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10 Top-Rated Attractions & Things to Do in Twin Falls, ID

Written by Brad Lane
Feb 1, 2019

Bordered to the north by the beautiful Snake River Canyon, Twin Falls lends access to this magnificent natural attraction, and many surrounding hiking trails, viewpoints, and scenic waterfalls. Tourists from across the world come to marvel at the impressive Perrine Memorial Bridge, which spans the canyon and connects the city, as well as the site where Evel Knievel tried to launch his steam-powered Skycycle across the quarter-mile canyon.

The Snake River Canyon is one of the most scenic canyons in the country, and many fun things to do in Twin Falls center around the canyon walls, including waterfront parks; canyon-bottom golf courses; and Shoshone Falls, also known as the "Niagara of the West." A short drive from Twin Falls, attractions like Craters of the Moon and the Sawtooth National Forest add even more outstanding landscapes to discover. Plan your sightseeing adventures with our list of things to do in Twin Falls, Idaho.

1. Shoshone Falls

Shoshone Falls viewing platform

Shoshone Falls viewing platform | Photo Copyright: Brad Lane

A centerpiece natural attraction for the city and one of the most dramatic features on the Snake River, Shoshone Falls plunges over 200 feet to create a spectacular display of moving water. Visitors to Shoshone Falls are afforded multiple viewpoints of this natural basalt spectacle, including a constructed platform that extends over the water for an impressive view.

The falls are at their fullest between April and July, though this segmented water feature, which is higher than Niagara Falls, is impressive to witness at any time of the year. With surrounding lawn and green space providing views of the falls, Shoshone Falls Park is a great place to pack a lunch and enjoy the scenery.

Official site: https://www.tfid.org/index.aspx?NID=309

2. Snake River Canyon Rim Trail

Perrine Bridge spanning Snake River Canyon

Perrine Bridge spanning Snake River Canyon | Photo Copyright: Brad Lane

Over ten miles of pedestrian trails line the south canyon of the Snake river, enabling all-encompassing views of the stunning environment. Near the Magic Valley Mall, the Twin Falls Visitors Center is a great place to begin exploring the paved trail heading in either direction along the canyon's edge.

A close view of the impressive Perrine Memorial Bridge is afforded from the visitor center, and the surrounding grassy areas are popular for BASE jumpers to prepare their gear. Alongside continuous views of the eye-catching canyon, other popular attractions along the trail include the Evel Knievel Jump Site and the Twin Falls Love Lock Fence. Bookending this scenic city trail, Centennial Waterfront Park can be found to the west and Shoshone Falls to the east.

3. Centennial Waterfront Park

Centennial Waterfront Park

Centennial Waterfront Park | Photo Copyright: Brad Lane

Downriver from Shoshone Falls, Centennial Waterfront Park is a central recreation spot within the Snake River Canyon. Lining the acreage of the park, opportunities for hiking, rock climbing, and picnicking are in abundance, and separate motorized and non-motorized boat launches allow easy access to the water.

The local AWOL Adventure Sports company operates seasonal kayak and stand-up paddleboard rentals, as well as a nearby zipline course, which provides exciting views of the area. Guided river trips are also offered from the park through local concessionaires. For some of the most scenic 18 holes you'll ever play, Centennial Waterfront Park is also adjacent to the beautiful Canyon Springs Golf Course.

4. Rock Creek Editor's Pick

Disc Golfer at Rock Creek County Park

Disc Golfer at Rock Creek County Park | Photo Copyright: Brad Lane

Accessed via Highway 30 and a steep driveway, Rock Creek is a county park reclaimed from what used to be a junkyard. None of the landfill past is on display at Rock Creek in current times, and this canyon county park presents a beautiful water corridor lined with walking trails, picnic pavilions, and playground equipment.

A professional 18-hole disc golf course also stretches throughout the 12-acre park and includes tee-boxes with elevated vantage points of the lush canyon surroundings. On the southeast end of the park, the Rock Creek Campground provides a great place to park an RV with 25 pull-through sites available.

5. The Herrett Center for Arts and Science

On the campus of the College of Southern Idaho, The Herrett Center is a non-profit museum aiming to enrich educational pursuits for the Southern Idaho community. Spread out over seven galleries and an extensive archive, the Herrett Center's collection primarily relates to natural history, astronomy, and art.

Admission to this family-friendly museum is always free, and this education space is often popular for field trips and visiting tourists. As part of the Herrett Center, the Earl & Hazel Faulkner Planetarium also adds to community interest with the largest planetarium theater in Idaho and regular showings.

Address: 315 Falls Avenue, Twin Falls, Idaho

Official site: http://herrett.csi.edu/

6. Sawtooth National Forest

Sawtooth National Forest

Sawtooth National Forest

Encompassing over two million acres and accessed from Twin Falls with a two-hour drive, the Sawtooth National Forest is a place of constant natural beauty. Wild waterways like the Salmon River carve their way between sharp mountain peaks, and every season adds a new palette of color to the landscape.

