Idaho Falls is one of the best destinations in Idaho and is just a short day trip from popular attractions in Boise. You’ll find plenty of things to do in this charming city, and there’s also alluring attractions within a short drive away. If you’re looking to escape the big city bustle, the quaintness of Idaho Falls is ready to welcome you for a relaxing getaway of fishing, sightseeing, eating of course, and nature exploration. These are the top fun things to do in this part of Idaho.
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Snake River Greenbelt (Nearby Hotels)
Like the one in Boise, Idaho that’s lined with eclectic wineries and places to grab local eats, the Greenbelt in Idaho Falls lines the lovely Snake River. The path is perfect for a simple stroll, but you could trek the entire five-mile route while stopping by quaint shops and restaurants. The massive waterfall is the showstopper along the route.
Giant Eagle Waterfall Nest (Nearby Hotels)
Definitely one of the more simplistic things to do in Idaho Falls, it’s none the less pretty spectacular. Sitting in the middle of a traffic circle (you read that right) is a magnificent eagles nest sculpture with spread winged figures hovering over. Water spills in multiple directions to create quite the stunning water feature, in a very unexpected place. Maybe you’d typically see a site like this at a famed park or in a city center, but not this one. While a quick stop, it’s a picture worthy one.
Japanese Pavilion (Nearby Hotels)
A hidden gem on the Snake River, the peaceful retreat consists of indoor and outdoor Asia inspired accents and structures. Wooden bridges and stone-lined paths turn a walk into a mesmerizing journey through another culture. Little streams trickle through the foliage of the gardens, where you’ll also find stone steps gracefully situated in the ground, and stepping stones seemingly floating over tranquil pools. A great place for kids and adults, the Japanese Pavilion is a good choice on days where a little relaxation is needed.
Idaho Brewing Co. (Nearby Hotels)
Like many Idaho Falls attractions, Idaho Brewing Co. is set right on the sparkling Snake River. Warmer months are optimal for sitting outside and tossing back seasonal craft beer selections, which often rotate so there’s always something new and exciting. As with all craft beer, a great deal of creativity and balance are put into the process at Idaho Brewing Co., so what you’ll get is an array of interesting flavors from creations like Wolf’s Oatmeal Stout and Oak Aged Scotch Ale. Come on in during the winter and enjoy brews by the fireplace.
Eat at the SnakeBite Restaurant (Nearby Hotels)
Idaho Falls houses some great eateries, from seafood joints to classic diners, but if we could pick one to indulge in, it would have to be the modern rustic SnakeBite Restaurant with lots of cozy tin and brick accents. While some dishes are more upscale, but the most flavorful, beloved menu items are the more simplistic selections from fish tacos and salmon sandwiches to one amazing burger. Be sure to indulge in real Idaho potato waffle cut fries, because we dare to say they might beat Chick-fil-a.
East Idaho Aquarium (Nearby Hotels)
East Idaho Aquarium is a wonderful, educational part of the community. It’s a place where kids and adults can learn about and interact with delicate aquatic ecosystems and kids can even feed sharks and pet Iguanas. It’s simple, well done, and a place where young ones can immerse into ocean knowledge.
Willard Arts Center (Nearby Hotels)
Part of the Idaho Falls Arts Council is the Willard Arts Center. Here local artists are given the opportunity to display their works of art, and it is a magical place to visit. There’s such a variety of raw talent that the public can sink into, including different events like wine tastings, and live shows via the performing arts center.
Freeman Park (Nearby Hotels)
Idaho has gorgeous spring, summer and fall weather, so taking advantage of the outdoors is always something that will prove to be exciting. Pack a picnic lunch to spend the day amongst the grassy fields and playgrounds of the riverside Freeman Park, which also features an elaborate memorial to veterans. Covered seating areas provide a nice place to retreat from the sun for a bit.
Idaho Falls Zoo at Tautphaus Park (Nearby Hotels)
To be located in a comparatively small town like Idaho Falls, the zoo is quite the gem. With an impressive selection of animals from red pandas, kangaroos, penguins to tigers, one could easily spend at least a half day winding through the paths of various habitats. The staff does a wonderful job in letting visitors interact in a safe way with certain animals, and folks of all ages will find a visit to be informative and interesting.
Hells Half Acre (Nearby Hotels)
Highly underrated as merely an Idaho Falls-based rest stop off Interstate 15, Hell’s Half Acre is more of a geologic wonder and interesting park. In addition to picnicking areas, three relatively short trails weave through solidified lava fields, and one of them is even wheelchair accessible. So since the trails can be accomplished quickly, and it’s right off the interstate, the little sliver of curious rocks does make quite the phenomenal pit stop. The kids can play, you can stretch your legs, and everyone can enjoy just one of the many landscapes Idaho offers.