Four North Coast Things to Do on a Rainy Day

By Emily Lindblom | Wednesday, January 15, 2020

Though the weather forecast shows nothing but rain this week, there are still plenty of fun indoor activities to do on the North Coast. Here are four things to do on a rainy day, in no particular order.

1. Go to the indoor pool

When you're already drenched from the downpour outside, why not hop in the pool? Winter is the perfect season to knock out a few laps to meet your health goals or enjoy a soak in an indoor hot tub while watching the raindrops roll down the windows. There are many pools to choose from on the North Coast, including at the Sunset Empire Parks and Recreation District in Seaside, the North County Recreation District in Nehalem or the Astoria Aquatic Center.

Photo Credit: Astoria Aquatic Center website

2. Go to a museum

Museums are wonderful places to take shelter from the rain while learning about the history or culture of the region. Discover the region's stormy past at A Deadly Wind: The 1962 Columbus Day Storm, a winter lecture series starting Jan. 16 at The Cannon Beach History Center & Museum. If you're interested in uncovering tales and artifacts from the sea, head to The Columbia River Maritime Museum in Astoria, and the Tillamook County Pioneer Museum will take you back centuries ago as you learn about some of the first people who lived on the North Coast. These are just a few of the many museums within these towns.

Photo Credit: Tillamook County Pioneer Museum website

3. Go to the theater

These towns are additionally home to too many theaters to mention by name, but whether you'd like to spend your drizzly days at a movie or a play, you're never far from it on the North Coast. Every Saturday at 11 a.m., The Neptune Theatre in Long Beach shows classic movies for free, including Patch Adams and I Remember Mama on Saturday, Jan. 18. Or if you're more in the mood for a live performance, check out the Columbian Theatre Voodoo Room, which is hosting the bands ABRONIA and Heavy Priest at 8 p.m. on Sunday, Jan. 19.   

4. Go to the bowling alley

Photo Credit: Gearhart Bowl website

Bring the whole family, a group of friends or maybe a date to knock down pins at Lower Columbia Bowl in Astoria, which has been a bowling alley since the 1950s. Or if you want to bowl while eating, head to Gearhart Bowl & Fultano's Pizza, where you can get a $6 lunch special on weekdays. Tillamook Lanes is also a place to bowl, and maybe even throw a kid's birthday party.

These are just a few things to do on a rainy day and just a few examples of where to do them, but there are so many more. Find out about other options on our North Coast Daytime Events page as well as our North Coast Nightlife calendar.

About the Author Emily Lindblom
Emily Lindblom is passionate about telling the stories of people and places in the Pacific Northwest and loves investigating environmental issues and highlighting the wonders of the region's forests and coastline. She has a background in community reporting and a master's degree in multimedia journalism and enjoys hiking and surfing in her free time.