Top 9 Things To Do Indoors When It Rains In Phoenix, Arizona

things to do indoors in phoenix

Known for its year-round sun and warm temperatures, any trip to Phoenix, Arizona is highlighted with a visit to historical museums, golf courses, natural parks, and vibrant nightclubs. Even though you’re ecstatic to experience and finish everything in your itinerary, the weather forecast is not always accurate and instances that rain showers will rain your parade. Fret not for we’ve listed these top things to do indoors in Phoenix, perfect for when it rains, so you can still have another option to keep the fun going. Update your to-do list and consider some of these spots that kids and young at heart will surely love.

1. Prove that knowledge is power in Arizona Science Center

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Located in the heart of Downtown Phoenix, Arizona Science Center is home to 300 hands-on exhibits, live demonstration, planetarium, and high-end IMAX theater among other science and engineering masterpiece. Spend the spring break with a nice assortment of stuff for kids that is very educational including displays, question & answer features, and live interactions which changes every time of the year. Most of the exhibits are hands on and will grab your child’s attention while actually teaching them something. The entire museum is kid-friendly, but also has enough information and activities for adults to enjoy with its different exhibits and experiences offered.

Arizona Science Center

Address: 600 E Washington St, Phoenix, AZ 85004-2303

Website: Arizona Science Center

Opening hours: 10am - 5pm (daily)

Price: 13 - 18 USD

2. Catch a movie at Harkins Theatres Christown 14

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Grab some popcorn and drink before heading your way to your seat to enjoy the night watching your much-awaited movie. Feel welcome as the great staff greets you with smiling faces and willing to help you from the concessions up to finding your seats to make your movie experience an unforgettable one. Considered as the 5th largest theatre chain in North America, this modern movie house offers a great movie hang out with its comfortable fabric rocking seats, large standard screen, and surround sound system all at a cheap price ticket. A definitely cool experience that you don’t get very often in one of the biggest cities in America.

Harkins Theatres Christown 14

Address: 1620 W Montebello Ave, Phoenix, AZ 85015

Website: Harkins Theatres Christown 14

Opening hours: 10am - 12pm (daily)

Price: 7 - 14 USD

3. Take delight of seasonal American dishes at Seasons 52

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Indulge dining in this casually sophisticated fresh grill and wine bar set in a welcoming ambience with rich mahogany accents, custom built wine cellars, and lush greenery. After strolling around Phoenix, treat your tummy with delicious food and an invigorating meal to replenish your energy. Have a glass of drink from over 100 wine that is a perfect match to complement a serving of lobster bisque, slow braised beef short rib, and filet mignon. Aside from the great food and excellent friendly service, the place also features a nightly live entertainment at the piano bar adding the air of casual sophistication to complete the exceptional dining experience.

Seasons 52

Address: 2502 E Camelback Rd, Phoenix, AZ 85016

Website: Seasons 52

Opening hours: Sun: 11am - 9pm; Mon - Thu: 11am - 10pm; Fri - Sat: 11am - 11pm

Price: 11 - 30 USD

4. Dance the night away at Karamba Nightclub

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Get ready to have the time of your life with a night of dancing, drinking, and listening to amazing DJ’s at Karamba Nightclub. Break a leg on the dance floor with the beat of lively music ranging from top hits to Spanish pop to Techno music from the state-of-the-art sound system to amazing laser lights, that could compete with New York and Vegas clubs. Forget about sweating for you can checkout out the Super Taco Catering if you’re hungry for some Mexican fare such as burritos, tacos or quesadilla while replenishing your fluid in the full bar with beer busts and drink specials.

Karamba Nightclub

Address: 1724 E. McDowell Road, Phoenix, AZ 85006

Website: Karamba Nightclub

Opening hours: Sun - Thu: 9pm - 2am; Fri - Sat: 9pm - 4am

Price: 5 USD

5. Treat yourself to signature drinks at Seamus McCaffrey

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Posted by Seamus McCaffrey's Irish Pub & Restaurant on Sunday, May 16, 2021

Sip a drink while watching a good film propped at all angles at Seamus McCaffrey’s Irish Pub and Restaurant. Enjoy some legit chicken boxty and corn beef and cabbage while having a drink from the many craft beer selections, both domestic and imported, that will surely bring out the inner Irish in you. Sing along with its decent live music or find a booth away from the bar where you can read your book while waiting for your food. Make sure to leave a room for a piece of Irish Whiskey cake for dessert with a scoop of ice cream to sweeten the deal.

