Summertime and warmer weather are here. And in a beautiful place like Idaho Falls, a vacation-like getaway is just around the corner.
From road trip destinations, museums, greenbelt activities and fun on the water, there’s always something happening in Idaho Falls. So, if you want to fill up your weekend with family fun, here are some ideas for your next adventure.
Stretching for more than five miles, the scenery and beauty seem limitless along the Idaho Falls River walk and greenbelt, which runs alongside the Snake River. You’ll be hard pressed to find better views than what you’ll take in here. The area is well cared for and maintained and visited by runners, cyclists, families and everyone else who wants to escape into a river oasis.
There will be no shortage of off-shoots of activities from the main attraction. The River Walk connects visitors to other natural spaces, Sportsman Park, Art Museum of Eastern Idaho, John Hole Forebay Park and so much more. Plan the details of your next trip with these handy maps of the diversity of trees and trails.
Learn Idaho Falls’ history at Tautphaus Park, one of the older and biggest parks in the area. It’s also home to Tautphaus Park Zoo and Funland Amusement Park. There are also plenty of outdoor space for games, sports, skateboarding, horseshoe pits, playgrounds and more.
The zoo is known as the best little zoo in the west and is worth your time. It is home to 300 animals within a dynamic seven-acre setting. African lions, Chilean flamingoes, Amur tigers, snow leopards and camels are just some of the zoo’s residents.
The impressive exhibits and the 25,000-plus artifacts at the Museum of Idaho are known nationally and internationally. From atomic history to insights of the Lewis and Clark era, the museum’s permanent displays bring the past to life and provide children with plenty of opportunities to learn and explore in an interactive way.
The museum also features a science center, the state’s largest history center, significant collections, high-profile traveling exhibits and ongoing educational programs and events for children and adults of all ages.
For a splashy good time, visit the East Idaho Aquarium, which showcases water ecosystems from around the world in detailed and interactive experiences for all ages. It was found about a decade ago and continues to inspire both young and old visitors with the ocean life exhibit, freshwater life exhibits, shark exhibit, stingray touch exhibit and other interactive attractions.
The aquarium takes marine exploration to a whole other level with animal encounters. Sign up and schedule an animal encounter, including a 20-minute shark swim and other close-up time with sloths, bugs, small mammals, lizards, snakes, porcupines and other critters.
Take the entire family out to the ball game and go see the Idaho Falls Chukars, the popular professional baseball club. The team is an affiliate of the Kansas City Royals and plays at Melaleuca Field, a beautiful 3,400-seat facility. The season runs through September and the team is the only pro team in east Idaho.
When people think of potatoes, Idaho is one of their very first thoughts. As the famous home of the Idaho potato, no history or representation of Idaho without an extensive look at the power of the potato is complete. Visitors will get a unique perspective of history, taking them through beginning and current day of the revolution and the industry at large. You’ll make connections between the industry and the railroad and also learn about growing and harvesting practices.
You’ll also get a glimpse of how the largest potato crisp was made by the Pringle’s company. The museum is located a short, 30-minute drive south of the city in Blackfoot.
Take the drive and visit the world’s first national park at Yellowstone. The park is known for its unique hydrothermal and geological features on 2.2 million acres of land that’s brimming with wildlife in a complete and undisturbed ecosystem.
Visitors should stop by the Canyon Visitor Education Center to learn more about the park’s attractions and natural features, including the Yellowstone volcano.
There are so many great things to go in Idaho Falls, which is why so many like to call it home. If you are interested in Idaho Falls real estate, contact us today!