20 Things to Do in Calgary on a Rainy Day
- April 26, 2018
- By Cody Battershill
We definitely don’t get as much rain as our coastal neighbours of Vancouver and Victoria in British Columbia - that's for sure.
But if Mother Nature does by chance decide to unleash a fury of wetness down upon us, there are plenty of things to do in Calgary on a rainy day despite how terrible the downpour may be.
Here are some of the best indoor activities in Calgary we thought of for those gloomy rainy days. Let us know what your favourites are using the comment section below and we will add them to our list!
Chinatown is one of Calgary’s cultural hot spots located between 4th Avenue and Riverfront Avenue from south to north and 1st Street SW to 1st Street SE from west to east.
This place is riddled with fun things to do on a rainy day including browsing a unique collection of Chinese shops at Dragon City Mall as well as discovering a wide range of foreign foods within the few blocks described above.
Even if you don’t buy anything, this can still be a totally fun cultural experience! One thing to keep in mind is that to get from block to block you will have to cross the street outside so bring an umbrella just in case.
- Address – Downtown: Centre Street from 4th Avenue to Riverfront Avenue
Chinese Cultural Centre
Since its establishment in 1992, the Chinese Cultural Centre has publicly promoted the Chinese culture while standing as a strong symbol of the multiculturalism inherent to the City of Calgary.
There are several things to do at the Chinese Cultural Centre on any given day, especially on a rainy one.
From learning about Chinese history and culture, marvelling at the magnificent artwork, architecture and ancient artifacts found within or perhaps stocking up on exotic candies for the little ones, you'll have fun participating in these indoor activities when it's wet outside!
- Address – 197 1st Street SW
- Phone Number – 403-262-5071
ClearOne Badminton Centre
Badminton is a fun sport that can help you maintain fitness and physical shape. It's also a great way to socialize as you try to brow beat your friends into submission on the court!
Located in the northwest just off Deerfoot Trail and Country Hills Boulevard, ClearOne Badminton Centre is the perfect place to have fun with your family and friends on a rainy day in Calgary.
A membership costs $20.00 and drop ins are just $4.00 to $7.00 depending on age after the fact. Stay as long as you want... even sign up for lessons and various tournaments throughout the year!
Learn more at Calgary Activities - ClearOne Badminton Centre.
- Address - 1853 120th Avenue NE
- Phone Number - 403-265-3886
Canada Sports Hall of Fame
Did you know that the Canada Sports Hall of Fame has moved to Calgary’s Canada Olympic Park, all the way from Toronto?
Did you know that this facility has almost 100,000 sports artifacts, many of which are on display? How cool is that!?
For sports enthusiasts in Calgary, this may just be the ultimate thing to do in Calgary on a rainy day if you haven't been recently or before at all.
- Address – 88 Canada Olympic Road SW
- Phone Number – 403-247-5452
Downtown Calgary is rife with things to do on a rainy day. One of those is a visit to the Devonian Gardens in The Core Shopping Centre.
Located on the top floor, Devonian Gardens features more than 500 trees, 50 varieties of plants, a 900 square foot living wall, many benches and seating areas and a kids playground filled with climbing structures that little ones love.
There's also a massive food court right beside the gardens, making this lush indoor oasis the perfect place to stop in at before or after food.
- Address – 400, 317 7 Avenue SW
- Phone Number – 403-441-4940
Eau Claire Market
Just across the street from the Chinese Cultural Centre is the eclectic Eau Claire Market.
Home to a Cineplex Odeon, food court, several restaurants, sports bar & grill and a wide range of unique shops, it's one of the top places to visit in Calgary's city centre on a rainy day!
The best part is that Eau Claire’s underground parking makes it so you don’t have to get wet at all going in or out of the mall.
This area is set to undergo a massive redevelopment that will include residential towers and improves commercial / retail spaces. We can't wait!
