Things To Do In Idaho Falls: (13 Must See Attractions)


There are so many fun things to do in Idaho Falls it was very difficult to condense the list . Idaho Falls is the major destination in Eastern Idaho and the gateway to Southern Montana. The surrounding environment is pristine making it a destination for those with a love of hiking, hunting and nature in general. Many of the things to do in Idaho Falls are nature based. Cultural experiences are also a strong focus. Art lovers have several art galleries and experiences to take in. History enthusiasts will enjoy local museums that offer plenty of information about the region and its roots. Family housholds in Idaho Falls with children under 18 make up of 37% of the city’s population according to the 2010 census. As a result the city is full of family friendly options for entertainment and things to do. The list below is in no particular order. Let’s start with perhaps the most iconic natural attraction Idaho Falls has to offer.  

Snake River Greenbelt

[caption id="attachment_50" align="alignnone" width="300"]Snake River Greenbelt Source: Wikimedia commons
Snake River Greenbelt[/caption] First on our list of things to do in Idaho Falls is this amazing natural attraction. The Snake River Greenbelt is the result of work from residents and a local community group. The Snake River Green Belt walk covers 5 miles on both sides of the Snake River. It is a joint project of the City and spearheaded by the Idaho Falls Rotary Club. The club hosts an annual Great Snake River Duck Race which serves as a major fundraiser and community event. The walk provides many spectacular views and has picnic and rest areas suitable for people of all ages. It isn’t a physically demanding trail which is surprising given the rugged beauty of the surrounds. The reviews for this attraction are consistently high in their praise for Snake Rivers natural beauty. This makes it top of the list of things to do in Idaho Falls.  

Things to do in Idaho Falls: ARTitorium on Broadway

[caption id="attachment_51" align="alignnone" width="300"]ARTitorium Idaho Falls Source: Facebook[/caption] I mentioned in the introduction that Idaho Falls has so much for young families to see and do together. ARTitorium on Broadway is designed for young people aged up to 12 years. It provides numerous technology-based activities for young people and plenty of opportunities to get creative (and messy). Its located in downtown Idaho Falls and engages children in art experiences that are meaningful and fun. The ARTitorium on Broadway even has a 130 plus seat theater that hosts music performances and films that highlight local and national talent. One of the best things to do in Idaho Falls for young families, make sure a stop at ARTitorium on Broadway is on your list when you next visit the city.  

Collectors Corner Museum

[caption id="attachment_52" align="alignnone" width="300"]Collectors Corner Museum Idaho Falls Source: Arthur Taussig[/caption] Antique collectors will love the Collectors Corner Museum. It’s hard not to get caught up in the history that surrounds you when you walk through the door. The Collectors Corner Museum has over 125 separate collections on display. These include a special Barbie room which feature the popular children’s toy in all it’s incarnations. Other collections of note are bears, coins, dolls, military, miniatures, oriental, stamps, tools, toys and trains. It costs just $5 per adult to enter and is open Tuesday to Saturday every week of the year (excluding holidays) between 10am and 5pm. You will need to set aside several hours to take it all in at the Collectors Corner Museum. Their Facebook page the best place to go for more information.  

Things to Do In Idaho Falls: Hell's Half Acre

[caption id="attachment_53" align="alignnone" width="300"]Hells Half Acre Idaho Falls Source: Wikipedia[/caption] Not far from the Snake River Greenbelt is the volcanic wasteland of Hells Half Acre. It is the easternmost of the lava fields on the Snake River Plain and is located 25 miles west of Idaho Falls. The northwest end has been designated as a National Natural Landmark by the US Park Service. Three trails go across the site however only one of them is for experienced lava field hikers. The other two have been developed for tourists. These two trails contain interpretive signs to help visitors learn about how the landmark was formed. The more developed areas of the trail are alive with wildlife and vegetation. Hell’s Half Acre is worth checking out, but only if you’ve packed appropriate hiking attire. For those with a love of the outdoors it is a must and certainly one of the top things to do in Idaho Falls.  

