7 Things to do on a rainy day in San Francisco, CA


Typically speaking, the rainy season in San Francisco runs from November through March. Just because rain is in the forecast (for days, and days, and days) doesn’t mean you can’t still enjoy San Francisco. Here are 7 things you can do on rainy days that are sure to brighten things up.

  1. Shop til you drop
    San Francisco has some of the best shopping in America and most of it can be found in or around Union Square. Gucci, Tiffany, Barneys, Saks Fifth Avenue, Macy’s, Neiman Marcus – you name it, you can find it at Union Square. Don’t want to get wet, no problem. If malls are more your style, head to the amazing The Westfield San Francisco Centre or The Metreon.

  2. Check out a Museum
    Like any major metropolitan city, San Francisco has some pretty incredible museums. Just a few of the wonderful and varied museums and galleries you can visit include: California Academy of Sciences, Asian Art Museum of SF, San Francisco Museum of Modern Art (MOMA), the DeYoung Museum, the Legion of Honor, Museum of the City of San Francisco and the Exploratorium.

  3. Visit the Botanical Garden
    You’ll find nearly 100 rare and historic magnolias at the San Francisco Botanical Garden in Golden Gate Park. See the Andean and Mesoamerican cloud forest collections from September to December, or stroll through the native redwood grove year-round. Pick up a free family-friendly adventure map with activity suggestions for children. Docent tours and a number of special events are planned throughout the blooming season.

  4. Jump around at the House of Air
    Located in an historic former airplane hangar in the Presidio’s West Crissy Field, the House of Air is an indoor trampoline park consisting of 42 conjoined trampolines surrounded on all sides by full-sized trampoline walls. Additional areas include a freestyle trampoline modeled after skate park designs; The Colosseum, which offers 22 conjoined trampolines used for organized trampoline dodge ball; a training area, and a Bounce House for children ages three to six.

  5. Go on a Pub Crawl
    There are dozens of neighborhoods in San Francisco that have bar after bar within walking distance. From West Portal, the Tenderloin or Pacific Heights to the Marina, North Beach and even Chinatown. Just pick a neighborhood and a street and get to drinking.

  6. Walk Grace Cathedral’s indoor labyrinth
    There are few places in San Francisco that are as tranquil and poignant as Grace Cathedral. Grace Cathedral is home to not just one but two labyrinths – an indoor and an outdoor. There are three stages of the walk: releasing, receiving and returning. While you’re there, don't forget to check out the Keith Haring altarpiece.

  7. Grab an Irish Coffee at the Buena Vista Cafe
    The first place in America to serve this warm, alcoholic concoction is still going strong, and all that hot coffee and alcohol are pitch-perfect for a rainy day. Just don't stay too long!