Rexburg is a small town in Idaho with less than 40,000 people. While it may not be the most obvious place to visit while in Idaho, this charming little town has plenty of fun things to do and see. Whether you’re traveling solo, with friends, or with your family don’t miss our favorite things to do in Rexburg Idaho.
1. Yellowstone Bear World
One of the best things you can do in Rexburg is to visit Yellowstone Bear World. This experience is perfect for those interested in going to Yellowstone or Grand Teton National Park. They offer driving wildlife tours, a petting zoo and rides for kids.
They’re only open from April through October, but it’s worth popping in if you plan on being in town during this time.
2. Rexburg Rapids
When you’re visiting during the summer months, Rexburg Rapids is one of the best ways to stay cool. This small water park is located in the heart of the city and is fun for people of all ages.
There are several water slides, pools to float in, and space to lounge in the sun to soak up some rays. Plus, there’s food and beverage service, so you can spend the entire day here if you want.
3. Legacy Flight Museum
In a hangar near the small airport in Rexburg is the Legacy Flight Museum. The museum features several historic military aircraft and also civilian aircraft.
Even for those who aren’t aviation fans, you’ll love seeing the different planes. You can see here a P-63 Kingobra, a Boeing Stearman, and Grumman S-2 Tracker.
4. Kelly Canyon Ski Resort
For the perfect winter or summer getaway, Kelly Canyon Ski Resort is the place to be. The resort has been open since 1957 and is a favorite skiing and snowboarding destination for locals and visitors of Rexburg.
Even if you’re not interested in skiing or snowboarding, they offer ziplining and mountain biking trails. The resort offers plenty of amenities that locals and visitors alike will love, like fire pits and restaurants.
5. Beaver Dick Park
If you want to enjoy the beautiful outdoors that Idaho has to offer, Beaver Dick Park is a great place to start. It’s only seven miles from the center of town and has 9.5 acres of fantastic scenery on the Snake River.
The park has a swimming area when it’s warm out, a boat dock, picnic areas, and a playground that kids can play at while you enjoy the fresh air.
6. Anthony Sand Dunes
If you travel 15 miles north of town, you’ll see one of the most beautiful places in the area, St. Anthony Sand Dunes. The dunes cover over 10,000 acres of land and with some peaks rising over 400 feet. Even before partaking in activities, you’ll be mesmerized by the beauty of the area.
Some people are content just looking at the dunes and taking pictures. If you want to try something more adventurous, you can sled down the slopes or go horseback riding through the sand.
7. Museum of Rexburg
For the museum buffs, the Museum of Rexburg is in a beautiful 1911 building in the center of town. The museum features exhibits about major historical events in the area and the history of the town.
One of the most popular exhibits is in the basement of this building. It’s centered around the 1976 Teton Dam collapse. This collapse was devastating to the area, and construction was never completed to repair the damage.
8. Jefferson County Lake
Many of the attractions in Rexburg are seasonal. Whether it’s something you can do in the summer or winter, the weather dictates a lot of what you can do here. During the summer, you’ll want to spend some time at Jefferson County Lake.
The lake has blue water, sand beaches, and plenty of summer fun to be had. You can lounge in the sand, swim, have a picnic, and even kayak through the waters.
9. Teton Scenic Byway
This 70-mile stretch of highway begins south of Rexburg and spans through Swan Valley. You’ll be able to see the majestic mountain ranges, take pictures, and soak up the natural beauty of the area. You can hit the road and drive for miles taking in the scenery or pull off and enjoy the view or better yet get out for a quick hike.
10. Cress Creek Nature Trail
Another great option for nature lovers is to head to Cress Creek Nature Trail. The best part about this trail is that it’s only about 1.25 miles, meaning people of all ages and skill levels should be able to enjoy the walk.
As you walk through the trail, you’ll see beautiful sagebrush and wildflowers that bloom in the spring and summer months. The trail runs along the Snake River, and you’ll see people running, jogging, and taking their furry friend for a walk along the trail.
11. Rexburg Farmers’ Market
Something not everyone considers doing when visiting a new town is to do low-key things that the locals do. The farmers’ market in Rexburg is very casual and a wonderful way to see how many of the locals spend their weekends.
When you wander through the farmers’ market, you’ll see vendors selling fresh fruits and veggies. There’s more than just delicious fresh produce here. You can buy flowers, and several vendors sell handmade goods that make perfect gifts.
While Rexburg may not be the first destination you think of when planning a trip to Idaho, you won’t be disappointed when you visit. You can go skiing in the wintertime, spend time at the lake or water park during the summer, and see some spectacular views.
Regardless of how you choose to spend your time in Rexburg, you’ll be going home with memories that will last a lifetime.