.

Siesta Key Rum Tours

2212 Industrial Blvd, Sarasota, FL

Siesta Key Rum distillery offers free tours multiple times a day. The tours are about 45-60 minutes where you can taste different rums and see the actual distillery. Check out our free things to do in Sarasota post to see how to get free tickets.

Mote Marine Aquarium

1600 Ken Thompson Pkwy, Sarasota, FL

The Mote Marine Aquarium is the perfect indoor place to escape on a rainy day. Explore colorful tanks filled with exotic fish and sea-life. Get up close and personal with sea turtles and great white sharks.

The aquarium is not large but is a great way to spend an afternoon. Make sure to grab a chocolate shake at the Deep Sea Diner!

Mysterium Escape Rooms & VR

1900 Main St #104, Sarasota, FL 34236

Mysterium is an indoor place with escape rooms and virtual reality games. You’ll be faced with life-size puzzles to “escape” the rooms you’ve been trapped in. Yes, it’s safe. Don’t worry.

They also have virtual reality games when you can put on a headset and experience the new technology. Mysterium also has free retro games and a bar.

Ellenton Ice Skating Rink

5309 29th St E, Ellenton, FL

The Ellenton Ice and Sports Complex is a 115,000 square foot ice skating arena. They offer public ice skating sessions during certain times of the week. Check their calendar to plan ahead.

Astro Skate of Bradenton

3611 3rd St W, Bradenton, FL

Astro Skate is a roller skating rink in Bradenton. It’s fun, kid-friendly and has intergalactic vibes. It’s a great place to learn to skate while it’s raining. They have quad and inline skates.

Shore Rejuvenation Day Spa

2088 Hawthorne St, Sarasota, FL

Shore Rejuvenation Day Spa offers facial treatments, skin therapies, facial peels, skin tightening, fascia blasting, eyelash extensions, microblading, waxing, sauna treatments and much more.

Big Top Brewing Company

975 Cattlemen Rd, Sarasota, FL

Big Top Brewing Company is a fun local brewery. They have craft beers on tap, live music and food. It’s a great place to go if it’s raining and you want to grab a drink.

Bahi Hut Tiki Cocktail Lounge

4675 N Tamiami Trail, Sarasota, FL

Bahi Hut Tiki Cocktail Lounge is Florida’s oldest tiki bar (1954). You’ll find a one-of-a-kind low key atmosphere with super chill vibes. It’s one of the most fun places to go when it rains. We recommend their famous mai tai.

CMX CinéBistro Siesta Key

3501 S Tamiami Trail, Suite 1100, Sarasota, FL

CMX CineBistro is a high end movie theatre with dinner and drinks. They have a full bar with top shelf liquor and craft cocktails. They also have an extensive menu and extremely comfortable recliner seats.

Circus Sarasota

5851 Nathan Benderson Cir, Sarasota, FL

The Circus Sarasota is open June through August. It’s a great place to go during the summer months, since it rains so much. You’ll see acrobats, jugglers, ring gymnasts, magicians, fire breathing acts and more!

CryoXL Sarasota

1800 S Tuttle Ave, Sarasota, FL

CryoXL offers cryotherapy and IV hydration. Cryotherapy offers the same therapeutic benefits as an ice bath, but more efficient. They use nitrogen vapor to cool down the cryotherapy chamber to -130ºF to 200ºF.

Sarasota Art Museum

1001 S Tamiami Trail, Sarasota, FL

The Sarasota Art Museum is one of best things to do in Sarasota when it rains. There’s always availability and it requires no planning. You’ll find contemporary art, sculptures, paintings and mesmerizing photography.

Sarasota Opera House

61 N Pineapple Ave, Sarasota, FL

Sarasota Opera House is a great place for opera and ballet. It’s clean, sophisticated, indoors and has great acoustics. Check their events calendar for performances that are going on right now.

Indoor Mall at UTC

The Mall at UTC is one of the best places to visit while it’s raining. You can shop, speed walk and enjoy the air conditioning.

Sarasota Classic Car Museum

5500 N Tamiami Trail, Sarasota, FL

The Sarasota Classic Car Museum has a constantly rotating collection of about 100 cars. The 60,000 square foot facility has classic, exotic & muscle cars. It’s one of the best Sarasota rainy day activities.

Defy Bradenton

7385 52nd Pl E, Bradenton, FL

Defy is an indoor trampoline park that’ll satisfy teens, big kids and little kids. It’s super clean, heavily air conditioned and a great way to burn off some energy.

