What many people don’t realize about Pensacola is that, despite its typical sunny and bright weather, the historic gem on the Gulf Coast has a rainy season. While it may be known as the Sunshine State, Florida experiences heavy rainfall between May and October. This rainy season comes at a time when many people take their summer vacations, and the occasional summer rain shower can put a damper on an otherwise perfect trip. The great thing about visiting Pensacola is that, despite the rain, the city is full of exciting indoor activities that will keep the fun going on vacation, even if the sun happens to disappear behind rain clouds. Keeping reading this guide to indoor fun in Pensacola to make any rainy day a little more exciting!
If you’re a history buff, be sure to check out The Pensacola Museum of History at the University of West Florida, located in the heart of downtown. This museum features a variety of exhibits that explore Pensacola’s rich and complicated history as one of the first settlements in the United States. Also located downtown, right across the street, are the Pensacola Museum of Commerce and the Pensacola Museum of Transportation. These museums explore the shipping and commerce history that helped grow Pensacola into the vibrant and beautiful city it is today. If history isn’t your thing, be sure to check out the Pensacola Museum of Art located right downtown on Main Street. The Pensacola Museum of Art is located in the old city jail, but it has since been transformed into a beautiful two-story gallery space with unique works of art and exhibitions. The museum also hosts a variety of events from artist talks to story times for kids and is the perfect place to spend an indoor day in Pensacola.
Being stuck indoors all day due to the rain can drive anyone a little bit crazy. There’s no better place to get out that indoor aggression than Grizzly Axes. Located on Davis Highway, this unique spot allows you to learn how to ax-throw in a safe, exciting environment. Ax throwing is not as dangerous or intimidating as many people fear, and provides a great activity for an indoor night out or a rainy day in. Grizzly Axes also features a smash room where you can take a bat to cups, plates, and a variety of other objects, smashing them to smithereens. In addition to the smash room, you can spend the day indoors getting messy with paint in their messy murals room, which allows you to splatter paint to your heart’s content.
Another excellent way to enjoy an indoor day in Pensacola is by expanding your mind or just having fun in a unique class at one of many of the many educational centers in Pensacola. Pensacola has a variety of options from fitness classes to art classes and even entrepreneurial seminars. Try a new skill by making pottery and trying a beginner glass-blowing class at First City Arts Center. If that’s not your thing, you can also check out a class at Painting with a Twist which allows even the most inexperienced painters to become master artists. A day indoors is no excuse not to move your body. Stretch out the indoor stiffness with a yoga class at Disko Lemonade in downtown Pensacola which has classes available for all skill levels or try a unique ballet-inspired workout at Pure Barre. Learning something new or working out your body is an excellent way to spend a rainy day indoors in Pensacola.
When stuck indoors on a rainy day sometimes you just feel like you want to escape your surroundings. If that’s the case, check out one of Pensacola’s exciting escape rooms to put your puzzle-solving and logic skills to the test. If you happen to be downtown, check out Escape on Palafox which features exciting heist-themed, spy-themed, and even a spooky haunted escape room. Pensacola is also home to Escape Zone 60 and ExitThis, both located in north Pensacola. Whichever escape room venue you pick, escape rooms are an excellent way to challenge your mind and make the time spent indoors fly by.
After a fun-filled day indoors and perhaps a meal at one of the many delicious restaurants in Pensacola, there’s no better way to end an indoor day than with a theatrical production that will transport you somewhere else entirely. Pensacola had several amazing options for live theater, including the historic Saenger Theater located on Palafox, and the Pensacola Little Theater also located downtown. Another great theater option is Pen Arts Theatre Company which operates out of the Gordon Community Arts Center located in Pensacola in the historic Belmont-Devilliers neighborhood. These theaters offer beautiful touring and local productions all year round so be sure to check their schedule for a high-quality evening of theatrical entertainment.
Spending the day indoors in Pensacola can be just as fun as spending the day outside at the beach thanks to all the beautiful shops, restaurants, and museums. If you are looking to experience all Pensacola has to offer, indoors as well as outside, you need to stay at The Solé Inn and Suites. Located in bustling downtown on Palafox Street, Solé Inn and Suites provides the perfect, luxurious boutique hotel accommodation to make any visit to Pensacola perfect. Call or book online today.