Seamus McCaffrey

Address: 18 W Monroe St, Phoenix, AZ 85003

Website: Seamus McCaffrey

Opening hours: 10am - 2am (daily)

Price: 11 - 30 USD

6. Let loose and have fun at Lucky Strike Phoenix

Editor’s note: Establishment is permanently closed.

Be social and plan a bowling game at Lucky Strike Phoenix where nightlife, bowling, chef-driven cuisines, gaming, and live music is basically guaranteed to offer a one-stop hangout place. Relax in the comfortable couches and small padded stools and take in the plush surroundings with a cool urban adult vibe while waiting for your turn to strike the pins in any of the eight bowling lanes. A big place with a great atmosphere, rediscover your lost youth and have fun in the arcade or rent a billiard table before or after the bowling game while feasting on scrumptious food and good drinks.

Lucky Strike Phoenix

Address: 50 W Jefferson St, Ste 240, Phoenix, AZ 85003

Website: Lucky Strike Phoenix

Opening hours: Sun - Thu: 11am - 12am; Fri - Sat: 11am - 2am

Price: 11 - 30 USD

7. Laugh out loud at Stand Up Live

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Posted by Stand Up Live New Faces of Comedy on Tuesday, August 1, 2017

Laugh your hearts out and throw away your stressful day in this comedy bar with a line-up of popular and really funny comedians. Make sure to arrive early for a good seat for this is such a great place to combine dinner and drinks with fun entertainment and excellent acts from around the country. Order some chicken wings with a very flavorful taste best with spinach dip and pretzels and beer cheese dip while sipping your drink. Make sure to stay for the whole night and wait for the top talents to hit the stage to feel the energy when a pod joke is delivered and the crowd is going.

Stand Up Live

Address: 50 W Jefferson St, Phoenix, AZ 85003

Website: Stand Up Live

Opening hours: Sun & Thu: 8pm - 10pm; Fri: 7pm - 12:30am; Sat: 7pm - 11pm

Price: 5 USD onwards

8. Shop till you drop at Paradise Valley Mall

Paradise Valley Mall, South East Entrance
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If you have the means, spend some quality shopping in Paradise Valley Mall with a number of food stalls and restaurant to choose from perfect after a day of walking around Phoenix. Kids will surely love the carousel, moving trains, and other little rides that they could ride for just a dollar and a play place that is free for kids under a certain height. After dinner, make your way to the cinema ideal for moviegoers or continue looking for great finds for there are plenty of shops to visit. Truly a place to consider for its a charming appearance and has diverse offers for everybody.

Paradise Valley Mall

Address: 4568 E Cactus Rd, Phoenix, AZ 85032

Website: Paradise Valley Mall

Opening hours: Mon - Sat: 10am - 9pm; Sun: 11am - 6pm

9. Admire classic and contemporary pieces at the Phoenix Art Museum (from USD 15.0)

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Make sure to book your tickets in advance and skip the line to explore the galleries with over 19,000 masterpieces from all over the world at Phoenix Art Museum. Whether you are a fan of art collection or not, there is definitely something to grab your interest from the traditional and modern art display in the largest art museum of Southwestern United States. Enjoy seeing the work of some Western artists and European art collection both visually beautiful or admire with awe a room with 25,000 paper butterflies scattered along the walls and ceilings. Together with its many interesting areas of art to view, there’s also a cafe that offers an excellent lunch ready to serve you when hunger kicks in.

General Admission to Phoenix Art Museum

Rain or shine, the fun never stops in Phoenix

things to do indoors in phoenix | rain or shine, the fun never stops in phoenix

It’s always good to have plans when hitting the road to travel but make sure you are readily prepared for any change of weather along the way. Travelling with a strict itinerary will get you to nowhere so make sure to leave a room for adjustments and consider these things to do indoors in Phoenix, Arizona, in case the sun doesn’t shine above you. Don’t forget to bring your umbrella any time of the day to protect you both from the sunlight and the rain.

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