Rainy Day Activities in Rio

We always wish you sunshine during your visit to Rio, but inevitably you’ll experience a rainy day or two. Don’t look at it as a day-destroyer, instead look at it as an opportunity to explore all that Rio has to offer indoors! Here we’ve compiled a list of 8 things to keep you busy on a wet day.

1. Visit the Banco do Brazil (Brazil’s Bank Cultural Center). There’s usually expositions being held here, as well as a cafe, a book shop, and a souvenir shop.

2. Shop till you drop at one of Rio’s top shopping destinations, such as Rio Sul Shopping which has 400 stores, or Leblon with its 200 stores. This could be the perfect time to catch up on your Brazilian fashion or pick up some knick knacks.

3. Cozy up at one of Rio’s many cafes. Brazil is the leading producer and exporter of coffee in the world – they know coffee! Spend the day sipping coffee, people watching, and catching up on Rio’s gossip.

4. Visit the Museu Histórico Nacional (National History Museum) and learn something about Brazil’s rich and colorful history. This museum tells the story since the country’s birth and isn’t something you’ll want to miss, rain or shine!

5. Go bar hopping. Brazil has a vibrant beach scene during the day, and just as vibrant of a nighttime bar scene. Perfect time to learn to Samba!

6. Take a guided tour of the Theatro Municipal. It was just renovated in 2010, and has even hosted President Obama at one of its performances. Tours are just R$10.

7. Catch an Indie film at one of Rio’s art house theaters. Most of the films will have Portuguese subtitles, making it a perfect time to brush up on learning Portuguese, right?

8. If it’s a lighter rain, try taking a walk through the Jardim Botanico (Botanical Gardens. The plants are beautiful, and the cost is only R$5 per person. A refreshing and cool way to spend the day.


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The Botanical Gardens

Visiting the Botanical Gardens in Rio is like taking a trip to a different world all together. When you first enter the main gate, there are several paths to take, with each path leading to a different area of the gardens that has a different theme. It’s best to head out early in the morning and beat the crowds so you can leisurely stroll through. The park is open daily from 8 am to 5 pm and is only R$4 per person, with seniors over 60 and children under 7 getting in free.

Santa Teresa

If you’re looking for something unique and different, try exploring the Bohemian neighborhood of Santa Teresa in Rio. This particular area is home to many artists. Here you can see beautiful historic houses, view unique art expos, or stop by for a drink at Bar do Mineiro. You can also visit Museu Chácara do Céu, which has some unique art expositions, including photos of old Rio. Remember not to travel within this district alone at night for safety reasons, but don’t shy from night visitation either – the neighborhood comes alive with Samba music!

Artisan Market

There is an artisan market, the Feira Hippie, that is a Sunday tradition dating from the 1970’s. It features an entire plaza filled with unique artwork, jewelry, clothing, and even furniture. Products are often times more expensive at this market than other places, however, due to it becoming a popular tourist spot. The market is set up and takes place every Sunday from 9 am to 5 pm.


Since 1984, the Sambodromo has been the location for Rio’s world famous Carnival event. During Carnival off-season, the stadium still hosts other events and concerts. If you happen to be in the area within a few months prior to Carnival, you can even visit the stadium and watch the Samba schools rehearse for the big event. There’s nothing like it!

Ipanema Beach

Rio is extremely famous for its beaches, of course. It’s smack dab in between Copacabana and Leblon beaches. Here you can catch some rays, brave the waves on a surfboard (or watch the brave surfers near the rocks), play a round of “soccer in the round” on the beach, or grab a cold coconut juice and just enjoy the show. This section of the beach is also located right in front of Caesar’s Palace at Farme de Amoedo street. You’ll find a great mix of young and old and singles and families at this beach.