Newfoundland is home to amazing fishing, friendly people and some strong weather systems, but the weather does not stop the fun. St. John’s takes the fun inside with various activities that everyone can enjoy. Check out some of the indoor attractions listed below to keep yourself busy this winter.
Indoor Fun in St. John’s: Indoor Attractions, Playgrounds and Other Entertainment Centres
Johnson GEO Centre
Explore the world around you without leaving St. John’s at the Johnson GEO Centre. The centre is home to exhibits on geology, natural resources, space exploration, and the Titanic. In the warmer months, the learning continues outside in the Geo Vista Park.
175 Signal Hill Road, St. John’s
Challenge your and your friend’s problem-solving skills, logic and teamwork at Breakout NL. Offering four themed rooms, Breakout NL is the first escape game provider in Newfoundland. So, round up some family and friends and have an exciting adventure inside.
1399B Torbay Road, Torbay
In the heart of Pippy Park is The Fluvarium. It offers spectacular views of under the waters of Nagles Brook through the large viewing windows, where you can spot brown trout in their natural habitat. Explore two floors packed with interactive exhibits, live animals exhibits and storyboards.
5 Nagle’s Place, St. John’s
Newfoundland & Labrador Pharmacy Museum
Explore the history of pharmacies on Newfoundland in Downtown St. John’s. Once a pharmacy from 1922 to 1968, the James J. O’Mara Pharmacy was turned into the museum in 1988. Discover in-house and commercial pharmaceuticals, cosmetics and perfumes from the early 1900s.
488 Water Street, St. John
Petty Harbour Mini Aquarium
Take a closer look at the sea life that is found off the coast of Newfoundland at the province’s first seasonal catch and release aquarium. The Petty Harbour Mini Aquarium makes learning fun with interactive exhibits, touch tanks, kid-friendly microscopes, and lab demonstrations.
35 A Southside Road, Petty Harbour
Railway Coastal Museum
495 Water Street West, St. John’s
Ocean Sciences Centre
Dip your hands into the saltwater touch tank at the Ocean Sciences Centre. The outdoor centre is open during the summer when Memorial University classes are done. Make sure to visit the resident harp seal facility that is located there.
0 Marine Lab Road, Logy Bay-Middle Cove-Outer Cove
Explore Newfoundland and Labrador’s largest public cultural space. The Rooms is home to the most extensive collection of art, artifacts and archival records. The Gallery welcomes local, national and international collections to explore the art world.
9 Bonaventure Avenue, St. John’s
St. John’s Farmers’ Market
Open year-round, the St. John’s Farmers’ Market is the place to be on Saturday mornings. The market also opens on some Fridays and Sundays at different times throughout the year. The market has vendors selling fresh local produce, meat, hot prepared local and international foods, as well as crafters promoting their handmade creations. Live music and special performances also take place regularly.
245 Freshwater Road, St. John’s
The Screech Room
Screech rum is ingrained in Newfoundland culture, and is celebrated at The Screech Room. Get ‘Screeched In’ at The Rooms, which offers a family-friendly option so the kids can be honorary Newfs too. Learn the fascinating story of Screech, sample the official Newfoundland rum cake or browse other Newfoundland Products available for purchase.
6 Cathedral Street, St. John’s
YellowBelly Brewery & Public House
Housed in one of the few mercantile buildings to survive the Great St. John’s fire of 1892, The YellowBelly Brewery & Public House celebrates St. John’s long history. Enjoy magnificently crafted brews at Newfoundlands only gastropub, and watch the chefs work in the open concept dining room.
288 Water Street, St. John’s
Royal St. John’s Regatta Museum
Explore the over 190 years of the Royal St. John’s Regatta. The Museum showcases the racing shells and the wonderful history of rowing. In the summer, you can watch rowing in the Quidi Vidi Lake.
Clancy Drive, St. John’s
Resource Centre for the Arts (LSPU Hall)
The Resource Centre for the Arts, fondly known as ‘The Hall’, is the home base for being the heart of live theatre and the cultural pulse of downtown St. John’s. Since 1979, thousands of actors, dancers, and musicians have taken the stage at The Hall to perform.
