It’s no secret that the Pacific Northwest sees a lot of wet weather, but that’s no reason to stop you from enjoying Vancouver to its fullest! Seek out these indoor adventures when the forecast calls for rainfall.

Cozy Downtown Hideaways

One of the coziest spots in downtown Vancouver, Birdhouse Books specializes in vintage and used titles, with a diverse selection that will pique a variety of interests. Grab a cup of coffee to go at nearby Java House and find a comfy chair under the colorful basement ceiling for a relaxing read. Or channel your inner writer and practice your typing on a vintage Olympia typewriter surrounded by inspiring tales. For a more cozy read, find White Oak Books, Vancouver's newest independent bookstore located in Uptown Village, offering a collection from diverse authors and a warm coffee station. When precipitation is in the air, find indoor activities within the brick walls of the Clark County Historical Museum. Explore Clark County’s past, present, and future through exhibits like History A-Brewin’ (2020–2026) and (Her)Story: Clark County’s Founders, Leaders, & Visionaries (2020–2024).

Creative Outlets 

For a creative hands-on activity, Live Laugh Love Art offers walk-in activities and classes for glass fusing, wood sign painting, candle making, and more. Or simply order an art kit to go and get crafty back at the hotel. Find glassblowing demonstrations and art galleries open after-hours during downtown’s year-round First Friday Art Walks. Discover Kilnfolk Studio & Gallery,  your friendly neighborhood pottery studio for all ages and skill levels. Offering pottery wheel classes, pottery painting, parties, and studio memberships. Find the brighter side of a dreary day at Kiggins Theatre on Main Street. Grab your movie theater popcorn (rumored to be the best in town!) and step back in time with a classic movie, or take part in one of their signature recurring events, like Comedy on Tap or Re-Imagined Radio—instrumental accompaniments to silent films.

Warm and Savory Bites

Nothing hits the spot on a damp day like some soup to warm the soul, and Amaro's Table believes it is always soup season. There is something to be said about their homemade soups made fresh each morning—from Chicken Yellow Curry or Clam Chowder to Tuscan White Bean with Potatoes, Sausage, and Kale you can’t go wrong. For something a little heartier, check out Slow Fox Chili Parlor for slow-cooked Southern delights. Order at the counter in their new indoor seating area or order online and take it to go. Kenji's Ramen & Grill in east Vancouver provides signature ramen that is oh-so-savory, with homemade broths and a boiled egg to top it off. 

Family Fun

When it comes to spending quality time with family in Vancouver, there are plenty of indoor activities to enjoy on rainy days. The Vancouver Community Library boasts one of the largest discovery zones in the nation and a viewing deck on the third floor for young kids to explore. Burn off some extra energy at Sky Zone's expansive indoor trampoline park. Or find interactive exhibits and hands-on activities while learning about the future and safety of our water supply at the Water Resources Education Center. Downtown Lyon and Pearle is the perfect stop to shop for the cutest clothes, toys, and gifts in Vancouver. Experience fun-filled activities at Big Al's, like bowling, arcade games, sports viewing on mammoth screens, and much more.


For the 21+ Crowd 

Open 24 hours a day, 365 days a year, ilani is the place to escape the rain for dining, casino gaming, and entertainment. For concertgoers, the RV Inn Style Resorts Amphitheater features nearly 8,000 covered seats, and they know how to put on a show rain or shine. If the outing calls for wine, the Vancouver Waterfront has attracted notable wineries from all around the state and the Pacific Northwest, with beloved vintages from the likes of Maryhill Winery and Brian Carter Cellars


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VDA's Umbrella Share Program⁣

If you're exploring downtown Vancouver on a rainy day, the Vancouver Downtown Association has a great program to keep you dry! The VDA has expanded its Umbrella Share Program to include 30 locations. Anyone can borrow an umbrella for free from any of the participating locations, including customers and employees. Simply pick up a vibrant yellow umbrella from one of the locations and return it to one of the specially marked VDA-branded receptacles as you explore, shop, and dine along our charming sidewalks.