5 Things To Do in San Diego When it’s Raining

San Diego = outdoor living. From hiking to surfing to beach hopping, you’ll best experience this city outside. It seems like every restaurant has an outdoor section, and even the malls are mostly outdoors. This works well the majority of time but not so much on the occasional rainy day. I’ve struggled quite a bit trying to come up with things to do in San Diego when it’s raining, so I figured I’d share my best ideas and hopefully save you some time brainstorming 🙂

Experience the indoor sections of breweries: I usually bypass the indoor sections of breweries and head straight outside for the sunshine (can you blame me??). However, the brewery game in San Diego is strong, and their indoor sections are impressive and worth spending time in. If you come to SD and don’t drink any craft beers, you’re doing it wrong. Check out Ballast Point in Miramar which is nautically designed to look like you’re underwater below a ship. Or visit Culture in Ocean Beach or Solana Beach which always has neat local art on display. Green Flash is another favorite (we always take our guests). The options are really endless and can get you through many hours of rain–just make sure to Uber or have a designated driver!

See a movie at a luxury theatre: Rainy days are perfect movie-watching days, and they’re a great excuse to spoil yourself and go to a luxury theatre. Click the link to see what and why I recommend.

Cheer on the San Diego Gulls: The Padres play outdoors so that won’t work, but bad weather won’t have any effect on your night at the Gulls game. It’s B-league hockey at its finest, with $2 beers every Friday and lots of fist fights.

Museum hop in Balboa Park: Bring an umbrella because there are some uncovered areas, but you won’t have to do much walking in the rain since most paths are covered. Stay dry while experiencing as many museums as you can handle–there are a ton of options! Click here to decide which one(s) you want to visit.

Spa day twist–float in a sensory deprivation tank: The weather might keep you indoors, but that doesn’t mean you won’t be able to try something new. While escaping the rain, why not escape everything… like all your senses. I tried this a few months ago at Flot SD after reading about it in San Diego Magazine. It’s a relatively new fad going around that sounded so interesting I had to check it out for myself. It’s basically really salty water that causes you to float in a dark, quiet tank. You can’t hear anything or see anything, and floating in zero-gravity conditions is such a strange sensation. During my float, the way time passed was SO WEIRD! I thought it could have been hours that went by or just 30 seconds. Insider tip: use the earplugs they have available. I got water in my ears that lasted a few weeks after and probably impacted my thoughts on the experience as a whole. However, I do recommend trying this at least once… I haven’t rushed back a second time yet, but it was also such a unique experience that I find myself thinking about it again and again. Bonus: Flot SD is in a really cute neighborhood 🙂

What do you like to do in San Diego when the weather isn’t cooperating?

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The Angelika Film Center and Cafe Makes Going to See a Movie Worthwhile Again

Any legit daydreamer will also be a movie lover by default, since movies offer a way to escape the real world and enter a world of dreams. These days, however, going to the movies has gotten so expensive, and options like Redbox and Netflix are making it harder to justify the cost of going to the theatre. Then, one day I discovered the Angelika Film Center and Cafe, and my interest in going out to see a movie came back to life. This theatre (which has locations in San Diego, New York, Fairfax, Dallas, Washington DC, and Plano) changes the typical, overpriced day-at-the-movies into a special and sophisticated experience. Let me walk you through what your visit might look like, but first I’ll say that a ticket here costs only $14 compared to the current price of $13 at the mainstream competitor. Also, if you go before noon the ticket is only $8.50. After seeing a movie here, I never want to go anywhere else!

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When you walk in the doors, you are greeted by a clean, modern interior with hints of luxury. It’s not your basic movie theatre with old, ugly carpets and popcorn all over the ground. Every detail reminds you of movie theaters you’re used to, but the touches of new technology and fresh design make it feel like a brand new experience. Even ordering my ticket felt special and different. You can tell the company truly loves film which is incorporated into the decor throughout the theatre. The poster wall is a great statement piece, featuring the top 5 movie posters from each decade. And how gorgeous is the chandelier!?P1000573

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One of my favorite things about this theatre is the concessions area. They have food options that actually sound appetizing (menu created by Food Network veterans), and they serve alcohol! Enjoying a new movie with a nice cold beverage to go along with it totally beats seeing a movie at a normal theater sans alcohol. Also, if you see a movie before noon, coffee and tea are complimentary. Look at all those craft beer options on draft!

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Food is 50% off after you see a film, which makes eating here affordable with competitive pricing. That being said, I would wait to eat until after the movie. It’s now time to head into the theatre! My #1 favorite thing about the Angelika Film Center is their seats–large, cushioned, personal recliners!

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When the movie ends, head upstairs to check out the lounge. It’s a great place to grab a meal or a drink #afterthefilm

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If you still aren’t ready to leave, head outside to the patio section. It’s a great area to sit and discuss the film in the sun or under the twinkle lights at night!

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If you have an Angelika Film Center in your area, be sure to check it out soon! Don’t forget to check the website for their current showings and events: Angelika Film Center and Cafe San Diego

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My Favorite San Diego Tourist Attractions

San Diego has so much to offer in terms of “tourist attractions,” and I’ve listed my top 10 (in no particular order) that are definitely worth checking out during your visit to America’s finest city. Even being a local couldn’t stop me from enjoying these places and activities!

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