Make the Most of the Weather with Our Itinerary for a Rainy Day in La Jolla

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Though we love the sun, it does rain in La Jolla from time to time! It can be inconvenient at first, but there’s at least one major upside. Often we don’t get to the things we’ve always “been meaning to” because there’s gorgeous weather and a beach to be enjoyed…now’s your chance to do it all! Make the most out of your rainy day with this itinerary for a rainy day.

Visit the Birch Aquarium

On a rainy day, what more could you possibly want than more water? Take a trip through the Birch Aquarium, which will be nice and dry inside (at least for the humans). The biodiversity you’ll see is fantastic and so colorful! If it’s been a few years since you’ve been, it’s definitely worth seeing again as the animal exhibits are rotated periodically. Keep an eye out for the super weird sea creatures the aquarium features.

See a Show at the La Jolla Playhouse

Take the time to go catch a play or musical—it’ll be warm and dry inside the theater, perfect for being cozy on a cold and wet evening. There’s a variety of shows for various interests, and it’s not all serious artsy things! In fact, most of it isn’t. You can finally say you’ve been to the La Jolla Playhouse, and you’ll have supported your local arts.

Grab a Good Book

It’s really nice to curl up with a book and a hot drink on a dreary day! If you haven’t gotten a La Jolla library card, do yourself a favor and get one. You’ll automatically get access to a ton of books, music, and movies for free. We recommend Warwick’s if you want to buy the newest bestseller or get an old favorite to keep at home. To make the most of your experience, cozy up with a hot beverage at one of La Jolla’s many cafes. For an old European, bistro-infused cafe vibe, head to the Living Room. With beautiful paintings, an enticing case packed with pastries and cakes, and great food menu (we recommend the quiche), it’s a great spot to meet up with friends or spend some calming solo time.

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Stroll Around a Museum

Stretch your legs and your mind in one of La Jolla’s museums. Engage in carefully crafted art exhibits at the Museum of Contemporary Art in San Diego (MCASD), the Athenaeum Music & Arts Library or head to the La Jolla Historical Society to gain knowledge on local history. There’s even a historical map museum in the village! For a wider variety of museums and genres, head slightly south to San Diego’s Balboa Park. With 17 museums to choose from, it has something for everyone!

Take a Painting Class

If you can’t look out the window and see a sunny day, paint one! Head to My Art Shed and take a few hours to create your own masterpiece. We highly recommend their wine and painting class for an extra-fun afternoon with a nice merlot.

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Itinerary for a Rainy Day in La Jolla

It’s hard to believe, but it does rain in La Jolla from time to time. Only 10.2 inches of average rainfall a year compared to America’s overall annual average of 36.5 inches, but precipitation none the less. When these days strike, we are sometimes at a loss for what to do in the non-beach perfect weather. This is why we’ve put together an itinerary for a rainy day in La Jolla, so next time rain hits? You’ll be prepared.

1. Hit a Cozy Cafe

Stay dry and warm up with a hot beverage at one of La Jolla’s cozy cafes. Head to the Living Room for an old European, bistro-infused cafe vibe. With beautiful paintings, an enticing case packed with pastries & cakes and great food menu (we recommend the quiche), it’s a great spot to meet friends or enjoy a book.

2. Visit a Museum

Stretch your legs and your mind in one of La Jolla’s museums. Engage in carefully crafted art exhibits at the Museum of Contemporary Art in San Diego (MCASD), the Athenaeum Music & Arts Library or head to the La Jolla Historical Society to gain knowledge on local history. For a wider variety of museums and genres, head slightly south to San Diego’s Balboa Park. With 17 museums to choose from, it has something for everyone!

3. Take a Painting Class

If you can’t look out the window and see a sunny day, paint one! Head to My Art Shed and take a few hours to create your own masterpiece. We highly recommend their wine and painting class, where sipping a merlot can make the activity extra fun.

4. Shop till You Drop

Duck out of the rain and into one (or two or three…) of La Jolla’s shops. There are a few shopping scenes in town. You can hit the downtown La Jolla village or UTC mall for bigger department stores that offer more cover (like Nordstrom).

5. Wine & Dine

Enjoy dinner at one of the La Jolla restaurants you’ve been meaning to hit. Maybe you’ve never experienced the scallops of Nine-Ten or the mouth-watering pizzas of Catania. Check out our Restaurants page to help you decide!

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