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Things to Do on a Rainy Day in Orange County, California

author image Fitzalan Gorman
Fitzalan Gorman has more than 10 years of academic and commercial experience in research and writing. She has written speeches and text for CEOs, company presidents and leaders of major nonprofit organizations. Gorman has published for professional cycling teams and various health and fitness websites. She has a Master of Arts from Virginia Tech in political science and is a NASM certified personal trainer.
Things to Do on a Rainy Day in Orange County, California
Disneyland is a great rainy-day activity in Orange County. Photo Credit Disneyland image by zapatero46 from <a href='http://www.fotolia.com'>Fotolia.com</a>

Orange County is an area that is known for its sunshine and laid-back attitude. In most parts of Orange County, visitors will find an easy-going and smooth vibe situated in a relaxed residential seaside town. In addition to the sunny beaches, Orange County also has a very large corporate and industrial section. While Southern California is known for its abundance of sunshine, occasionally the rain does set in. Luckily, there are still many things to do in Orange County despite the wet weather.


Arguably the best museum in Orange County is the Bowers Museum. Founded in 1936 by Charles and Ada Bower, this museum is also the largest in Orange County. Spend the rainy day walking indoors through rooms containing over 13,000 art pieces. Permanent exhibits at the Bowers Museum include art from the Pacific Islands, Africa and South America. The Native American art collection at the Bowers Museum is one of the largest in the United States and includes art and artifacts from prehistoric times to the present day.

Science Center

The Discovery Science Center offers a combination of fun and education. This center has over 120 hands-on exhibits and attractions that will help pass the hours and keep the blood pumping while guests wait for the rain to stop. Attractions include the Quake Zone, Digital Lab, Dynamic Earth Gallery and the Solar Cube.

Theme Parks

Two of the most famous attractions in Orange County include Disneyland and Knott’s Berry Farm. Both of these theme parks remain open even when it is raining outside, and the best part is that lines are nearly non-existent during those wet days. Be prepared to get wet when wandering around the park and know that some outdoor rides may be closed due to the inclement weather.


Located in Orange County is the Vans Skatepark. At this 20,000-square-foot indoor wood street course, adults and children alike can feel the exhilaration of being on a skateboard. The skatepark is designed with sections for both beginners and experts and features banks, rails, ledges, stair sets and ramps. Additionally, the skatepark has a Pee Wee area that is designed specifically for small children who want to develop their skills in a less intimidating and more forgiving environment.

Presidential Library

On a rainy day, head over to the Richard Nixon Presidential Library and Museum, which is situated on nine acres in Nixon's birthplace, Yorba Linda. At the library, visitors will find exhibits that include the presidential limousine, Nixon’s helicopter, the restored original house in which Nixon was born and campaign relics. The library includes the World Leaders Gallery, the Presidential Auditorium and a recreation of the White House's East Room as well. Also on the grounds is the First Lady's Garden, which includes over 25 varieties of David Austin roses.

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