Zoos in Idaho with kids

It’s animal time in Idaho, and they are calling YOU!

For those families who LOVE those animal encounters, look no further than Idaho because The Gem State has plenty of them!

We have to start with zoos. These are the most iconic way to experience wildlife, and great to visit with children. They offer animal encounters, and kids can experience creatures from all across the globe.  

Farms are a great alternative for a more hands-on experience with petting zoos and barnyard fun. Wildlife sanctuaries offer kids an invaluable lesson in conservation, and animal-specific attractions let kids really immerse themselves in their favorite creatures!

Whatever wildlife experience you choose with children, you know they will walk away filled with memories and knowledge that can’t be replaced. They’ll have a ROAR-ing time! 

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  • 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.

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  • Blast Off

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    Idaho Falls

    Great indoor fun for kids in Idaho with splash tag, mini golf, rock climbing, laser tag, and so much more!

  • Leos Place

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    Idaho Falls

    Is a family friendly pizzeria also offering a great little multi level adventure softplay frame with all the classic equipment from climbing to sliding and beyond.

  • Jabbers

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    Canyon County

    A place to play! 5,000 square feet designed to delight children and relax
 parents. Day Passes or Memberships available. Free WiFi.

  • Planet Kid Indoor Playground at Wings Center

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    Boise

    Explore Idaho's largest soft indoor playground, with zip lines, cargo nets, climbing webs, tubes, tunnels, and much more!

  • 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.

  • Roaring Springs Water Park

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    Meridian

    A HUGE water park for splashing fun for the whole family in Idaho! Cool off on your family day out with slides, entertainment, thrill slides and NIGHT slides - all in a very cool day's work!

  • Downata Hot Springs Pool

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    Downey

    Offers family fun with waterslides, naturally heated pool, hot tub, water playground, campground, cabins,yurts, tepees and more.

  • Raptor Reef

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    Hayden

    Enjoy 25,000 square feet of indoor waterpark fun, with 2 story play areas, slides, and tupping buckets!

  • Lava Hot Springs

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    Lava Hot Springs

    Enjoy year round water fun in these hot spring pools, always at a temperature of 102 to 112!

  • 1000 Springs Resort

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    Hagerman

    Day passes available for this naturally warm geothermal heated pool in Idaho!

  • Triple Play Fun Centre

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    Hayden

    Triple Play has 20 smoke free lanes; including 18 10-pin lanes and two duck pin lanes, all with automatic bumpers. With open lanes and cosmic bowling Friday, Saturday and Monday nights, Triple Play ...

  • Pojos Family Fun Center

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    Boise

    Great kids fun in Boise with 22,000 sq ft of indoor bumper cars, a carousel, and soft play area!

  • Valley View Lavender Farm

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    Buhl

    Visit a working lavender farm! Established in 1999 and located in the Magic Valley area of South central Idaho,Lavender we grow over 6,000 lavender plants in 15 different varieties. We promote and ...

  • Riot Zone Family Fun Park

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    Rigby

    The Riot Zone staff has been busy working on many new activites for the Riot Zone Family Fun Park. The newest craze in the park are the Bumper Boats, Rock Climbing Towers, Inflatable Games, Picnic ...

  • Mountain River Ranch

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    Ririe

    Wild West dinner and live shows, as well as an RV park and family campground in Idaho!

  • Wahooz Family Fun Zone

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    Meridian

    Wahooz Family Fun Zone & Pinz Bowling Center is the Treasure Valley's biggest and best place for family fun!

  • FatCats

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    Rexburg

    Tenpin Bowling, 3D cinema and Balladium Play Arena, Glow in the Dark Pirate themed mini golf, plus extensive arcade with billiards tables.

  • Idaho Sleigh Rides

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    Garden Valley

    Beautiful horse drawn sleigh rides through the Idaho countryside, with lunch and dinner options too, and free drink with every ride!