We have had no shortage of rain. In the last 30 days we’ve had 5 inches of rain (which is 30% of 2012’s total rainfall). So here’s a list of things to do when the weather is not cooperating.
10. Musee Mechanique
The Musee Mechanique is a vintage arcade museum at Fisherman’s Wharf. When I wrote about the Wharf, I told you to skip this attraction, but on a rainy day it would be wonderful. It’s free and it’s open all day. But the one problem is that you’d have to pay to park and then walk in the rain to get there.
These are SF’s two famous art museums. Right now, the MOMA is hosting a collection of pieces by Jasper Johns that everyone is pretty excited about. The De Young is $11 to get in and SFMOMA costs $!8.
So many people have recommended this place to me. They say it’s really informative, your outta-town guests will love how SF-tastic it is, it’s kid-friendly, annnd…. IT’S FREE!!!
This is a really popular attraction in SF. So popular in fact, that you’ll have to make a reservation. If you have family coming to town and you think it might rain, I say go ahead and make a reservation just in case. Personally, I love their pale ale called Anchor Steam.
6. Bay Model
This is a complete scale model of the entire Bay Area created by the Army Corps of Engineers. The website says that they offer three different tours based on the geek level of the group. I am going to have to visit this place, and take the most geeky tour, for sure. Then I’ll tell you all about it. This great attraction is not in SF, however. It’s across the bridge in Marin County.
Why haven’t I visited this place?? It sounds awesome! It’s basically a history of cartoons, comic books, and animation. Last month they had a whole feature on 3D animation and how they create movies like Monsters, Inc in 3D. It’s at Mission and 3rd and costs $7 to get in.
We have two science museums! I am a scientist and that makes me giddy with excitement. I have visited the Exploratorium and I can’t recommend it enough!! I spend hours wandering around and totally geeking out! But unfortunately, it’s moving and will be closed Jan-Apr 2013. So in the meantime, you should visit the California Academy of Sciences, which I heard is also awesome. And it even has penguins!! The Cal Academy is $30 for adults.
I had a friend come into town about a year ago on a rainy. I took her to the Ferry Building and we had a blast! I distinctly remember finding the quintecential rainy day meal – a bowl of tomato soup with a grilled cheese sandwich – that knocked my socks off.
This museum is giant tribute to the life and vision of Walt Disney. I have heard that there’s so much to see that you could easily spend all day there. Admission is $20 but that also included gorgeous panoramic views of the bay.
1. Muir Woods
This may sound crazy. Muir Woods is an outdoor venue. But I have talked to so many people who say that it is magical when it rains. There is no crowd, and the rain on the trees and babbling brook is unmatched. Just grab your rain gear and head out to your own private Redwood hideaway.