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 L.A.

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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 that 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?

Go to a museum

The 16 best museums to visit in Los Angeles
Museums

The 16 best museums to visit in Los Angeles

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

Free museums in L.A. and free museum days
Things to do

Free museums in L.A. and free museum days

Here’s when you can get in to L.A. museums for free, rainy day or not.

See a movie

The best movie theaters in Los Angeles
Movies

The best movie theaters in Los Angeles

Pick a flick and head to a cozy and historic L.A. theater.

The best Los Angeles movies of all time
Movies

The best Los Angeles movies of all time

For your binge watching pleasure.

Best things to eat and drink on a rainy day

The best pho in L.A.
Restaurants

The best pho in L.A.

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

The best grilled cheese sandwiches in L.A.
Restaurants

The best grilled cheese sandwiches in L.A.

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

The best ramen in L.A.
Restaurants

The best ramen in L.A.

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
Bars

The 5 best Irish coffees in Los Angeles

In truth, there’s really no wrong time to order the traditional Irish cocktail.

Get cozy in a bar or café

The best coffee shops in Los Angeles
Restaurants

The best coffee shops in Los Angeles

Relax with a hot cup of coffee.

The best whiskey bars in Los Angeles
Bars

The best whiskey bars in Los Angeles

Indulge in a slow sipper at these fine spots.

The best wine bars in Los Angeles
Bars

The best wine bars in Los Angeles

Rainy days call for a dimly lit bar and a nice glass of red.

The best beer bars in Los Angeles
Bars

The best beer bars in Los Angeles

Craft beer is having a serious moment.

Keep the kids occupied

The best indoor activities for kids in L.A.
Kids

The best indoor activities for kids in L.A.

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

The best places for kid-friendly screenings in Los Angeles
Movies

The best places for kid-friendly screenings in Los Angeles

From indoor jungle gyms to free popcorn and special matinee screenings.

Everybody’s talking about it

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9 complaints about the rain we will actually tolerate

You know that amazing rain smell? There’s a word for it.
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You know that amazing rain smell? There’s a word for it.

12 things we love about rainy days in L.A.
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12 things we love about rainy days in L.A.

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25 things you will definitely see in L.A. traffic

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