Let's face it: One of the best reasons to live in Miami is the sunshine. It just makes us feel better, dammit. So when hurricane season hits and gray skies start rolling through, we begin start wondering what in hell we're supposed to do with ourselves when we can't hit the beach, the pool, or the boat.
But all is not lost. There are more indoor activities in the 305 than you'd expect. Here are our top picks. Just remember to bring your umbrella for that mad dash from the car.
10. Get pampered.
In the immortal words of Donna and Tom, now is the time to "treat yo'self." Every day is a good day to indulge in a little you time — and a spa is the best place to do it. From the Spa at Shore Club to the Spa at Mandarin Oriental, Miami has its fair share of swanky spots to lie back and say "ahhhh."
9. Make like the Dude.
Bowling is one of those pastimes you've forgotten you love — till you don those dapper shoes and get into an epic battle with your best friends. By the time you've bowled a game or five, thrown back a few cocktails, and noshed on half-priced pizzas, you won't want to leave. Splitsville has all of the above.8.
8. Attempt an escape.
If you're into solving complex puzzles, escape rooms have Sudoku beat. Pull together a team and hit up the Great Escape Room, where you and your crew have to make like Sherlock and solve a multilayered puzzle/scavenger hunt in only 60 minutes. You'll stay dry — and stimulate your gray matter.
7. Hit balls.
There's nothing like knocking a few balls around to get rid of that rainy-day aggression. The asshole driver on 95? Thwack! The ridiculous line at Starbucks? Slam! Your alarm clock that woke you from your warm slumber? Boom! The batting cages are an amazing cure-all. Hitting Unlimited has indoor facilities that are perfect for a rainy day.
6. See a flick in style.
Screw staying home with your usual Netflix lineup. Go to a swanky theater and sit through a summer movie bonanza instead. At Cinépolis Coconut Grove, you can choose your seats from the comfort of home, have snacks delivered by theater staffers, and get buzzed on beer or wine. You'll never go back to AMC.
5. Climb rocks.
Florida is flat, which is supremely sad for anyone into climbing things other than palm trees. But if you'd like a little more of a multidimensional obstacle, there's always rock climbing. Though the Magic City is plum out of mountains, you can still scale fake ones at X-treme Rock Climbing. Just remember to bring a buddy — unless you're a fan of painful face plants.
4. Get cultured at PAMM.
If you've been putting off a visit to Miami’s sleek, stylish waterfront art museum, a rainy day is the ideal time to make it happen.
3. Support your local library.
In the age of 140-character communications, show the world that literacy matters. Pick out a tome or two at your local branch, find a comfy seat, and spend the day immersed in good words. Actual books will never go out of style.
2. Have high tea.
There's a reason why afternoon tea has endured the ages. From Downton Abbey to William and Kate, all good Brits take tea, and Americans could stand to learn a thing or two from the tradition. At Coral Gables' landmark Biltmore Hotel, you can get gussied up and spend a civilized afternoon eating mini pastries and sandwiches, sipping fresh brewed tea, and getting in some QT with the lobby's real finches and unreal gargoyles.
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At some point, you're bound to get drenched, so why fight it? Strap on those galoshes and engage in some epic splashing. The kid in you probably doesn't get out enough anyway.