- Address – 200 Barclay Parade SW
- Phone Number – 403-264-6450
Escape rooms are a new craze when it comes to indoor activities in Calgary. They're fun, challenging and are perfect for groups to do any day of the week, especially on one that's rainy.
With several escape rooms around town, how should you know which one is best? I highly recommend checking out Google reviews to get an idea of where you'd like to go!
Popular Escape Rooms:
- Trapped Escape Room
- Confined Escape Rooms
- The Locked Room
- Escape 60
- Cognito Escape Games
A rainy day in Calgary doesn't spell doom for trampoline fun thanks to the Flying Squirrel indoor trampoline park and activity centre near the airport.
Inside this massive playground there's a ton of things to do including obstacle courses, various rope swings, trampoline jumps everywhere and even glow-in-the-dark trampoline dodgeball.
This place is a howl for people of all ages, although it's recommended that adults show up on adult nights to make sure they don't jump into any little ones!
Stay tuned for a blog on this awesome indoor activity perfect for rainy days in Calgary!
- Address - 572 Aero Dr NE #105
- Phone Number - 403-879-2148
Have you ever been interested in learning what life was like on the prairies for our European ancestors and for the Aboriginal peoples who were here for countless years before?
Needless to say, the story of these two groups is incredibly fascinating and can be discovered at the Glenbow Museum’s vast collections separated into four categories: archive, art, library and museum.
Spending an afternoon here on a rainy day in Calgary is easy to do if you're interested in this sort of thing!
Learn more at Calgary Activities - Glenbow Museum today.
- Address – 130 9th Avenue SW
- Phone Number – 403-268-4100
InjaNation is another fairly new indoor activity centre ripe with fun for people of all ages, especially on a rainy day where staying dry is the goal!
Inside of this fun and fitness centre you'll find multiple obstacle courses, challenging physical activities for solo and multi players and much, much more.
InjaNation is located directly beside Flying Squirrel beside the Calgary airport.
Stay tuned for an activity blog explaining all there is to do at this awesome indoor facility!
- Address - 52 Aero Dr NE #102
- Phone Number - 587-353-4652
Explore detailed exhibits showing historical wartime battles and other crucial moments in Canada’s history, join guided tours and learn straight from military professionals and officials themselves, view a comprehensive collection of picture and art galleries and more at Calgary's Military Museums.
Perhaps most important of all, discover what sacrifices Canada’s War Veterans have made for our country, of which contributed to Canada becoming a sovereign nation and also to the betterment of the world as a whole.
Oh, and if you’re hungry, grab some food and drink from the snack bar and check out the cool gift shop on your way out.
- Address – 4520 Crowchild Trail SW
- Phone Number – 403-974-2850
Nickle Arts Museum
Another awesome place to visit on a rainy day Calgary is the Nickle Arts Museum.
Located at the University of Calgary, it is dedicated to the exhibition and study of artifacts, knowledge and anything else deemed worthy and is renowned for creating innovative new discussions on museum-like topics to do with the past, present and future.
Things such as ancient pottery, scrolls and rugs are typically on display; however, the museum is known to change displays often and is also host to various activities and events on a weekly basis. You definitely should check out their schedule if the rain comes a pouring!
- Address – 250 University Drive, University of Calgary
- Phone Number – 403-220-7234
Most of us probably already know about the Olympic Oval’s year round public skating.
Yes, I remember the good old days as a youth, grabbing the skating bar and being a little hooligan on the speed-skating track where many world records were set in its days of Olympic glory.
My most recent memories of the Olympic Oval are working out, using the running tracks and every so often, some major car show events or other indoor conventions of the sort.
See the website for a full schedule and details; maybe you’ll be lucky on that next rainy day in Calgary if you don’t feel like a public skate or work out that is.
- Address – 2500 University Drive NW
- Phone Number – 403-220-7954
Repsol Sport Centre
Paying a little over $10 is more than worth what you get: full access to the multiple floor fitness centre, three gymnasiums, hot tub, sauna, Olympic diving boards, lane pools and much more.
