15 Best Things to Do in Pocatello

15 Best Things to Do in Pocatello

Are you bored of travelling to the same renowned places filled with loads of people making it barely breathable and not a bit relaxing? You are not alone! But need not worry because the Travel Lens got you covered!

Situated in the city of Idaho, sits the largest city of Bannock County, it is a mystical place named Pocatello in the United States of America that will serve all your travel needs and give you the experience of a life-time.

This little city is a very calm, clean and a historic place with very little population of about 50,000 people. Covering a major portion of the Bannock County with such little population, this city becomes ideal for people who wish to explore new towns and cities or love visiting small towns with peaceful little places.

Let us show you the top 15 things to do while you are in Pocatello, Idaho.

Visit the Idaho Museum of Natural History

Idaho museum of natural history
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This beautiful museum is all sorts of gaze and fun, holding in its walls the secrets and history of the country.

It displays a grand collection of various exhibits like colossal animals, skulls, paintings, sculptures and even equipments like 3 dimensional printers (cool, right?) and loads of other stuff. It is a great place to visit with your family and kids.

The gift shop in the museum has beautiful and attractive small pieces like rings, bracelets, sculptures etc. The most fascinating thing about the museum is that it rotates during the whole exhibit and makes the experience even more fun.

The museum stores in its heart the culture and customs of the city and is especially a must visit for people interested in biology and zoology.

Get the strangest experience of your life at the Museum of Clean

Museum of clean
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"Museum of Clean" – Sounds odd right? Well, this museum has put in a lot of efforts to make this place a sight to remember. This museum is basically just everything clean; from clean habits, to clean speech and clean design, this museum has got it all.

This museum holds an extensive collection of one of a kind cleaning appliances from early vacuums, mangles, cleaning supplies, brooms and cleaning apparatuses from around the world and what not, all accompanied by a fun sense of humour.

It also has a great display of wax statues, paintings, weird sculptures and art. The cleanliness of this place is mind-blowing and it is a must visit if you are in Pocatello, especially if you are a cleanliness freak.

Pet the cutest ever indigenous creatures at Zoo Idaho

This open zoo in Pocatello, Idaho is home to a great number of plants and animal species. What is more exciting is that it is both a hike and a zoo.

The wildlife here is free to roam around the park for people to glance. This zoo homes only the native species of Idaho, and most of them are rescue animals making this the most appealing zoo in Idaho. It is a great place to interact with, and pet animals up-close.

This zoo is great for getting the first-hand experience of the wildlife; you can come here and relax while looking at the beauty of nature and support local wildlife.

Swim your way across Pocatello at the lazy River


This garden is a great place to visit with your family or friends as it is not only a great place to relax for a while, but also play around and get on some fun slides and jump on lily pads, it is fun for literally all ages.

You can get into the aquatic water pool and swim around. The lazy river is crowded and a famous place to roam around, have a little picnic or just relax.

It is a clean and maintained garden and also ensures all the safety standards. The lazy river is surely a must visit, for the beauty of this place will call you back, we promise!

Take a walk at the Gibson Jack Trailhead


The Gibson jack trail is a really beautiful trail in the heart of the city Pocatello, it is a great place to go for a walk, relax or walk your dog. The view of the mountains is truly mesmerizing and makes this trail great for taking pictures.

You can ride your bikes, horses, and watch the moonlight in this well-maintained and alluring trail. There are small streams filled with beautiful big flowers along the whole trail. It is fully covered with snow during winter-time and is truly a must-visit if you are in Pocatello.

Go back in time at the Old Town Pocatello

Old Town Pocatello
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This local business market breeds culture and history, and is filled with art and history. The vintage shops here have a great collection of various antique dresses and shoes, it is a must visit if you are a shopaholic.

The ambience and structure of the market in itself is antique and gives a very old-school experience. A 90s kid’s heart will truly be filled with joy in this place as it breeds positivity, history and happiness.

The farmers market in this place is the most famous for its delicious native food and is a great way to support local businesses.

The mysterious Standrod House

Ever heard of building or houses in various parts of your city having mysterious ways of construction or just having an element of mystery attached to them?

This historical landmark in Pocatello, has a beautiful architecture and people often visit to view the magnificence of the same. Different people have different interesting views about the construction of this house.

This house was built using the Chateauesque architectural style. Truly a must visit if you are into exotic and mysterious buildings.

