Best Places to Visit on a Rainy Day

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Fun activities, relaxing strolls, maybe even solving puzzles? There is plenty to do in Merrimack Valley no matter the weather. Here are the top 5 places we recommend visiting on a rainy day.


image of escapology logo with their tag line "The Live Escape Game" the image itself shows a person facing away from the camera and walking through a dimly lit forest.
Photo Credit: Escapology

On a rainy day, sometimes we want to curl up with a good book, who doesn’t love a cozy mystery? But other times, we need a little more activity in our lives and that’s where Escapology in Tewksbury comes in. This unique escape room provides wide ranging games like Scooby-Doo and the Spooky Castle Adventure to Budapest Express. There’s a game for every level and type of player, you’re sure to have a great time. 

Altitude Trampoline Park

Interior photo of the Altitude Trampoline Park and someone doing a flip
Photo Credit: Altitude Trampoline Park Facebook

Altitude Trampoline Park in Billerica is full of fun. With 15,000 square feet of wall-to-wall trampolines, you’ll be jumping for joy when a rainy day rolls around. With countless activities like dodgeball courts, tumble tracks, foam pits, and a large open area just for jumping–you’re bound to have a flipping good time. Open all week, you can visit from morning to night. And if you really love it, there’s also an option of getting a summer fun pass with tons of perks. 

Discovery Museum

A tried and true classic of the Merrimack Valley, Discovery Museum offers a hands-on museum experience that combines science, nature, and play. With both an indoor and outdoor educational playscape, both adults and children will be mystified while they learn. Among their exhibits centering on different aspects of STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, and Math), Discovery Museum also hosts numerous events that’s fun for the whole family. 

Wamesit Lanes Family Entertainment Center

arcade games at wamesit lanes

Wamesit Lanes Family Entertainment Center in Tewksbury.Ten Pin and Candle Bowling, indoor golf simulators, a state of the art arcade, bocce courts, table shuffleboard and much more!” Eat great food, bowl to your heart’s content, and have a day full of play, all while avoiding the pouring rain. 

Pottery Mill Clay Studio

using a pottery wheel

The Pottery Mill Clay Studio in Lowell is a perfect place to visit on a rainy day (or any day). With classes for kids and adults across varying experience levels, you can find an upcoming class that fits exactly what you’re looking for.  To prepare for a rainy day, you can also order and pick up one of the Pottery Mill’s Take Home Clay Kits with all the supplies and tools you’ll need. Once you’re home, you just need space (like a coffee table) and the internet to watch and follow along with the pre-recorded workshop. 

Mill No. 5

Mill No. 5
Visitors enter through iron gates on their way to the fashionable cafe, theater and shopping at Mill No. 5 in Lowell. Josh Reynolds for The Boston Globe (Biz, Seifer)

The historic Mill No. 5 also in Lowell keeps all the historic character and charm of the past and brings alive imagination and creativity. On a rainy afternoon, you can grab a quick bite, shop for something cute and vintage at Victory Garden, or buy a brand new book from the Lowell Book Company. You can even take a yoga class at Sutra Studio and then lay back in a plush chair and catch the newest flick at the Luna Theater. Mill No. 5 contains anything and everything to entertain the whole family. 

There are countless places in Merrimack Valley to visit on a rainy day. We didn’t even mention in the post all the museums available for you and your family to explore this summer and beyond. 

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