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10 Rainy Day Activities For When SF’s Weather Has Got You Down

By Jamie Ferrell

10 Rainy Day Activities For When SF’s Weather Has Got You Down

When the weather is terrible, your day doesn’t have to be!

SF has some drizzly days in the forecast. Many of our favorite spots are still closed or tough to visit due to Covid, but that doesn’t mean that we can’t still go exploring. In this list, you’ll find some awesome virtual activities to do from the comfort of your living room, as well as some other options for when you just want to get out of the house. Stay safe and have fun!


For when you want to stay home:

1. Enjoy a virtual comedy show from SF comedians

San Francisco’s normally thriving comedy scene has experienced plenty of setbacks due to Covid. But don’t say goodbye to your favorite comics just yet, because they’re still here to make you laugh while keeping you safe!


2. Take a trip back in time with the CA Historical Society

The California Historical Society has an extensive digital library featuring everything from old menus to photos from the Spanish-American War. Browse endless documents and photographs from throughout the state’s history and connect with San Francisco, or any other city, on a new level.


3. Test your inner detective in a virtual escape room


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Escape rooms have taken the world by storm in recent years, offering one-of-a-kind immersive experiences for people of all ages. Take your Skype sessions with friends to the next level or have a game night with family as you sort through the clues sent to you through a multitude of virtual channels.


4. Create your own experiment with the Exploratorium

If you’re looking for something to do, the Exploratorium is a fantastic place to visit any day of the year. But if you can’t go in person, they have plenty of activities to try on their website, including Tinkering at Home. Explore lights and shadows, create your own wild contraptions, or animate a short film with items around your house. They have options for all ages!


5. Take a virtual tour of the Legion of Honor

The Legion of Honor is one of the largest public art installations in the city. It’s still closed to the public, but Google Arts & Culture has brought their collections to you. Browse over 6,000 years of ancient and European art including Rodin’s The Thinker, Monet’s Water Lilies, and much more. And if you want to see some fine art in person, the de Young Museum is open and ready to host you with new Covid-safe precautions.



6. Order a pizza from one of these 10 amazing pizza places.

On a rainy day, sometimes all you need is a good meal. Lucky for us, San Francisco’s food scene is the gift that keeps on giving. Check out these 10 incredible pizza spots in the city – we’ve got you covered with everything from Neapolitan-style to Chicago deep dish.


7. Bake your own sourdough bread.

Of course, you could always pick up some fresh-milled and fresh-baked bread from The Mill in San Francisco, but where’s the fun in that? Josey Baker Bread will actually give you some of their sourdough starter for free in exchange for a poem or other item, so get bartering and get baking with the help of Josey Baker’s own Instagram tutorials.


For when you want to get out of the house:

8. Go for a rainy hike on one of these 8 local trails!

Maybe you just need to get out of the house, even if it means getting a little wet! When things are closed during the age of Covid, you can still turn to the great outdoors to get your fix. Take a break from your routine, pull on your rain boots, and breathe in some fresh ocean air.


9. Check out the Asian Art Museum

The Asian Art Museum is back open, and a rainy day is the perfect time to enjoy this underrated SF spot! This stunning museum is home to over 18,000 magnificent works of Asian art, ranging from ancient ceramics to contemporary video installations. The museum began over 50 years ago, and has since evolved several times to keep up with the changing artworks and mediums.


10. Visit some awesome sea creatures at the Aquarium of the Bay.

The Aquarium of the Bay declared that they are “o-fish-ally open” this week, and you’ve got to check up on your favorite critters post-lockdown! The aquarium is home to over 20,000 marine animals including sharks, octopus, jellyfish, otters, and more. Enjoy walk-through tunnels and other exciting exhibits as you learn all about these fascinating creatures.


[Featured Image: @aquariumofthebay via Instagram]