Numerous recreational opportunities are available throughout the year, including backpacking, mountain biking, and staying at one of eighty developed campgrounds during the warm-weather season. Come winter, the national forest hosts four winter sports areas including the world-renowned ski and snowboarding destination of Sun Valley Resort. Cross-country skiing, snowshoeing, and ski touring are also popular winter outlets.

Official site: https://www.fs.usda.gov/sawtooth

7. Dierkes Lake

Dierkes Lake

Dierkes Lake | Photo Copyright: Brad Lane

Accessed from the same entrance road as Shoshone Falls Park along the Snake River, Dierkes Lake is a popular recreation spot to swim, sunbathe, and take in the scenic environment. With abundant green space and a dirt trail that circumnavigates the lake, the area is also popular for picnicking, nature walks, and lawn activities.

It's also well known as a great beginner's fishing hole, and anglers of all ages aim to land bluegill, bass, and trout from the large dock that floats atop the water. For more adventurous activities, scuba divers can be found plunging into the depths of Dierkes Lake, and rock climbers are often seen scaling the surrounding lakeside cliffs.

8. Canyon Springs Golf Course

Blue Lake Golf Course

Blue Lake Golf Course | Photo Copyright: Brad Lane

On the southern bank of the Snake River, adjacent to Centennial Waterfront Park, Canyon Springs is perhaps one of the most scenic public golf courses in Idaho. Surrounded by canyon walls and an environment consisting of waterfalls, rock faces, and a winding river, this 18-hole golf course guarantees a fun time no matter how well you play. Open to the public and with the ability to make tee-times online, Canyon Springs has been a local favorite for over 40 years. Across the river, Blue Lake Country Club also offers a challenging 18-hole private course with similar aesthetics.

Address: 199 Canyon Springs Road, Twin Falls, Idaho

9. Craters of the Moon National Monument and Preserve

Lava Flow Campground

Lava Flow Campground | Photo Copyright: Brad Lane

Less than a three-hour drive from Twin Falls, Craters of the Moon is a volcanic-strewn environment featuring lava tubes, an extensive wilderness, and one of the best campgrounds in Idaho. Caving within the lava tubes of Craters of the Moon requires a permit from the Ranger Station and pre-screening for past exposure to White Nose Syndrome to protect the resident bat population. Alongside different lava tubes to explore, a significant amount of hiking trails wind throughout the area, including routes traversing the 40,000 acres of the park's designated wilderness.

The Lava Flow Campground within the national monument is one of the most unique in the region, and tent campers and small recreation vehicles are invited to spend the night amid a stark landscape comprised of lava rocks.

Official site: https://www.nps.gov/crmo/index.htm

10. Harmon Park

Harmon Park

Harmon Park | Photo Copyright: Brad Lane

On the south side of the city, Harmon Park is a popular place for family celebrations, skating sessions, and enjoying the nice weather outside. The size of 15 city blocks, Harmon Park features many popular sports facilities, including basketball and tennis courts, lighted baseball and softball fields, and a large volleyball pit.

Outside of intramural and impromptu sporting events, Harmon Park is also a great place for a picnic, with large pavilions available and abundant green space for yard games and activities. A playground set is popular for young children, and skateboards, rollerblades, and scooters often use the 10,000-square-foot skatepark adjacent to the parking lot.

Address: Harmon Park Avenue, Twin Falls, Idaho

Where to Stay in Twin Falls for Sightseeing

  • Mid-Range Hotels: Twin Falls has a great selection of mid-range hotels to spend the night, many of which are located on the northeast side of the city, close to the Snake River and Canyon Rim Trail. Best Western Plus Twin Falls Hotel is a great example of a quality hotel in Twin Falls at a moderate rate, and guests can expect clean rooms, comfortable beds, and a well-maintained pool area and exercise room. Near the Best Western, La Quinta Inn & Suites Twin Falls is another reputable chain hotel, which delivers on luxurious suites, modern guest rooms, and pet-friendly accommodations. In the same neighborhood and close to the Magic Valley Mall, Holiday Inn Express Hotel & Suites Twin Falls has a friendly front desk staff and offers great value, with upscale amenities at an affordable rate.
  • Budget Hotels: More affordable hotels can also be found surrounding Magic Valley Mall and near the Snake River. SureStay Hotel by Best Western Twin Falls offers a perfect balance of affordability and comfort. Just a few blocks away, Motel 6 Twin Falls also offers an affordable stay alongside clean rooms, an outdoor pool, and pet-friendly accommodations. Farther west on Highway 93, My Place Hotel provides a "home-away-from-home" feeling with kitchenettes, full-size refrigerators, and spacious bathrooms in each room, all with a surprisingly affordable overnight rate.

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