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5 Places to Chill in Meridian, Idaho

  • Mar 17, 2020
meridian eagle over lake

Relaxation, rejuvenation, and fun, Meridian has it all. We already knew that, as locals, but for the sake of recent transplants—or just to refresh your neurons if familiarity has caused a momentary lapse of memory—we thought it was a good time to review what’s right outside our doors. 

From soaring mountain vistas, to massive waterparks and natural preserves, there’s never been a better time to call Idaho home than right now. 

We threw some of our favorites onto a list to share with you. With spring almost here and summer on its way, be sure to add these places to your to-do list as you make plans.

Roaring Springs Waterpark

Sitting square in Meridian, Roaring Springs Waterpark is one spot families won’t want to miss. Not only a waterpark, the biggest waterpark in the northwest!

This is a massive draw during summer and therefore made our list of hotspots. It features rentable cabanas, a lazy river, 10+ waterslides, and every parent’s dream—an exclusive area for small children.

Our favorite part? Hearkening back to the 80s and 90s, Roaring Springs has a wave pool! A wave pool!  After chilling in the hot sun, grab some lunch at one of several restaurants. When you’re ready for something else, the great news is that the waterpark is adjacent to the Wahooz Family Fun Zone.

The World Center for Birds of Prey

For $10 (adult admission) you can hang and watch a live presentation with a bird of prey. If you’ve ever wondered if becoming a falconer is for you (who hasn’t?!), this your time to find out—explore a museum, see a live California condor release, and learn how humans impact birds of prey. The center is run by the non-profit group The Peregrine Fund, whose mission is to conserve raptors worldwide.

Explore the Bruneau Sand Dunes

Just a stone’s throw from Meridian, lies Bruneau Dunes State Park, a beautiful preserve featuring a handful of habitats, from deserts, dunes, prairies all the way to lakes and marshes. Something for everyone, what’s not to love?

There’s also a public observatory for catching a glimpse of the cosmos after snagging some R & R on the shore fishing, swimming, or birdwatching. Don’t forget to climb the largest single-structured sand dune in North America (470 feet high).

Aquarium at Boise

An aquarium is a great chance to meet face-to-face with aquatic life-forms. If you haven’t yet made it to the Aquarium at Boise, add it to your calendar. See the black tip reef shark or the starry pufferfish at home in the 17,000 gallon exhibit.

Feed the rays in the ray pool and check out the sea urchins and sea stars in the tide pools. There’s so much more at this non-profit, and your admission price goes toward vital education efforts as well as conservation.

Hike Table Rock Trail

The timeless Table Rock trail begins at the Old Penitentiary grounds (no longer in operation) and skirts past the iconic giant glowing cross, that’s visible from the Boise area. Most locals will have already hit this spot, but if you’re new to the area, add it to your grand list of local things to-do.

The trail gains almost 1000 feet over the 1.7 mile hike (3.4 round trip). Check out other trails if you prefer more scenery and fewer crowds. Nevertheless, due to it being such a local classic, we had to add it to our list.

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