Activities for rainy days in Stockholm
Updated 9 Aug 2018
Rainy, cold and windy in Stockholm? Relax, bad weather is a great excuse to do something really fun - or relaxing. We guide you to a whole range of different activities for rainy days in the city - all inside, of course. Maybe it's time to do a little bowling, mall shopping, or enjoy an entire spa day? Or why not go old-school and go to a museum or find a cosy cinema? With our guide you're guaranteed to find an activity to cheer you up when it just won't stop raining.
All manner of activities
Hide from the rain clouds at this enormous sport bar which is as much fun for kids as it is for groups of friends or the whole family. You an have a go at everything from shuffleboards to simulators, crazy golf - and curling (!). Those of a more creative bent shouldn't miss the pottery studio which is part of the O'Learys at Tolv Stockholm.
Arenavägen 69, Johanneshov
If you're looking to enjoy indoor activities well protected from the rubbish weather, there's masses to do at BallBreaker on Kungsholmen - a real activity mecca for families as well as groups of friends and couples. Choose a selection of activities or go with a ready-made package and finish the day off by winding down and replenishing your energy levels in the restaurant.
Lindhagensgatan 114, Kungsholmen
Test your wings!
In the former Pripps brewery malt silo in Bromma it never rains - but the wind sure does blow. This is Sweden's first -and the world's highest - indoor wind tunnel, perfect for anyone who wants to experience the sensation of flying. Enter the transparent flight chamber and test your wings, either on your own or with others.
Bryggerivägen 10, Bromma
Experience the latest in VR technology
At Vrex experience centre you can escape reality for a moment. You and your group are challenged to a virtual reality game, with the help of the latest technology and full body treacing. You could, for example, find yourself in a world inhabited by zombies where you compete together, or against each other, in a 300 square metre area.
Bryggerivägen 16 c, Bromma
Tennis meets squash
Spend the day trying padel tennis, one of the world's fastest growing (and perhaps simplest) sports. Padel can be described as a combination of tennis and squash where matches are played in pairs; a fun activity which suits everyone, no matter what your ball skillsare like. In the city's first indoor centre you can also book a court any time of the day or night.
Palermogatan 34, Gärdet
When the weather outside is frightful - what could be better than a day in the spa? If you're not used to the whole spa thing otherwise, now's the time to give it a go. Slide into the pool, pick out the most relaxing treatments and forget all about things grey and cloudy.
Shopping malls and gallerias have become top notch entertainment destinations. Combine shopping with restaurant visits, a movie at the cinema and other experiences to make a grey day go by quickly. If you want everything in one place, guaranteed? Get yourself down to the enormous Mall of Scandinavia in Solna.
Water canons, slides, current channels and wave pools...Swap the wet weather for an even wetter experience and make your way to a fun adventure pool. Stockholm has facilities both inside and out of town.
Visiting a museum might just be the most classic way to spend a rainy day - just think Woody Allen and Diane Keaton in Manhattan. And of course there are masses of choices, whether you're an adult or child. Check out current exhibitions, explore a completely new subject or attend an interesting workshop.
Another option for when you want to dream the day away and hide from the rain is of course cosying into a cinema seat and catching up with the latest film releases. For an extra cosy cinema experiences, choose one of the city's smaller screens. One of them, Zita, even has its own restaurant - Babs Kök & Bar.
More than just gambling
Extravagant casino vibes à la Las Vegas in the heart of the city. At Casino Cosmopol, housed in a grand former cinema building, slot machines and gaming tables are joined by an ambitious restaurant and bar as well as masses of other entertainments. All under one roof.
Kungsgatan 65, Norrmalm/City
The French national sport boules is very popular in Stockholm, and it's just as fun indoors as out. At Boulebar the activity is combined with French delicacies (for the hungry), a bar and continental park feel. On Djurgården you'll also find the historic Prins Bertils Boulehall. Perfect for both novices and old hands.
Dig out your snooker cue and experience that dive bar feeling at one of the city's nicest (or indeed "dodgiest") joints with a billiards table. One of the more ambitious options is the street food restaurant Gnarly i Vasastan, where you can combine a game with hanging out at the industrial-style bar and fuelling up with some well-made fast food.
Something for all ages
With some 20 000 square metres at their disposal, this activity centre in Botkyrka has everything you need to have fun, and then some. Apart from activities for all ages (like bowling, gokart and lasergame), there's a soft play area, dinosaur museum, restaurants and other delights. Everything is indoors.
Fittjavägen 22, Botkyrka
Get inspired by films such as The Big Lebowski and lace up your bowling shoes. Want to make it a bit more wacky? You can find disco bowling, "rock & bowl" and other fun themes in Stockholm.
Has the low pressure front taken its toll on your energy levels? In that case a climbing wall may be the perfect place to go to load up with a bit of adrenaline. Stockholm has some really great climbing centres which attract climbers of all ages.