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GREAT Things To Do or Try In and Around MERIDIAN, IDAHO

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Real Estate Agent with Silvercreek Realty-Eagle, Meridian, Boise, Kuna, Star~IDAHO

I have lived in and loved Southwestern Idaho for nearly 17 years.  During this time, I have ventured around the Treasure Valley area and beyond to see just what this region has to offer.  I have happily and enthusiastically explored Ada, Canyon, Owyhee, Gem and Elmore counties. Originally, I hail from a forested, flat, lake o'plenty area of the Midwest.  No, this area was not devoid of different and beautiful landscapes, but nothing like the intriguing, dramatic palettes of colors, textures and even smells of Southwestern Idaho.  I have been drawn to the area's history.  From the relentless pioneers who persisted the rigors of the Oregon Trail, to the ambitious miners who flocked to Idaho's rich ore stores, to the Chinese immigrants who were a sub-culture and very much prominent figures of Idaho's past and infrastructure.  I love the stories of colorful figures like Peg-leg Annie and Charlie Sprittles and I imagine their tenacity to endure the harsh climates and rugged living conditions of the Idaho Mountains. 

I truly love this state called Idaho. 

For any who plan to visit or are fortunate enough to live here, I am including some fun places to include in your adventures.

Meridian, Idaho Things to See and Do

1. Roaring Springs Water Park (summer) A great place to cool down when it hot outside.
2. Wahooz Fun Center Arcade, laser tag, redemption center, bumper boats, mini golf, Kiddie Cove, Go Carts, Batting cages (Year round-Unlimited fun on Tuesdays for $12!) 
3. Settler's Park and Adventure Island Playground- a kid favorite, bring an umbrella as shade is premium.
4. CableOne Movie Night (Friday evenings at dusk June through August) Settler's Park- Family friendly fun
5. Coolwater Creek Ranch- Enjoy Christmas at the Ranch, a New Year's celebration, Western themed show(summer) and Valentine's Day festivities in a unique ranch atmosphere. 
6. Tully's Park and Skate Park   For the skaters in the family.
7. Krispy Kreme Doughnuts  Ok, I just really like them.  When the red sign in lit up stop in for a warm doughnut.
8.  Julius Kleiner Memorial Park- Under construction, but I believe this will be worth a visit.
9. Farmstead Corn Maze and Pumpkin Festival- Enjoy Fall and all that it has to offer. 

Boise, Idaho Things to See and Do

1. MK Nature Center  This is a great place to spend the afternoon and it's FREE!  Explore the Stream Walk and visitor center.  Very informative.
2. Old Idaho Penitentiary  Began it's history in 1872 as the Idaho Territorial Prison.  Self guided tours.
3. Idaho Botanical Garden  This is a wonderful place to visit in the summer and winter.  A popular venue for family pictures and the holiday light display is unbelievable!
4. Zoo Boise I love the newest addition: The Africa exhibit.  Lots of fun events scheduled for Easter, Halloween and more!
5.  Oregon Trail Reserve Explore where the ruts of wagons cut into the earth.  For more on the Oregon Trail in Idaho click here
6. Bogus Creek Outfitters For a unique adventure during the winter months, enjoy a horse drawn sleigh ride to a cabin in the woods for a special dinner and entertainment. 
7. Schick-Ostolasa Farmstead Historical farmstead just North of Boise built in 1868.
8. Idaho State Capital Building Self guided tours are available of this prominent downtown building.
9. World Center for the Birds of Prey Located south of town, you don't want to miss the opportunity to learn about the amazing birds of prey and the active conservation efforts of the Peregrine Fund. 
10. Boise Greenbelt  A popular 23 mile pathway along the Boise River that you will not want to miss.  When your done exploring this gem, you may want to try a float down the Boise River.

Nampa, Idaho

1. Warhawk Air Museum- If you have any interest in aircraft, you will not want to miss this treasure.
2. The Berry Ranch- Pick your own berries and pumpkins (seasonal).

Outlying Areas You don't want to miss 

Kuna, Idaho

  • Initial Point- The Initial point in which all of Idaho surveys originate from.  Undeveloped.

Silver City, Idaho

  • Historic, well preserved ghost town in southwestern Idaho.  Well worth the bumpy gravel drive. 

Idaho City, Idaho

  • In it's heyday, Idaho City was the largest town in Idaho Territory.  A walk back in time.  Established in 1862

Joan Whitebook
BHG The Masiello Group - Nashua, NH
Consumer Focused Real Estate Services

Idaho is one state I have never had the pleasure to visit.  It looks like there are so many things to do.  I'll try to get there one. day.

Apr 09, 2011 03:03 PM
Tammy Lankford,
Lane Realty Eatonton, GA Lake Sinclair, Milledgeville, 706-485-9668 - Eatonton, GA
Broker GA Lake Sinclair/Eatonton/Milledgeville

Looks like a LOT of stuff to day.  I've not been there either.  I'm about half way through all 50... so I'll get there.

Apr 09, 2011 03:06 PM
Kelly Wuthrich
Silvercreek Realty-Eagle, Meridian, Boise, Kuna, Star~IDAHO - Eagle, ID
Eagle & Meridian ID Real Estate

Thanks ladies, Idaho is wonderful. Come visit!  I have not been to New Hampshire and have only driven through Georgia.  I would love to spend some time in your states, as well ;o)

Apr 10, 2011 11:42 AM