Six summertime indoor activities in Austin, TX

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The Austin area received its first measurable rain in almost two months last week, a welcome respite from Central Texas’ exceptional drought. This week, thunderstorms are on the radar for six of the seven upcoming days.

While you’re practicing safe driving + keeping an eye out for flash flood warnings, now may also be a good time to explore some of the indoor activities ATX has to offer. Here are six ideas to get you started.

Wonderspaces Austin | $15+

Feast your eyes on 14 colorful art installations, including a roomful of 8,000+ floating lights and an all-gold meditation room inspired by Chinese dragons. Pro tip: This space also offers a full bar.

ZACH Theatre | $25+

Stop by before Sun., Sept. 4 to catch the first part of “The Inheritance,” a two-part, Tony Award-winning play about love in 21st-century New York. Part two of the show premieres on Wed., Sept. 14.

K1 Speed | $25.95+

If you have the need for speed, hop in one of K1’s electric go-karts and race around an indoor tracksome racers can reach speeds as high as 45 mph.

The Blanton Museum of Art | $5+

This art museum on the UT campus is currently displaying mixed-media pieces by artist Njideka Akunyili Crosby, pieces about textiles in Latin American art, and contemporary works by Black artists. Pro tip: Admission is free on Thursdays.

Vigilante Gastropub & Games | $5+

Settle in for a top-quality game night experience at this board game-centered pub in north Austin. Reserve a table — or an entire secret room — and keep your competitive energy going with food and craft cocktails.

What did we miss? Let us know your go-to spots for a rainy day.

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