Top 10 Things to do in Pocatello, United States

December 12, 2017 Brain Ambrose

Surrounded on three sides by snow-capped mountains, Pocatello is a beautiful small city in the heart of eastern Idaho. The unspoiled wilderness in and around the city is perfect for cross country skiing and snowmobiling in the winter or hiking and biking in the summer. The Pontneuf River Greenway running through town is popular for jogging and strolling in warmer climes. For a more cultured vacation, try any of the city's theaters, dinner museums or outdoor bandshells for live entertainment.
Restaurants in Pocatello

1. Museum of Clean

711 S 2nd Ave, Pocatello, ID 83201-6520 +1 208-232-3535
Excellent
78%
Good
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Satisfactory
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Poor
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Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 177 reviews

Museum of Clean

Reviewed By JulieBWilmingtonNC - Wilmington NC

What a surprise that a whole multi-floor museum devoted to housecleaning could be so much fun! Don Aslett, the "King of Clean" has put together an amazing display of historical cleaning aids and products. If you don't like vacuuming now, take a look at it 100+ years ago when the machine required 2 people to operate! I took my 89-year old Mom and we both enjoyed it. We toured the main floor and the lower floor, with interesting items and incredibly witty captions everywhere. Given Mom's walking limitations, we did not go to the 3rd floor because the docent said it was more kid-oriented. But if the first 2 floors were fun for us, I imagine the 3rd floor is terrific!

2. Bannock County Historical Museum

3000 Ave. of the Chiefs, Pocatello, ID 83204 +1 208-233-0434
Excellent
40%
Good
56%
Satisfactory
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4.5 based on 22 reviews

Bannock County Historical Museum

Reviewed By Kevin A - Nampa, Idaho

Fun place to visit and there is a logical flow to the displays. Liked the early 1900's fire engine! This is a hands off museum so not something for younger kids. Allow 30-60 minutes depending on how much of a display informational sign reader you are.

3. Fort Hall Replica

Pocatello, ID
Excellent
46%
Good
29%
Satisfactory
19%
Poor
4%
Terrible
2%
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4 based on 41 reviews

Fort Hall Replica

Reconstruction of an old trading post.

Reviewed By Harry B - Livermore, California

Full Scale Replica of Fort Hall based upon archaeology and documents. Exhibits on both floors of log structures. Corner Lookouts are not open to public. See also the excellent History Museum next door. The pint-sized town between the two did not attract our attention ... mostly for grade-school field trips.

4. Swore Farms

Rr 2, Box 175, Pocatello, ID 83202 +1 208-705-0991
Excellent
87%
Good
13%
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5 based on 15 reviews

Swore Farms

Reviewed By Chuck B - Houston, Texas

My wife and I visited this location on 9/2/16 to purchase some fresh produce. No one in store but signage gives prices, wt scale and payment jug. The other reviewers have come later in the year so we can only speak about the produce.
Directions: this is N of Pocatello on Hwy 91 (Yellowstone) at IH85. Go 5 miles N on 91 to Barton Rd, turn left and watch of signage to farm.

5. Idaho Museum of Natural History

698 E Dillon St, Corner of 5th and Dillion, Pocatello, ID 83201 +1 208-282-3168
Excellent
45%
Good
30%
Satisfactory
14%
Poor
9%
Terrible
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Overall Ratings

4 based on 42 reviews

Idaho Museum of Natural History

Natural history museum at Idaho State University.

Reviewed By TomTrel - Meridian, Idaho

This museum occupies a single floor of the old library building. They have their archives in the basement and the upper floors are used for other Idaho State offices.

The exhibits are a combination of visiting ones (an exhibit comparing what families spend around the world in our case) and ones that are made up of items that the museum has collected over the years.

They have several sets of bones from animals that use to live in the Idaho area, along with different exhibits related to Idaho history.

The staff seemed to be Idaho State students. One we talked to was studying anthropology, so working in a museum of natural history was a great fit.

The exhibits seem to be well documented with informative signs. Good for children that can read, otherwise it is just looking at photos and bones.

There was a separate area for school children and an area where young students could learn about buying food (different food items with a checkout cashier).

Definitely worth a one-time visit if you are on the Idaho State campus.

6. Old Town

Pocatello, ID
Excellent
31%
Good
22%
Satisfactory
29%
Poor
10%
Terrible
8%
Overall Ratings

3.5 based on 58 reviews

Old Town

Area of Pocatello with surroundings rich in local history.

Reviewed By Piseu - Mount Holly, North Carolina

We drove around old town Pocatello and there is not a lot to see. The railroad houses are okay, downtown is half empty store fronts, and there is not a lot to see here. Other towns may be better, Pocatello needs work.

7. Trinity Episcopal Church

Pocatello, ID +1 208-233-2640
Excellent
84%
Good
16%
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5 based on 6 reviews

Trinity Episcopal Church

A small, but beautiful, 19th-century church.

Reviewed By mini - Fremont, California

We visited Trinity Episcopal Church, which is a historic church in Pocatello. It was started in 1897, The church building was added to the national register of historic places in 1978, It is an active congregation which practices the Anglican/Episcopalian tradition.

8. Zoo Idaho

3101 Avenue of the Chiefs, Pocatello, ID 83204-2135 +1 208-234-6196
Excellent
40%
Good
28%
Satisfactory
4%
Poor
12%
Terrible
16%
Overall Ratings

3.5 based on 25 reviews

Zoo Idaho

Reviewed By MaidenoftheSea - Midway, Georgia

We went on Tuesday afternoon - there a probably 15-20 different enclosures but it was so much fun! Most of the animals were out and active ... the bear was hilarious! Tickets are inexpensive and worth it. You can purchase extra food for the goat enclosure, too. It's an easy walk around the place. You can spend an hour or so there. Don't miss it, if you are in the area!

9. Portneuf Health Trust Amphitheatre

2375 Olympus Dr, Pocatello, ID 83201-6100 +1 208-251-3505
Excellent
55%
Good
9%
Satisfactory
18%
Poor
9%
Terrible
9%
Overall Ratings

4 based on 11 reviews

Portneuf Health Trust Amphitheatre

Reviewed By david m - pocatello

So my little family and I went to this park. We were so curious on how it would appear because we remember seeing being under construction for a while. After seeing it was open, we decided it was time to go. We liked the lake and seeing that you can fish in it. We found the amphitheater was very interesting and that there was plenty of space to walk and play sports. It really holds a great potential for sports, concerts, and fourth of July activities. Further, we felt that the pathways in some parts of the area could of been better especially for strollers. As well, they need to make a better path that goes around the theater to connect with the bridge.

10. St. Joseph's Chapel

439 N Hayes Ave, Pocatello, ID 83204-3025 +1 208-232-1196
Excellent
75%
Good
25%
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5 based on 4 reviews

St. Joseph's Chapel

Reviewed By Mark_only - Taichung

St. Joseph's Catholic Church is in the general area of Pocatello which is referred to as Old Town. The church has a congregation that is very active in service to the local community. It's a great place to go for some quiet time, and to refresh the soul!

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