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Things to do on a rainy day in Los Angeles

We're rain dancing extra hard after discovering all of these great things to do on a rainy day in LA

Photograph: Neil Kremer/flickr

When it rains in Los Angeles, it's pretty much all anyone can talk about. "We need this rain so badly." "Free car wash!" "Ugh, but traffic is going to be terrible." "How is it possible that people actually forget how to drive when it rains here?" You know the refrains. You also know that you'll start craving a hot, savory bowl of ramen or pho as soon as the first drops hit the dry pavement (but did you know that wet pavement smell has a name?). And all of a sudden, it feels like the right time to head to the nearest movie theater to catch up on the latest releases—or cuddle up on the couch with some Netflix. Don't fight it—make the most of inclement weather. Sure you may have to skip the beach or hike you were planning on taking, but you can make the most of it with the best things do on a rainy day in Los Angeles. Oh and may we suggest avoiding the roads and taking Metro instead?

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Best things to eat and drink on a rainy day

The best pho in LA
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The best pho in LA

Rice noodles, aromatic broth and flavorful herbs will warm up any cold, rainy day

The best grilled cheese sandwiches in LA
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The best grilled cheese sandwiches in LA

The perfect grilled cheese sandwich oozes with gooey warmth and carb-filled comfort

The best ramen in LA under $10
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The best ramen in LA under $10

Warm up over a steaming bowl of ramen—you'll wait in line, but it'll be worth it

The 5 best Irish coffees in Los Angeles
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The 5 best Irish coffees in Los Angeles

In truth, there’s really no wrong time to order the traditional Irish cocktail as long as it’s made with care

Go to a museum

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15 essential museums to visit in Los Angeles

Educational, entertaining and out of the elements, museums can be your go-to rainy day destination

Free museum days
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Free museum days

Here's when you can get in to LA museums for free, and bonus points if it's raining on a free day

See a movie

The 11 best movie theaters in Los Angeles
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The 11 best movie theaters in Los Angeles

Pick a flick and head to a cozy and historic LA theater

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The 100 best movies on Netflix

Way more hours of quality movie-watching than there will be hours of rain in Los Angeles—trust us

Keep the kids occupied

The best indoor activities for kids in LA
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The best indoor activities for kids in LA

Rainy days don't have to put a wrench your playtime plans

Tour the Hedley & Bennett apron factory
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Tour the Hedley & Bennett apron factory

Take a virtual tour of this kid-friendly factory, complete with treehouse slide and zipline

Get cozy in a bar or café

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Best LA whiskey bars
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Best LA wine bars

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Best LA beer bars

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