Best Activities for a Rainy Day in San Francisco

THE 10 BEST Indoor Things to Do in San Francisco on a Rainy Day

Best Activities for a Rainy Day in San Francisco

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  • Ldiva001
    San Diego, CA85 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    The very best entertainment for any age. Every time I travel to SF I find time to visit the Exploratorium because there is so much to do with my granddaughters and I could never finish exploring the hands-on science exhibits that enthrall all of us. Good for ALL ages. I cannot say enough about the learning that happens while you spend the day. There is even a cafe. Easily take a day or two or .... Great place! Nice people working there.
    Written 21 December 2023
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  • focusport22
    229 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    This is a great museum on the life of Walt Disney and his family. They also have the train that was in Walt’s backyard.
    They touch upon the different decades and show a lot of things that people may not know about.
    Written 27 December 2023
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  • PipPaul W
    Buckfastleigh, UK1,894 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    The approach on a Saturday had an outside market, usual touristy stuff
    Inside was totally different mater
    Some wonderful stalls, mostly food and drink, but not the usual run of the mill stuff
    You could buy a good meal from there
    Written 11 May 2024
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  • Trina D
    Orange County, CA1,225 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    My husband and I took the bus from out hotel to Golden Gate Park on a rainy day to check out the California Academy of Sciences and de Young Museum. We didn't have tickets so we waited in line to get to the ticket window. While there, I was searching online for some possible discounts. Score! I found one and we were able to use it.

    They are still doing timed entry so we chose the next hour time slot to enter. We walked across to the de Young and got admission there as well. We wandered around looking at art before checking out the cafe. Once our time slot opened, we walked back over the the Academy to enter. It's huge! It was our first time and it was hard to decide on what to check out first. You definitely feel like a kid again with all that was going on. They have dinosaurs (natural history museum), a planetarium, an aquarium, and a rainforest. Oh my! We just picked a direction and headed to the aquarium. I saw a line for the planetarium and decided to put us in for a timeslot later that day. The aquarium is quite large. They have penguins, jellyfish, and loads of fish. We saw the albino alligator in the center enclosure. We weren't sure if it was real but he did move his arms. The dinosaur skeletons were the best. We saw a geode exhibit too. We didn't quite make it into the heart of the rainforest but we felt like we made a dent in what we saw. The California Academy of Sciences is ideal for your inner curious child or if you have kids they should go too. We had a great time. We also popped across back to de Young for more art while waiting on our planetarium timeslot and had no issues with reentry with our stamped hands.

    If you have a few hours to kill in SF, this is a great spot to check out. Definitely look for discounted admission because it'll save you some money too!
    Written 31 January 2024
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  • Lynn M
    Bristol, UK11 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Brilliant little museum, very interesting, and great to see the actual cables that run the whole cable car system round San Fransisco.
    Written 30 April 2024
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  • CarolusvL
    The Hague, The Netherlands205 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    What an experience. Free entrance (always nice), but as soon as you walk in, you want to grab your wallet and look for your quarters to play the machines. Some were ancient, some a little newer, but all of them play to your imagination. Some of the older ones wouldn't pass for entertainment in this day and age, but because they used to be state of the art back then, it's very neat to see how they work and I found myself throwing in quarter after quarter to see some pictures of a tiger attacking a snake move by quickly (a 'movie' when this device was new') or to see a puppet move about a little. If you're at Fisherman's Wharf, stop by, even to just walk around and watch.
    Written 17 March 2024
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  • Heather H
    2 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Spectacularly, entertaining actors exceeded my expectation. Saw guys and dolls. Charming venue, we sat very close and our view wasnt limited.
    Written 17 May 2024
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  • Jennifer G
    Brookline, MA67 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    If you enjoy modern art museums, don't miss this one! The building is expansive and filled with natural light. The unexpectedly broad collection is fun, interesting and very well-curated. WIth only a few free hours, we weren't able to participate in any of the great programming on offer, or snack at the beautiful rooftop cafe, but we did make sure to swing by the wonderful museum store.
    Written 19 April 2024
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  • flotravels99
    San Diego, CA21 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    The de Young does not disappoint. I’ve been a handful of times and I always discover something new. The exhibits rotate frequently enough that I’m newly engaged each time. The special collections are not to be missed as they are nicely curated and beautifully displayed. Take a moment to sit quietly and enjoy the view of the sculpture garden. The staff are very friendly and offer special hands-on programs for all ages. This museum is well worth the price of admission and your time.
    Written 11 March 2024
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  • ElvisAndrus
    Arlington, TX855 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    It is not the genre of art that is my first choice, but we had some extra time and it was raining so we went in and stayed two hours being captivated by the diversity and highly informative interpretation. A real educational experience if you take time. Doing so allowed me to enjoy subtle things like the posture and muscular construction in some of the art
    Written 18 May 2024
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  • Missy B
    4 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Excellent and fun! So glad we stopped! So interesting and worthwhile. I encourage everyone to stop by! It’s worth the walk to visit
    Written 19 May 2024
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  • andyh67186334
    Coalville, UK9,500 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    If you like chocolate, this is the place for you. There are other shops and restaurants too, plus a lovely lookout towards the historic ships and ocean.
    Written 21 January 2024
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  • Princess
    Washington DC, DC214 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Beautiful both inside AND outside... with the latter being quite scenic! Great little collections of art here, would revisit.
    Written 13 July 2023
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  • Marshall S
    1 contribution
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    An excellent Ssn Francisco experience, especially for a liffelong Lewis Carroll fan. Great art and great presentation.

    Written 10 December 2023
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  • ElvisAndrus
    Arlington, TX855 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    I love this place. A big beautiful dome to behold. We went on a Friday and saw several people doing their wedding photos. It’s just kind of neat to walk around and each time I have been there. There has been an interesting set of exhibits including famous wedding certificates, some challenging contemporary art and more. Tours are available and I imagine they are wonderful, but I have not taken one.
    Written 18 May 2024
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