Fun tips for a rainy day

<p>What do you do if it&rsquo;s raining outside but you don&rsquo;t want to stay indoors? The Antwerp residents don&rsquo;t let a shower or thunderstorm stop them from doing what they want to do. If you&rsquo;re prepared to brave the bad weather, you will see that there&rsquo;s plenty to keep you occupied, with an umbrella in hand, if necessary. We are happy to inspire you with sheltered and less sheltered tips.</p>

Antwerp on wheels

While the Tourist or Horse-Drawn Tram, the HopNstop or one of the bus excursions will take you along the main attractions, you can also discover Antwerp in a more original way: from a revamped 1963 Renault Estafette, in which driver Jamil will take you to the city’s most charming districts or via Tram De Lux, an old tram that was converted into a mobile café. This will take you around the city, keeping you dry, but providing you with a drink to quench any thirst. 

All creatures great and small

Animal lovers can go to Aquatopia in Antwerp or the Zoo. Aquatopia is one of Europe’s largest underwater worlds, where thousands of fish and reptiles can be studied in their natural habitats. Antwerp Zoo boasts many outbuildings, but also spacious indoor cages where you can watch and photograph the animals. If, however, you happen to sit in the front row at the sea lion show, there is a chance that you get wet after all.

Sporting jitters

Sportopia is great for young people bursting with energy. This 5000 square meter indoor theme park will guarantee a great day for jumping, sliding, running, surfing, floating, dancing and laser shooting.

The big or small screen

Fancy a movie or two? UGC and Metropolis offer film lovers a varied and comprehensive programme, multiple cartoons and the latest blockbusters. Lovers of Arthouse films, documentaries and ‘forgotten’ gems can visit Cinema South, Cartoon’s or the Klappei movie house.
Afterwards, you can have a chat over a drink in one of the many cafés that surround the cinemas or have a bite to eat at a nice restaurant.

Unexpectedly exciting

Escape games are a fun and exciting way to get to know each other better, as well as Antwerp’s lesser-known neighbourhoods. Together with family, friends or colleagues, you will be ‘locked up’ and by solving a number of problems and finding different and unexpected visual clues, you can work your way out. The Room Antwerp, Antwerp Clue and Out of the Box Escape Games are some companies that are bound to give you many exciting moments.

Museums en galleries

A museum visit may sound a bit obvious and standard on a rainy day, but with a great variety of choice, Antwerp offers many cultural indoor activities. The MAS (Museum aan de Stroom), one of Antwerp’s busiest museums, is a definite must-see. You can also visit the Red Star Line Museum, Mayer van den Bergh, Rubens House, the Photo Museum or one of the other special museums.

Also, there is no shortage of art galleries in this city. De Zwarte Panter in the city centre is the oldest active gallery in Flanders and a magnet for artists, musicians, writers and art lovers alike. Design Center de Winkelhaak is located in one of the city’s most creative areas and there is regularly something new to discover in the exhibition space. Gallery Jamar exhibits contemporary art, ranging from James Ensor and Spilliaert, right through to Pierre Alechinsky, Jan Fabre, Marcel Broodthaers and Panamarenko.

For more information about all the museums and galleries, click here.

 

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