Gaze long and hard at some modern art at OMA
Contemplate the postmodern vision of the creative masterminds collected in this year's Florida Prize exhibition – or spend the day sneaking Snapchats with the art, no judgment.
Orlando Museum of Art, 2416 N. Mills Ave., 407-896-4231, omart.org
Go crate-digging at Rock N Roll Heaven
Orlando has plenty of places to find rare vintage or brand-new vinyl (besides RNR Heaven, there's Park Ave CDs, Uncle Tony's Donut Shoppe and East-West Music, just for a start). But this Ivanhood mainstay could keep you busy for hours flipping albums while you sit out a thunderstorm.
Rock N Roll Heaven, 1814 N. Orange Ave., 407-896-1952, rock-n-rollheaven.com
Design your own roller coaster at OSC
You can't be outside riding one, but at Orlando Science Center's Kinetic Zone, you can build and test your own coaster. If you're not careful, you may learn something.
Orlando Science Center, 777 E. Princeton St., 407-514-2000, osc.org
Catch a matinee and grab lunch at Enzian Theater
Skip the crowded, Slushee-sticky floors of the mall movie theater and enjoy a matinee at the Enzian, where you can order a real meal and you won't have to fight a stranger for cup-holder dominance.
Enzian Theater, 1300 S. Orlando Ave., Maitland, 407-629-0054, enzian.org
Take in the floor show at Mango's
Get an eyeful of Mango's feather-costumed "world-famous" showgirls plus salsa, samba and hip-hop dancers while downing dinner and drinks; you may even get asked to join the conga line.
Mango's Tropical Cafe Orlando, 8126 International Drive, 407-673-4422, mangos.com
Bowl a few frames at Colonial Lanes
Channel your inner Lebowski (order a White Russian instead of a bucket of beers, if you like), scarf a grilled cheese from the snack counter, then move into the dark, cave-like bar and take over the TouchTunes.
Colonial Lanes, 400 Primrose Drive, 407-894-0361, coloniallanes.net
Shoot free pool at Sportstown Billiards
Perfect your trick shot on Sportstown's dime. Head into this local staple before 4 p.m. and shoot pool for free, or just chill out in the gaming room, which is kind of like a hipster version of Dave and Busters.
Sportstown Billiards, 2414 E. Robinson St., 407-894-6258, sportstownbilliards.com
Get competitive with your friends at the WhirlyDome
Step up your mad bumper-car skills with a match of Whirlyball, a basketball/hockey-esque game you play in a tiny car. Make the game interesting by having losers pay for drinks after.
WhirlyDome, 6464 International Drive, 407-212-3030, whirlydome.com
Lose hours of your life playing video games at Player 1
Instead of sitting at home like a loser on a rainy day, prove to the rest of the gaming community that you're a master at Mario Kart, the king of Call of Duty or a pinball power player.
Player 1 Video Game Bar, 8562 Palm Parkway, 407-504-7521, player1orlando.com
Defy gravity indoors at iFly Skydiving
Get the thrill of skydiving without the potential risk of becoming a human pancake after hurtling out of an airplane 8,000 feet up.
iFly Indoor Skydiving, 6805 Visitors Circle, 407-903-1150, iflyworld.com
Grab the checkered flag like an Earnhardt at K1 Speed
It's no Talladega, but it'll still feel sweet when you crush the rest of the squad screeching around the track to the finish line during an indoor go-kart race.
K1 Speed Orlando, 9550 Parksouth Court, 407-434-7500, k1speed.com
Peg your friends and leave a bruise at Orlando Paintball
It's never not fun. Even pacifists can't help but unlock their inner predator when thrown into a game of paintball.
Orlando Paintball, 7215 Rose Ave., 407-294-0694, orlandopaintball.com
Tee off in CaddyShanks' virtual golf sports pub
If the rain has you missing your tee time, you can still hit a few balls at CaddyShanks' virtual golf field. It's like the course and the 19th hole all mixed into one.
CaddyShanks, 4882 New Broad St., 407-574-6570, caddyshanks.com
Laugh until it hurts at SAK Comedy Lab
Throw out some outrageous suggestions and watch the comics at SAK turn "man in yellow hat" and "minty toothpaste" into a side-splitting song or scene.
SAK Comedy Lab, 29 S. Orange Ave., 407-648-0001, sakcomedylab.com
Get over your fear of heights at Aiguille
Climbing up a rock wall isn't that much easier just because it's indoors. Give bouldering a try, or climb around on a shorter wall like you're Spider-Man.
Aiguille Rock Climbing, 999 Charles St., Longwood, 407-332-1430, aiguille.com
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