Park-ing in Idaho Falls

Find summer fun at local parks

Published online: Jun 08, 2020 Articles, Family Fun Guide I.F. Magazine Staff
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The landscape of our lives has shifted quickly over the last few months. Many summer adventures, including concerts, parades and more have been postponed, but that doesn’t mean you can’t make the most of the sun while it lasts. 

Idaho Falls parks have everything you need for a day full of fun and relaxation. And they’re safe as long as you continue social distancing practices. Wide open spaces provide room for picnicking, soccer playing, frisbee tossing, dog walking and much more. 

Here are some of the favorite parks of IFM staff. 

Freeman Park

1290 Science Center

Everyone knows Freeman Park is the place you want to go to play disc golf. Acres of green grass allow for plenty of room to play a variety of sports from soccer to a simple game of tag. 

However, disc golf isn’t the only thing Freeman Park offers. The Vietnam Memorial sits at the top of one of many rolling hills, honoring fallen soldiers. The memorial overlooks the park and the river, giving space for pedestrians to pay their respects and admire the landscape. 

River Walk

Eastside Broadway & Memorial

Westside Broadway & Riverside

Strolling around the falls never gets old, especially since the flow of the water shifts with the seasons. However, the falls aren’t the only attraction along the River Walk. There is also the Japanese Pavilion. The scenic area provides unique views of the falls as well as areas to rest quietly. 

Ryder Park

2001 W Sunnyside Rd

Ryder Park is the home of Becker Pond, a favorite local fishing spot. Fishing is open all year round and Fish and Game regularly stocks the pond over the summer. Get the whole family together or a group of friends to head to the pond and or enjoy the solitude while taking part in the sport.

Snake River Animal Park

2930 Lindsay Blvd

People aren’t the only ones that need to get out of the house. Getting outside is important for furry members of the family as well. The Snake River Animal Park offers a large play area for dogs. The play area is fenced and there is a waste station so that you can make sure messes are cleaned up while your dog socializes.

Tautphaus Park

2800 S Boulevard

The oldest park in Idaho Falls offers a variety of fun activities for the entire family. The amusement park and zoo will keep the children entertained for days on end during the summer month. Other ways to spend your time at the park, include skating at the skatepark, picnicking at one of many shelters available or challenging a friend to a game of horseshoes.


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