Tourist fun in east Idaho

Lisa:

As the month nears to the end and we prepare to head off to South Dakota, I wanted to fit in one last blog about some of the fun activities we did with the kids while we were here in east Idaho.

1. Mesa Falls, Ashton

  This was a gorgeous state park with great boardwalk trails and a nice visitor center that used to be a historic lodge. Admission was free if you had a national park pass, which we did.

2. Heise Hot Springs, Ririe

 This was a large outdoor pool with a diving area and a huge water slide (best for older kids and available at an additional price). For about $20, the boys and I had a great time splashing around in the cool pool. After the boys got tired, I spent a few blessed minutes in the hot pool. Heaven! We also went to Green Canyon Hot Springs, an indoor pool which was even better for the kids because of its larger shallow area.

3. Splash pad and carousel, Rexburg

   

 We stumbled on to this place by accident when we were killing time waiting for Green Canyon Hot Springs to open. Luckily we already had the boys dressed in swimsuits and they were ready to go. What a fun place for small kids! The carousel- which commemorated Idaho’s 100th anniversary in 1990 and had pictures of beautiful scenery- cost only $1.

4. Music on Main, Victor

  Every Thursday night through much of the summer, there are free concerts at City Park on Main Street in Victor. There is also food, a bouncy house and face painting for minimal cost. The band we saw was Todo Mundo, a world beat band from San Diego. They were a big group with horns, guitars, drums and a violin. They had all of us dancing for hours. The next day, the kids slept in until almost 9, the longest they’ve ever slept in! Thank you Todo Mundo!

4. Fun neighbors.

  

We were fortunate that we rented our cabin from a great family with four lovely girls, a friendly dog and cats. Our boys adored playing every day with these energetic sisters. We will miss this family very much!

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