They have trampoline dodgeball, little kid jumping areas, parkour, trapeze, wall trampolines, zip lining, foam battle beams, trampoline basketball and more!

Sky Zone Trampoline Park

6180 Edgelake Dr, Sarasota, FL

Sky Zone is an indoor trampoline park that caters to all ages but specifically younger children. If you’re a parent of littles, it’s a safe and clean way to let your kids roam free.

They have a ninja warrior course, zip line, trapeze, swings with foam pits and lots of fun challenging areas. It’s one of the best things to do in Sarasota when it rains.

Jumpin Fun Inflata Park

7321 Trade Ct, Sarasota, FL

Jumpin Fun is a 15,000 square foot inflatable theme park. There are inflatable mazes, bounce houses, foam pits, climbing walls, ball pits and more. You’ll also find a 250 foot zip line that runs throughout the park. If you have kids, this is the best thing to do in Sarasota on a rainy day.

Bounce Down Under

935 N Beneva Rd., Ste 802, Sarasota, FL

Bounce Down Under is an 11,000 square foot inflatable park. There are lots of bounce houses, inflatable slides, inflatable tunnels, dodgeball and more. It’s a really fun places if you’re looking for indoor activities in Sarasota, FL.

Try the Best Coffee in Sarasota

There’s no better way to enjoy a rainy day than with a warm cup of coffee. See our complete list of the best coffee shops in Sarasota.

AlexArt International Art Gallery

25 N Pineapple Ave, Sarasota, FL

The AlexArt International Art Gallery is one of the contemporary art galleries in Sarasota, FL. You’ll find vibrant modern art, neon color paintings and cool 3D art. It’s definitely on the best things to do indoors in Sarasota.

Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall

777 N Tamiami Trail, Sarasota, FL

Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall is a 80,000 square foot theatre with 1,741 seats. They always have a theatre performance going on. Cats, Blue Main Group, Aladdin, Jerry Seinfeld and more! They usually have shows at 1pm, 7pm, 9pm, etc. If it’s raining, consider going to see a last minute performance.

Acro Fit

4015 Clark Rd, Sarasota, FL

Acrofit is an indoor gym that offers walk in gymnastics sessions. Enjoy 45 minutes of bouncing, sliding, and crawling! There’s ropes, trampolines, bars, and even a foam pit. At the end, children gather for parachute fun, bubbles, and dancing.

When: Saturdays 11:15am
Who: Kids under 5

Florida Studio Theatre

1241 N Palm Ave, Sarasota, FL

Florida Studio Theatre usually has 1-2 plays a day. Consider seeing a play if it starts raining. Here’s the where to get tickets and see the full schedule.

Indoor Playground at UTC

140 University Town Center Dr, Sarasota, FL

The UTC mall playground is one of the very few that parents and children can enjoy indoors on a rainy day. The Mote Marine Aquarium themed play space is small, enclosed, and has great AC.

Chick-fil-A Playground

5489 University Pkwy, University Park, FL

When all else fails, it’s Chik-fil-A to the rescue. You can’t go wrong with chicken nuggets and an indoor slide. The 2-story play space has areas to climb, jump and a great slide. If the rain stops, see our list of the best playgrounds in Sarasota.

Best Downtown Restaurants

Considering dining indoors at Sarasota’s downtown restaurants:

  1. Kojo
  2. Selva
  3. Indigenous Restaurant
  4. Owen’s Fish Camp
  5. Duval’s
  6. Lila
  7. Mediterraneo
  8. Boca Kitchen

If you’ve been to these, see our complete list of restaurants in downtown Sarasota, FL.

Discover Sarasota Tours

1826 4th St, Sarasota, FL

Discover Sarasota Tours offer 90 minute trolley tours. It’s a convenient way to see the best places to visit in Sarasota, Florida when it’s raining.

Gulf Gate Public Library

7112 Curtiss Ave, Sarasota, FL

Gulf Gate Public Library is clean, has floor to ceiling windows and lots of seating. It’s a great place to read a book, get some work done or just hang out while it rains.

Selby Public Library

1331 1st St, Sarasota, FL

Selby Public Library is a great place to run from the rain. They have books, computers, a small aquarium, games and creative stations for kids.

Things To Do in Sarasota When it Rains

It just started raining and you’re rushing to find rainy day activities. We get it. That’s why we created a map of things to do in Sarasota when it rains.