Sure, people in other cities may wince at the sound of Angelenos complaining about the weather but can you blame us? Though many of us talk about loving when it rains, the majority of those comments are usually made from the coziest spot on the couch, in pajamas, with a warm cup o’ joe in hand. But rainy days in the city shouldn’t mean having to stay at home to enjoy it. We’ve created a list of things to do on a rainy day in LA so that you enjoy yourselves rain or storm – brace yourselves, Los Angeles!
1. Curl up in a cozy bookstore
Take advantage of this (moderately) chill time in Los Angeles by picking up a book and diving into a world other than your own. Places like The Last Bookstore and Vroman’s Bookstore are classics, but local favorites also include smaller shops like Skylight books or Children’s Book World, if you have little ones tagging along.
Dive into the surreal journey ‘Bubble World: An Immersive Experience’ now open near L.A.! With 11 themed rooms filled with bubbles of all kinds, this magical interactive adventure had us unleashing our inner child on a sensory-filled journey.
3. Explore a museum
Nowadays, there are more interactive museums than we can keep track. And what better day to spice up your social media presence than a rainy day? Try stopping by one of the many pop-ups in town or stick with something more traditional like checking out the Natural History Museum or The Broad! Did you know that your library card can get you into tons of local museums for free?
4. Take a cooking class
At times, trying a new recipe can seem more like a chore than a hobby. And you don’t want to find yourself running back and forth from the store to your home when you find out that you need yet another unheard of ingredient – especially in the rain! Make things easy on yourself by attending a cooking class where you’ll learn how to whip up sushi or homemade pasta.
5. Treat your body
Ditch stressing about wild LA drivers in the rain, taking a day to relax and ‘treat yo’self’ is a given on a list of things to do on a rainy day in the city. Feel refreshed, rejuvenated, and reinvigorated by detoxifying your skin while sweating it out or with in-home hydration and vitamin drips!
6. Enjoy dinner and a movie
What’s better than getting comfortable in a Lazyboy chair and having anything you want with a push of a button? Yeah, we’re having a hard time trying to think of something too. Sit back and relax (literally) at one of the few dine-in theaters in Los Angeles. From iPic Theaters, Cinepolis, and the Marina Del Rey AMC – choose to spend your rainy day on a family outing or an adults-only trip to the 21-plus theaters (there’s a private bar with booze!)
Dinos Alive is a spectacular exhibition featuring life-size animated replicas of dinosaurs. Allow yourself to be transported to Jurassic Park while learning more about the Triassic, Jurassic and Cretaceous periods. The immersive experience is for all ages and is a unique way to kill over an hour of a rainy day.
8. Indulge in some comfort food (outside of the house)
What better thing to do on a rainy day in LA than indulge in some delicious food? From vegan restaurants and buffets to smash burger joints and more, the city is not short on new places to try. And if you find yourself feeling more thirsty than you are hungry, you can always check out a great brewery in Los Angeles.
Also published on Medium.