RAINY DAY SAN DIEGO ACTIVITIES – Believe it or not, it’s not always sunny in San Diego. On those rare instances when it rains in America’s Finest City, locals and visitors may find themselves at a loss on what to do for fun. After all, what’s a day without the beach? Here’s a round-up of activities you can enjoy in San Diego on a rainy day – or, really, any day for that matter.
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Balboa Park Museums
Sure, an outdoor stroll in Balboa Park is a truly unforgettable San Diego experience, but there are plenty of indoor activities to take in at the landmark as well. Balboa Park is home to 15 major museums, including the Museum of Photographic Arts, the Reuben H. Fleet Science Center, the San Diego Air & Space Museum, the San Diego History Center and the San Diego Museum of Art, just to name a few. Most museums are open daily, many beginning at 10 a.m. Check each one individually for specific days and hours of operation.
Birch Aquarium at Scripps
More than 430,000 people visit the Birch Aquarium at Scripps Institution of Oceanography (2300 Expedition Way) in La Jolla every year to learn about the science of the ocean and ocean conservation. The site features a host of educational exhibits, including “Hall of Fishes” – more than 60 tanks of Pacific fishes and in invertebrates from the cold waters of the Pacific Northwest to the tropical waters of Mexico and the Caribbean. Grab the family (or the out-of-towners) and explore the sea on dry land.
Indoor Rock Climbing
Missing that outdoor exercise session on a rainy day? Perhaps it’s time to try indoor rock climbing. There are plenty of climbing gyms in San Diego from which to choose, including the popular SolidRock Gym ($15 for a day pass, without equipment rental) and Mesa Rim Climbing & Fitness Center ($20 for a day pass, without equipment rental).
The New Children’s Museum
Help the kids get their rainy day energy out by letting them run around at the New Children’s Museum in downtown San Diego (200 West Island Ave.), a colorful space designed to stimulate young minds. The three-story, 50,000-square-foot building has plenty of space for thought-provoking, engaging activities, exhibits and art. It’s open every day but Tuesday.
iFly Indoor Skydiving
Ever dream of skydiving without the actual sky? Oh, it’s possible. iFly Indoor Skydiving (2385 Camino Del Rio North) in Mission Valley offers the airborne experience, indoors, in a safe, controlled space. First-time flyer packages start at $79.95 per person. The business is open daily.