Even during southwest Florida's rainy season, often the skies clear after a few minutes of downpour, which lets us get back to playing outside. But, if a storm last a bit longer or if you’re just looking for inside things to do, we'd like to offer a few suggestions: 

Visit a Museum The Military Heritage Museum 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.

Escape the Room This family-friendly indoor adventure takes teamwork to solve a mystery in less than an hour. Punta Gorda/Englewood Beach features two escape rooms, Escape Rooms Unlocked in Punta Gorda and Escape Port Charlotte in Port Charlotte.

Go Bowling! Don’t worry if you don’t know how or haven't done it in years, bowling is, well, a ball! There are a couple of local options in Port Charlotte: Bowland and Treasure Lanes.

Shop, Grab a Bite, Tap a Toe Whether you're shopping for yourself or others, or just browsing, the many unique shops at Fishermen's Village are always fun. Replenish your energy with any of their many waterfront restaurants. You'll probably also run into some great live music and are almost guaranteed a spectacular sunset.

Browse Galleries and Chat with Artists Punta Gorda/Englewood Beach is home to a lot of creativity so any excuse is a great excuse to get into some of the galleries to browse artwork and speak with artists. Visit Hatch Gallery in Port Charlotte, browse local art or make something of your own at Whim Sea in Englewood, or stroll through Sea Grape GalleryArtisan Atelier, and Visual Art Center Punta Gorda.

We hope this short list of "indoor" things to do is as fun for you as playing outside is!