Rain is essential for life to flourish and thrive and the rainy season in Southwest Florida is May through October. Typically, we can set our clocks to those afternoon rains and after several minutes of a heavy downpour, skies clear and we can play outdoors.

If you’re looking for things to do on a rainy day in Charlotte County, we have a few suggestions for you. Also, check our calendar of events for a listing of live performances, entertainment, and classes. Of course, if there isn’t any lightning, there’s nothing from stopping you from playing, singing, and dancing in the rain!

Visit a Museum – Charlotte County is home to several museums that tell a story in their unique way. Take a journey through history of Southwest Florida, Charlotte County and Punta Gorda at the Punta Gorda City Center. (512 E. Grace Street, Punta Gorda; Tel: 941-916-8800)

See the car of your dreams at Muscle Car City Museum. More than 200 General Motors muscle cars from the 50s to the 70s along with some special gems of today are housed here. (10175 Tamiami Trail, Punta Gorda; Tel: 941-575-5959)

The Military Heritage Museum in Fishermen’s Village has a mission to “promote an understanding and respect for the rich military heritage of the United States and the sacrifices made by our country’s veterans, living and dead, emphasizing that freedom is not free.” Thousands of military artifacts dating back to the Spanish-American War to current conflicts are on display and the museum is made possible by the more than 75 volunteers who give their time. Many are veterans. (Fishermen’s Village, 1200 West Retta Esplanade, Unit 48, Punta Gorda; Tel: 941-575-9002)

Escape from an Escape Room– Can you escape in 60 minutes? This family-friendly activity is a creative indoor adventure where a group of people work together to solve a mystery in less than an hour. Charlotte County has two escape rooms, Escape Rooms Unlocked (401 E Olympia Ave, Punta Gorda; Tel: 941-295-6880) in Punta Gorda and Escape Port Charlotte  (3191 Harbor Blvd Unit C, Port Charlotte; Tel: 941-883-6296).

Go Bowling! – Don’t worry if you don’t know how or have not done it in years but bowling is, well, a ball! There are a couple of options in Port Charlotte, Bowland Port Charlotte (3192 NE Harbor Blvd., Port Charlotte; Tel: 941-625-4794 ) and Treasure Lanes (1059 Tamiami Trail, Port Charlotte; Tel: 941-625-3930)

Shop. Dine. Catch a Movie. Take your mind off the rain and take cover indoors at some of our shopping venues. The Port Charlotte Town Center is home to the anchor stores of Dillard’s, Macy’s, JC Penney’s and Beall’s, the Florida Store. It’s the perfect place for shopping, dining, and catching a movie. (1441 Tamiami Trail, Port Charlotte; Tel: 941-624-4447)

Get a head start on your Christmas shopping or buy something for yourself while browsing the unique gift shops, boutiques, and sweet shops at Fishermen's Village then, enjoy lunch at one of the four restaurants. Save room for something sweet at one of the ice cream or sweet shops. (Fishermen's Village, 1200 W. Retta Esplanade, Punta Gorda; Tel:  941-639-8721)

Browse Galleries and Chat with Artists – Charlotte County is home to hundreds of talented artists and a rainy day is a great excuse to get into some of the galleries to browse creative artwork and speak with the artists. Some galleries include Hatch Gallery in Placida (13060 Fishery Rd., Placida; Tel: 941-697-9531), Old Florida Outdoor Center in Englewood (463 W. Dearborn St. Englewood; Tel: 941-460-1561), the Visual Art Center in Punta Gorda (210 Maud St, Punta Gorda; Tel: 941-639-8810) and Artisan Atelier in downtown Punta Gorda (117 Herald Court Centre, Punta Gorda, Tel: 941-637-8484.)

This is a short list of things to do on a rainy day in Charlotte County. Before heading out to any of these businesses, check with them regarding hours of operation. Visit our complete list of things to do in the area by visiting this portion of our website.