Rain is like confetti from the sky and when taken with the best of experiences it becomes a cherishable memory. It is the perfect season for spending quality time with yourself and your loved ones. Some of the exceptional experiences can feel absolutely satisfying only when it is coupled with rainfall, like a hot cup of coffee. Here are some of the most interesting and irresistible indoor activities that you can indulge in during a rainy day in San Francisco, California.
1. Warm up with the Buena Vista authentic Irish coffee
Walking past the cable cars one will be able to find the 100-year-old tall building of the Buena Vista Café. Can you believe, that this place has a bartender (Paul Nolan), who has been making the same Irish coffee for the last 41 years? Buena Vista Café is the first bar in America to introduce Irish coffee and it is definitely the best in the world. The bar boasts that the secret behind their authentic concoction is their very own Irish whiskey, ‘Tullamore Dew’ which is specially blended for Buena Vista, their personally curated coffee and the specific 6 oz (0.17 l) glass. What else can be more satisfying than sipping a perfectly blended hot coffee on a rainy chilly afternoon?
Buena Vista Café
Address: 2765 Hyde St (@ Beach), San Francisco, CA 94109.
Website: The Buena Vista Café
Opening hours: Mon - Fri: 9am - 2am; Sat - Sun: 8am - 2am
2. Play vintage arcade games at Musée Mécanique
Musee Mecanique holds one of the largest collections of antique arcade games. As you enter you are greeted by the famous 6-foot (1.8 meters) laughing lady doll and its third generation owner Dan Zillion who goes skating around with a tag that says “I Work Here”. This vintage collection of more than 300 arcade attractions and mechanical musical instruments brings both nostalgia and awe in the eyes of the visitors. The entry is free and visitors can just go about playing any game they like. The amount of detail and maintenance that has gone into preserving this nostalgic place is amazing. Why would anyone need game consoles and VR glasses when we can physically participate in fun-filled games in real life for free?
Address: Pier 45, Fishermans Wharf, San Francisco, CA 94133, USA
Opening hours: 10am - 8pm
3. Dwell into the world of words at City Lights
If there is one thing that is equally satisfying in reading the last chapter of a book, it is browsing for books in a bookstore. Are you someone who prefers to sit with a book and a warm cup of drink on a rainy day? Do check out the huge three-story collection of world literature, art, and politics at the City Lights Booksellers & Publishers. This iconic bookstore is known for its intellectual collection and friendly staff.
City Lights Booksellers & Publishers
Address: 4519, 261 Columbus Ave, San Francisco, CA 94133, United States
Opening hours: 10am - 12am
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With an expansive campus consisting of an aquarium, planetarium, the rain forest, and natural history exhibits, the California Academy of Sciences houses over 26 million specimens. Being one of the largest museums in the world, the Academy of Sciences offers various tours like the Behind-the-Scenes Tour for an exclusive exploration of the museum to Nightlife, a weekly event on every Thursday night that allows exploring the academy after dark. There are also family events like the Penguins+Pajama Sleepovers. If you are someone who has always wanted to see those life-size dinosaur models, the California Academy of Sciences is a must try!
Duration: 3 to 5 hours
5. Pamper yourself at Kabuki Springs & Spa
Tired of the turmoil of city life? Give your mind and body some rest by pampering yourself at the most raved about Japanese bathhouses in the city. The Kabuki Springs & Spa is a Japanese bath house that offers a range of premium bath, spa and communal services inspired by Japanese and other Asian spa treatments. Some times a little bit of self-care goes a long way into your well-being and health.
Kabuki Springs And Spa
Address: 1750 Geary Blvd, San Francisco, CA 94115, USA
Website: Kabuki Springs & Spa
Opening hours: 10am - 10pm
6. Know the city's history
San Francisco’s City Hall also called “The Palace for the People” is the seat of the government of San Francisco and was rebuilt after the earthquake in 1906. The City Hall consists of five floors built on 500,000 sq ft (11 acres) of land area and is a place of historic significance.
San Francisco City Hall
Address: 1 Dr. Carlton B Goodlett Pl, San Francisco, CA 94102, USA
Website: San Francisco City Hall
Opening hours: 8am- 8pm
7. Shop till your feet hurts at Union Square
Catch a cable car and explore the 2.6-acre (1 hectare) vast shopping hub of the city. Check out the Crocker Galleria of indoor and outdoor shops, experience fine dining on the outdoors, grab a few irresistible deals with all your heart at the Union Square. What can be more fun than spending hours window shopping and picking the products you love the most on a rainy afternoon?
Address: 333 Post St, San Francisco, CA 94108, USA
Website: Union Square
Experience the early days of Disney and the legacy of how Walt Disney was able to create the best childhood for an entire century of kids. The Walt Disney Family Museum showcases the life and legacy of the pioneer of the American animation industry, Walter Elias Disney. Without Disney’s creations, it’s very hard to even imagine what childhood would have been like. The massive “micro model of the Walt Disney Studios” is a must see. On a rainy afternoon, if you want to spend time seeing how great minds work, the Walt Disney Family Museum is a perfect place to visit. It is more intuitive than entertaining.
Duration: 2 to 3 hours
With real actors and specially created thrilling experiences, visitors will get to witness and be part of a gripping storytelling experience at 360º themed sets. The San Francisco Dungeon is a 60-minute thrill experience that includes scary rides, themed shows, and the all-new Escape Alcatraz Drop ride. Want a power-packed adrenaline rush on your rainy day? This place serves the best scare.
Duration: 1 hour
The Conservatory of Flowers is a 140-year-old glass greenhouse, housing over 2000 different species of plants and flowers. While the place is a definite visual treat to its visitors it is also of great historic significance. Its construction dates back to the Victorian era and has five different galleries of ecosystems. Enjoy the scent and sight of colorful flowers, the taste of misty evenings and the sound of crickets chirping all at the same time. It is a perfect treat to all the five senses and definitely a favorite spot.
Duration: 60 to 120 minutes
Make your rainy days memorable in San Francisco
Whether it is a rainy day or a chilly weekend afternoon, San Francisco is filled with so much fun and history that one can never check the box ‘fully explored’. The city is a feast quenching all your wanderlust and don’t forget to try each of these fun-filled indoor activities while in San Francisco, California.
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