A Rainy Day Itinerary

Looking for great activities to do when it’s raining in Oceanside? Despite Southern California’s reputation for having some of the best year-round weather in the world, it does on occasion rain in Oceanside to give a brief break from the otherwise shinning sun and 70 degree weather. When that happens, as rare as it can be, don’t fret! There are plenty of activities you can still enjoy including indoor rock climbing, indoor skydiving, treasure hunting and more!

Be Active

Vital Climbing Gym
Vital Climbing Gym

Don’t let the cold and rain stop you from breaking a sweat! Vital Climbing Gym Oceanside is open 24/7 for members, or 11am-9pm for the public, and is the perfect place to escape the weather and challenge your body in unique and fun ways. Offering a myriad of workout routines and obstacles to climb, all skill levels from beginner to advanced are sure to have a great time pushing themselves to new heights!

Vital Climbing Gym Exterior
Vital Climbing Gym

Hunt for Treasures

Sea Hive Marketplace
Sea Hive Marketplace

Sea Hive Marketplace is the perfect place to take shelter from the rain with their massive selection of unique and rare treasures filling every nook and cranny! Much of the store is broken down into booths or sections so the selection stays fresh and exciting as you get deeper into the massive store. Due to the Sea Hive Marketplace’s size and dense selection don’t be surprised if by the time you leave the rain is long gone!

Sea Hive Marketplace
Sea Hive Marketplace
Sea Hive Marketplace

Go Flying

iFLY Indoor Skydiving Oceanside
iFly Visit Oceanside Holiday Party

Yes you read that right! Oceanside is home to the only indoor skydiving location in North San Diego County. iFly Oceanside offers the unforgettable experience of flight without the requirement of jumping out of a perfectly good airplane, or even good weather! Centered around a giant vertical wind tunnel, fans will propel your body off of the ground so that you’re floating in mid-air. Instructors will guide you on how to remain stable in flight, and even turn or do tricks depending on your skill level! For the extra adventurous there is even a virtual reality option where you trade in your open helmet for a closed helmet that features a VR system that will transport you to incredible skydiving locations across the world!

iFLY Oceanside
iFLY Indoor Skydiving Oceanside
iFLY Oceanside

Do Something Educational and Fun

Oceanside Museum of Art Exterior
Oceanside Museum of Art Exterior
Rolly Crump Oceanside Museum of Art Exhibit
Oceanside Museum of Art Rolly Crump Exhibit, 2017
Oceanside Museum of Art Gallery
Oceanside Museum of Art Gallery

Perfect rain or shine, Oceanside is home to a variety of museums and cultural venues that give you an opportunity to learn something special about our community and the world we live in. All are invited to visit Oceanside’s very own Buena Vista Audubon Society and Nature Center, California Surf Museum, Oceanside Museum of Art, Mission San Luis Rey and North County Miniature Railroad Society.

MORE: Oceanside California Cultural District
California Surf Museum Oceanside
California Surf Museum
San Luis Rey Mission
Mission San Luis Rey Historic Sign
Buena Vista Nature Center
Buena Vista Nature Center

Go Bowling

Surf Bowl

A rainy day classic, bowling! The perfect indoor activity for the entire family, head on over to Surf Bowl where you can wager on who is going to get the highest score! Play a couple games, or make a day of it and enjoy everything Surf Bowl has to offer including billiard tables, a fun selection of arcade games, and even laser tag!

Relax and Read

Photo Credit: Tanner Yates

Take a break from the hustle and bustle and use the weather as the perfect excuse to enjoy a good book or magazine. Make your way over to the Oceanside Public Library or find a quiet corner in a local cafe or coffee shop and cozy up with your favorite novel. Keeping it old school, a couple of coffee shops in Oceanside even have books on site that you can borrow while you drink your coffee, including Pier View Coffee and Jitters Coffee Pub.

Go Beer or Wine Tasting

Golden Coast Mead Tastings
Golden Coast Mead Tastings
Beach House Winery Wine
Beach House Winery Wine Tasting

No one likes to drive in the rain so take advantage of the opportunity and catch a Lyft or UBER to one of Oceanside’s leading breweries or wineries to sample their latest and greatest adult beverages.

MORE: Coastal Wine Tasting in Oceanside

Play Fun Games

kid with binoculars
Birding at Buena Vista Nature Center Oceanside

If you are staying at an Oceanside hotel or vacation rental and are looking for a fun and unique activity to play with the kids, why not dust off some old classics and play a game of i-spy or have an indoor scavenger hunt?

A few suggested items that you could include on your “must-find” list are:

  • A United States or California flag
  • Photo of the Oceanside Pier
  • Decorative seashells
  • An out-of-state license plate
  • Oceanside postcard
  • Palm Tree

Get a Little Messy

paintball team building

The Paintball Park at Camp Pendleton is also a great option if you don’t mind getting dirty in the rain. Open to the public and welcome to all ages, The Paintball Park offers both Airsoft and Paintball games on over 30 acres of playing fields loaded with fun obstacles including military vehicles, a helicopter, small villages, and even a dinosaur! The best part is that a game of Airsoft or Paintball is perfect rain or shine! So next time it’s raining don’t be afraid to head outside and get a little messy.