9 Things to Do in Twin Falls Idaho

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I grew up most of my life in a little town in Southern Idaho called Twin Falls. It’s situated about 2 hours south of Boise and about an hour away from Sun Valley, Idaho.

Twin Falls is a typical Idaho town with a population of about 50,000 people. It’s mainly popular because of its vicinity to the Snake River Canyon and the famous Shoshone Falls. Many people also drive through Twin Falls on their way to Yellowstone National Park, Boise or Salt Lake City. The town itself is surrounded by the Snake River Canyon, farmland, and smaller farm towns like Filer, Jerome, and Kimberly.

After moving to San Francisco about 5 years ago, I haven’t been back in a while which makes me miss it. So, I’ve decided to put together a little list of things to do in Twin Falls in case you’re visiting Idaho or ever find yourself driving through Twin Falls.

9 Things to Do in Twin Falls Idaho

Things to do in Twin Falls Idaho

(1) Check Out Shoshone Falls

Shoshone Falls are actually some of the most amazing falls I’ve ever seen in my life and I grew up right next to them! What’s even cooler is they are 212 feet higher than Niagara Falls and soo soo loud. From the lookout, you can actually feel the spray of the falls. The view is pretty mesmerizing.

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(2) Drive or Walk Across the Perrine Bridge

This bridge has become famous due its excellent BASE jumping conditions. People from all over the world come here to jump off. This bridge also connects Jerome, Idaho to Twin Falls.

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(3) Go inside the Snake River Canyon

There are a ton of activities to do in the Snake River Canyon and this is one of the main reasons people visit Twin Falls in the first place. There are a ton of great hikes, places to go boating, areas for stand up paddle boarding, kayaking and canoeing. Some people rock climb and others BASE jump off the bridge. Dierkes Lake and Bass Lake are the most popular lakes in the canyon and perfect places to go swimming and fishing in the summer.

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(4) Go to Happy Hour at Elevation 486

The view at this bar and restaurant is amazing. Come here on a warm summer evening to watch the sunset and enjoy an Idaho Lemonade or a Corona’Rita. Happy Hour is from 3-6pm every day! 

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9 Things to Do in Twin Falls Idaho

(5) Visit Bass Lake or Dierkes Lake

I grew up coming to both of these lakes in the Snake River Canyon. Bass Lake is below but is part of the Blue Lakes Country Club and Dierkes Lake is open to the public and a little larger. These are great places to hang out and swim in the summer!

Things to Do in Twin Falls Idaho

(6) Have Breakfast at the Buffalo Cafe

If you want to have a down home Idaho breakfast then head over to the Buffalo Cafe. It’s usually pretty crowded on the weekends, but so worth it. Since you’re in Idaho you better get some potatoes and meat! 
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(7) Go to the Anchor Bar & Grill and Eat on the Patio

Another great bar and restaurant. It’s on the busiest street in Twin Falls but has a great vibe and a pretty good drink selection. Locals hang out here quite a bit and they usually have live music on the weekends.

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(8) Zip line the canyon

This was a newish thing put in right before I moved away from Twin Falls. Zip the Snake allows you to Zipline in the canyon. Unfortunately, it doesn’t all you go from one side of the canyon to the other, but it’s still a thrill apparently.  Next time I’m in town I have it on my list to try!

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(9) Go on Day trips like:

Vinyard Lake hike (a true locals secret)

Shoshone Ice Caves

Twin Falls County Fair

Hagerman Fossil Beds

Miracle Hot Springs

Pomerelle Ski Resort

City of Rocks

Craters of the Moon

Bruneau Sand Dunes

Thousand Springs

I also have a list of my favorite places to visit in Idaho here, but these are other great day trips to take from Twin Falls!

9 Things to Do in Twin Falls Idaho


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By | 2017-10-02T02:59:45+00:00 August 7th, 2016|April, Top Ten, Travel|7 Comments

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  1. Katie Chapman September 16, 2016 at 8:00 am - Reply

    Hi Katie!

    After reading your post about Idaho, my friend and I wand to meet in either Idaho falls or twin falls for about three days this fall. She’ll be driving from Reno and I will be coming from billings MT. Do you have any recommendations for what we absolutely must do for those three days? We love outdoor stuff and We’d love to camp so if you have recommendations for either we would greatly appreciate it!

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      The Traveling Spud September 28, 2016 at 12:44 pm - Reply

      Hi Katie!
      Sorry for the delayed reply! I would definitely recommend going to Thousand Springs, Bruneau Sand Dunes or Craters of the Moon. All are short distances from Twin Falls and Boise. In Twin Falls you’ll have to go to Shoshone Falls as well! It’s an amazing waterfall that you shouldn’t miss. I hope you have fun! Let me know if you have any other questions!

      • Katie Chapman September 28, 2016 at 3:40 pm - Reply

        Thanks for responding! Those sound like awesome suggestions thank you! Do you happen to know of any camping in the Twin Falls area or at any of the sites that you mentioned?

        Thanks again!

  2. Megan April 23, 2017 at 6:54 am - Reply

    We LOVED Buffalo Cafe!! It was such a great find while we were in Twin Falls. I definitely have a soft spot for small town diners, and this spot met my every expectation – especially friendly folks and a definite “locals” vibe.

    • The Traveling Spud
      The Traveling Spud April 23, 2017 at 11:29 am - Reply

      Yes! I agree! There’s something amazing about the small town diners 🙂

  3. Martin July 26, 2017 at 8:31 am - Reply

    Great article! However a few things are misleading. It is not bungee jump it is BASE jump. The Ziplone does not go across the river it is in the canyon.

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