While San Diego weather is usually just about as perfect as it gets, every once in a while we get a bit of rain. If the inclement weather puts a stop to your outdoor plans while on vacation, here are six things you can do instead.
1. Museums at Balboa Park
It may be too drizzly to run around Balboa Park itself, but did you know it has 17 museums as well? Favorites include the Natural History Museum, the San Diego Museum of Art, and the Air and Space Museum. Another popular choice is the Reuben H. Fleet Science Center, where kids and adults alike can enjoy a hands-on experience and visit their IMAX Theater.
2. Little Italy
There’s just something about cozying up on a rainy day in an Italian restaurant. Part of the reason you’re staying in Little Italy is for the food anyway, so why not visit regardless of the weather? Grab an umbrella and make the short walk from your hotel room in Little Italy to one of the cafes or restaurants nearby. A hot Italian meal and a big latte may be exactly what you didn’t know you needed.
3. Tour of USS Midway
Did you know the USS Midway aircraft carrier is permanently berthed in San Diego? It’s now open to the public as a museum and offers an amazing look at what life is really like on one of these floating military cities. Get your information first-hand from retired military docents, and don’t forget to give the flight simulator a whirl.
4. Olympic Training Center
About 20 minutes southeast of downtown lies the Chula Vista Olympic Training Center, a sure hit for athletes of any age. You can take self-guided tours daily or get a guided tour on Saturday mornings. As some of this tour involves being outdoors, this is a good option for days when the beach may be a bit too chilly but you won’t get drenched going outside. Proceeds from the shop on campus benefit the athletes representing the US in the Olympic Games.
5. Birch Aquarium
Most of the exhibits at the Birch Aquarium (about 15 minutes north of downtown San Diego Convention Center hotels) are indoors. This may be a great rainy day alternative to Sea World or the zoo if your family had hoped to see some animals.
6. Sky Zone
Need a place for kids to burn off some serious steam (or sugar)? Try Sky Zone, an indoor trampoline park, with several locations in San Diego. They can bounce away their energy for an hour, and it may look like so much fun you’ll want to join in too.
Of course, you don’t have to move indoors for just a little shower. Pack a rain jacket or umbrella, and have the usual tourist destinations all to yourself in the rain. Do you need to make a reservation for your upcoming trip? Look no further than the San Diego Marina Inn, a cheap and family-friendly hotel near downtown, the convention center, Little Italy, and the airport. There’s no fee when you book with us, we keep your info secure, and we have great, low rates. To speak with a friendly Reservation Manager, call 1-800-571-2933. We look forward to hearing from you!