Idaho September 26, 2017
Here Are 10 Awesome Things You Can Do In Idaho Without Opening Your Wallet
Let’s be honest. It can be hard staying on top of different activities to do every weekend while trying to stay on a budget. Leaving the house costs money, unfortunately. However, Idaho is full of cheap and even free things to do that are still entertaining. Here are 10 activities in Idaho that are perfect for when you don’t feel like spending money.
We’re aware that these uncertain times are limiting many aspects of life as we all practice social and physical distancing. While we’re continuing to feature destinations that make our state wonderful, we don’t expect or encourage you to go check them out immediately. We believe that supporting local attractions is important now more than ever and we hope our articles inspire your future adventures! And on that note, please nominate your favorite local business that could use some love right now:
1. Wander into the Morrison Knudsen Nature Center.
You might've walked along the Boise Greenbelt hundreds of times and never noticed the incredibly unique nature center located right off of it. It's easy to miss. However, once you wander inside you will be absolutely floored by the center's beauty. In this 4.6 acre site, you'll see all kinds of wildlife. The best part? It's completely free.
2. Visit a fish hatchery.
There are 19 fish hatcheries throughout the Gem State and visiting one is a always a unique and interesting experience. These hatcheries are important for the aquatic life in our state and most, if not all, provide visitors with free tours of the hatchery grounds. This is a great way to see some fascinating fish species up close!
3. Visit Idaho's oldest standing building at the Cataldo Mission.
Old Mission State Park in North Idaho is home to the oldest building in the entire state. The Sacred Heart Church was built sometime in between 1850 and 1853. Although it's old, the building is extremely impressive and a stunning sight that every Idahoan should see.
4. Tour the Idaho State Capitol Building
The Capitol Building was built in 1905 and remains one of the most picturesque buildings in all of Idaho. Entirely full of skylights and marble pillars, the building is a wonder that should be on everybody's bucket list. You can arrange a guided tour in order to hear about all of the Capitol's incredible history, or visit by yourself at your leisure since the building is open to the public during business hours.
5. Hike or ride on the Centennial Trail.
The Idaho Centennial Trail is a 900 mile long scenic trail going through North Idaho. From desert, to canyonlands, to mountain forests, the trail has it all. Although making the entire trek along the trail would take months, a short hike or bike ride along a small section of the ICT can be the perfect way to spend a day.
6. Visit a Farmers Market.
There are few things more magical than walking through an Idaho Farmers Market on a beautiful, crisp Saturday morning. And Idaho has a lot of them. The Boise Farmers Market is a staple but many towns across the state have their own. Even if you don't feel like spending the money, walking along the local artists and farmers booths is a wonderful experience in itself!
7. Drive along one of Idaho's scenic byways.
8. Spend the day at the lake.
Living in Idaho is like living in a giant playground. There are an endless amount of natural attractions that are capable of providing hours of free entertainment! Spend the day at one of Idaho's breathtaking lakes, splashing around or just relaxing on the shore.
9. Visit the Rose Garden at Julia Davis Park.
There are plenty of hidden gems in Idaho open to the public every day of the year. One of these places is the incredible Rose Garden at Julia Davis Park in Boise. The garden is a beauty all year long (although it's best seen during the flower's peak time in spring and early summer). Sit and relax on one of the benches while taking it all in.
10. Walk through a historic town like Idaho City.
Scattered all over Idaho are towns filled to the brim with history and wonder. These towns make the perfect getaway for the day since just walking through them is an entertaining endeavor. No money required. Some of these towns look like they are part of a Western movie set and observing the old buildings and hearing about their history is a unforgettable, and free, way to spend a weekend!
What do you think? Will you do any of these free Idaho activities?
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