Step back into the 1900s by visiting this old-fashioned small town, complete with a classic town square and a gorgeous state park. Plan your trip with the 10 most memorable experiences in Rupert.
1. Shop one of the nation’s largest boutique quilt shops.
At more than 10,000 square feet, The Gathering Place is a true mecca for quilting fans. Lose yourself for hours among the gorgeous fabrics, innovative patterns, and inspiring samplers.
2. Attend the weeklong Fourth of July Celebration.
Rupert needs seven days to pack in all the fun! We’re talking golf, fun runs, bike races, a pancake breakfast, live performances, horse races, mutton bustin’ and, of course, a top notch parade and fireworks!
3. Go camping at Lake Walcott State Park.
Camping is the perfect way to enjoy a few days of fishing and fun on Lake Walcott. Campers can set up primitive sites along the water’s edge. Several group sites for tent camping are also available as are fully serviced campsites and cabins.
4. Rest your head at the stunningly renovated Drift Inn.
Surround yourself with big-city luxury at small-town prices. The Drift Inn’s spacious suites offer lovely views of historic Rupert Square and are as convenient as they are beautiful.
5. Catch a show at the Historic Wilson Theatre.
This incredible performance center, originally designed and built in 1920, is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. No detail has been spared in re-creating its original architecture and acoustical brilliance.
6. Enjoy a hearty breakfast at Sophie’s Chatterbox.
From busting-at-the-seams breakfast burritos to melt-in-your-mouth maple scones, breakfast here is big in size and flavor. And a bakery in the back means fresh bread, cookies, and other treats.
7. Visit the Minidoka County Historic Museum.
History buffs will delight in exhibits that include Rupert’s 1906 railroad depot, a caboose, and a restored Russell steam engine. Other unique artifacts include Rupert’s first jail and a homestead shack.
8. Browse the beautiful Rupert Square.
Rupert’s charming Historic Business District extends around Rupert Square, the heart of town. Discover its one-of-a-kind specialty shops and restaurants, many of which are housed in buildings listed on the National Register of Historic Places.
9. Play a round of disc golf at Lake Walcott State Park.
Enjoy the beauty of the park while testing your skills on one of the state’s finest and most scenic courses in the state. Towering cottonwoods shade players in the summer and put on a show in autumn.
10. Go bird watching at Minidoka National Wildlife Refuge.
The open water and wetlands of Minidoka National Wildlife Refuge attract wildlife from miles around. The refuge rings the shoreline of Lake Walcott and protects the islands for nesting waterfowl, including hundreds of beautiful white pelicans in the spring.
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