6 of the Best Indoor Activities When it Rains in Cleveland | Perplexity Games

6 of the Best Indoor Activities When it Rains in Cleveland

Let’s be honest, Cleveland, Ohio, is no stranger to a rainy day or two. In fact, Cleveland has some precipitation 149 days per year, while July 2021 was the fourth wettest on record. Thankfully though, when it does rain in Cleveland, at least you’re never short of a few things to do.

What To Do On a Rainy Day in Cleveland

We’re going to run through six of the best indoor activities in Cleveland to keep you, your family, and your friends entertained. From Perplexity Games to the Table Board Game Cafe, here are a few of Cleveland’s best wet weather treats.   

shuffle board cleveland indoor activitiesNext time the heavens open, take yourself along to Forest City Shuffleboard in Ohio City to push some discs. There are indoor and outdoor shuffleboard courts and tables and the rules are easy to learn and designed to keep the game fun. Unlike other indoor games such as pool or darts, even if you’ve never played before then you can still be competitive. That makes it perfect for all age groups, whether you’re nine or 90. 



When thinking about things to do in Cleveland on a rainy day, your first thought is probably not to seek shelter in the nearest rainforest, but this is one activity that’s not to be missed.

cleveland zooThe Cleveland Metroparks Zoo RainForest is home to more than 600 animals and 10,000 plants, and importantly, this two-level, two-acre habitat is entirely indoors. You can traverse the treetops with the two-toed sloths and hang out with the orangutans within this wonderfully warm and dry setting.


cleveland museum - indoor activities clevelandCleveland Museum of Art is not just one of the best places to see art in Cleveland, it’s also consistently rated as one of the best art museums anywhere in America. You have more than 600,000 square feet to explore and it’s fabulously free. It houses more than 45,000 works from around the world and is specifically known for its collections of Asian and African art as well as works by masters such as Van Gogh, Monet, Rubens, Caravaggio, Renoir, and Picasso. 


Of all the indoor activities in Cleveland, this is the one that can keep you entertained all day long. It has more than 1,000 board games that line the walls as well as good local food and craft brews on offer.

tabletop cleveland rainy day activitiesThere are games to suit every age and interest, so you can pick your poison and settle into one of the comfy couches. There are also some excellent draft beers on tap along with wine smoothies and hard root beer floats to keep things interesting. 

west side market - indoor activities in clevelandThe next time you’re caught in the rain, duck into the West Side Market in Cleveland’s Ohio City neighborhood and experience a piece of Cleveland’s history and savor some mouthwatering bites. Part farmer’s market, grocery store, and food court, the West Side Market is definitely the tastiest place to be when it rains in Cleveland. Some of the food and drink vendors have been selling here for years, but for locals, there’s also a regular influx of new food stands, bakeries, and coffee houses to make it well worth coming back for more. 




Perplexity Games is home to five uniquely themed escape rooms, each of which has an intriguing and challenging puzzle to solve. Once the door closes, you have 60 minutes to find clues, solve puzzles and escape the room.

escape room cleveland - indoor activitiesThe immersive detail of Perplexity Games makes this the best escape room experience you’ll find anywhere in the city, and with an overall rating of 5 out of 5 on Tripadvisor from more than 100 reviews and 550 reviews on Google, you don’t have to take our word for it. 

You don’t have to wait for a washout

While these are undoubtedly some of the best indoor activities when it rains in Cleveland, you don’t need to wait for a washout to get started. Just follow the links in this article to find out more about each of the attractions and get yourself down there today. 

What’s on your list for the best rainy day activities in Cleveland? Comment or chat with us on social media! 🙂