1315 Industrial Rd.
Nampa, ID 83687
Phone: (208) 463-6300
Fax: (208) 475-1434
Named among the best public courses in the nation by "Golf Digest," Ridgecrest Golf Course provides challenging terrain and spectacular scenery. To the south of the course, the Owhyee Mountains offer spectacular views of rugged peaks, while to the north the Boise Range is visible. The views combined with the farm fields surrounding the club give the course an authentic Idaho feel. Golfers will face plenty of challenges here, including a ridge that divides the holes and plenty of water to navigate.
Idaho's busiest golf course is located close to downtown Nampa, about 20 miles west of Boise, just off Interstate 84. Offering wide fairways with large, low greens, the course is forgiving and popular with beginners. Amenities include a pro shop, lessons, driving and practice ranges, banquet facilities and a snack bar. The club house boasts 360 degree views of the valley. Visible from the highway, this course rolls along a series of hills, providing views of the high desert surrounding the Boise Valley. Check website for green fees. Booking is advisable at least two days in advance.
Dating back to 1903, Canyon County's first train depot now houses an eclectic historical collection. Located in revitalized downtown Nampa, about 20 minutes west of Boise, the museum offers a walk down memory lane, including 18th-century quilts, farm tools, mustache cups and an undertaker's table. Typical historical museum fare can also be found, such as railroad and Canyon County memorabilia. The building itself is also considered to be an outstanding example of Baroque architecture.
Improve your game by practicing on these state of the art putting greens.
With more than 200 bird species on record and over 11,000 acres of space, this refuge is a wildlife lovers' dream. A 45-minute drive from Boise, the Deer Flat National Wildlife Refuge includes Lake Lowell, which is a popular spot for boating, swimming and fishing. Annual bird migrations make the lake an enchanting place for bird watching. Low water during late August exposes muddy areas that are particularly popular with water birds. From October 1 through April 14 the lake and islands are closed to boats. Check website for more details.
Boasting everything from beetles to Navajo sand paintings, this museum's impressive collection makes the 20-mile drive to Caldwell well worth it. Located on the Albertson College of Idaho campus, the museum offers many regional displays and collections. It is an eclectic collection, including fossils, insects and Indian pottery. There is even a large display of Baja California flora and fauna, a result of the college's research facilities in Mexico.
Leave Idaho and explore the cosmos at this 50-seat planetarium, which offers a variety of programming events throughout the year. Visitors can tour the planets, learning about the solar system and positioning of constellations, or discover what is beyond our solar system. The planetarium also hosts a variety of special events, including December sky shows that mix astronomy, Biblical stories, and other historic writings. Group field trips are also available and evening shows can be arranged by appointment. Check the website for upcoming shows and events.
Adrenaline junkies are sure to get their fix with Skydive Idaho! Feel the exhilarating rush of jumping out of a plane with Idaho's premier skydiving company. Tandem diving is available for beginners, and the company has their own private airstrip. Group discounts are available.
This nicely-groomed, four-acre (1.6-hectare) city park in Meridian is a great place to take kids on a sunny day. There are picnic tables, as well as a parking lot, playground, and plenty of green open space.
Double Trouble, White Water Bay, Pipe Line Mines and Racing Ridge are names that water-lovers will soon learn at Roaring Springs Water Park. Located a few miles west of Boise off Interstate 84, this water park provides relief from the relentless heat of a typical Idaho summer day. Bright yellow slides twist and turn high above the park. Complete with volleyball courts and food court, this is a popular water park for the whole family.
Angler's Habitat is the place to begin your fishing adventure. They offer fishing apparel and supplies, rafts, instruction and boats, plus so much more.
Lining Caldwell's main streets and sidling up next to residential neighborhoods, this golf course is truly a community endeavor. The nine hole course is dotted with olive, maple and pine trees. Mostly flat, Fairview Municipal Golf Course offers few challenges, making it ideal for beginners or parents wanting to introduce their young ones to the game.