As spring arrives in Rexburg, the weather warms up, the snow melts, and the days get longer. And, after a long winter, summertime is just within reach! If you need to take a break from studying, there’s so much to do in the Rexburg area, whether you’re hungry for food, hungry for culture, or just eager to get out and enjoy the sunshine. Here are a few of the many things that Rexburg has to offer.
The Great Outdoors
Like so much of the beautiful state of Idaho, Rexburg and the surrounding area have an abundance of outdoor activities to enjoy as the sun gets stronger. Lace up your shoes and get out and explore the abundance of the natural world around Rexburg.
While this community park really comes alive in the summer months, there’s much to enjoy in the spring as well, such as their tennis courts, basketball courts, slacklining, and picnic area.
This park, also in town, boasts a fishing pond, a dog park, a skate park, picnicking, and a disc golf course. Not familiar with disc golf? There’s a guided course that walks you through how to play. Bring some friends and a disc and give it a try!
If you want to spend a night (or two) under the stars, right along the Teton River, the Eagle Park Campground is right in town, and offers clean water and restroom facilities. It’s so close to town but you’ll feel you’re a world away!
If biking’s more your speed, no problem! Head over to the Tenderfoot mountain biking trail, which features hiking and biking trails along the Teton river.
Near the beautiful parks mentioned above is the Rexburg Animal Shelter, run by the local police department. Consider doing a good deed on a beautiful day and volunteer to walk a dog who is waiting for a loving home.
Culture and History
There’s more to Rexburg than beautiful scenery. Take advantage of the warmer temps with a leisurely visit to any of the below museums and cultural institutions.
The first Friday of every month, Rexburg has the Art Stroll, a free community event, from 5-8pm. The offerings change every month, but include music performances, visual art installations, and more.
Founded in 2006, this museum features many aircrafts from the United States Military. Take the opportunity to see these fascinating aircrafts and learn more about the veterans who fought for our freedoms. While it is only open on Saturdays in the cooler months, starting in May the Museum is open six days a week.
Open from 11am-3pm daily, the Museum of Rexburg is also called the Home of the Teton Flood Exhibit. Featuring relics and information about the 1976 Teton Dam flood that badly damaged the Tabernacle, the museum is located in the Tabernacle’s basement. They also feature an historically-themed Escape Room from May-October.
With all the fun you’re having, you won’t have to go hungry. Rexburg has some great year-round dining options as well as seasonal outdoor food trucks (and even a bus!) that will keep you full.
Every Friday evening from 5-8pm, you can peruse the stalls at the farmer’s market and get some inspiration for spring cooking. Come support local farmers and artisans, and don’t forget they are always looking for volunteers!
As your thoughts turn to warmer days and stronger sunshine, why not celebrate with a meal that feels like a vacation? This Hawaiian-themed restaurant serves island-style meals and delicious fruity smoothies, juices and other non-alcoholic drinks to get you thinking of summertime.
This is a local favorite for a reason! After you’ve worked up an appetite in town, head to Big Jud’s where favorites include the burgers, fries, and of course, ice cream.
Starting every April, the aptly named food truck camps out at Main Street in Rexburg, serving corn dogs to hungry patrons.
Another popular food “truck” is actually a bus! Find them on Fourth Street and enjoy some delicious cheap eats!
If you’re still hungry, you can indulge your sweet tooth at Florence’s Exquisite Chocolates and Candies, which has been in business since 1981.
On particularly warm days, you can cool off with custard and Italian ices at local chain Karie Anne’s Frozen Dessert.
Other Fun Nearby
There are a few more gems in the Rexburg area if you’re willing and able to go a little bit outside of town. You may find these attractions are more than worth the trip!
If you’re an avid golfer, or just a beginner, you can enjoy the 27 holes and driving range at the nearby Teton Lakes. With daily passes and season passes, and online booking, they make it easy to take advantage of their beautiful course. They are also home to the Whoopee Days Golf Tournament in June.
Head south just five miles on Route 20 and you’ll find this whimsical drive-through wildlife park. It opens for weekends in mid-April, and seven days a week in May.
Find this gem just north of town. Drive-in movies were all the rage in the middle of the 20th century, but only a few hundred remain. The Teton Vu is a holdout and a great place to take in a movie under the stars. Enjoy double features, a concession stand, and on particularly warm nights you can watch from a blanket or lawn chair on the grounds.
No matter what you’re looking for, there is more than enough in Rexburg to keep you busy in the springtime. And if you just want to take a break and relax without going anywhere, you can always chill in the lounge at your apartment complex for a game night with friends! Enjoy the lighter days after a long winter.