Things to do in Idaho with kids
Idaho is the nation’s byway state, which means with their 31 scenic byways, you can take your family to explore every nook and cranny of its beautiful landscapes! And if you’re a family that LOVES the outdoors - this should be your favorite place to visit!
Fun fact - Idaho has the most whitewater in the lower 48 states! So grab those rafts and get the kids taking on some pretty awesome challenges with companies like Sawtooth Adventure Company or Mountain River Outfitters.
Explore The Gem State's incredible underground with Crystal Gold Mine Tour or the majestic Craters of the Moon Caves, and you won’t be short of national parks for kids to escape into with Sawtooth National Forest, and the animal-tastic Kootenai National Wildlife Refuge.
Of course, this amazing part of the USA also has culture with a plethora of museums like the Idaho Museum of Natural History, thrills with Silverwood Theme Park and water fun with Roaring Springs Water Park!
(And how could we not mention the Idaho Potato Museum - after all, the state is famous for them!)
Hiking in the summer, and skiing in the winter, and kids fun all year round, Idaho is a perfect destination for the next family adventure!
Have an adventurous family day out at the Northwest's LARGEST theme park! With rides, slides, and FUN, as well as live entertainment, a water park AND a steam engine! Theme park fun in Idaho!
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!
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, sleepovers and aquarium tours!
Over 300 animals live in the "Best Little Zoo in the West", Idaho Falls Zoo. With exotic and domestic animals, as well as a children's zoo!
Formerly Pocatello Zoo, here kids can experience the living symbols of the American West, and other North American species of animals!
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.
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.
Spend the day surrounded by roaming wildlife of North America at this drive-thru wildlife park, only 5 miles south of Rexburg!
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!
Heise Hot Springs offers natural hot and warm pools, plus summer pool with diving board and 350ft water slide, with zip line tour, golfing & fishing too!
Enjoy year round water fun in these hot spring pools, always at a temperature of 102 to 112!
Enjoy 25,000 square feet of indoor waterpark fun, with 2 story play areas, slides, and tupping buckets!
Offers family fun with waterslides, naturally heated pool, hot tub, water playground, campground, cabins,yurts, tepees and more.
Day passes available for this naturally warm geothermal heated pool in Idaho!
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 three-story high Native American, Chief Wasakie, watch....
The Idaho State Museum tells the Idaho story, of its land and its people. A historic day out in Boise for the family!
The purpose of the Idaho Museum of Black History is to build bridges between cultures to explore issues that affect Americans of all ethnicity
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
Idaho Museum of Mining & Geology offers exhibits & educational programs on Idaho’s fascinating geologic history & rich mining heritage.
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.
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 home to the Festival at Sandpoint every August.
Enjoy living history exhibit tours, seasonal galleries and varying exhibits representing the best of the area with heavy emphasis on appreciation of cultural heritage.
The Boise Art Museum features exhibitions reflecting a variety of artists, media and styles, with hands-on activities for kids under 12!
Go back in time to learn about the role American Veterans have played in our future!
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
Indoor fun at the Children's Museum of Idaho, with dynamic hands-on exhibits for kids aged 2 to 8 years, that teach through purposeful play! Great for creativity, development and plenty of discovery!
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 interpret and preserve the history and heritage of the reg....
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 captures the impact of mining history with artifacts and ....
Clearwater Historical Museum features collections that focus on the people and history of Clearwater River Country and its environments
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 immigrants first congregated after coming to the United States....
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 Iraqi Freedom/Enduring Freedom. A number of small ....
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 for the family!
A staggering 75,000 sq ft of the most diverse museum exhibits ever offered, with fun and fascinating hands on experiences of the theme of cleanliness!
Great indoor fun for kids in Idaho with splash tag, mini golf, rock climbing, laser tag, and so much more!
Parents, the ethos of Kids Town At The Falls might just excite you, because they are ALL about giving kids a place to learn through play!Here, kids can take part in classes that will encourage dance, art, and even science, to ensure they learn in the....
A super fun indoor playcenter where kids can use those imaginations, get active, and parents - you can join in too! They also have a toddler area and place for parents!
Explore Idaho's largest soft indoor playground, with zip lines, cargo nets, climbing webs, tubes, tunnels, and much more!
Jabbers is 5,000 square feet perfect for indoor play of all ages with lounge area and wifi for parents
A fun Idaho Falls pizzeria with indoor playland offering a great little multi level adventure softplay frame with climbing to sliding and beyond!
Jump the day away at JumpTime Boise, where indoor trampoline fun can keep you entertained all day! Great for active kids in Idaho!
Offers family adventures on the beautiful North Fork of the Payette River. Family canoeing, kayaking and stand up boards.
Trampoline fun in Idaho with foam pits, games, sports, and an under 7s zone too at JumpTime Meridian!
A fun alternative to paintball for those active little ones over 5 years old, as well as foam sword fights, blowguns and foam grenades! The battle begins in Idaho!
Indoor rock climbing fun at the YMCA gym! Top roped walls, birthday parties, and bouldering caves all await those active kids in Idaho Falls ready to challenge themselves!
Rider Ranch offer short day horse rides, evening dinner rides, activities for families, surrounded by beautiful mountainous trails!
