Things to Do in San Francisco When it Rains (Popular Indoor Activities)

So you’ve planned a vacation to lovely seaside San Francisco, and the weather forecast informs you that it’s going to rain (not a big surprise in San Fran, to be honest). Now what do you do?

Fortunately for you and your family, there are plenty of rainy day attractions that offer indoor fun and excitement.

Se stai cercando alcune idee, consulta il nostro elenco di attività al coperto, ricco di musei culturali e artistici, attrazioni per bambini e molto altro.

A few of our favorites include…

  • Exploratorium
  • The California Academy of Sciences
  • Aquarium of the Bay
  • and many more

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San Francisco Dungeon

The-San-Francisco-Dungeon-1Given that Fisherman’s Wharf is such a popular destination with locals and tourists alike, it’s the perfect place to go to hit a bunch of attractions at once.

Mentre non sarai in grado (o, in realtà, preferisci non approfittarne) di approfittare di una crociera durante una giornata di pioggia, le opzioni interne come il San Francisco Dungeon offrono un delizioso tempo al coperto per tutti.

Half funny, half terrifying, the San Francisco Dungeon is an entertaining experience for the whole family (although little ones may be be a bit frightened at times). Featured areas and exhibits highlight San Fran’s less than savory past, including stories about gold mining, old city gangsters, and more.

Feel what it’s like to be a prisoner at Alcatraz back in 1905.

Entrando:  San Francisco Dungeon biglietti sono inclusi con la Go San Francisco® Card.

Ripley's Believe it or Not! San Francisco

Ripley's Believe It or Not! San Francisco

Another great family attraction in Fisherman’s Wharf, Ripley’s Believe It or Not! is perfect for those kids and adults who really get a kick out of the weirder side of life.

Featuring everything from natural and manmade artifacts to exciting local exhibits, there’s something to appeal to all visitors. The collection of 400+ oddities to see and marvel at, a Candy and Toy Factory, and 18 themed galleries that’ll have you awe-inspired (or scared!).

Entrando: Ripley’s Believe it or Not! San Francisco tickets are included with the Go San Francisco® Card.

Madame Tussauds San Francisco

Pop culture lovers will enjoy the opportunity to visit one of the country’s most popular attraction chains: Madame Tussauds.

This delightful and informative institution holds realistic wax replicas of dozens of famous people from around the world and throughout history. Several different areas are designed around themes, including “Music Zone” and “Leaders and Entrepreneurs.” You’ll “meet” everyone from Mark Zuckerberg to Lady Gaga!

A visit to Madame Tussauds is the easiest way to snag a selfie with your favorite celeb.

Entrando: Madame Tussauds San Francisco tickets are included with the Go San Francisco® Card.

Museo d'arte moderna di San Francisco (SFMOMA)

While the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art has always been a must-see spot, it’s recent expansion makes it even more of an absolute must. Originally constructed as the first-ever museum of modern and contemporary art on the West Coast, SFMOMA is now the largest modern art museum in the world and houses a wide array of all art styles, types, and mediums.

The halls and exhibits of SFMOMA are full of works by well-known artists like Paul Klee and Alexander Calder. You’ll find everything from sculptures, to paintings, to multimedia displays projected across the walls. With the ever-changing, cutting edge exhibits, SFMOMA makes for the perfect rainy day place.

Getting in: SFMOMA tickets are included with the Go San Francisco® Card.

The California Academy of Sciences

Located right in Golden Gate Park, the California Academy of Sciences is the only attraction that combines planetarium, aquarium, and natural history museum to make one mega-museum.

From the lively penguins in African Hall to the wildlife on the Living Roof, the building is full of life. There’s even a four-story living rainforest and awe-inspiring coral reef ecosystem to entertain visitors of all ages.

Enjoy daily talks and educational experiences, watch a 4D movie at the Morrison Planetarium, and explore the evolution of the plants and animals that call Earth home to this day. A visit here is a unique opportunity to explore all that the natural world has to offer, presented by some of the best scientific minds in the world.

