If Los Angeles is your choice for a family vacation destination, chances are you’re picturing yourself basking in the abundant SoCal sunshine.
And chances are you will be — but for those few days per year that contribute to Los Angeles’ 15 inch average rainfall, we put together a list of fun and exciting things to do in L.A. when it rains.
If you’re in the advanced planning stages of a trip to L.A., take a look at some of these top-rated indoor attractions. Then, as the time of your trip gets closer, check the weather forecast. If you see a chance of rain, you’ll already know the best family-friendly things to do in L.A. when it rains.
Looking for some fun things to do indoors?
Admission to a bunch of the below activities are available on the Go Los Angeles® Card.
Choose as you go from dozens of fun attractions and save up to 50% off combined admission vs paying at the gate.
A few of the available activities include…
- Madame Tussauds Hollywood
- California Science Center & IMAX Movie
- K1 Speed Indoor Karting
- Natural History Museum
- Hollywood Museum
- and many more!
Madame Tussauds Hollywood
Spend a rainy day getting close to Hollywood’s top stars at Madame Tussauds Hollywood.
The life-like wax figures you’ll find at the museum are so real looking that you can easily fool your friends back home with pictures of you and your favorite celebrity standing side by side.
Kids and adults alike will be entertained, as the 100+ wax figures span a variety of interests and time periods.
So whether it’s James Dean or Beyonce you swoon over, make sure to bring your camera!
NEW in 2017 – be sure not to miss the debut of Zac Efron’s Wax Figure as Baywatch Lifeguard. It celebrates both Efron’s popularity and the enduring pop cultural significance of Baywatch.
Also NEW in 2017 is the stunning Kylie Jenner Wax Figure. It portrays the reality star in the beautiful, custom-made gown she wore to the Met Gala in 2016, and is said to be so realistic that it fooled her own fans!
Getting In: Admission to Madame Tussauds Hollywood is included with the Go Los Angeles® Card.
California Science Center & IMAX Movie
The California Science Center makes for a great day trip on a rainy day. The Science Center features exciting science exhibits that engage visitors of all ages.
Picture yourself experiencing a simulated earthquake or volcano, climbing a rock wall, or playing a game of virtual volleyball. At the Science Center, adventure takes place right indoors!
To make the most of your trip, catch an IMAX movie at the Center’s state-of-the-art theater featuring a 7-story tall screen.
With a variety of films to choose from, you’ll find something entertaining for the whole family.
Getting In: Admission to the California Science Center is included with the Go Los Angeles® Card.
OUE Skyspace LA
Although your view won’t be as excellent as it may be on sunny days, a trip to the top of the iconic US Bank Tower is a great opportunity to see Los Angeles from a unique perspective.
Even in rainy weather, you’ll have an impressive range of sight, and you’re sure to be able to identify major landmarks like Dodgers Stadium and Catalina Island.
Plus, it can be kind of cool to get a photo of the blurry cityscape through the wet glass – you always see those on Instagram!
Getting In: Admission to OUE Skyspace LA is included with the Go Los Angeles® Card.
K1 Speed Indoor Karting
High-performance, zero-emission cars equipped with the newest technology make K1 Speed one of the premier places to go in LA on a rainy day.
K1 Speed has quickly become the largest indoor kart racing chain in the United States as it gains an unbeatable reputation.
The LA facility boasts one of the most challenging indoor tracks with a combination of straights, sweepers, and hairpin turns, and drifting capabilities.
This is a really fun place for indoor family bonding—just remember adult kart drivers must be at least 4’10” tall.
Getting In: Admission to K1 Indoor Karting is included with the Go Los Angeles® Card.
Natural History MuseumVisit the first museum in Los Angeles, the Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County, and authority on exploring the “big picture” of the planet of the natural and cultural world.
This museum has amassed one of the world’s most extensive and valuable collections of natural and cultural relics that date back 4.5 billion years.
You’ll see real dinosaur skeletons and mammal fossils, rare gems and minerals, intricate habitat dioramas, and ancient Latin American archaeological treasures.
Getting In: Admission to the Natural History Museum is included with the Go Los Angeles® Card.
Love music? Don’t leave L.A. without visiting the Grammy Museum’s impressive collection of artifacts, exhibits, films, and more among the museum’s interactive permanent and traveling exhibits.
