What to do on a rainy day in the bay area – go to The Conservatory of Flowers!  How absolutely amazing!  The plants, the flowers, the exhibits – just incredible. 

(this is the miniature of the conservatory)

Right now there is a train exhibit that is cool for the kids (and the adults as well).  It was miniatures of different landmarks in San Francisco – including the Golden Gate Bridge, The Giants Stadium, The Port of San Francisco, The Conservatory, and more.  And all the exhibit pieces were made out of recycled materials – The Port of San Francisco building had a cheese grater on top with a kitchen timer as the clock tower and then it had forks going around the top and scrabble pieces spelling out The Port of San Francisco.  The Painted Ladies found on Russian Hill were made out of cereal boxes – it was so cool. 

Each room is a different climate and habitat for the specific plants and flowers inside.  Very cool!

the dracula orchid

Of course afterwards we had to hit a thrift store!  We must visit thrift stores in every town we go too!  This one was great – just not enough time to explore it 😦

Great way to beat the rainy day blues.  We were hoping for a little break so we could go across the park to The Children’s Playground – which is just incredible in Golden Gate Park – but no such luck.  Another time.

And to boot – we spotted a rainbow on the way to the city and on the way back !  What a great day 🙂

and of course, always a crowd favorite is the “rainbow” tunnel as we leave the city – and it looks like it just got a fresh coat of paint…

what are your favorite rainy day activities?