Idaho Brewing Company

[caption id="attachment_54" align="alignnone" width="300"]Idaho Brewing Company Source: Pinterest[/caption] It’s worth reminding non-US visitors that you will need to be 21 years or older to enjoy this establishment. The Idaho Brewing Company brews over twenty (20) different ales and lagers on site. Eight of these are available all year round (The others are seasonal). That should be more than enough for the beer enthusiast to wrap their taste buds around. Idaho Brewing Company has won numerous awards for their brews over recent years. The tasting room is full of rustic charm and a warm, inviting place to spend an afternoon with friends and family. Probably best to leave the children with a sitter for the afternoon. The Idaho Brewing Company is open 7 days however the opening times do vary. Opening times and more details are here.

Things to do in Idaho Falls: Idaho Falls Zoo at Tautphaus Park

[caption id="attachment_55" align="alignnone" width="300"]Idaho Falls Zoo Source: Wikimedia[/caption] The children might not enjoy the brewery, but they will love a day at the Idaho Falls Zoo at Tautphaus Park. The Idaho Falls Zoo has more than 300 individual animals representing 130 species from around the globe. Over the years it has gained a reputation for being the "best little zoo in the west." In addition, it is a family friendly environment and hosts camps for school age children. The Idaho Falls Zoo also hosts special event days for occasions including Mother’s Day and Earth Day. The Zoo is closed seasonally, so it pays to keep a close eye on their website and Facebook page for details on opening and closure times. Undeniably one of the top things to do in Idaho Falls  

Yellowstone National Park

[caption id="attachment_56" align="alignnone" width="300"]Yellowstone National Park Idaho Falls Source: Wikimedia[/caption] Snake River winds its way through the Yellowstone National Park. It continues flowing south into Jackson Lake in Grand Teton National Park. Naturally Grand Teton rates a mention later in this list. Yellowstone National Park is less than a two-hour drive from downtown Idaho Falls. Yellowstone National Park's natural beauty has made it an icon the world over. It’s not hard to find guided tours from companies in the Idaho Falls area. Despite this many experienced hikers prefer to take roads less travelled alone when visiting Yellowstone. Regardless of the natural beauty, there some significant risks associated with hiking in the area (not all bears stick to picnic baskets). Yellowstone National Park should be right at the top of your list of things to do in Idaho Falls.  

Things to do in Idaho Falls: Sportsman’s Park

[caption id="attachment_57" align="alignnone" width="300"]Sportsman's Park Idaho Falls Source: Thingstodo.net[/caption] Sportsman’s Park is another great outdoors experience for those looking for things to do in Idaho Falls. On the East side of the park is a small gazebo that hangs over the water. This area has four picnic tables, bathroom facilities and access to electricity. There is a walking bridge that goes across the river to the island. On the island there are two decks that can be rented for family functions, birthday parties and even weddings. The lower deck contains the well-known friendship garden and can be reserved for just $75 per day. I will go into more detail regarding the Japanese Friendship garden later in this list. In addition, Sportsman’s Park has provisions and amenities for RV travellers. RV parking with hookups are available for 16 vehicles and 10 more without hookups. Tent sites are available throughout the park and there is a RV dump station.  

Japanese Pavilion

[caption id="attachment_58" align="alignnone" width="300"]Japanese Friendship Garden Source: Idaho Falls Parks and Rec[/caption] In Sportsman’s Park the Lower Deck area of the Island gives visitors access to one of the more unique things to do in Idaho Falls. The beauty of this space also makes it a popular area for weddings and other special functions. The pavilion and garden are in a public park that is open year around. Occasionally the island is rented for a wedding and closed to the public. Despite this, most weddings allow people to stroll quietly through the garden, adding to the ambience. The garden was developed to celebrate thirty years of the sister city arrangement between Idaho Falls and the Japanese city of Tokai-Mura. The garden contains a traditional Japanese garden gate and includes many water features. In addition, the Garden has a "Dragon's Path" across a pond and the large Japanese lantern given to the city by Tokai-Mura.  

