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What To Do On A Family Cabin Vacation When It Rains

What to do when having to take shelter when traveling.

Cabin in the woods

No one ever plans for rain on their vacation, but it happens. Never fear – there are plenty of fun activities to keep everyone entertained, from indoor games and crafts to movie nights and hikes in the rainforest.

Don’t let a sprinkling of rain ruin your family cabin trip! Go ahead and pack your raincoats – here are ten creative ideas to keep the family cabin vacation fun despite the drizzle, drought, deluge, downpour (you get the idea.)

1. Take a walk around the property to explore

If you have booked a luxury cabin, a downpour night is a perfect occasion to explore the property and find out what adventures await you! Take your time to go through each corner of the cabin and embrace its magnificence. Get ready to be wow-ed by a fully capable kitchen, a cozy game room equipped with arcade games, unforgettable bonfire nights on an outdoor patio, and an inviting Jacuzzi hot tub.

If you’re still looking for that perfect cabin experience, Tennessee should definitely be high on your list, as this beautiful state hosts some of the best campsites and cabin rentals that will make your stay memorable. For instance, when you visit cabins in Pigeon Forge, you can revel not only in the gorgeous cabins but also in its abundance of attractions. Take a step outside of your comfort zone and get ready for an unforgettable journey that awaits!

On the other hand, if rugged beauty mixed with luxury accommodations is more your style, consider reaching out to a vacation rental company in Broken Bow and choose from their stunning selection of cabins and lodges. With all the comforts of home, plus breathtaking views and outdoor activities, you won’t even mind a little rain.

No matter how far away you go, you can always find reasons to be captivated by this gorgeous landscape!

2. Play indoor games like cards, checkers, or chess

Rainy days on a family cabin vacation don’t have to be boring! When it’s raining outside, why not stay in and play some classic indoor activities? There are tons of options – card games like Go Fish, Crazy Eights, or Solitaire; checkers; chess; you can even make up your own game. Having a little friendly competition is a great way for the whole family to bond during the vacation, and you can keep the games going through the week. Plus, with such an arsenal of fun choices, you’ll always have something new and engaging to do when it’s too wet to explore the outdoors. What could be better than that?

Playing Hearts is another fantastic indoor game that fits perfectly into this cozy, cabin-bound setting. It’s a trick-taking card game that encourages players to strategize and collaborate, promoting social interaction and laughter among family members. The nature of Hearts, with its shifting alliances and the thrill of trying to avoid certain cards, naturally creates a fun, engaging atmosphere that can turn a rainy day into an opportunity for creating lasting memories.

3. Watch a movie or TV show on Netflix or Hulu

Rainy days at the cabin can be surprisingly fun! Gathering the family around to watch something on Netflix or Hulu can be the perfect activity. While some movies and shows might have you on the edge of your seat, there is plenty of lighter fare to enjoy as well. Whether it’s laughing together at a classic comedy, cozying up with something romance-filled, or having a tear-jerking moment with a drama, these rainy cabin experiences will help bring the family closer together and create memories that last long after the vacation is over. Let’s just hope for an occasional sunny selfie break in between movie marathons!

4. Do some arts and crafts – make a collage, paint a picture, knit a scarf

When stuck inside the cabin on a family vacation due to rain, why not make the most of it and try something creative? Get out all those fun arts and crafts supplies that have been collecting dust in the basement, and get to work! Why not turn your photographs from your adventures into a bright and eye-catching collage? If painting is more your style, take some time to let your imagination run wild and create a vivid image of what you’ve experienced so far. Or, if you’re feeling especially crafty, why not challenge yourself to knit a scarf? It just might be the perfect souvenir to commemorate your trip. Let creativity rule even when stuck inside due to rain!

5. Plan a tournament

Rainy days on family cabin vacations can be made a blast with the right activities! What about throwing a board game tournament or perhaps a pool table/ping pong tournament? Invite your nearest and dearest to participate, and fire away! The challenge of the competition will warm up the atmosphere and provide plenty of fun for all. Not to mention, it’s not often you get to challenge your own family members—it’ll be chaos, but in the best way possible. It doesn’t matter which game you choose; at the end of the day, your family will create some awesome memories together!

6. Cook dinner together as a family

When the family vacation hits a snag and everyone is stuck inside the cabin due to rain, why not put on your aprons and cook dinner together? A family that cooks together bonds together! Cooking a meal together can be messy and chaotic, but it can be great fun while discovering a new recipe. Whether you’re making something from scratch or following an old family recipe, take turns adding ingredients to the mix as you laugh and joke around with each other. After all, creating memories around the dinner table will last longer than any canceled plans.

7. Build a fort

There’s no better activity to pass the time indoors when it rains than building a fort. If you’re on a family cabin vacation, purchase a few blankets, build a cozy hideaway inside and have an indoor campout. Plan activities like telling stories, playing games, or having conversations while eating some yummy snacks prepared beforehand. This can be an entertaining way to connect deeper with each other amidst the dreary weather. In no time, you won’t even notice that it’s raining outside!


Spending a day exploring the cabin and having a fun family marathon is an excellent way to spend some quality time with your loved ones on vacation. There are so many interesting recipes to try, activities to explore, and fun indoor games to play that it’s hard not to have a great time. Distractions like movie theatres or arcades can keep little ones entertained while parents relax and enjoy a meal together. Additionally, a break from all the outdoor excursions will give you a change in scenery and time to relax and wake up for another day. But for now, when it’s wet outside, enjoying the comfortable energy of your loved ones makes for an unforgettable experience all around!


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