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15 Top-Rated Things to Do in Idaho Falls, ID

Steve Jennifer
Updated: April 24th 2023



Idaho Falls, lies on the bank of the Snake River is popularly known as a hub for art, culture and history. The city offers beautiful views for sightseeing, as it abounds in art galleries, museums and historical buildings.

The stunning outdoors and closeness to Yellow National Park And Grand National Park boost up its value by offering adventure and recreation activities. With that being mentioned, it's a beautiful place to explore by keeping these 15 activities in the checklist mentioned below.


01. Idaho Falls River Walk

Idaho Falls River Walk is over 5 miles long and runs along the shores of the Snake River. The River Walk can be explored on foot or on a bike and it will take you to beautiful sights that include a 600 feet waterfall, parks, museums, shopping stores and restaurants on the way.

After exploring the River Walk, you can also sit and relax while having a picnic with friends and family.


02. Idaho Brewing Company

This is an award winning brewery where you can enjoy some of the best handcrafted ales and lagers along with a view of the Snake River. Not only that, you can also take a tour and learn about the beer making process and taste over twelve beers.

They have outdoor seating which means you can sit in the fresh air, enjoy the beautiful view around you while having fun and drinking with your friends.


03. Japanese Pavilion

Japanese Pavilion or Japanese Friendship Garden in Idaho Falls is one of the most popular tourist attractions. It is located on an island in the Snake River and is filled with lush trees, ponds, and plenty of wildlife.

It provides the tourists a great opportunity to enjoy the beautiful sights including the view of the Snake River and a waterfall while spending a relaxing time surrounded by nature


04. Museum Of Idaho

The museum showcases over 25000 artifacts related to the history, science and culture. These exhibits are rotating as well as permanent displays and aim to educate the visitors with the social and environmental history of the city.

Besides that, they also have educational programs and camps as well as a Discovery Centre for kids where they can enjoy activities like walking through a bear cave or playing in a log cabin.


05. Idaho Falls Zoo

One of the must places to visit when in Idaho Falls; this zoo is known to be one of the best in the country. They have over 130 species of animals from different parts of the world such as African lions, penguins, Amur Tigers, snow leopards and many more.

The zoo is situated inside the Tautphaus Park where there are swings, fun rides and waterslides as well. This is a great place to spend some time in nature, see some interesting and exotic animals and have fun with your kids.


06. Art Museum of Eastern Idaho

An art lover’s dream, this Art museum is an important cultural institution that displays works of local, regional and international artists on its five galleries. Here, besides looking at art, you can also take classes in watercolor painting or portrait painting.

They also have a separate area for kids where they can be creative and express themselves through art and painting.


07. Collectors’ Corner Museum

This museum is known for its unique name and quirky displays. Opened in 2003, the museum is run by a married couple and exhibits very unique collections of items, each with a story of its own which you can know from the owners themselves.

The collection includes stuff like vintage coins, dolls, stuffed toys, model plains, trains, stamps and so much more.


08. Becker Pond Fishing

Becker Pond Fishing or Ryker Park Pond is a fishing pond that sprawls over 1.4 acres in Bonneville County and boasts of a good collection of fish like catfish, rainbow and many more.

This is a great place to go fishing with your friends or family and enjoy the beautiful and peaceful surroundings. It is also a good place for beginners.


09. Civic Center for the Performing Arts

This performing arts institute in Idaho Falls is an important cultural and historical landmark that has hosted legends like Louis Armstrong, Johnny Cash and the San Francisco Opera on its stage.

The Centre was opened to the public in 1952, and has the seating capacity of over 2000 people. Here you can enjoy live events like musicals, concerts, recitals etc.


10. East Idaho Aquarium

This aquarium was founded in 2013 with the aim to make people aware of all the water ecosystems in the world and allowing them to experience aquatic life up close. Here, you can touch, feed and interact with animals like stingrays, bearded dragons, fish river etc.

The experience of seeing aquatic animals up close and interacting with them is very exciting and interesting, especially for kids while they learn more about the ecosystems these animals survive in


11. Yellowstone National Park

If you are someone who loves outdoor adventures, this is the place for you. This was the first national park ever and has plenty of hiking trails, picnic spots, camping areas, geysers, and diverse flora and fauna.

The park is also famous for its Yellowstone Lake, which is the largest high altitude lake in North America, as well as for the Old Faithful, the most famous geyser on the planet. Here you can enjoy hiking, mountain biking, horseback riding, rafting, camping, snowboarding, skiing and so many other activities depending on the seasons.


12. Giant Eagle Waterfall Nest

This eagle monument is a stunning sight to see in the Idaho Falls skyline. Also known as the Eagle Rock Fountain, or the Protector, this manmade waterfall is a magnificent piece of work that depicts two large eagles with their wings spread on the top and a mountain lion below.

The scene of the eagles protecting their nest on the top of the rock signifies the fountain as a protector of the people Idaho.


13. Russ Freeman Park

The park lies near the Snake River and is a great place to relax and have fun outdoors. It has several hiking trails, an 18 hole disc hold course, baseball fields, swings and lots of lush trees all around.

The park remains open all day and you can enjoy playing baseball, football, golf or just lay down with a book or have a picnic with friends and family.


14. Grand Teton National Park

This national park is located 2 hours from the city and deserves a visit. It is home to the majestic Teton Mountain Range, pristine lakes and alpine valleys and boasts of a varied plant and wildlife.

It also has over 200 miles of trails and is a great place for adventure lovers to enjoy mountaineering, backcountry backpacking, and hiking, biking, fishing, kayaking or canoeing.


15. Hell’s Half Acre

This designated National Natural Landmark is a basaltic lava field surrounded by desolate landscape which was created over centuries ago due to lava flows.

There hasn’t been a volatiles eruption here since a millennium and now, the landscape abounds in wildlife that includes mule deer, antelope, bobcats, coyotes, foxes etc and plants including wildflowers, cactus, juniper etc. This is a very interesting place to explore that gives you the opportunity to go hiking a lava field.