6 Activities for a Rainy Day in Silicon Valley
California, and Silicon Valley specifically, is known for its sunny days and temperate climate. Let’s be honest though, it’s not 365 days of sunshine and cloudless skies – “April showers” after all. So when the clouds roll in and you’re looking for an adventure that won’t result in getting drenched, we’ve got you covered. You might just want to bookmark this page and save it for a rainy day.
Be a Pilot for the Day
Ok, so you won’t actually be getting your license to fly but at the Hiller Aviation Museum, you can feel like a pilot. Examine over 50 aircrafts and historical displays, explore the lore of aviation, observe drone demonstrations, and even take a virtual flight to see the world from the unique perspective of a pilot. While some activities are still closed due to the pandemic, a few of the interactive exhibits you can still enjoy include a Sky Portal and Wright Model B Simulator.
For more information, visit Hiller Aviation Museum.
Get Lost in Art
Nestled in the heart of the high‑technology culture of Silicon Valley, the San José Museum showcases modern and contemporary art and has earned its reputation for fresh, distinctive exhibits. Each year, the museum presents nine to twelve exhibitions. A few on view currently include Paw White’s Noisy Blushes sculpture, a meditation on movement and time, light and color, as well as a Koret Gallery: Art Learning Lab, which is inspired by Sowing Creativity, their award-winning STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art and Math) education program.
For more information, visit San Jose Museum of Art.
Quench Your Thirst
Whether you’re day-drinking or waiting until the clock strikes 5 o’clock, Santa Clara Taproom & Kitchen features innovative beers using local ingredients in unexpected ways. Their draft list is constantly rotating so make sure to grab that extra pint before you leave because it might just be gone the next time you visit.
For more information, visit Santa Clara Taproom and Kitchen.
For palates craving something a little more fruity, Testarossa Winery & Tasting Room is close to home and has been voted Silicon Valley’s Best Winery by San Jose Mercury News since 2011! Located at the historic Novitiate Winery, Testarossa features a state-of-the-art facility as well as the original stone cellars – a dramatic setting and venue to enjoy a glass or two of premier California Pinot Noir and Chardonnay.
For more information, visit Testarossa Winery & Tasting Room.
Jump for Joy
Keeping kids entertained while it’s pouring outside isn’t always an easy job but that’s where Rockin’ Jump Trampoline Park comes in. Let them burn off some energy at the indoor playground and trampoline gym that features dodgeball, multiple open jump arenas, climbing gym and pools of soft foam cubes to dive into. In all honesty, it’s fun for all ages!
For more information, visit Rockin Jump.
Make a Mammoth Discovery
Spark the scientist within your child by letting them take a journey of discovery at the Children’s Discovery Museum, one of the largest and most respected museums in the nation! They can see a mammoth skull, femur and pelvis fossils, stand beside a full-size replica, and enjoy 20 hands-on exhibits including special dig pits where they can put on goggles, pick up a chisel and uncover replica mammoth fossils.
For more information, visit Children’s Discovery Museum.
Enjoy a Little Retail Therapy
Cure the rainy day blues by heading to one of Silicon Valley’s upscale shopping destinations, the Westfield Valley Fair Mall. With more than 200 shops, several luxury stores, and numerous dining options ranging from fast food and bakeries to fine dining and everything in between, there’s a little something for everyone.
For more information, visit Westfield Valley Fair.
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