10 fun things to do on a rainy day in Vancouver

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It’s another rainy day in the Lower Mainland. Your picnic is postponed, your hike is on hiatus, your canoe trip is cancelled, and your hop scotch tournament is, let’s be honest, not happening.

But never fear. Just because it’s raining outs tide does;t mean you can’t have any fun. So as the wet weather looks set to take hold, here are our suggestions for 10 fun things you can do indoors in Vancouver.

Watch a movie

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Movies / Shutterstock

Sure, you could fire up Netflix, but there’s nothing like going to the movies. The sights. The sounds. The apathetic teen employees. Vancouver has a ton of movie theatres catering to a variety of tastes, from the Scotiabank Theatre for your Hollywood Blockbusters, to The Cinematheque for something a little more independent. See you at the movies!

Go to the Aquarium

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Aquarium / Shutterstock

Living in Vancouver, it can be pretty easy to take it for granted, but the Vancouver Aquarium is one of the top ranked aquariums in the world. Not only is it a well-respected centre for marine conservation and research, but it’s got a dizzying array of sea creatures on display. There are octopi, whales, a million different kinds of fish, as well as shows, 4D movies, and rotating exhibits. Whether you’re an enthusiastic child, a bitter, jaded adult, or some combination of the the two, there’s something for everyone to love here.

Go to a museum

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Museum of Vancouver Facebook

Why not take this opportunity to catch up on some history? Vancouver is home to museums of all kinds, from the Museum of Vancouver and the Museum of Anthropology at UBC, to the Vancouver Maritime Museum. There’s even the Vancouver Police Museum, which features displays and exhibits of Vancouver’s sordid criminal past, and the men and women who have fought to make a difference.

Check out some art

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Gallery / Shutterstock

Vancouver loves artists, and artists love Vancouver. There’s public art all over the place, but if you’re looking for a way to appreciate the finer things without standing in the rain looking at a bunch of laughing guys, there are galleries galore. There’s the Vancouver Art Gallery, Coastal Peoples, the Contemporary Art Gallery, Bau-Xi Gallery, Hot Art Wet City, and a few dozen more. In a city like Vancouver, everything is an art, practiced by a hundred artists. Art is no exception.

Science World

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Science World / Shutterstock

Science World is a bonafide Vancouver classic. Dedicated to passing on a love of science to the next generations, Science World has got more than enough to help you pass the time. Constantly changing exhibits (right now is Animals Inside Out), the Omnimax Theatre, and their all-year displays and activities, Science World is a great place to bring the kids. Or your significant other. Or your parents. Anyone really. Science World is great.

Watch a comedy show

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Image: Ivan Decker

There’s no shortage of fine and funny comedy shows in Vancouver. The Comedy Mix and Yuk Yuk’s have shows every night of the week, and there are any number of local shows whenever you’re looking for something a little more local, including the Vancouver TheatreSports League, Kings Head Comedy, the Marathon Mic, Eight 1/2 Inches of Comedy, Jokes Please, and a ton more. Keep your eyes on Vancity Buzz’s coverage of shows by month, for more.

Head to FlyOver Canada

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Lake Morraine / Shutterstock

One of the city’s most unique activities, FlyOver Canada will blow you away. Pitched as a “flight ride,” FlyOver sits you in a moving seat under a domed screen, with a variety of programs like “Flight of the Dragon.” Relatively new to Vancouver, word is spreading fast about this one-of-a-kind attraction.

Play some games

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Pizzeria Lucida Facebook

The board game revolution is well underway. Whether you’re looking for a good old-fashioned game of Sorry! or want to solve a heart-racing mystery with games like Sherlock Holmes: Consulting Detective, Vancouver has you covered. There are businesses all around the city that have board games alongside food, drinks, and music. Or if you’re looking for something a little more digital, the city has a few old school arcades ready to suit your needs. There are even pool halls, if you’re looking for a bit of the classic.

Hit up Granville Island

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Granville Island Market / Shutterstock

Granville Island is a tourist-tested hot spot. Not only does the Granville Island Market have a load of great local grocers and food spots, there are restaurants, breweries, and cafes galore. If you’re looking for a bit of entertainment, you can even take in a play at the Granville Island Theatre.

Try an Escape Room

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Find and Seek Facebook

The Escape Room craze is sweeping the globe, and Vancouver is no exception. Something about being locked in a weird room with only your wits to guide you really speaks to people. Metro Vancouver has over a dozen locations, with themes ranging from Heist to Mummy’s Tomb. E-Exit, Smartypantz, Krakit – no matter where you are in Vancouver there’s something nearby. Check out the Vancity Buzz Guide to Escape Rooms in Metro Vancouver for more.

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Shawn O'Hara Shawn is a Staff Writer at Vancity Buzz. He loves writing about news, arts, movies, comedy, and culture. Some would argue Shawn is too old to still play Dungeons & Dragons. Shawn would disagree.

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