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Claire Trageser
May 05, 2018

If you travel to San Francisco, you might be prepared for fog and cool weather, but what about rain? There are on average 68 days of rain in the city, so it’s best to be prepared.

Luckily, this city is set up well for bad weather, with lots of indoor activities. Here are a few of them.

Museums

San Francisco is famous for its museums, and has several very large ones that you can wander through for an entire day. Check out the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, which has exhibits ranging from pop and abstract art to temporary exhibits of political posters and Louise Bourgeois spiders sculptures.

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The de Young Museum in Golden Gate Park has collections American, African and Asian art, as well as textiles. The Walt Disney Family Museum explores the life and work of Walt Disney, with additional rotating exhibits of different types of animation. Also try the Asian Art Museum, the San Francisco Railway Museum, or the newly reopened Cartoon Art Museum.

Wine Tasting

You don’t need to drive outside the city to sample the surrounding region’s wines. San Francisco has several wineries and wine bars within the city boundaries, including Bluxome Street Winery, Dogpatch WineWorks and The Press Club.

Shopping

There are several great shopping neighborhoods in San Francisco. Even if you have to go from store to store outside, the shops give you a break from the rain. There’s the famous Union Square downtown shopping with designer boutiques and department stores.

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Then you can explore Union Street, Fillmore Street, Chestnut Street and Haight Street, along with PIER 39 and Fisherman's Wharf. Also try the San Francisco Centre, a multi-story mall.

Labyrinths at Grace Cathedral

These indoor floor markings are made to be walked as a spiritual exercise. You can join in a peace walk every Friday from 12:30 to 2 p.m., plus monthly candlelight walks to music and Tuesday yoga sessions.

Indoor Botanical Garden

If you’re visiting between December and March, definitely stop at the San Francisco Botanical Garden in Golden Gate Park to view almost 100 rare and historic magnolias in bloom. You can also see the Andean and Mesoamerican cloud forest collections from September to December. The redwood grove is also available all year.

Indoor Trampoline

For a different kind of exercise, try the indoor trampoline park House of Air in a former airplane hangar in the Presidio’s West Crissy Field. You can run and jump across 42 connected trampolines that are also surrounded by full-sized trampoline walls. Then hop over to a freestyle trampoline that looks like it belongs at a skate park and The Colosseum, which has a trampoline area used for dodge ball tournaments.

Unusual Ice Cream

Sure, it may be raining, but that doesn’t mean ice cream won’t taste delicious. And the lines to get a scoop will be much shorter. Visit the two locations of Humphry Slocombe, which has gourmet classics, but is more famous for its unusual flavors — like Bacon, Ancho Chilies, Beet, Carrot, Cheese and even Foie.

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