10 Best Rainy Day Activities in Illinois!

Who says you have to spend a rainy day sitting at home bored? If curling up on the couch isn’t your style, there are plenty of other options. From rock climbing at First Ascent to wine tasting at After the Vine, check out these 10 best rainy day activities in Illinois.

Field Museum, Chicago, IL

The Field Museum is one of Chicago’s most iconic attractions, and there’s no question about why. Along with a rotating variety of special exhibits, this museum features incredible exhibits from around the world, featuring the skeleton of the largest dinosaur ever discovered and much more.

Real Ax Throwing, Springfield, IL

Infuse your next rainy day with a lot of fun and a bit of danger when you embark on an ax throwing adventure. Springfield’s Real Ax Throwing is always a great destination for friends and families alike

Brainstorm Escapes, Champaign, IL

Put your mind to the test when you spend your day at Brainstorm Escapes. Located in lovely Champaign, this popular escape room has four different rooms so you can satisfy your puzzle craving in multiple environments.

First Ascent, Peoria, IL

First Ascent is your destination for rock climbing in the Peoria area. Whether it’s truly your first ascent or you’re a rock climbing pro, this local climbing gym is the perfect place to expand your skills or try something new.

Iron Coyote Challenge Park, Bloomington, IL

If you have kiddos who have some energy to expend on a rainy day, take them to the Iron Coyote Challenge Park. There are all kinds of attractions to explore at this outstanding spot, like Ninja Warrior obstacles, fun walls, a ropes course, and more.

Children’s Museum of Illinois, Decatur, IL

Take advantage of the soggy weather to stimulate and expand your kids’ minds with an outing to the Children’s Museum of Illinois. It’s full of interactive exhibits for kids to explore and learn, and it has a robust calendar of special events too.

After the Vine, Rockford, IL

Want to enhance your palate, or just in the mood to sample some great wines? After the Vine is your ultimate destination. This chic wine boutique has wine tasting along with a variety of events like live music, paint and sip classes, and more.

Cedarhurst Center for the Arts, Mount Vernon, IL

Give your inner artist a chance to play at the Cedarhurst Center for the Arts. Located in Mt. Vernon, this art center features a variety of art exhibits as well as classes so you can make some art of your own.

The Edge, Belleville, IL

The Edge is one of those entertainment complexes where there’s a favorite for everyone under one roof. You can spend plenty of rainy days checking out the various attractions like virtual reality, bowling, laser tag, bumper cars, and more.

WhirlyBall, Naperville, IL

WhirlyBall is one of the most unique sports out there, and something everyone needs to try. Think of it as a combo of lacrosse, bumper cars, hockey, and basketball. Head to Naperville’s WhirlyBall court to experience it for yourself.

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