What to Do in Asheville on a Rainy Day

February 13, 2023

what to do in asheville on a rainy day

Despite our world-class outdoor activities, Asheville is also home to many great things to do inside on a rainy day. There are plenty of creative spots to paint pottery or create candles, and many places that will offer a relaxing foot soak or a massage in the event you feel like getting pampered before resuming your plans.

Book Lovers

If you love books, Asheville has a number of literary hotspots to visit. One of our favorites is The Thomas Wolfe Memorial, where you can go inside Julia Elizabeth Westall Wolfe's (Wolfe's mother) former boarding house on Market Street. It's a fun place to see the inspiration behind "Look Homeward, Angel," which was based on her life in Asheville.

The Grove Arcade and Battery Park Book Exchange are both excellent AVL bookstores. They both hold author events and feature a newsletter that lists new releases, indie reads and more.

Art Galleries

Downtown Asheville features a dozen art galleries each unique in their own way, so there's something for everyone. Take a stroll through each, stopping at each booth for a chat with the gallery staff.


A growing collection of Asheville museums will help you explore science, art and music. From the Asheville Museum of Science to the Moogseum and the new Asheville Art Museum, you'll be amazed at what this city has to offer.

Food and Drink

A rainy day is the perfect time to sample the local brews. Asheville has some of the best craft breweries in the country, so make sure to stop by a few during your stay.


Tornado Dave is the best place to learn more about severe weather and climate science. He's a veritable tornado of information, and he loves nothing more than educating others about the importance of being prepared for extreme weather events. Make sure to check in with Tornado Dave often, as he's always updating his blog with the latest news and information!
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