With more than 250 days of sunshine every year here in Sacramento, rainy days can be few and far between. However, when it rains, there’s no need to let it stop you from enjoying all Sacramento has to offer. Here are a few indoor activities you can enjoy on a rainy day in Sacramento. 


Student Railroad Museum

Museum pictured: California State Railroad Museum

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Visit a Museum

Sacramento is full of rich history, and there are a number of museums around Sacramento that you can explore if you feel like indulging in California history on a rainy day. Take a visit to the Old Sacramento Waterfront to experience the time of the Transcontinental Railroad at the California State Railroad Museum, North America’s largest railroad museum, or learn about Sacramento history around the Gold Rush on an underground tour of the Old Sacramento Waterfront at the Sacramento History Museum.  Art enthusiasts can see ancient art from across the world in a beautifully maintained Victorian home at the Crocker Art Museum, which also features a state-of-the-art modern wing, constructed in 2010. Those interested in science, technology, engineering, art, and math can explore the interactive exhibits and winter seasonal design challenges the SMUD Museum of Science and Curiosity has to offer.


Learn more about Sacramento museums.


Pachamama Coffee

Coffee Shop Pictured: Pachamama Coffee

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Cozy up at a Coffee Shop

There’s nothing quite like cozying up at your favorite local coffee shop and reading a book on a rainy day. With local favorites such as Chocolate Fish Coffee Roasters, Old Soul Co., Pachamama, Steamers Bakery & Café, Temple Coffee Roasters, and Upper Crust Baking, you’ll have no problem finding the perfect place to grab a warm cup of joe on a rainy day in Sacramento.


Punch Bowl Social

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Get Active Indoors

After being cooped up in your house all day, you might find yourself needing a place to let your energy out. Sacramento has plenty of places where you can have fun and get active indoors. Grab your friends and family and enjoy axe-throwing at one of Smart Axe’s several locations around the Sacramento area, play a round of mini golf at Flatstick Pub, or put your puzzle skills to the test at Enchambered Escape Room Sacramento. If you’re looking for bowling, billiards, darts, ping-pong, karaoke and more, head over to Punch Bowl Social in DOCO for an evening of fun. 


Learn more about things to do in Sacramento.


Arden Fair Mall

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Go Shopping

A rainy day is the perfect excuse to buy yourself a whole new winter wardrobe. Spend hours on end shopping at the hundreds of stores inside the Arden Fair Mall in Sacramento or the Westfield Galleria at Roseville. If keeping up with the latest fashion trends is your style, be sure to check out the Ice Blocks in Midtown. If you're looking for more local shops and boutiques, don't miss out on a trip to the Old Sacramento Waterfront.


General-IMAX Theater

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Watch a Movie

Rainy days are the perfect excuse to watch that new movie you’ve been dying to see. Rather than staying inside and binging Netflix all day, take a trip to Sacramento’s Esquire IMAX Theatre to enjoy some buttery popcorn as you watch a movie in 3D on the big screen.


Tapa the World

Restaurant Pictured: Tapa the World

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Grab a Bite to Eat at a Warm Restaurant

Many restaurants throughout the Sacramento region feature fireplaces to keep you warm on those rainy winter days. Dine on classic Spanish dishes as you’re surrounded by firepits at Tapa the World or cozy up next to the fireplace as you enjoy farm-to-fork dishes and views of the Sacramento River at Rio City Cafe. If you’re looking for a place to grab a cocktail, transport yourself to Lake Tahoe without the two-hour drive at The Cabin in Sacramento. This intimate camping-themed bar has several warm drinks including a “Gimme S’more” with vodka, chocolate, cream and flaming marshmallow.


Read about Cozy Restaurants in Sacramento.


Sacramento Kings Playoffs 2023

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Go to a Kings Game

Kick the rainy day blues by enjoying a Sacramento Kings game at Golden 1 Center. Basketball season typically starts in October and runs through April, which makes going to a Kings game the perfect indoor activity during the winter months. If you prefer to watch the game from the ambiance of a restaurant or bar, Tom's Watch BarPublic House Downtown, Mojo's Local Tap & Kitchen, and Bawk! By Urban Roots are a few local favorites. 


To view the Sacramento Kings’ 2023-24 schedule, visit NBA.com/kings.


Asha Urban Baths

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Have a Spa Day

Who says you can't pamper yourself on a rainy day? If you're looking for a traditional spa experience, the La Le Spa at the Westin Sacramento offers a wide variety of services including deep tissue massages and facials customized to your skin needs. If you're looking to switch it up from the traditional spa experience, enjoy a cold plunge or sauna cleansing at Asha Urban Baths, which is a modern take on the old-world bathhouse.