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!
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!
Hunt for Treasures
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!
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!
Do Something Educational and Fun
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.
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
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.
Play Fun Games
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
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.