Huntsville gets some kind of precipitation, on average, 105 days per year. However there are around 199 sunny days per year in Huntsville. And honestly, some days it is a combination of both. Many times you will hear people say if you don't like the weather, wait a few hours. If it's raining while you are here, don't let those showers get you down, here are a few indoor activities to enjoy around town!
View Exhibits at Huntsville Museum of Art
Each year, the nationally accredited Museum fills its seven galleries with a variety of traveling exhibitions, and the work of nationally and regionally acclaimed artists. The Museum’s own 2,522-piece permanent collection forms the basis for several yearly exhibitions. The Museum is also the home of the world’s largest collection of Buccellati silver animals. Our suggestion is to take advantage of the $5 after 5pm program they have each Thursday night.
Every Thursday night, admission to the Huntsville Museum of Art downtown is only $5. Guests can tour the galleries, listen to live music and enjoy the best of the museum “after hours” until 9 p.m.
Visit as Many Coffee Shops as You Can on the Downtown Huntsville Craft Coffee Trail
A rainy day calls for a cozy afternoon in a coffee shop, and thanks to the Downtown Huntsville Craft Coffee Trail, you can visit all of Huntsville’s finest. To participate, pick up a passport at any of the 10 coffee shops on the trail. Whenever you order your cup of joe, ask the barista at the counter to give your passport a stamp. Once you’ve collected all 10 stamps, you’ll be rewarded with a Coffee Trail mug.
Discover a new side to Lowe Mill
Since you’re already checking out the Coffee Trail stop at Piper & Leaf, take your exploring upstairs to the Lowe Mill ARTS & Entertainment artists’ booths with your tea in hand. Using the rain as an excuse, play a game to get to know the artists and their work on a deeper level. Some ideas: try to find the most unique piece of art in the entire textile mill, ask an artist what inspires them, or play a game of telephone asking each artist to recommend a booth they love the most and using their suggestions as a guide to get around.
Explore the U.S. Space and Rocket Center
The U.S. Space and Rocket Center has the "Dare to Explore" exhibit that showcases what living on the moon and later, Mars, will be like. Along with the new exhibit that shows how science is leading to new exploration, you can stand under the National Historic Landmark Saturn V rocket in the Davidson Center for Exploration. Explore the Rocket Park and take advantage of the amazing history right in the Rocket City. Before you go, don’t forget to pick up your discount from the Huntsville/Madison County Visitor’s Center, or download your coupons directly to your phone with the digital Attractions Pass.
Rainy Day Recreation at Midcity
Just because you can't head to our golf courses, you can still swing away at Topgolf. The facility has 70 bays, more than 200 HDTVs and fun for the entire family. Plus their menu is delicious! High Point Climbing is also at MidCity. They have climbing walls for all levels, from beginners to pros. They even constructed a giant Saturn V rocket to climb in the kid zone. Grab your shoes and chalk and climb some of their massive walls. MidCity is full of even more indoor fun with Dave & Buster's, and if you like bowling, Stars and Strikes is across the street!
For the Kids
If you are traveling with your children and need help finding indoor activties, I suggest heading to EarlyWorks Children's Museum for those under 10-years-old. They have dedicated areas for children as young as 6-months and are actively cleaning during and after each session. It's a hands on learning experience where you can let your child's imagination run wild. Rocket City Mom also has a list of all the indoor play areas if you need more ideas. If you are visiting Huntsville with your family, make sure to check out these hotels with indoor pools. When movie theatres open back up, rainy days are a great time to see a movie.
Bonus: Date night under the stars
The INTUITIVE® Planetarium replaces the IMAX theater formerly at the U.S. Space and Rocket Center, giving showgoers a chance to explore the beauty of our solar system from the comfiest of chairs. Every Friday, the Planetarium staff opens the theater for a very unique after-hours show. See all of their special showings including a Cocktails and Cosmos event each month (drinks not included with ticket purchased).