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12 Things to Do in Northern California when it Rains

Rain in the forecast on vacation might sound like a bummer, but there are plenty of things to do in Northern California when it rains. Whether you stick around the Gold Country Resort or brave the rain to explore Oroville, you can still have a fantastic time when the weather turns dark. 

Things to do at Gold Country Casino Resort when it Rains

Man and woman celebrating at Gold Country Casino in Northern California.

Movie Marathon

All rooms and suites at Gold Country Casino Resort come equipped with a large flat-screen television. When it looks like rain, cuddle up in your room and enjoy Direct TV with premium channels or pay-per-view movies. 

See a Show

Gold Country Casino Resort is a prolific venue for events and shows in Northern California. The Event Center has hosted greats like Al Green and Chicago, and offers an ever-changing lineup of experiences for you to take advantage of, no matter what the weather looks like, but something about a great show indoors while it pours outside just can’t be beat!

Treat Yourself (and Sleep it Off)

Gold Country Casino Resort is home to premier dining establishments like Safire Steak House, the Acorn Café, and Game Tyme, Oroville’s only sports bar. With everything from high-end prime cuts and Moët to chicken tenders and stuffed french toast right under your nose, a rainy day in Northern California is the perfect time to expand your palate and then head to your suite for a nap. 

Slot machine screen at Gold Country Casino Resort.

Feeling Lucky? Try the Slots!

With denominations ranging from $0.01 to $1, the slot machines at Gold Country Casino Resort are the ideal choice for a rainy day activity in Northern California. Spend the day at your favorite machine, or bounce around and choose from themed games, classics, and some of the newest machines on the market.

Gold Country Casino Resort holds its own next to Reno and Vegas with its extensive selection of table games, including a Gold Country Casino Resort EXCLUSIVE Roulette that plays just like the traditional Roulette you know and love. Rainy days are anything but boring when every chance you take could be a huge jackpot!

Gold Country Casino Resort offers the Players Club, a points-based program that unlocks discounts, VIP access to hotel amenities, dining vouchers, elite event invites, free slot play deals, and more. Points-based means it pays to play: more points equals more opportunities to win in the casino and the rest of the property. 

Drink the Rainbow

Gold Country Casino Resort is the place for a great drink, no matter what your taste. On a rainy day, peruse the menus for a drink that matches each color of the rainbow – or your favorite team’s colors, or the group’s favorite colors – and hit the jackpot every time. 

Start your rainbow journey with an Acorn VIP Bloody Mary at the Acorn Café, a spicy red mix complemented by decadent toppings like fried seasoned cheese curds and pickled green beans. 

Things to do in Oroville when it Rains

Romantic couple wearing rain jackets caught in the rain.

The Birdcage Theater

Just 3.5 miles from Gold Country Casino Resort, the Birdcage Theatre is Oroville’s answer to Broadway. If you’re looking for things to do in Oroville when it rains, live theater brought to you by Oroville locals awaits at the Birdcage Theatre and offers a chance to support Oroville’s theater community. 

Oroville’s Chinese Temple

Established in 1863, Oroville’s Chinese Temple is a beautifully-restored testament to history. The temple is located in the heart of Oroville, less than 10 minutes from Gold Country Casino Resort, making it an easy choice for a rainy day activity. 

Explore the Chapels and Temple, walk among priceless tapestries and artifacts in the Tapestry + Display Halls, and enter a replica of an 1860s miner’s hut – but do so respectfully. Though not as active as it once was, the Chinese Temple is still a place for reverence and reflection. 

Bolt’s Antique Tool Museum

This unique museum houses over 12,000 hand tools, the impressive collection of Oroville’s own Carl Bolt. On a rainy day in Oroville, Bolt’s Antique Tool Museum can help you see the importance of the tools that built the world we live in today. This museum is only 10 minutes from Gold Country Casino Resort. 

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Union Patio Bar + Grill

Union is a downtown Oroville hotspot with craft cocktails, impeccable food, and a covered patio to keep you nice and dry while you enjoy their menu. Less than 10 minutes from Gold Country Casino Resort, Union is just the pickup you need on a dreary day. Share a Bavarian Street Pretzel or dig into Hatch Queso – no matter what you choose, it’s sure to brighten up your day and taste buds. 

Oroville’s Pioneer History Museum

The Pioneer History Museum in Oroville is an easy and educational rainy day opportunity. Though the museum holds over 6,000 square feet of history, visitors can take their time to browse artifacts from Indian arrowheads and antique pianos to pioneer dolls and miner’s vests, documenting the lives of Oroville pioneers up until the late 1920s. 

Browse a Bookstore

Nothing goes together like a good book and a rainy day – check out The Bookworm, just an 8 minute drive from Gold Country Casino Resort, to pick up your next vacation read. The Bookworm is an Oroville staple and has been in the same location for over 30 years! 

If you're looking to avoid the rain altogether, check out our best time to visit Northern California guide to help you plan a (possibly) rain-less escape to Gold Country Casino!

Don’t let a rainy forecast ruin your vacation. Whether you choose to stick around and luxuriate in our show-stopping amenities or put on your poncho and venture into town, our Northern California Casino Resort will remind you that here, the fun doesn’t stop because of a little rain.

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