If Los Angeles is your choice for a family vacation destination, or you’re a local looking for some fun and amusement, chances are you’re picturing yourself basking in the abundant sunshine.
And chances are you will be — but there also might be those few days per year that you’ll see rain and clouds. Rain? In Los Angeles? Yes, the city is known for its perfect sunshine actually does get rain every now and then. But light or heavy rain shouldn’t keep you from doing awesome things, so I’ve put together a list of fun and exciting things to do in L.A. when it rains.
Exploring the Science Center of California
The Science Center is a place for people of all ages to spend their day. Have the children expand their knowledge of the environment, all while being able to have bonding moments. The museum is free unless you want to go into some of the exhibits. To check out what exhibits they do have here.
Free Museum Time
There are plenty of museums in the beautiful city of LA. So when it’s raining and clouds cover that beauty, why not visit some of them. Here’s a complete list of all museums that have free entrance:
- Annenberg Space for Photography
- Armory Center for the Arts
- Automobile Driving Museum(technically free, though they will solicit a $5 donation)
- The Broad
- California African American Museum
- California Science Center
- Chinese American Museum
- Dominguez Rancho Adobe Museum
- FIDM Museum & Galleries
- Fowler Museum at UCLA
- Getty Villa
- Griffith Observatory
- Hammer Museum at UCLA
- Paul Getty Museum
- LAFD Museum in Hollywood (open only Saturdays 10am-4pm)
- LA Plaza de Culture y Artes
- LAX Flight Path Learning Center
- Los Angeles County Museum of Art (free after 3 pm on Mon, Tues, Thurs, Fri if you’re an L.A. County resident)
- Los Angeles Museum of the Holocaust
- Madrona Marsh Preserve
- Main Museum
- Nethercutt Museum
- Santa Monica Museum of Art ($5 suggested donation)
- Torrance Art Museum
- Travel Town Museum
- UCLA Meteorite Gallery
- USC Fisher Museum of Art
- Valley Relics Museum (only open Saturdays)
- Vincent Price Art Museum
Find a Cozy Bookstore
For the fellow Bibliophiles, what better excuse than a rainy day to curl up and find a cozy spot inside a local bookstore and melt the hours away reading to your heart’s content? Yep, nothing sounds better. So check out some great ideas on where new book adventures might be had in the City Of Angels.
The Last Bookstore
Check out one of the best used book bookstores in Los Angeles. The upstairs section of $1 books is absolutely overwhelming. Located in the heart of downtown L.A. See more here.
453 S Spring St
Los Angeles, CA 90013
They host a good number of regular events, and whatever book you need and search for, their employees are super knowledgeable and make very solid recommendations.
695 E Colorado Blvd
Pasadena, CA 91101
My third choice is a rather unusual bookstore where they just looove horror and horror only. If you’re looking for a bookstore that specializes in the occult, then this is the place in Los Angeles. Plus they host frequent author signings and overall it’s a great information hub for all the weirdness going on in the city generally.
3512 W Magnolia Blvd
Burbank, CA 91505
Children’s Book World
In case you’re bringing your little one(s) along, here’s a place they’ll love. It’s the bookstore that has an incredible selection of Children’s books, maybe the best in the city.
10580 1/2 W Pico Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90064
Give Indoor Roller-Skating a Try
If you want to try something different or feel like your part of the 70s groove, check this place out with some friends! This vintage vibe rink is one of the last few existing roller rinks in Los Angeles, so plan a trip while you still can. See more info here.
Do a Room Escape Game
It’s the best place for a rainy day. Here you have to use your survival and problem-solving skills to escape from each room. It’s a thrilling brainteaser that will keep you on your toes! Check out the best one we’ve got here.
Want to stop worrying about the future days and focus on the present? Consider doing meditation inspired by ancient Tibetan culture. The Shambhala Meditation Center will help radiate positive feeling in the midst of challenges, especially on those annoying rainy days. The center even offers free public meditation sitting hours in two Los Angeles locations: West LA and Eagle Rock!
Climb a Rock
Indoors of course. Join the Los Angeles fitness hype and test your upper body strength to indoor rock climbing. Rockreation gym has 10,000 sq. feet of climbing wall, where you can take classes or free climb. Whether you are new to rock climbing or have been doing it for years – this exercise is surely an efficient use of a rainy day in L.A.! Check out this site if rock climbing is your thing.
Treat Your Body and Go to a Spa
This what many people dream of the ultimate luxury. There are many spa centers that offer spas, facials, scrubs, salons, and other services. Spas are an excellent way of feeling refreshed, rejuvenated, and reinvigorated.
Lay Back and Have A Drink
Sometimes when it’s raining outside, it’s just a great excuse to stay inside and have a drink! If you’re looking for a place to take refuge from the rain where you can be ensured a great experience, try visiting one of these authentic breweries that offer unique types of beer unavailable anywhere else.
K1 Speed Indoor Karting
High-performance, zero-emission cars equipped with the newest technology make K1 Speed one of the premier places to go in LA on a rainy day. The LA facility boasts one of the most challenging indoor tracks with a combination of straights, sweepers, and hairpin turns, and drifting capabilities. Make reservations here.
One of the best things to do in Hollywood is to pay a visit to a real working studio! Places like Universal and Warner Bros. offer exciting, behind-the-scenes looks at the way Hollywood works. If the day happens to clear up, take advantage of the theme park elements of Universal Studios Hollywood, which offers some delightful outdoor fun, too.
Try your hand at pottery making at Bitter Root Pottery Class! You never know what you’re truly good at until you try. How cool would it be to have a ceramic in your home and say you handmade it? All you need is time and some clothes you don’t mind getting dirty for the class. Check out the schedule for classes here.
Speaking of getting crafty… if you happen to be a foodie, why not enhance your passion for food by taking some cooking classes? If this is something that’s up your alley, check out more information here.
So what’s your choice of activity’s going to be? Whatever you choose, have fun in LA.
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