Slide the hills at Ammon Park


If you are in Pocatello and looking for a spot to go for a picnic on a sunny afternoon, the Ammon Park got you covered.

This beautiful park situated in the middle of Pocatello is not just a mainland green park, but is home to various hills and ice blocks in winters where you can go sliding, chill and have fun.

It is a great spot for picnic, relaxing, walking your dog, riding your bikes, for some chilled drinks or even meditating, journaling, painting and clicking pictures. It also has a secret hidden gym so that is a plus one.

The park is clean, quiet, well-maintained, and a great place to reconnect with Nature.

Pocatello Model Railroad and Historical Society


By now you must have realised that Pocatello is a land of history and culture, so let us take you into another historic landmark of the city, the model railroad and historical society is a club adjacent to the Union Pacific PR and has in display an extravagant collection of modern railroad.

It is a Great place to stop and stare at some trains. They also have a large museum of train memorabilia from the 1900s to today. This place is great for taking you kids and showing them all the trains. It is truly a must visit if you are like Sheldon and love trains.

Go grab some fishes at the Edward Fichter Park


This beautiful pond is a great place to go fishing, walking, jogging and relaxing. The beautiful views, especially the sunsets are the most fascinating thing about this pond. You can walk or ride around, or go fishing in the pond.

The lake is frozen in winters and can be a great place to experience walking on ice or ice-skating. The views are truly mesmerizing and this place is a must-visit if you are a sucker for beautiful scenery.

Fort Hall Replica

Fort Hall Replica
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This old fort hall is a replica of a trading fort along the Oregon trail. Earlier you could find clothing, provisions, ammunition, replacement cattle and horses, and other equipments, but not anymore, although the replica gives off the exact same vibes.

If you are interested in finding about the history of Native Americans, this place is definitely a must-visit as it will give you a great experience of the history. The adjoining museum has a great display of various historic equipments and art, and is definitely worth visiting.

Take a walk in the laps of nature


Have you ever dreamed of walking in the middle of beautiful cherry springs while small little cherry leaves keep sprinkling on you? The cherry springs nature area in Pocatello is your dream come true!

It is yet another park where you can reconnect with nature, go for a walk or a jog in the midst of the cherry springs. The trails are well-established, maintained and clean to walk on. The overall scenery and colour hue of the place makes it all the way more pleasurable for the people.

If you want some really good pictures of you in Pocatello, this is the best place to visit.

Drink your woes away at the Bannock Peak Casino

Did you think Pocatello is just about parks and museums and history and culture? Well, you are not wrong, but you are not right either, because this Casino called the Bannock Peak Casino is the right place to go for a party, gamble and drink your woes away.

This place is known for serving the best coffee and conversations, so need not worry if you are going alone, we are sure you will not get bored in this fun Casino.

The cherry on top here is that you can build your own pizza, isn’t that great? So what is the wait for? Go plan your vacation to Pocatello today!

The Bannock County Historical Museum

And we are back to another fort! But we are pretty sure that this one is different from any museum you’ve ever been to or heard of. The Bannock County Historical Museum is a museum made from only donated exhibits, cool right?

This museum right beside the old fort replica is all sorts of stop and stare. The museum is well maintained, polished and a great place to visit with your friends and family.

This museum paves a great way to learn about the history of Bannock County and to educate your kids. This place is truly a must-visit if you want to experience something exotic and traditional.

Outer Limits Fun zone


This gaming parlour in Pocatello is a grand indoor recreation centre with a wide variety of games like laser tag, mini-games, mini-golf, mini-arcade etc.

This parlous has inbuilt food station to gratify your hunger needs, it is the most famous for its pizza and chicken, so do not forget to check that out. This is a great place to tag your kids along and have some quality time.

The whole vibe of this place is truly mesmerizing. The neon lighting adds to the ambience and makes it even more fun. This place is truly must-visit if you are into gaming, action, adventure and fun.

We are sure that by now you must have realised that Pocatello is a great travel destination if you are looking for some quality time for yourself; it is the perfect place to go to when you need a break from a monotonous lifestyle.

The parks with all the scenery, the museums filled with history, the ponds full of fresh water, all these make Pocatello a dream destination for a lot of people.

If you are an explorer and wish to explore unknown cities, we recommend you start with Pocatello, for the history, culture and serenity of Pocatello will definitely give you loads to take back with you.