- Address – 2225 Macleod Trail South
- Phone Number – 403-233-8393
Southern Jubilee Auditorium
Live bands, opera, comedy, musicals... when it comes to entertainment of these sorts, there's a good chance that it's on at the Southern Alberta Jubilee Auditorium.
Every week this performing arts centre hosts a variety events, making it a top contender for things to do in Calgary on a rainy day.
Tickets are mandatory for all shows, however, the auditoriums large capacity usually means that there are extras available.
- Address – 1415 14th Avenue NW
- Phone Number – 403-297-8000
SPEEDERS Indoor ProKarts
Speeders may very well be the most intense indoor race track in the city. Featuring 100% electric go-karts, this adrenaline-pumping indoor activity will have you going seemingly a million miles an hour against your friends in competitive indoor racing!
Unfortunately if you are under the legal age limit, shorter than 5'1'', weigh more than 300 pounds, have open-toed shoes on or have had a few too many drinks, you won't be able to race at Speeders that day.
If that's the case, we recommend you make your way back to this indoor activity gem another day to check out the high-intensity, very fast go kart racing!
- Address – 2225 Macleod Trail South
- Phone Number – 403-233-8393
The Rec Room
The Rec Room at the recently renovated Deerfoot City Mall is full of hype among people of all ages, and for good reason.
Featuring probably more than 50 arcade games (a guess) in addition to ping pong, shuffle board, virtual reality, pool and snookerboard to name a few, it's easy to see why The Rec Room is a great place to go on a rainy or snowy day in Calgary for some fun.
There's also a full serve restaurant and sports bar in addition to a quicker cafe-style concession that serves up craft beer, housemade desserts and several delicious poutines.
Don't forget to check out the token store and cash in your tokens for rewards after a night of gaming!
- Address – 901 64 Avenue NE
- Phone Number – 587-535-6077
The Shooting Edge
For some, there are few things in this world more exhilarating than shooting a gun. And not just any gun, but one (or two, or three) that you choose to fire from a long list of different ones at The Shooting Edge.
This gun range / shop has a great set up where you pay a flat rate to shoot then basically pay for your ammo to fire. You can switch guns as many times as you like to shoot on the range, which is great!
If you're under age, just make sure you have an adult to accompany you throughout your visit and you're good to go!
- Address – 901 64 Avenue NE
- Phone Number – 587-535-6077
Yuk Yuk’s Comedy Club
The rain might make some people feel gloomy, but there's a perfect solution for that rainy day feeling that many of us get called dinner and comedy at Yuk Yuk’s Comedy Club!
I have been to Yuk Yuk’s Comedy Club on several occasions and have had a blast every time. Tickets are usually available at the door so you may just get lucky on that next unlucky rainy day we have.
- Address – Elbow River Casino – 218 18th Avenue SE
- Phone Number – 403-258-2028
Best Shopping Malls
It may already be a given, but heading to one of Calgary’s best shopping malls to pick up what you need is always a good thing to do on a rainy day in Calgary.
Whether it be Market Mall, The Core, or the new Asian-style mega-mall coming soon to the Balzac area, they all are great picks for when the rain is somewhat limiting on what you can do outdoors.
Best Movie Theatres
A Hollywood flick on a rainy night is the best! Catch that movie you’ve wanted to see for days by yourself or with your loved ones, grab your favourite snacks, huddle into a cozy seat and watch that rainy night away.
We prefer Landmark in the north because of its recliner-style lazyboy seats and Chinook in the south because of its amenities. See all of our best Calgary movie theatres here.
Don’t let a rainy day get you down! With 20 of these fun and exciting things to do in Calgary on a rainy day, you’ll surely be having a blast the next time Mother Nature decides to show us a little rainy love!
Until next time, be sure to check out more of the best Calgary activities and events today!
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