This article was written in 2018 by Enjoy Oxford's Public Relations Intern, Melanie Oesch. It was updated to include COVID-safety measures by Taylor Meredith on March 18th, 2021.
Honestly, I love the rain. One of my favorite sounds is the rain pouring against my window. Maybe I'm crazy, but it really doesn't bother me that when I get rained on (except maybe when I'm walking 25 minutes to class with my laptop). However, I completely understand that most people don't share that same sentiment! Even though I don't mind the rain, it can still be hard to think of exciting ways to pass the time when it's pouring down buckets outside! But don't worry, I've got you covered.
If you're thinking there couldn't possibly be that many indoor activities in such a small town, you're in for a treat. Of course, there's the classic rainy day list: have a Netflix movie marathon, bake some cookies, read a book, go to the library, etc. In addition to those, there's also so many other fun options! Although Oxford is known for being a small college town, there seems to be endless things to do. If you want to know a few of my favorite places to go when it's raining, keep reading!
PHOTOS IN THIS ARTICLE WERE ALL TAKEN PRE-COVID
You're Fired! (6. North Beech St.) is Oxford's only paint-your-own-pottery studio. I used to have so much more time for art (fun fact: I used to want to go to art school), but I've drifted away from it since I've been in college. The reason I love this place so much is because it's a super quick and easy way to be creative and have something to be proud of! You get to choose your clay piece and decorate it with whatever colors your heart desires. Then after seven days, you get to take a new bowl, mug, plate, vase, or other piece to add to your home!
Update: March 18, 2021 You're Fired has recently extended their weekend hours from 12 pm - 8 pm. Weekday hours (Monday, Tuesday, Thursday) are 11 am - 7 pm. Make sure you're masked up, then take a seat either inside or out (that's right, they have some limited outdoor seating for important socially-distancing options). Keep an eye on their calendar for daily specials and workshop sign-ups, as well.
If you're not too sure about making your own art, admire the artwork other people have created instead! The Miami Art Museum (801 S. Patterson Ave.) is part of the College of Creative Arts and is free and open to all. The exhibitions change frequently to showcase new artists, so even if you've been before, there's probably a new collection you have yet to discover!
Update: March 18, 2021 The Miami University Art Museum is still open and FREE to the public, though you do need a reservation in order to help them abide by capacity limits. Learn more about the Museum's Covid-safety protocols here. And don't forget to read up on their new gallery exhibits which change every year!
Want to stay out of the rain and enjoy the art from the comfort of your couch? You can Enjoy #MUAMfromHome with some of their online exhibits. Read more here.
The Miami Recreation Center (750 S. Oak St.) offer yoga classes for all skill levels! Now usually I'm more of a classic gym-goer, but my friends and I love going to yoga classes if we want to get an intense yet relaxing workout in. Especially on a rainy day, it can be hard to find the motivation to go to the gym by yourself, so signing up for a group class is the perfect way to motivate yourself to be active.
Update: March 18, 2021 Fitness classes at the Miami University Rec Center are still going strong so you can get your workout on, but there are safety protocols in place such as masks being required at all times and drinking fountains being shut off (so be sure to bring your own water bottle). You can read the rest of the protocols in place, as well as check out a full schedule of current fitness classes, here.
I may not be the best bowler, but that sure doesn't stop me from trying. Renting a lane at Oxford Lanes (4340 Oxford Reily Rd.) is a fun way to spend an evening with a group of friends if you're trying to avoid the nasty weather outside. They have food and drinks available as well to fuel you through your games!
Update: March 18, 2021 The Lanes are open and following safety protocols, such as regularly sanitizing bowling balls and rental shoes, and requiring that groups not exceed more than ten people. You can read more about what they're doing to keep you safe, as well as what you can do to make your game time safe for everyone, here.
On a gloomy day, a warm cup of coffee at Kofenya (38 W. High St.) is the perfect pick-me-up. Its quaint atmosphere makes the weather seem a lot less dreary and a lot more cozy. When it's raining all day, sometimes I have a (not-so-great) tendency to want to curl up on the couch and watch movies all day long. If I need to actually be productive or simply want to get out of the house with some friends, Kofenya is my favorite place to caffeinate!
Update: March 18, 2021 Kofenya's one of our many amazing local businesses who have worked hard to make it through the difficulties of this past year. Right now they're open and serving you the delicious coffee you've come to know and love, as well as their signature loaded toasts. Seats are available both indoors and out, though you're encouraged to wear a mask inside unless you're eating or drinking. They also have an online menu you can order for pickup or delivery.
Food delivery is made for rainy days. It's like peanut butter and jelly, or cookies and milk. They just go together.
So spend your rainy day staying cozy in a robe and slippers and let someone else bring the deliciousness to you. Oxford has plenty of options for food delivery so whether you're in the mood for pizza or sushi or a big ol' burger, you can have it to you within the hour.
Written Nov. 2, 2018
By Melanie Oesch
Enjoy Oxford Public Relations Intern
(Updated March 18, 2021 by Taylor Meredith)