San Diego Fun in the Rain

I know most people don’t like it (especially San Diegans), but every once in a while it rains in San Diego. Trying to tan on the beach may not be the best option but there are plenty of other fun and exciting things to do throughout the county. Here are just a few ideas of things to do until the sun comes back out.

> Check out our update post on inside fun during a rainy day in San Diego

Balboa Park in the Rain

Balboa Park in the Rain. Photo Courtesy of Balboa Park

It’s Raining Culture

There are tons of great museums and cultural institutions throughout the county and almost all of them are indoors. The entire family can spend a whole day exploring the museums of Balboa Park and staying dry (minus the time it takes to move from museum to museum). Pick up the Balboa Park Passport or Stay-for-the-Day Pass that provides admission to multiple museums and saves you money at the same time!

For those with little ones, stop by The New Children’s Museum in downtown San Diego for hours of hands-on fun. If you are staying in the North County, the San Diego Children’s Discovery Museum sneaks in education with interactive exploration. A few other options include the Birch Aquarium at Scripps in La Jolla or the Museum of Making Music in Carlsbad.

During the week you can also stop by one of the great local libraries for some fun kid oriented activities or to just pick up a book and relax.

Coronado Brewing Company Fireplace

A Warm Fireplace on a Cold Day at the Coronado Brewing Company

Dining in the Rain

Okay, you probably don’t want to actually dine outside in the rain, but there are plenty of restaurants and pubs in San Diego that allow you to enjoy the sound of rainfall while staying warm. The Coronado Brewing Company is one of my favorite places to grab a bite to eat with a local craft beer as the rain falls outside. Ask for a table next to one of the fireplaces and then just stare out the open windows and enjoy.

If you are looking for a warm caffeinated beverage, pop in to a local coffee shop and warm yourself up. Many of these places also offer free wi-fi so you can get some work done or like San Diego on Facebook.

A Storm of Exciting Blockbusters

It is almost a San Diego pastime to catch the latest blockbuster film while the skies pour down on us. Fashion Valley’s movie theater has 18 screens so you are sure to find something everyone can enjoy. If you are in downtown, Horton Plaza’s multiplex is a great option for a mid afternoon movie followed by some shopping and dining. No matter where you are in the county, you can always find multiplex theater nearby.

Tell us in the comments below, what is your favorite thing to do during a rainy day in San Diego?

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Brent Bernasconi

About Brent Bernasconi

I am a local San Diegan (though surprisingly, I do not know how to surf). While not at work, I enjoy biking, running, soccer, bocce ball, craft brew (I hope to make a batch of home brew one day), reading, movies, and a video game here and there. My goal is to set foot in as many states, countries and continents as I possibly can (I have hit 14 states, 9 countries, and 3 continents), though I will always call San Diego home. How would you describe your ideal San Diego day?So after a good night's sleep, first I would take the puppy for a nice long walk. Then I would pack the bicycle panniers with a picnic lunch for the wife and I and we would ride over to Mission Trails for some trail riding and then a lovely lunch under the shade by the river. After the ride home, a shower and a nap would follow. Once rested, we would head out to the Blind Lady and enjoy a local brew and some organic pizza.If you were invisible, where would you go?Area 51! I would love to know what they are doing that is so top secret.What is your favorite San Diego outdoor activity?So many choices, but if I have to pick one I would choose bikingrunningsoccerbocceball. Though sitting outside with a good book on a sunny day would come in close second.Do you prefer burgers and beer or linguine and red wine?Nothing could be better than a San Diego Craft Beer (Hess, Stone, Ballast Point, Automatic, and many many more) and a burger with onion rings and BBQ-sauce. Though you will often find me boiling some pasta with a glass of wine in my hand and Ratatouille on in the background.Latest music purchases for my iPod/MP3 player are…A few albums by Jonathan Coulton, the ultimate geek musician. If you get a chance, listen to Code Monkey.If you like, you can follow me on Twitter @bernasconi.

One thought on “San Diego Fun in the Rain

  1. I love going to SeaLife Aquarium at LEGOLAND. Everything is indoors and the kids get to run around and find fun Lego creations in the verious aquariums.

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