Entrando: California Academy of Sciences tickets are included with the Go San Francisco® Card.


An art, science, and anthropological museum all in one, the Exploratorium is full of amazing hands-on experiences. It’s the only place where you can touch, tinker, and play with all the exhibits.

With more than 600 interactive exhibits to choose from, your kids will find plenty of opportunities to play, explore, and learn. Each exhibit inspires creative and scientific thinking and indulges your child’s curiosity in the world around them.

From large-scale outdoor art installations to learning labs for visitors of all ages, it’s a great way to combine learning with fun on a rainy vacation day.

Entrando: Exploratorium tickets are included with the Go San Francisco® Card.

de Young Museum

Another great museum to visit on a rainy day is the de Young Museum located right in Golden Gate Park. It’s one of the most visited art museums in the country.

The museum is full of over 1,000 paintings, sculptures, and fine art pieces. The collections span from the 17th to the 21st centuries, with art hailing from Africa, Oceania, the Americas, and beyond. You’ll see textiles, costumes, contemporary paintings, and everything in between.

Entrando: de Young Museum tickets are included with the Go San Francisco® Card.

Aquarium of the Bay

Mentre potresti non essere in grado di divertirti alla ricerca della vita marina all'aperto durante un piovoso pomeriggio di San Francisco, puoi ancora scoprire l'affascinante vita marina originaria della Baia di San Francisco in questa divertente ed educativa istituzione.

Ci sono un sacco di mostre interattive, dimostrazioni entusiasmanti come alimentazioni di animali e presentazioni naturalistiche, e persino piscine tattili piene di squali, raggi e stelle marine.

Aquarium of the Bay ha un sistema di tunnel di cristallo chiaro che consente di camminare attraverso le esposizioni acquatiche. Vedrai vari tipi di vita marina, come gli squali di sevengill, le meduse, i polpi giganti e molto altro da tutti gli angoli.

Entrando: Aquarium of the Bay tickets are included with the Go San Francisco® Card.

Il museo della famiglia Walt Disney

Naturally, the Walt Disney Family Museum is the perfect place to take the kids for a day full of fun and characters.

Each exhibit works to tell the story of Walt Disney and how Disney’s magic came to be. With over 200 screens, 40,000 sq. ft. of exhibit space, and an intricate model of Disneyland, you’ll learn all there is to know about the world of Disney.

You’ll see drawings of original Disney character drawings, get to sit at listening stations to hear your favorite Disney songs, and watch short films that explain the process of making the movies and characters come to life.

Getting in: The Walt Disney Family Museum tickets are included on Go San Francisco Card.

Acquista il Marketplace di Ferry Building

Located right on the Embarcadero, the Ferry Building Marketplace serves as both a transit hub and a bustling marketplace.

Troverai di tutto, dai piatti classici di San Francisco (come la pasta madre di Acme Bread Company!) Alle dispense, alle caffetterie, ai prodotti per la casa e persino alle librerie.

Se non lo hai già fatto, questo è un ottimo posto per comprare una varietà di souvenir da portare a casa.

Want some more fun shopping destination ideas? Check out of post on where to find some of the best ‘discounted’ shopping in San Francisco.

Musée Mécanique at Fisherman’s Wharf

Visit one of the world’s largest privately owned collections of coin-operated mechanical musical instruments and unique arcade machines.

Entry to Musée Mécanique is free but the games and instruments cost money to play, don’t worry though, these games are cheap and change machines are plentiful.

They have something that everyone can enjoy at Musée Mécanique!

Quick Rainy Day Recap

Vedere? Puoi stare asciutto tutto pur avendo un sacco di ottime opzioni per le cose da fare a San Francisco quando piove.

We hope these ideas helped inspire you to create a fun filled indoorsy itinerary.

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