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5 Fun Rainy Day Family Activities in Lima and Allen County Ohio


little girl wearing yellow boots splashing in the rain

Spring is finally making its way into Lima, Ohio...kind of! For those of us who have lived here awhile, we know it can be 60 degrees and sunny one day, to 48 degrees with rain and wind the next day.


As we are shaking off our winter blues and yearning for the warm weather to arrive (and stay), there are plenty of things to do in Lima and throughout Allen County that don’t require sun! Here are 5 ideas to get your family out and have fun.


Westgate Entertainment Center


An entertainment staple in Lima, Westgate Entertainment Center has something for everyone to enjoy! They are open every day of the week (be sure to check their operating hours before arriving) and offer open bowling, thunder alley bowling, axe throwing arcade games, bumper cars, and a virtual reality experience called Hologate. While you’re there, grab a bite to eat at the Char Grill Restaurant and try a slice of their famous pizza!


More Bowling & Indoor Recreation Options Throughout Allen County

Allen County features bowling alleys throughout the county and is convenient for those who live outside of Lima!


20th Century Lanes (Lima) - This bowling and recreation center features open bowling alleys, a golf simulator, and an all-American menu. 20th Century Lanes is located at 547 S Main Street, Lima.


Delphos Bowling and Recreation Center (Delphos) - 16 bowling lanes are featured in this small town recreation center. Enjoy Perky’s Pizza and other menu items at The Snack Bar. The Delphos Recreation Center is located at 939 E 5th Street in Delphos.


Lyn Lee Lanes (Spencerville) - Features 6 bowling alleys and a full menu to enjoy a bite or two. This bowling alley is located at 109 E. 4th Street in Spencerville


Southgate Lanes (Blufton) - This Bluffton based bowling alley features 10 bowling alleys and a full menu to enjoy as you are bowling with friends and family. Southgate Lanes is located at 9700 Dixie Hwy, Bluffton.



Exit 4 Escape Rooms

New to the Lima area, Exit 4 Escape Rooms are all about teamwork and having fun! Located at 2062 North Cable Rd. Lima, Exit 4 has four escape rooms to choose from: The Wandmakers Curse, Video Valhalla, Cabin of the Jersey Devil, and Davy Jones Locker. Each room gives an immersive experience and a series of puzzles to solve in 60 minutes before you can say you “escaped” the room. This is kid-friendly (under 15 must be accompanied by an adult) and claustrophobia-friendly because you are not locked in the room. Grab your family and friends and have a great time in this indoor-friendly activity!


Hero Day & Glo Golf

Are mini golf or being a bouncing ninja for a day sound more appealing? Check out Hero Day in the Lima Mall! Hero Day boasts over 20,000 square feet of inflatable fun for all ages. From simple obstacle courses to more advanced ones, this is sure to be a memorable experience.



Across the hall from Hero Day is Glo Golf, and it’s exactly what it sounds like! This 12-hole mini golf is lit with black lights with lots of glowing fun! Test your mini-golf skills in this fun environment, if you get a hole-in-one, you get a free game!



Crosshairs Lima

A family-friendly paintball and nerf facility, Crosshairs Lima is a fun place to gather your friends for a round of paintball. Located at 535 W. Spring St, choose from regular paintball, low-impact paintball, or nerf and archery.





Visit Greater Lima Community Calendar

Always up-to-date with the latest happenings in Greater Lima, check out our calendar at https://www.visitgreaterlima.com/calendar for one-of-a-kind events, most of which are indoors in April! While you are visiting our website, take a look at the Things to Do tab for even more ideas.


It’s all good in Greater Lima!


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