Maybe you have a really bad sunburn or are just bored of lounging on a chair all day (believe it or not, some of us get bored doing that!). Consider taking a break from the sun and heading indoors instead.

There’s a wide variety of fun to be discovered inside – whether it be shopping or browsing an art gallery. Plus, it could be nice to switch up your vacation agenda a bit. Frying in the sun day after day isn’t all that great for your skin, even if you’re slathering on the SPF.

Here’s a couple of things to consider if you want to get out of the sun. Same goes for if you’re trying to escape Hawaii’s rainy weather.

Shop till you drop

Malls call to tourists wanting to do some retail damage, and luckily for them, there are lots of malls across the state. But if you’re looking for a different shopping experience, then check out the indoor craft fairs – like those at local schools or the big ones at Honolulu’s Blaisdell Center.

Get artsy

Art museums offer a nice alternative to being in the sun. The Honolulu Museum of Art has several traveling exhibits throughout the year, which makes your museum experience far from monotonous. Kauai and Maui are known for their smaller art galleries, like the ones in Hanapēpē and Lahaina. So there’s never a shortage for art here.

If you’re traveling with kids or want to do something hands-on, check out Clay Cafe at Ward Center. You can paint your own pottery pieces while enjoying a cup of joe. You’d be amazed at what a little caffeine will do for your artistic abilities.

Step back in time

There’s art museums and then there’s the museums for history buffs. Bishop Museum, on Oahu, is my favorite one, by far. It covers a lot of history from early Hawaii and history pertaining to the Hawaiian culture. Be sure to check out the huge whale inside of Hawaii Hall. Even Kauai has its own museum. The Kauai Museum shares the past, present and future of Kauai and Niihau.

Go karting, go skating

Now for the real fun! If you have a need for speed, then Podium Raceway on Oahu is the place to check out. You can put the pedal to the metal and race your friends at this go-kart raceway. I’m, by no means, any good at it, but it’s fun to let loose from time to time and give it a go.

Not into go-karting? Why not go-skating? Ice skating, that is. As Hawaii’s only indoor ice rink, Ice Palace is fun for all ages and all occasion. Now, if only it snowed…

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