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Things to Do on a Rainy Day in San Diego

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Things to Do on a Rainy Day in San Diego

If it's raining in San Diego, you could have a temper tantrum or just pack up and go home, but California Travel expert Betsy Malloy has a better idea.

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If San Diego is soggier than a sea slug and your vacation plans need a rain check, here's the first thing to do. Walk around humming the Peabo Bryson song "Can You Stop the Rain" and singing to everyone you meet that you thought it "never rains in Southern California."

If your day is still taking on water after that, you could poke out your lower lip in a sulky pout, but it's unlikely to stop the precipitation. A better plan would be to find something to do indoors. Try the San Diego Museum Guide or browse the list of indoor day trips.

A rainy day is the only time you won't look silly wearing a pair of galoshes in San Diego. Dress comfy and if you have some rain gear, you also have more options.

Try these ways to outfox the raindrops.

Good Places to Go on a Rainy Day

You might think of Las Vegas rather than San Diego when someone mentions gambling, but you'll find plenty of Casinos within driving distance of San Diego.

In La Jolla, the Birch Aquarium is a good place to spend some time. We especially like their seahorse exhibits.

The athletes may be training to make their push for the gold outdoors, but you can go inside to see how they do it at the Chula Vista Olympic Training Center.

How 'Bout a Cuppa?

San Diego has several places to enjoy an afternoon tea, an especially nice thing to do on a rainy day. Tea Upon Chatsworth is a well-rated, relaxing and elegant place to enjoy it.

Go Play Inside

If you can't play outdoors, go to a place that brings outdoor activities inside.

Miramar Speed Circuit takes go-kart racing indoors, but doesn't slow them down. Those little karts can go up to 40 miles per hour.

San Diego may have more of a reputation for being hot than cold, but you can go ice skating any time at Ice Town in La Jolla, San Diego Ice Arena in Mira Mesa or Iceoplex in Escondido.

Go skydiving indoors at Perris Valley Skydiving or if you'd rather go up than down, try a climbing wall at SolidRock Gym or Vertical Hold .

The Old Standbys

A spa visit is good any time. Couple of the best day spas in San Diego are Spa Velia downtown, and the Spa at the Hotel Del Coronado.

More About San Diego on a Rainy Day

In San Diego, it's more likely to rain pygmy shrews and teacup Chihuahuas than cats and dogs. Even though it's raining, all you may need is a hat or a bumbershoot.

Locals may enjoy rain because it's something different than their usual weather, but if the local driver's license test included how to drive in it, not a single person would ever pass. Watch out for them because they may not watch out for you.

In general terms, the rainy season runs from November through March. For average highs, lows sunshine and rain, check the San Diego weather guide.

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