Keep yourself occupied on a stormy day with these Toronto activities.

Rain or shine, there’s always something new, inventive or unique to try in Toronto. Consider this an opportunity to explore some nooks and crannies you might otherwise miss. 

Visit a temporary immersive exhibit

If you haven’t experienced the wildly popular immersive exhibits yet, this is the sign you’ve been waiting for. A rainy day is a perfect time to get lost in The Sound Of Ukraine: An Immersive Concert or bring the family along and enjoy the magical Disney Animation: Immersive Experience.

Indulge your inner child and play

Head to Batl Axe for an activity that keeps you sheltered from the natural elements. Book ahead and sharpen your axe-throwing skills (pun intended) in a large indoor space. Considering you’re wielding an axe, space is definitely recommended.

If axe throwing isn’t enough excitement on a gloomy day, you can do all that and more at Escape Manor Toronto. In addition to axe throwing, Escape Manor offers several challenging yet quirky experiences like escaping from death row, an asylum, a wine cellar and more. 

What about combining physical activity with play? Basecamp’s rock climbing venue offers 100 different climbing routes. Whether you’re a beginner or an expert climber, play around by challenging your arm strength and fear of heights within a huge, colourful space.

Get lost in a museum

Don’t miss this season’s must-see exhibits. Or perhaps you’d rather casually browse permanent galleries or maybe wander artsy gift shops instead. Whatever your pleasure, spending a rainy day sheltered in a beautifully artistic space sounds like heaven to us.

You could easily spend an entire day roaming the Royal Ontario Museum or the Art Gallery of Ontario. Wander the Aga Khan Museum, revel in the Bata Shoe Museum, or take a trip to the Museum of Contemporary Art.

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Catch a live show

Live theatre is sure to make you forget about gloomy weather. Use a rainy day as an opportunity to check out a variety of plays and musicals around the city. From upscale Broadway shows at Ed Mirvish Theatre to intimate live performances at Soulpepper Theatre, you will see firsthand Toronto’s talent.

Take your tastebuds on a journey 

Taste the flavours of the world. Get adventurous and try something new. Try a dish from Eastern Europe, devour a Japanese dessert or explore Jamaican food that is much more than just jerk chicken. You might discover your new favourite cuisine!

Float away

A sensory deprivation tank, aka float therapy, is an enclosed tank filled with saltwater so salty you’ll float just like you would in the Dead Sea. The experience calms and soothes you by depriving you of all senses—no light, sound, taste or smell.

With the water regulated at the same temperature as your body, it feels like you’re floating in the air, so there is no touch either—just incredible relaxation. 

There are plenty of float therapy studios throughout the city like Float Toronto and H2O Float Studio, among others.

Escape with a staycation

When you’re a local, and the weather outside is dreary, sometimes you need a change of scenery. Book a stay at one of Toronto’s hotels. Spend the day taking advantage of all amenities—think room-service breakfast in bed, indoor swimming pools and spa services. We know just what you need to plan the perfect staycation.