Pay tribute to legendary artists such as John Lennon, Barbra Streisand, Roy Orbison, Bob Marley, and more through special exhibits that will inspire a new-found appreciation for the music-making process, the talent, effort, and precision it takes to produce award-winning music.
Getting In: Admission to the Grammy Museum is included with the Go Los Angeles® Card.
See 100 years of Hollywood history from your favorite films and TV shows at the Hollywood Museum.
You’ll be able to explore the most extensive collection of Hollywood memorabilia in the world with over 10,000 authentic show business artifacts, including: Rocky’s boxing gloves; Marilyn Monroe’s iconic dresses; Indiana Jones’ whip; Cary Grant’s Rolls-Royce; and much more!
A visit here is the perfect indoor choice for the film lover among you, and it’s a must-see when you come to Hollywood.
Getting In: Admission to the Hollywood Museum is included with the Go Los Angeles® Card.
Cabrillo Marine Aquarium
Explore the ocean from the indoors at the Cabrillo Marine Aquarium, located in San Pedro between Point Fermin and the Port of Los Angeles.
The aquarium has provided over 70 years of marine education, so you can be sure you’ll be visiting a reputable establishment.
Featuring over 200 species of marine animals that live in the Southern California region, the Cabrillo is number one its class.
A visit to the Cabrillo Marine Aquarium will infuse a bit of education into your vacation, implemented in a fun and interactive way.
Science lovers may also enjoy a trip to the Aquarium of the Pacific, located in Long Beach, CA.
One of the best things to do in Hollywood is to pay a visit to a real working studio! Places like Universal and Warner Bros. offer exciting, behind-the-scenes looks at the way Hollywood works.
You’ll enjoy tours through backlots, across sound stages, around prop rooms, and through wardrobing. Get a real chance to see where (and how!) movie magic is made with a tour through any of the amazing local studios.
If the day happens to clear up, take advantage of the theme park elements of Universal Studios Hollywood, which offers some delightful outdoor fun, too.
Keep in mind that some portions of each of these studio tours will involve being outdoors, so be sure to plan accordingly with your gear.
Dolby Theatre Guided Tour
Get VIP access to the home of the Academy Awards® Ceremony with a guided tour of the Dolby Theatre®.
You’ll get to see areas of the theatre not seen on TV and get a behind-the-scenes look at where lots of popular events take place, including: the American Idol finals, the AFI Awards, the Daytime Emmys, Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show, live concerts, cultural festivals, musicals, and more.
A few highlights of the tour include: seeing an Oscar® statuette; visiting the Dolby Lounge; and viewing the collection of images from previous Academy Awards ceremonies.
Getting In: Admission to the Dolby Theatre tour is included with the Go Los Angeles® Card.
Autry Museum of the American West
Regarded as one of Los Angeles’s premier cultural institutions, the Autry Museum features art, artifacts, and special exhibitions that focus on the history of American West.
The Autry Museum is especially known for its dedication to educating visitors. As a result, visitors can enjoy a selection of informative tours, special events, family activities, film screenings, lectures, workshops, and more.
Getting In: Admission to the Autry Museum of the American West is not included with the Go Los Angeles® Card.
Get in Some Retail Therapy
Even though we’re firm believers that you don’t need an excuse to shop, a rainy day is the perfect reason to dip into your souvenir funds.
Los Angeles is one of the best shopping destinations and home to a variety of stores that cater to every price point.
Poke around the shops (and be ready to splurge) on the famous Rodeo Drive, find a variety of luxury boutique shopping along Melrose Avenue.
Catch a Movie at a Luxury Theater
Take shelter from the rain with over-sized popcorn, a blockbuster hit, and a luxury experience.
Lots of movie theaters in the Los Angeles area now focus on offering a luxury movie viewing experience, making it a fun and relaxing way to wait out the weather.
Check out the newer iPic movie theaters for the ultimate luxury experience, book a lounge seating experience at Landmark Theatres, or head to AMC Marina 6 Dine In for a classic dinner and a movie combination right from the comfort of your oversized seat.
Getting In: The Go Los Angeles® Card does not included theater tickets.
Quick Rainy Day Recap
See? You can stay dry all while having plenty of great options for things to do in L.A. when it’s raining out.
We hope these ideas helped inspire you to create a fun-filled indoorsy itinerary. Don’t forget to pick up a Go Los Angeles® Card and save big on your indoors activities!