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Don’t Let Rain Put a Damper on Your Catalina Fun: 7 Island Activities for a Rainy Day

Catalina Island is a haven for sunshine, stunning scenery, and endless outdoor activities. But even paradise experiences the occasional rainy day. However, fear not! A little rain doesn’t have to spell a downpour on your island adventure. In fact, Catalina offers a surprising variety of indoor activities and hidden gems that can make your rainy day just as memorable.

Here are 7 fantastic things to do on Catalina Island when the skies turn gray:

  1. Explore the Wondrous World Under the Sea (From the Comfort of a Semi-Submersible): Rain or shine, the underwater world around Catalina is teeming with life. Embark on a semi-submersible tour and journey into the kelp forests, marveling at colorful fish, playful sea lions, and the majesty of the giant kelp itself. The semi-sub offers a unique perspective, allowing you to see both above and below the waterline. Experience the magic of the underwater world from the comfort of a climate-controlled vessel.a small child in a semi sub

  2. Immerse Yourself in History and Culture at the Catalina Museum for Art & History: Step back in time and explore Catalina’s rich history at the Catalina Museum for Art & History. This beautiful museum houses fascinating exhibits on the island’s indigenous people, early settlers, and Hollywood’s longstanding love affair with Catalina. Exhibits showcase everything from Native American artifacts to stunning Catalina pottery.

  3. Get Creative with a Tile-Making Class: Indulge your artistic side with a unique experience: a tile-making class! Learn the basics of tile making and create your own tile, a one-of-a-kind souvenir to commemorate your visit to Catalina.

  4. Catch a Flick at the Historic Avalon Theatre: Catalina’s historic Avalon Theatre is a true gem. Built in 1929, this Art Deco movie palace offers a unique and charming movie-going experience. Catch a classic film or a recent blockbuster in a setting that transports you back to Hollywood’s golden age.

  5. Embark on a Delicious Culinary Adventure: Catalina offers a diverse culinary scene, perfect for satisfying any craving. Rainy weather is a great time to explore the island through a delicious lens: take the Catalina Food Tour! This highly-rated walking tour takes you to hidden gems and established favorites, allowing you to sample a variety of delectable dishes and beverages while learning about the island’s culinary history and culture.

  6. Shop ‘Til You Drop (Indoors!) Catalina’s charming shops are a paradise for souvenir hunters and bargain shoppers alike. Duck into Avalon’s boutiques and shops to find unique Catalina-themed gifts, locally made crafts, apparel, and more. Rain provides the perfect excuse to browse unhurriedly and discover hidden treasures. Our favorite place to shop is The Steamer Trunk.

  7. Challenge Your Crew at the Catalina Room Escape: Put your teamwork and problem-solving skills to the test at the exciting Catalina Room Escape! Choose from themed escape rooms and work together to decipher clues, crack codes, and complete challenges, all within a set time limit. It’s a thrilling and unique way to bond with friends and family while challenging your minds.

So, the next time rain clouds gather over Catalina, don’t let it dampen your spirits! Embrace the opportunity to explore the island’s rich cultural offerings, indulge in a creative experience, savor delicious food, or simply relax with a good book and a cup of coffee.

Ready to plan your ideal Catalina Island getaway, rain or shine? Contact us today! We offer a variety of tours, activities, and transportation options to help you create the perfect island experience.

Mixing up cocktails at Catalina Charlie's