It doesn’t rain often in San Diego, but when it does, most of us want to stay indoors – and get out of the house at the same time. Luckily, La Jolla offers plenty of indoor activities that are perfect for whiling away the hours when the weather is less than perfect outside. We’ve rounded up our top 5 favorite things to do on a rainy day in La Jolla.
1. Visit the Birch Aquarium
2300 Expedition Way
La Jolla, 92037
The Birch Aquarium is the perfect place to take the kids to when the sunshine starts to disappear in La Jolla. See more than 3,000 fish in 60+ habitats; check out daily Animal Feedings and educational, hands-on Visitor Activities where you can interact with exhibits that showcase the cutting-edge discoveries of Scripps Oceanography explorers through hands-on displays and multimedia. Parking is free for three hours, and tickets for children ages 3-12 are only $12.50. The Aquarium is open 9am-5pm daily.
2. Curl up with a Book at DG Wills
7461 Girard Avenue
La Jolla, CA 92037
A refuge for book lovers since 1979, DG Wills is a one-of-a-kind bookstore nestled next to Pannikin in downtown La Jolla. From antique classics to scientific greats, owner Dennis Wills keeps an eclectic, though well-versed, collection. The art of reading and non-digitized text is alive and well here, and literature lovers won’t be disappointed! This is the perfect place to drop by for a quiet afternoon when the weather is less than perfect outside. While you’re there, ask Wills what authors have given talks at the store – it’s a pretty impressive rap sheet.
3. Check out The Athenaeum
1008 Wall Street
La Jolla, 92037
The Athenaeum Music & Arts Library is a La Jolla treasure. It’s open Tuesday through Saturday, 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m., and Wednesday, 10 a.m. to 8:30 p.m. Admission is free. Be sure to check out their Artists’ Book Collection – it’s now comprised of close to 1,700 books from around the world.
4. Visit the Map & Atlas Museum of La Jolla
7825 Fay Avenue
La Jolla, 92037
This little gem is a great spot to while away an afternoon. The museum is chock full of old, antique maps and features everything from the streets of San Francisco to Boston and the Nation’s capital. One of our current favorites is a bird’s eye view of San Diego, Balboa Park, Coronado, and the Bay, published in connection with the 1915 California Panama Exposition.
5. Catch a Flick at a Luxury Theater
La Jolla is home to three luxury movie theaters:
- AMC La Jolla: La Jolla Village Square, 8657 Villa La Jolla Dr #129, La Jolla
- ArcLight Cinemas: 4425 La Jolla Village Dr, San Diego 92122
- The Lot: 7611 Fay Ave, La Jolla, CA 92037
Visit their websites for more information and movie times. With plush reclining chairs, gourmet food, and a full bar, these theaters always offer a great experience and a nice way to escape indoors for a while.
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