One of the top reasons why people choose to call Bellingham “home sweet home” is due to the amazing opportunities for outdoor adventure. So it can be a huge bummer when the weather is crummy!
Luckily, there are still some awesome things to do in Bellingham when it’s wet and rainy outside, or just plain dark and cold! From unique arts and crafts to locally brewed beer and group-friendly games, there’s tons of other activities to enjoy during the winter months!
Here’s a look at 8 awesome things to do in Bellingham when the weather sucks:
Crafter’s Corner at Bramble Berry
- Located at 301 W. Holly St. Bellingham, WA, 98225
Use cold and gray weather as an excuse to flex those creative muscles at the Crafter’s Corner at Bramble Berry. Here, you can learn how to make your own soaps, bath bombs, nail polishes, and much more. In no time at all, you’ll have a customized bath/beauty product that you can save for another cold and gray day (or just take home and use right away!).
- Located at 1417 Cornwall Ave. Ste. A101 Bellingham, WA 98225
- Hours: 5:00pm-8:00pm Thursday-Friday & 11:00am-8:00pm Saturday-Sunday (Appt Only)
A popular indoor attraction for the past couple years, Bellingham’s own escape room, aptly called Bellingham Escape, is the perfect way to spend an afternoon. Kid groups can enjoy their “Lost Teddy” room and adult groups can explore the “Pirate Cove Plunder” room. Great for parties, team building, or just some time out of the house, Bellingham Escape is an adventure in your own backyard. Check it out today!
- Located at 1121 McKenzie Ave. Bellingham, WA 98229
- Hours: 1:00pm-1:00am Monday-Friday; 12:00pm-1:00am Saturday; 12:00pm-8:00pm Sunday
Whether you’re a video game enthusiast or just want a place to hang out with friends, Best Buds has you covered. This console arcade comes fully packed with over 1,800 titles and 22 consoles, from the original Nintendo to the Playstation 4. With 6 rotating taps of beer and fun foods like tater tots and pizza rolls, this place takes gaming to a whole new level.
Uptown Art Painting Classes
- Located at 800 Harris Ave. #101 Bellingham, WA 98225
- Click here for a complete schedule of available classes
A social art experience for all ages, the painting classes at Uptown Art are a great way to spend a not-so-great-weather day. Come in and enjoy hands-on art instruction as you sip on your favorite beverage or munch on a snack. As an added bonus, you can email them ahead of your session and the Concierge will set aside your favorite sweet or salty treat for you; it’s a totally personalized (and totally fun) excuse to get out of the house!
Fingerpainting for Grown-Ups
- Located at 301 W. Holly St. Bellingham WA 98225
Why should the kids get to have all the fun? At Fingerpainting for Grownups, you and your adult companions can unwind with a glass of wine and some creative expression via one of the most freeing art forms around. A perfect icebreaker for any social gathering, Fingerpainting for Grownups is a great twist on traditional painting parties and gets you in touch with your inner child.
Park Bowl & Splitz Grille
- Located at 4175 Meridian St. Bellingham, WA 98226
- Fall/Winter Hours: 11:00am-11:00pm Sunday-Monday & Thursday; 9:30am-11:00pm Tuesday-Wednesday; 9:30am-12:00am Friday; 11:00am-12:00am Saturday
A truly classic form of indoor entertainment, bowling at Park Bowl & Splitz Grille is always a great idea. 28 lanes with bumper options, a game room complete with pool tables and arcade games, and delicious food all promise a night that will keep you and the gang coming back again and again.
- Located at 205 Prospect St. Bellingham, WA 98225
- Click here to see upcoming events and purchase your tickets now
A daring and innovative theater in Bellingham, the iDiOM Theater features some of the most off-the-wall plays around. From a production of Macbeth consisting of only 3 actors, to a musical tribute to the Terminator, their 2017-18 season looks to be promising indeed. If you want to have an evening of fun and support the performing arts in Whatcom County, check out a show at the iDiOM Theater this season.
The Racket-Bar & Pinball Lounge
- Located at 1220 N. State St. Bellingham, WA 98225
- Hours: 11:00am-2:00am Daily
A perfect adult spot for when the weather turns poor, the Racket is one of the more unique bars in the Bellingham area. Cheesesteak, falafel, and a collection of the Bellingham Pinball Collective’s finest machines give you a great excuse to while away the hours. With access to the Shakedown next door available with a handstamp, you and your group can make a night of it; food, music, and pinball—what could be better?