IT’S RAINING, IT’S POURING:

Just because it’s raining doesn’t mean there’s nothing to do in Niagara-on-the-Lake. Here are some ideas to get you thinking and planning:

–   Take in a 2 p.m. afternoon or an 8 p.m. evening performance at one of the four Shaw Festival theatres in town. (Mondays are dark.) Be sure to check out those last-minute, senior and under 30 ticket prices.

–   Or take a fun-filled one-hour backstage tour at 11am at the Festival Theatre on Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Saturdays and Sundays (10:30am for families). Cost: $5 per person.

–   Visit the Butterfly Conservatory located next to the Botanical Gardens on the Niagara Parkway.

–   Tour the Welland Canal Centre Lock 3 Museum.

–   Visit Bird Kingdom in Niagara Falls, the largest free-flying indoor aviary in the world.

Visit Bird Kingdom in Niagara Falls. (Tourism Niagara)

–   Music Niagara performances take place in indoor venues on weekends during the months of July and August.

–   Tour Niagara-on-the-Lake’s Lavender Farm hothouse and boutique on Niagara Stone Road.

–   Book a Whirlpool Jet Boat ride anyway. After all, you’ll be getting wet anyway. Book online and save money.

–   Shop til you drop at the Factory Outlet Mall on Lundy’s Lane in Niagara Falls.

–   Visit some of the many antique shops in and around Niagara-on-the-Lake.

–   Visit Queenston Pottery on York Road in St. David’s.

–   Visit the historic Laura Secord House in Queenston.

–   Tour the Niagara Historical Museum located on Castlereagh in Old Town.

–   Tour the Riverbrink Art Museum in Queenston.

–   Visit the MacKenzie Printery and Newspaper Museum in Queenston.

–   Tour the Sir Adam Beck Generating Station.

–   Work out in the gym at our Community Centre located on Anderson Lane.

–   Book a spa treatment or massage.

Book a facial or massage at your favourite spa in Niagara-on-the-Lake. (Vintage Inns)

–   Purchase a day pass at the Pillar and Post for $35 per adult and $10/child under 15. This pass provides access to their indoor and outdoor pools, sauna, steam room, whirlpool and fitness centre.

–   Book a chauffeur-driven winery tour with Niagara Classic Cabs, Grape Escape or Niagara Vintage Wine Tours.

–   Book one or more of the informative seminars offered by some of the wineries.

–   From fall through spring, check out the performances scheduled at the Brock Centre for the Arts in St. Catharines.