Though some might think of Idaho Falls as "on the way" to the Tetons and Yellowstone National Park and not a destination unto itself, this little city has tons to see. Take some time to explore the sites!
- Snake River Greenbelt and Riverwalk Start your day with an early morning stroll along the river. The paved trail covers five miles on both banks. It's easily accessible and has strategically placed park benches, restrooms, picnic tables, and drinking fountains along the way. Be sure to stop at the falls and take in the views. Originally river rapids, a retaining wall was built for a hydroelectric plant turning those rapids into falls.
- The Idaho Falls Zoo in Tautphaus Park (2740 Carnival Way, Idaho Falls) A centerpiece of this beautiful park, the Zoo features over 300 animals representing 130 species from across the world. Owned and operated by the City of Idaho Falls, the Zoo participates in over 40 species survival plans.
- Tautphaus Park (2800 S. Boulevard) While you're at the Zoo, be sure to schedule some time to explore the rest of the park. In it you'll find Funland Amusement Park, picnic shelters, a basketball court, skateboard park, an ice arena (winter only), baseball/softball fields, tennis courts, and more.
- The Japanese Pavilion and Friendship Garden (600 W. Broadway) Located on a small island in the Snake River, the garden sits on the site of the first bridge to span the Snake River in Eastern Idaho. Features such as a viewing platform, large Japanese lantern, and a "Dragon's Path" across a pond create a beautiful and peaceful place to stroll.
- The Art Museum of Eastern Idaho (300 S. Capital Ave.) TAM, as it's known, features innovative exhibits and focuses on educational art programs. The only art museum in eastern Idaho and convenient to the Riverwalk, this is a definite for your to-do list. Visit their website to check out some fun classes for artists of all ages!