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When it rains, Angelenos panic. All of a sudden, people forget how to drive, umbrellas are sold out everywhere, and we realize that a Northface jacket (which is probably sold out too) isn't such a bad investment. In Los Angeles, rain ultimately makes a metropolitan existence much more stressful. For many of us, our first instinct is to stay home and hide under blankets. But when the rain persists for weeks, staying home every weekend can become very boring very quickly.
Don't Let Rain Stop Your LA Weekend Fun
For weekend warriors who are determined not to let the weather affect them, our list of things to do in Los Angeles when it rains is a must-read. Exploring The Broad Museum or bowling in Highland Park are perfect for those who want to fit in some physical activity indoors. The Cinerama Dome and The Last Bookstore are better for those who want respite from the rain but still want a cozy place to relax.
The Cinerama Dome
The Cinerama Dome's Arclight Theatres in Hollywood is one of the best theatres to visit on a rainy Los Angeles day. The dome's iconic architecture was developed in 1963 by Saul Pick and remains one of L.A.'s most famous buildings. The theatres feature state-of-the-art widescreens and THX sound systems with spacious and comfortable seats. Patrons can also visit the theatre's bar for a quick drink before or after a movie. Parking for the theatre is adjacent to the building, so patrons will not have to walk too far in the rain.
Highland Park Bowl
Established in 1927, Highland Park Bowl is L.A.'s oldest bowling alley. Upon entering, patrons are transported into the 1920s since much of the building's architecture and design have been preserved. Chandeliers made from repurposed pinsetters hang over the alley's eight refurbished lanes, while a forest mural provides a backdrop to the bar's activity. However, the bar isn't all vintage -- It also features modern upgrades such as an Italian wood-burning pizza oven and a microbrewery.
The Broad Museum
Since it opened in September 2015, The Broad museum has been difficult to get into due to its wild popularity. Because its general exhibit is free to the public, there is almost always a long line snaking outside and around the building. However, if it's raining, admission to the museum might be very easy since many will likely stay home to avoid the rain. The contemporary art collection is one of the most prominent collections in the world and a new favorite among locals. The architecture of the building alone has quickly become a landmark of the city as its "veil and vault" concept (designed by Diller Scofidio + Renfro) is unlike anything else in L.A. If you've been trying to get into The Broad for months, going on a rainy day might be the key to finally gaining admittance.
The Last Bookstore
Located in the heart of DTLA, The Last Bookstore offers a warm, cozy milieu away from the city's rain. Since parking is always scarce around downtown, it is recommended for visitors to use public transportation or taxis to get to the bookstore. Often called the "Ameoba Music of books," this new and used bookstore has an amazing inventory of books from a myriad of genres. The store's lush sofas and comfy chairs are available for patrons to unwind and enjoy a few chapters from their favorite books. Before leaving, visitors should visit the second floor for a photo-op near the store's iconic book tunnel.
M Day Spa
If it's raining, immersing yourself in more water may seem unappealing. However, taking a trip to a spa to escape the grime of L.A.'s rain might be an exception. Beverly Hills' M Day Spa offers visitors a host of rejuvenating services such as pre-natal massages; head, hands, and feet massages; and deep tissue massages. Other cosmetic services such as facials, eyebrow arching, and body treatments are also available for visitors who want to give themselves some T.L.C. during a rainy day.
Take Advantage of the Rainy Weather
Rainy weather can be an advantage when it comes to enjoying places that are often crowded. Because many do not want to be caught in the weather, destinations such as malls, theatres, and museums are usually empty. This offers patrons an opportunity to enjoy the city's various indoor-attractions without the stress of crowds. If the forecast predicts rain, don't let it stop you from enjoying your weekend – grab your umbrella and explore!