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Things to Do in Meridian

Meridian is one of the fastest-growing cities in the US. With theme parks, shopping plazas and a growing culinary scene, this town has grown to be a lot more than what it used to be.

Here’s a list of the must-see places you have to visit in this up-and-coming city.

Roaring Springs

Photo courtesy of Roaring Springs

Want to feel like a little kid again? Bring the whole family along to the largest waterpark in Southwest Idaho. Float along a lazy river, catch some waves, race each other down water slides and more.

Be sure to check out Wahooz and Pinz next door for bumper cars, laser tag, mini golf and bowling.

The Village

Photo courtesy of The Village

Narrow cobblestone streets meander through a plaza lined with trees, fountains and charming storefronts. It feels as if you’re wandering through a European village, but as soon as you see the high-desert foothills in the distance, you remember you’re still in Southwest Idaho.

The Village is the central gathering place in Meridian. With boutiques, restaurants and a cinema, it’s the perfect place to for a fun date night, shopping spree or solo matinee.

Local’s tip: Winter is a magical time of year to visit the Village. Every year, this plaza is filled with Christmas lights and an outdoor ice skating rink.

Kleiner Park

Photo courtesy of Meridian Chamber of Commerce

On a hot Thursday night during the summer, you can catch a concert at an outdoor amphitheater just a couple minutes’ walk from The Village. You’ll be greeted with the enticing scents of nearby food trucks, as well as cold beer from a beer garden.

During the day, Kleiner Park is the perfect place to spend a sunny afternoon. Here, you can play a game of bocce ball, go fishing in a nearby pond, or take a stroll along the many tree-lined paths.

Meridian Speedway

Dramatic stunts performed at Meridian Speedway’s annual Eve of Destruction. Photo courtesy of Meridian Speedway.

Roaring engines. The smell of burnt rubber. Cold beers and loud cheers.

On nearly any warm summer night, you can sit right up close to the action of classic auto racing at the Meridian Speedway. Whether you’re into vintage models or monster trucks, you’re guaranteed a rowdy crowd and a wild night.

Local’s Tip: Check out the Eve of Destruction in early August. Flame-throwing cars and trucks literally destroy each other. We aren’t kidding.

Downtown Meridian

Photo courtesy of Meridian Chamber of Commerce

Downtown Meridian’s streets are filled with mid-century bungalows, big oak trees, old brick storefronts, and a whole lot of charm.

There’s some great hidden finds when it comes to restaurants in this area. Here’s some of our favorites:

  • Epi’s
  • Kahootz Steak and Alehouse
  • Deja Brew Laugh a Latte
  • Flatbread Neapolitan Pizzeria
  • The Original Sunrise Cafe
  • Main Street Burger

Corn Mazes

Photo courtesy Meridian Chamber of Commerce

It’s the middle of the night. You’re wandering through a cornfield, leaves crunching under your feet. All is quiet. And then…

The sound of a chainsaw pierces through the silence. Suddenly, you’re being chased by a horde of zombies.

Every fall, hundreds of locals flock to nearby farms for corn mazes, carnival rides, pumpkin patches and harvest season fun. Our recommendations? Check out Linder Farms.

 

Decades ago, Meridian was just farmland and quiet neighborhoods for miles. Today, it’s an up-and-coming city full of family-friendly attractions and hidden gems waiting to be discovered.

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