Things to Do on a Rainy Day in Silicon Valley

  • 01 of 08

    Things to Do in the Rain

    Things to do when it's raining in San Jose & Silicon Valley
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    While Silicon Valley has many days of sunshine and some of the best weather in the Bay Area, we do get rain every once in a while. Here are some of the best rainy day activities in San Jose and Silicon Valley.

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  • 02 of 08

    Visit a Museum

    Museums in San Jose & Silicon Valley
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    Rainy days are great times to visit one of Silicon Valley's diverse museums. Check out a local art museum, a science and technology museum, or a history museum. If you need to entertain small kids, visit one these excellent children's museums.

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  • 03 of 08

    Try a New Restaurant or Cafe

    Things to do for Foodies in Silicon Valley
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    Rainy days are great times to go out to eat or hole up in a cozy coffee shop. Silicon Valley has lots of exciting restaurants and cuisine from around the world. Try something new close to home or near your hotel.

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  • 04 of 08

    Go Wine Tasting or to Visit a Brewery

    Brewpubs and Brewery Restaurants in Silicon Valley
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    There's no need to drive all the way up to Napa or Sonoma to sample some quality Northern California wines. The nearby Santa Cruz Mountain and Santa Clara Valley wine regions offer a range of tasting experiences close to home. 

    Local wine bars and craft beer breweries are great for sampling lots of wines and beers while waiting for the storm to pass.

    Always bring a designated driver, or hire a taxi, Uber, or Lyft.

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    Go Shopping

    Where to go Shopping in San Jose and Silicon Valley
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    Let retail therapy help you get over your rainy day blues. Head to one of Silicon Valley's downtown business districts, shopping centers, or stay completely indoors at one of our many enclosed shopping malls.

    For more places to go shopping in Silicon Valley, check out this post.

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    Indoor playgrounds and sports

    Things to do on a rainy day in Silicon Valley
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    Staying active can be hard when the rain is coming down. One family-friendly way to burn off some energy is to head to an indoor playground, trampoline gym, swimming pool, indoor ice skating rink, roller rink, or indoor rock climbing gym.

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    Tour the Winchester Mystery House

    Winchester Mystery House Tour: In Photos
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    Take a tour of the Winchester Mystery House, an elaborate, 160 room Victorian mansion. The unusual building methods are said to have been intended to ward off unsettled spirits. In the fall, they offer spooky evening flashlight tours and in the winter Christmas-themed tours. Most of the Winchester House tour takes place indoors so it's a good activity for a rainy day.

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    Go to a movie

    Movie Theaters in San Jose & Silicon Valley
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    From blockbusters to children's favorites and more, movie theaters are always a great place to hole up on a rainy day.

    Check out this guide to the best movie theaters in San Jose and Silicon Valley.