Things to do in Idaho Falls: Grand Teton National Park

[caption id="attachment_59" align="alignnone" width="300"]Grand Teton National Park Source: Flickr[/caption] Few landscapes in the world are as memorable as Grand Teton National Park. Above all, its natural beauty is unmatched. Grant Teton National Park sprawls across a 310,000 acre footprint. Mountains, valleys, rivers, and mirrored skies play home to diverse and abundant forests. The area is literally teaming with wildflowers and wildlife. The park also has a rich cultural history with old homesteads and cattle ranches to explore and photograph, for instance. Snake River, Yellowstone National Park and Grand Tenton National Park are all heaven for hikers. Grand Tenton also offers scenic views on many different walking trails. For instance one of the walking trails was built by the Civilian Conservation Corps. In addition, others were carved out of the landscape by American Indians or fur trappers in the 1820s. Amazingly, entrance fees for bike riders and hikers at Grand Teton National Park start from just $20. In conclusion, Grand Teton National Park is one of the best, most cost effective things to do in Idaho Falls  

East Idaho Aquarium

[caption id="attachment_60" align="alignnone" width="300"]East Idaho Aquarium Source: Rawpixel[/caption] The East Idaho Aquarium tops the list of things to do in Idaho Falls for those who love the ocean . From stingrays, sharks, tropical fish various crustaceans and starfish, this Aquarium has everything. Above all, it's a mini Seaworld at a fraction of the cost. Several exhibits are interactive with visitor’s able touch and feed the fish and animals on display. For instance one of the exhibits is a tank full of nibble fish which suck dead skin off your hands. Put aside a couple of hours to walk through the full facility and take as many photos as you like. In addition, an adult ticket is just $12. Discounts are available for members of military, seniors and children under age 13. Some great images of the exhibits can be found on the East Idaho Aquarium Facebook page and their fantastic website.    

Things to do in Idaho Falls: Idaho Falls Ghost Walk

[caption id="attachment_61" align="alignnone" width="300"]Ghost Walk Idaho Falls Source: Alignable.com[/caption] Not all things to do in Idaho Falls are family friendly. Some are quite paranormal. The Idaho Falls Ghost Trail will take those with a curiosity for the supernatural through the downtown area. The tour contains tales of early settlers and ghosts haunting buildings in the city. In addition, the tour will take you to many historic spots like the Hotel Bonneville. After that, you'll even get a tour of a haunted cemetery! Ghost tour guides claim the stories originate from experiences had directy by local residents. Similarly, the guides of the tour have a great knowledge of the creepy legends and stories in Idaho Falls. The full walk (for those who can handle it) lasts around 90 minutes and costs just $15. In conclusion a full rundown of operating times for the Idaho Falls Ghost Walk can be found on their Facebook page.  

On Target Axe Throwing

[caption id="attachment_62" align="alignnone" width="300"]On Target Axe Throwing Source: ontargetaxethrowing.com[/caption] On Target Axe Throwing is the most unique item on the list. This is perfect those with athletic tendencies and strong throwing arms. In addition axe throwing offers patrons an opportunity to release pent up frustration and test their skills. As a result, beginners will likey need some training provided by staff. Axe throwing is a growing sport of its own in the United States. On Target Axe Throwing has 14 lanes that can each accommodate up to 5 people at a time. Above all, a small group between 1 and 3 people the entry fee is only $15. Also the price her head drops as the group increases in number. If you are looking for things to do in Idaho Falls with a difference, book your group at On Target Axe Throwing via their website. Read our post on Bowral in Australia's Southern Highlands. Also read more "About Us" here Send us some feedback or leave a message here

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