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Rain, Rain Don’t Go Away: 5 Rainy Day Travel Tips to Save Your Family Vacation

Let’s say you’ve planned your dreamy, sun-filled spring break vacation, and a week before you check in, you grab your phone to take a look at the seven-day forecast. Then, just like that, your hopes and dreams of a perfect, fun-filled family vacation come crashing down to one word—RAIN. And, lots of it. 

We’ve all been there a time or two. For instance, I’ve spent countless vacations in the pouring rain (and by countless, I feel like every vacation). That said, I’m back on the blog today to share some tips on how to survive your spring break (or any break in general!) when the weather “dampens” your travel plans. We’re not about to let it “rain on your vacation!”

1. Accommodations with an Indoor Pool

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Given my luck with rainy vacations, I always start by booking accommodations with an indoor pool. And, even better than that? A resort with an indoor water park! This awesome amenity will not only provide hours of entertainment, but will also provide a way to help burn off all the extra energy kids seem to build up on a dreary day. Best of all, they can splash away for the day, while mom and dad relax poolside.

And, if you end up with some hungry travel tribe members during your indoor fun, order a pizza to be delivered to the pool deck and call it a day. After all, you’re on vacation to relax!

Tripbound Tip: many of our family-friendly accommodations offer an indoor pool (and some feature a full-on water park)! Give your travel BFFs a call at 1-888-816-5214, and we’ll match you with your perfect, rainy-day ready vacation in no time.

2. Bring the Rain Gear Along

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You’ve checked the forecast, and it’s looking more and more like rain is inevitable. No matter how hard you want to, don’t try to avoid it! Pack the raincoats, rain boots, and umbrellas so you can roll with the punches as soon as the rain clouds move in. After all, the more prepared you are for the weather, the happier your family will be.

And, if your travel plans included a trip to a theme park, I’ve got great news! As long as there’s no thunder, many theme parks will continue to operate all the rides. So, what this means for you if you’re not about wasting time cowering in shops and restaurants?

The park will be virtually crowd-less! You’ll be able to hop right on your favorite rides without the wait. Hey, you have to get some use out of those adorable rain boots you had to purchase sooner or later. 

3. Splurge on Local Indoor Activities

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A rainy forecast can really drain your vacation budget. At most family-friendly travel destinations, however, you can find a trampoline park, bounce house, bowling alley, or indoor playground. Yes, these can be costly. But, sometimes a parent’s gotta do what a parent’s gotta do.

Though, the Frugal Travel Mama in me will say you should never go to any of these places without first taking some time to scout out a good coupon. Trust me. There’s almost always a coupon out there for a visit to these local indoor attractions. And, most popular tourist towns have coupon books and rainy day guides available outside of restaurants and welcome centers.

My best recommendation would be to find a local family resource website (like WilliamsburgFamilies.com, for example!) that posts a calendar of local events and free family-friendly things to do in the area you’re exploring. Who knows, there could even be a free movie day at the local theater or a free ice cream day at a local ice cream shop. You just never know what you’ll find available for free unless you do a little research!

4. Take it Easy for “Game Night” or “Movie Day”

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Obviously, I never travel anywhere without a few tricks up my sleeve. One of those tricks is a few easy-to-pack card games. For example, the go-to rainy vacation day games for my kiddos include Uno, Happy Salmon, Old Maid, and even a traditional deck of cards. Card games take up hardly any space in your suitcase, and weigh virtually nothing!

If games aren’t your idea of fun, however, take the kids to the local movie theater. Many theaters offer free movies in the mornings during the summer months and a discounted ticket day in the middle of the week. Want to save even more cash? Catch a matinee!

5. Hit Up Some Shops & Restaurants

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I know what you might be thinking:

“Megan’s supposed to be a frugal mom, yet she’s telling us to go shopping?!”

But, hear me out. There’s nothing wrong with some shopping (even if it’s window shopping) and grabbing some good local food to eat. Every travel destination has specialty shops and local restaurants, so don’t hesitate to stop and ask the locals for some of their favorite picks.

And, many times, the staff at your resort will have some great ideas for exploring the area like the locals. This is actually one of my favorite questions to ask when I check in! Think of it this way; rainy days give you the perfect opportunity to explore and support local businesses. After all, many businesses thrive on the support of travelers.


Trust me. As a travel mama who has experienced a lot of vacations in the rain, no matter what, you’ll still enjoy a wonderful trip and create unforgettable memories with your family travel tribe.

Even as a kid, I remember numerous camping trips sitting in a tent in the pouring rain eating popcorn and playing Bingo with my siblings and cousins. And, it’s by far one of my absolute favorite travel memories from my childhood! My parents could’ve easily packed up the tents and gone home. But, we always stuck it out, soaked up some special moments, and had the time of our lives. 

That said, it’s okay to get your hair wet and your rain boots a little muddy! Every vacation is an opportunity to enjoy a wonderful adventure with your family. Don’t let a little rain spoil your fun.

Have a rainy day travel tip we missed sharing today? Let us know in the comments section below. We’d love to hear from you!

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