National Parks / Natural World in Idaho with kids

The world has some incredible natural wonders, and luckily for you, The Gem State has some incredible places to visit with kids right on your doorstep….and you won’t want to forget your camera!

The national and state parks in Idaho offer an incredible variety of experiences for children.  Some parks protect a unique and diverse wilderness, teeming with wildlife which is always a thrill for kids!

Some parks protect incredible fascinating and significant historical sites, where the family can go back in time through American history…who says the learning as to stop on a family day out!

The state of Idaho itself has smaller parks perfect for a quick trip into nature.  You don’t even need to leave the city to have that park experience - and kids LOVE them!

Shut those televisions off and put those computer games away….the great outdoors is calling and it’s calling YOU!

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  • Kootenai National Wildlife Refuge

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    Bonners Ferry

    A great day out getting up close with stunning wildlife and beautiful nature.

  • Craters Of The Moon National Park

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    Arco

    A weird and scenic landscape for the family to explore, which will get the kids imagination going! With extensive lava fields and surreal natural features - a unique family day out in Idaho!

  • Hagerman Fossil Beds National Park

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    Hagerman

    Largest concentration of Hagerman Horse (Equus simplicidens) fossils in North America - 30 complete horse fossils and portions of 200 individual horses. Internationally significant Monument protects ...

  • Hells Canyon Recreation Area

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    Clarkston

    Clarkston and Asotin County are known as the gateway to Hells Canyon National Recreation Area. Many dont know that Hells Canyon is North Americas deepest gorge. You can enjoy the breathtaking beauty ...

  • Idaho Botanical Garden

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    Boise

    Visit the Idaho Botanical Garden to experience nature as you stroll through the many gardens, listen to bird song, and feel the natural calmness and serenity of this outdoor living museum.The Garden ...

  • Sawtooth National Forest

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    Twin Falls

    A whopping 2.1 million acres of stunning Idaho beauty for families to explore, with lakes, streams, rock climbing, fishing, camping and outdoor adventure for your family day out!

  • City Of Rocks

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    Almo

    This unique geologic area became a landmark in 1843 for California-bound emigrants. They left wagon ruts across the landscape and their signatures in axle grease on Register Rock, Camp Rock and many ...

  • Boise National Forest

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    Boise

    The mountainous landscape developed through uplifting, faulting, and stream cutting. Most of the land lies within the Idaho Batholith, a large and highly erodable geologic formation.

  • Mudgy Moose Trail

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    Coeur d Alene

    A whimsical self guided journey based on a story book, The Mudgy Moose Trail is suitable for walkers of all ages.

  • Heise Hot Springs

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    Ririe

    Offers natural hot and warm pools, plus summer pool with diving board and 350ft water slide! Plus zip line tour, golfing and fishing.

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  • Clearwater Historical Museum

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    Orofino

    Clearwater Historical Museum invites folks to come see our collections that focus on the people and history of Clearwater River Country and its environs including Clearwater County and parts of ...

  • Ketchum Heritage Museum

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    Ketchum

    The Ketchum Sun Valley Historical Society was established in 1989 with the overlying goal of keeping the regional history alive for future generations. More specifically, the Society seeks to ...

  • Wallace District Mining Museum

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    Wallace

    The Silver Valley is the richest silver mining region in the world. In just one hundred twenty years, over 1.1 BILLION ounces of silver have been produced from mines in this valley. The museum ...

  • Museum of Rexburg

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    Rexburg

    Formerly the Teton Flood Museum, this fascinating museum tells the story of that famous Teton Dam failure, and also features a Children's Discovery Room

  • Basque Museum and Cultural Center

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    Boise

    The Basque Museum & Cultural Center provides a look into the heritage of the Basque communities of Idaho and surrounding areas. Boise, Idaho has long been a central location where Basque ...

  • Idaho Historical Museum

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    Boise

    The Idaho State Historical Museum, founded in 1907, is Idaho's largest and most visited museum. It has evolved from a simple collection of curios and relics sitting on shelves to the first museum in ...

  • Idaho Military History Museum

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    Boise

    Covering a broad spectrum of military history, via photos and artifacts, you will see Gowen Field as it was during World War II as well as Idahoans in the Philippine Insurrection through Operation ...

  • Idaho Potato Museum

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    Blackfoot

    A museum all about...yep...potatos! Idaho's favorite! A unique museum which showcases the world of the potato, from the first one planted through to potato crisps. A surprisingly historic experience ...

  • Bonner County Historical Society

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    Sandpoint

    The park has many amenities including picnic areas, a playground, tennis courts, and the Native Plant Society arboretum. Adjacent to Lakeview Park is Memorial Field which has a boat launch and is ...

  • Museum Of North Idaho

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    Coeur d'Alene

    Enjoy living history exhibit tours, seasonal galleries and varying exhibits representing the best of the area with heavy emphasis on appreciation of cultural heritage.

  • Boise Art Museum

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    Boise

    Boise's oldest visual arts organisation features many exhibitions reflecting a variety of artists, media and styles. The ARTexperience Gallery is full of hands-on activities geared specifically ...

  • Teton Flood Museum

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    Rexburg

    Extensive collections of flood memorabilia including films, photos, and other items related to the Teton Dam disaster. Plus Rexburg Children's Museum.

  • Warhawk Air Museum

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    Nampa

    Go back in time to learn about the role American Veterans have played in our future!

  • Shoshone Indian Ice Center

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    Shoshone

    Out in the blasted, treeless region that brought you Craters of the Moon National Monument lies Shoshone Ice Caves. Visitors are greeted by a looming dinosaur statue, ridden by a hairy caveman. A ...

  • Idaho Museum Of Natural History

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    Pocatello

    Idaho Museum of Natural History is a fascinating look at the states natural and cultural history. A fun and education day out for the whole family

  • Don Asletts Museum of Clean

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    Pocatello

    A staggering 75,000 sq ft of the most diverse range ever offered, with fun and fascinating hands on experiences of the theme of cleanliness applied to every possible connotation, and some of the ...

  • Museum of Idaho

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    Idaho Falls

    A fascinating and informative (and FUN!) museum of kids to learn all about the history of the amazing state of Idaho, including a Children's Discovery Room just for them.

  • Zoo Idaho

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    Pocatello

    Formerly Pocatello Zoo, here kids can experience the living symbols of the American West, and other North American species of animals!

  • Zoo Boise

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    Boise

    A beautiful zoo where kids can come face to face with over 300 animals from all over the world, be inspired about preservation, and learn about conservation.

  • World Center for Birds of Prey

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    Boise

    Interactive exhibits, multimedia shows, and even artwork at this center for birds of prey, featuring beautiful birds kids can come face to face with, as they learn about conservation!

  • Yellowstone Bear World

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    Rexburg

    Spend the day surrounded by roaming wildlife of North America at this drive-thru wildlife park, only 5 miles south of Rexburg!

  • Tautphaus Park Zoo

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    Idaho Falls

    Watch the flock of threatened African Penguins, experience a wallaby mob on the move, discover the gibbons aerobatic abilities or surround yourself with sights and sounds of South American birds in ...

  • Idaho Aquarium

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    Boise

    Have family friendly fun touching and feeding sharks, rays, tropical fish and puffins in their indoor 10,000 square foot aquarium! They also have fun hands on activities with kids, birthday parties, ...

  • Camas Wildlife Refuge

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    Hamer

    Home to huge amounts of bird life and small mammals, with year round hiking options, and winter sports.

  • Babby Farms

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    Caldwell

    An amazing non-profit animal experience for children and adults with disabilities an opportunity to interact with beautiful animals. Open to the public to raise money for this cause.