Enjoy open jump sessions and bounce as you please, try trampoline dodgeball or give stunt jumping a go with a soft foam pit landing! Plus wee-jump mini jumper area.
The Route of the Hiawatha is the "Crown Jewel" of rail-to-trail mountain bicycle trails in the USA. It's a great family adventure with spectacular scenery and is easily ridden by a wide variety of ages and ability levels.
Experience Idaho's hottest zipline and ropes course, with high adventures and challenges for anyone from as young as 3 years!
For those creative kids, there are hundreds of pieces of pottery waiting for them to spend the day painting and learning art techniques.
ARTitorium is an interactive art center for kids and families in downtown Idaho Falls
Camas Wildlife Refuge is home to huge amounts of bird life and small mammals, with year round hiking options, and winter sports.
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.
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 others. A few granite pinnacles and monoliths ar....
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!
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 is a living museum, dedicated to the advancement an....
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 world's richest late Pliocene epoch (3 - 4 mya) fos....
A great day out getting up close with stunning wildlife and beautiful nature.
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!
By appointment only, discover the history, mysteries and ghosts of Idaho Falls running from June to September. Suitable for older kids, and those adventurous families!
Kids can enjoy a REAL working cattle ranch on 4000 beautiful acres in the Rocky Mountains of Idaho. Wildlife, starry skies, and a genuine old west experience!
Outdoor family adventure in Idaho! From rafting, fly fishing, wilderness trips and mountain biking, there are so many tours to choose from you might have to make it a family week out!
Escape into the Idaho wilderness with 1/2 day to 6 day rafting trips along the beautiful Salmon River, as well as fishing trips and wilderness trips - great outdoor fun for the whole family!
Scenic train ride along the Payette River, with regular special events and offers involving costumed characters and themed entertainments.
Go underground in a real silver mine! You will experience first hand hard-rock silver mining in the richest mining district on earth! You'll see pneumatic powered mining machines in operation, and lean how we get silver out of the mountain and into y....
Underground fun and adventure in a real gold mine! Join the only authentic 1880s underground gold mine tour in the entire Northwest - what a unique and fun family day out!
Idaho IceWorld is indoor family ice skating fun with adult & youth hockey leagues, figure skating programs, lessons, and public skate sessions.
Ice skating fun with lessons, and leagues, perfect for those active kids wanting something different and rewarding in Idaho Falls!
Skiing and snowboarding with lessons from 4 years, offering 35% green runs, plus terrain training park.
Ski sports in the winter and biking trails in the summer at Lookout Pass in Idaho!
Opened in November 1995, the Faulkner Planetarium is the largest planetarium theater in Idaho, and one of the best equipped in the northwestern U.S. The theater seats 144 under a 50' dome and features a Digistar II digital graphics projection system.....
Old Idaho Penitentiary dates from 1872, & was home to some of the most desperate criminals, & now YOU visit Solitary Confinement, cell blocks, and Gallows.
Provides experiences and educational opportunities that inspire lifelong learning and interest in science, math and technology through interactive multi media exhibits.
A visit to the Fort Hall Replica is to enter the 19th Century world of explorers, trappers, fur traders, Native Americans, pioneers, Gold seekers, historic figures, and common folk; all of whom visited the place called Fort Hall on the banks of the S....
The Center interprets the story of the pioneers who braved the arduous, 6 month, 2,000 mile journey across the unsettled American West from Missouri to the Oregon Territory.
Since time immemorial, the Nimiipuu or Nez Perce have lived among the rivers, canyons and prairies of the inland northwest. Despite the cataclysmic change of the past two centuries, the Nez Perce are still here. Join us in exploring the parks thirty-....
Wahooz Family Fun Zone & Pinz Bowling Center is the Treasure Valley's biggest and best place for family fun!
Beautiful horse drawn sleigh rides through the Idaho countryside, with lunch and dinner options too, and free drink with every ride!
Wild West dinner and live shows, as well as an RV park and family campground in Idaho!
Go-Karts, movies, ice-skating, batting cages - you'll be squealing with delight at this Rigby fun center for the whole family!
Great kids fun in Boise with 22,000 sq ft of indoor bumper cars, a carousel, and soft play area!
Go-karts, mini golf, laser tag, bumper boats, climbing wall & so much more kids fun at this indoor and outdoor Triple Play family fun center!
Tenpin Bowling, 3D cinema and Balladium Play Arena, Glow in the Dark Pirate themed mini golf, plus extensive arcade with billiards tables.
Wagonhammer RV Park and Campground is in the perfect spot on the Salmon Rivers edge to enjoy all of the Idaho outdoor adventures in the area - including all year round fishing!
Is an ideal stay with kids wanting to learn to swim, as there are naturally warmed on site facilities plus an accredited swim school.
40 acres of beautiful scenery for you RV or camping family holiday. Furnished cabins also available at Fort Running Bear RV Park in stunning Idaho!
Discover the true northern Idaho at Twin Rivers Canyon Resort - a full service shaded RV park nestled on 40 picturesque acres of meadow at the confluence of the Moyie and Kootenai rivers.
Canyon Pines RV Park is located 9 miles south of Idaho's "Whitewater Capital". A family friendly RV park close to hiking trails, fishing, rivers and beautiful wildlife.