Southern Idaho is full of beautiful landscapes and year-round outdoor activities, but when the weather gets really nasty it’s nice to have an indoor plan. These favorites offer tons of fun for everyone from kids to seniors.
Southern Idaho’s museums range from the wonderfully offbeat to the historical. Get to know local towns and their stories better at historical museums in Oakley, Rupert, Twin Falls, Jerome, Hagerman, Shoshone, and Burley. At the Shoshone Bird Museum, located next to natural wonder Mammoth Cave, you can see taxidermied artifacts collected by generations of owners. And the Idaho Farm & Ranch Museum tells the tale of Southern Idaho’s rich — and ongoing — agricultural history.
Performing Arts Centers
Southern Idaho has a legacy of arts and entertainment. The earliest pioneers brought a love of stage and sound with them, and that love has been cultivated through generations. Visit the Twin Falls Center for the Arts, perched above the Snake River Canyon, or the Wilson Theatre, a 1920 architectural gem. Howell’s Opera House was one of the first theaters in between Salt Lake City and Boise when it was built in 1907 and is still in use today. The Oakley Valley Arts Council, the King Fine Arts Center, and the College of Southern Idaho Fine Arts Center all feature regular lineups of music and theatre performances. At the Herrett Center for Arts and Sciences, you can explore outer space in the planetarium and come back to earth by taking in prehistoric art.
Old Town Shopping
Want something unique that you can’t find at a big box store? Head to Old Town Twin Falls. This area of downtown has received a major upgrade in recent years and is a wonderful showcase for stores like Rudy’s – A Cook’s Paradise and restaurants like the Twin Falls Sandwich Company. Get your guide to Old Town shops here.
Twin Falls is now home to Jump Time, a wildly popular Idaho chain of trampolines, foam pits, and other family fun. If the kids (or you!) are actually climbing the walls, put that energy to work at Gemstone Climbing Center, which accommodates anyone — it’s the first 100% ADA accessible gym in the world. Golf-In is another great indoor option for both the experienced and beginner golfer, boasting high tech golf simulators featuring well-known courses and so much more.