10 Things to Do In San Diego When It's Raining

January 15, 2019

Photo by Evonne Ermey

If ever there was a city less prone to vitamin D deficiency, it’d be San Diego. With 70 miles of coastline, mild weather, valleys, vistas, and coves why would we ever be inside?

Because it’s raining. That’s why.

Rain, it happens so little here that we welcome it — It’s, like, one of five times a year that we get to put on a sweater! Cozy!

But after several days of navigating the 805, which has morphed into a 5 mph bumper car course, with burnt out tans and misplaced flip-flops, San Diegans might need some rainy day motivation.

Things to Do in San Diego When It’s Raining.



Coffee shops like breweries have spread at an impressive speed across San Diego. And each time one dies, RIP Claire De Lune, ten more sprout in its place. College kids need a place to study, but more than that, we’re a city of crafters, so pass us an apron and let us brew, roast, grind it for you.

Here are a few of the coziest coffee houses to watch rain fall from behind fogged glass.


San Diego Central Library:

There is almost no better place to be on a rainy day than deep in the stacks at San Diego’s Central Library. Even if you’re not a prolific reader, the library building is a modern work of art, full of quiet corners that offer breathtaking views the city skyline and Coronado Bridge. What better place to ruminate in deep thought while watching rainfall?


Cuddle with Cats

When it’s raining cats and dogs, grab one and snuggle with it! Do you not have a pet? Don’t worry, you can find a temporary snuggle partner at the Cat Café in East Village. They say that their purpose is to match cats with owners, but we know that their operation is really set up to help all the poor, landlord repressed, pet-less people of the city get a cuddle.


Rollerskating Rink

Maybe you’re not the cuddle-and-read-books-with-cats kind of person, that’s fine. Get off your bum and hit the rink. Inline or quad skates, there’s nothing freer than jiving (yeah, that’s some 70’s throwback slang) on the roller rink floor. Our favorite place to burn rubber is Skateworld in Linda Vista.

The only thing that could make this more awesome is getting a group of friends together for a disco-themed skate off.


A Day of Culture at Balboa Park

When was the last time you cut loose with some culture at Balboa Park — and we’re not talking about being sprawled out on the grass at Panama 66 with a strong day-drunk. Go highbrow, get your German expressionism on.


Comfort food

Pho, Ramen and Chowder, oh my. When it’s raining, bring it on, all of it.

Our favorite place for Pho — Pho Ca Dao in City Heights/College Area

Our favorite place for Ramen — Nishiki Ramen in Kearny Mesa. They have a simple menu, but they’ve managed to include a vegan option and the ramen is mind blowing.

We are closed on Christmas Day. . #nishikiramen #yelpsandiego #sandiegofood #sandiegofoodie #ramensd

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Our favorite place for Chowder — Mitch’s Seafood in Point Loma. This place is right on the water where the fishing boats come in, which means it’s super fresh. We dare say, it’s even better than the famed Point Loma Seafood.


Indoor Rock Climbing

Before your muscles start to atrophy from all this coffee sipping and chowder eating, go climb a rock.

We especially recommend this if it’s something you’ve never done before. Don’t worry if you’re not super strong. Go get a healthy dose of heart pounding adrenaline before returning to repose before your rainy day fire.

Solid Rock Gym in Old Town is a good place to buckle your harness.

Just keep telling yourself, "you can't fall." #climb #rock

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A Day at the Cine

Rainy days are for more than watching movies in your fuzzy socks, they’re for cinema. One of our favorite local silver screens is Landmark Ken Cinema. They show a lot of art house, indie and throwbacks — think Back to the Future! Another plus is that the theater is curbside in Kensington so you can grab some great grub or a brewski beforehand.

About to enter Room 237 -------- #theshining #kubrick #stanleykubrick #room237 #kencinema #sandiego #midnight #midnightmovie

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Rainy Day Drinking

Did you think we were going to leave beer out of a “Things to do in San Diego” list? Not a chance! We are the craftiest craft beer city in the nation (maybe the world, now). So, when all else fails, go get your brew on. Here are a few of our favorite rainy day breweries in San Diego!

Alpine Beer Company — Alpine

Modern Times — North Park, Encinitas, Point Loma

Culture Brewing Co in Ocean Beach, Solana Beach, and Encinitas.