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10 Fun Things to do Outdoors on a Rainy Day in Switzerland

Rainy Day - birgitH  / pixelio.de

There is no rain-free season in Switzerland. Some months bring less and some months bring more rain but generally, there are very few weeks a year without any rain at all. Spring and fall are especially known for wet and rainy days.

Many people prefer to stay indoors and dry on those days and that's why I put together this list of 10 Fun Things to do on a Rainy Day in Switzerland (and later on Another 10 Fun Things to do on a Rainy Day in Switzerland) a while ago.

However, someone pointed out to me that there are plenty of fun outdoor activities for rainy days as well. Many times, rainy days are actually when nature is at its best! Therefore, I decided to put together this list of 10 Fun Things to do Outdoors on a Rainy Day in Switzerland. Many of these are perfectly fine for other places around the world as well!

10 Fun Things to do Outdoors on a Rainy Day in Switzerland

  1. Put on rain boots and jump into every puddle you see. It's fun even as an adult although you might get some strange looks!
  2. Go umbrella counting. Everyone chooses a color and gets a point when a person walks by with an umbrella in that color.
  3. Build your own rain drum. Put up buckets, tins and other objects and channel the rain so the drops will hit your "drums".
  4. Go kayaking or boating. Okay, not everyone owns a kayak or lives near a lake but if you do, put on your rain gear and head out on the water. Just don't go out if there's an actual storm!
  5. Organize a photo contest. Everyone has a mobile phone with a decent camera these days. Choose a topic (e.g. rain drops, doors, buckets) and have everyone go out to take pictures. The best picture wins!
  6. Geocaching works in the rain too! Look for a location near you and head out!
  7. Try rain painting. Use watercolors and rain to create awesome art works! 
  8. Go for a walk or run. Many times when we stay indoors and don't move much, we get a bit restless. A walk or run helps to relax, get some fresh air and move those lazy bones!
  9. If it rains on a hot day (summer rain), you can just let yourself get wet. As children, we used to put on our bathing suits and run around in the warm rain. Love that smell!
  10. Go feed the ducks and swans. Most cities in Switzerland are built next to a lake and there is usually a spot where the ducks and swans gather. If you have old and dry bread, you can go feed them. On rainy days there usually aren't as many people out by the lake so no one will mind you throwing them some bread crumbs!
What are your favorite outdoor activities on a rainy day? Please share!




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