3 Victoria Street, St. John’s
Quidi Vidi Village Plantation
Located on the picturesque wharf of Quidi Vidi Village, the Plantation is a craft enterprise for emerging artists and unique location in one of the oldest cities in North America. You can interact with and support local craftspeople while you look out over the beautiful harbour.
10 Maple View Place, St. John’s
Quidi Vidi Brewing Company
Visit Newfoundland’s largest craft brewery. Overlooking the ocean and cliffs, Quidi Vidi Brewing is crafting 10 award-winning ales and lagers. Go behind the scenes on the tour, and sample craft beer while taking in the breathtakingly beautiful scenery.
35 Barrows Road, St. John’s
Take the fun inside when you take your family and friends to Frontline Action’s indoor centre. Laser tag, Nerf, Paintball and more can be played inside at Frontline Action. There are special weekly events to keep the fun going all winter long.
10 Pearl Place, St. Johns
181 Commonwealth Avenue, Mount Pearl
The Rec Room
The Rec Room brings 10-pin bowling, arcade games, axe throwing, live entertainment, virtual reality, and a restaurant together under one roof. The Rec Room is ‘the place’ to go for some serious fun in St. John’s. Their stage welcomes national and international shows.
48 Kenmount Road, St. John’s
Starcade Family Entertainment Centre
A blast from the past, the Starcade Family Entertainment Centre offers hours of classic arcade fun to kids and adults alike. From classic arcade games to new games, there is something for everyone at this arcade.
Avalon Mall, 48 Kenmount Road, St. John’s
Offering 36 Lanes of 5-pin bowling, the Plaza Bowl is the place for bowling fans. Grab a drink and a snack at the on-site restaurant and lounge before or after your game. They also turn off the lights and turn on the black lights for Glow in the Dark bowling for some cosmic fun.
50 Ropewalk Lane, St. John’s
St. Pat’s Bowling Lanes
Spend some time at St. Pat’s Bowling Lanes and pick from 5 and 10 bowling, glow bowling or even play darts. St. Pat’s also has a lounge that has adult gaming, a party room rental for corporate event or birthday parties, and concessions.
45 Blackmarsh Road, St. John’s
Get Air Newfoundland
Bounce around and have hours of fun indoors at this popular Trampoline Park. Get Air is fun for all ages while boosting activity levels. To keep the fun going, Get Air hosts events like Club Air and Family Days where everyone can get their ‘Bounce On’..
63 Thorburn Rd, St. Johns
Holiday Lanes 5 Pin Bowling Alley
27 Elizabeth Ave, St. John’s
The Village Shopping Centre
Head to the Village Shopping Centre, where you can do some shopping, have a meal at the popular restaurant ‘Klondike Jake’s’, or get a treat from the food court that has 10 concessions that offer something to suit every appetite.
430 Topsail Rd, St. John’s
Spend a day shopping at the oldest mall in Newfoundland. The 2 floor Avalon Mall opened in 1967 and has 142 stores that are over 500,000 square feet, which makes it the largest shopping mall in Newfoundland and Labrador. There is something for everyone at this ‘Iconic’ mall.
48 Kenmount Rd, St. John’s
Mad Catter Cafe
The purrfect place to get a cup of coffee and make a new cat friend. The Mad Catter Cafe is made up of two separate areas: the coffee bar and the cat lounge. Watch the cats from the interior windows or enter the cafe and play with the adoptable cats.
124 Duckworth Street, St. John’s
Head to Trapped for an amazing ‘Escape Room’ experience. Enjoy a family fun night when you all work together to get out of one of the nine 5D escape rooms that Trapped has waiting for you.
152 Water Street, 3rd Floor, St. John’s
152 Duckworth St, St. John’s
Mile One Centre
If you like to skate, head to Mile One Centre, where they have public skating times for families, teens, seniors. Just be aware that the Centre has a strict policy that all skaters must wear a Canadian Standards Association (CSA) approved head protector like a hockey helmet, ski helmet, or snowboarding helmet when they skate.
50 New Gower Street, St. John’s
Take the fun inside at Axtion Climb. From climbing, bouncing, and sliding, this indoor playground will keep the whole family busy for hours. There are even amusement rides like drop tower and the ‘Axtionator’ that will thrill adventure seekers, young and old alike.
55 Habron Way, St. John’s