Fun rainy day activities in Asheville, NC

With 5,000 video games, the Asheville Retrocade is a blast for all ages. i Photo by AVLtoday team.

Rain can help cool down a hot day, but it can put a real damper on awesome activities. We wondered where folks could go for family-friendly fun for all ages that won’t be derailed by a downpour, so we turned to y’all, our local experts. Check out the responses. 👇

For the sporty kids 

Climbmax Climbing (43 Wall St., 173 Amboy Rd.)

The downtown spot is ideal for younger children. Older kids enjoy the riverside location’s taller walls and ample exploration space

FOX-N-OTTER Adventure Escapes (3 S Tunnel Rd. Suite K14; 3749 Sweeten Creek Rd. Unit 2) 

An escape room experience that’s designed for little ones. 

For the artsy kids

Asheville Art Museum (2 S. Pack Sq.) 

Every Friday (and some Saturdays), the art museum’s Art PLAYce offers fun events — think jewelry making, art techniques, and yoga. 

Asheville Creative Arts (375 Depot St.) 

Check out ACA’s mobile units, which bring activities like performances + puppet building into your home virtually. 

For the gamer kids

Asheville Pinball Machine (1 Battle Sq.)  

Play dozens of gamesincluding over 75 pinball machines + arcade-style video games — with no coins or tokens needed after the entrance fee. And with snacks, soda, and beer on hand, refreshments are covered.

Asheville Retrocade (800 Haywood Rd. #100)

In addition to 5,000 video games, there’s also pinball, skeeball, and foosball — plus craft beers for the grownups

Lakeview Putt and Play (2245 Hendersonville Rd.)

Never fear if it rains on your mini golf game — the rain check policy lets you resume play at a later date. There’s also indoor virtual reality gaming.

Mountain Play Lodge (3389 Sweeten Creek Rd.)

Ooh + ahh at the miniature Biltmore Village replica and follow your kids onto the enormous jungle gym-like obstacle course.