Top 10 Things To Do In Lava Hot Springs

Our city boasts world famous hot springs, but once you get out of the pool there’s so much more to explore. Set against the beautiful Bannock and Portneuf Mountains, the Lava Hot Springs area is a haven for recreational enthusiasts, history lovers, and wanderers of all kinds. There are so many ways to love Lava — through all four seasons, you’ll discover new places to explore and new ways to treat yourself and your family.  


Lava Hot Springs Water Park Swimming and SlidesPHOTO CREDIT: IDAHO TOURISM


Our Waters Are Wonderful.
We’ve been a wellness destination for centuries because of our powerfully therapeutic waters that are packed with soothing minerals like bicarbonate, potassium, calcium, and magnesium. Unlike many hot springs, our waters don’t have a lingering sulfur smell as they bubble up from an ancient volcano. At our namesake soaking spot, five pleasantly hot outdoor hot pools are sublimely soothing year round. Fun-seekers of all ages come from around the globe to enjoy the Olympic-size pool, waterslides, and indoor aquatic center. Discover your favorite way to take in our famous waters. 


Hot Pools in Lava Hot Springs Idaho


Stress Doesn’t Stand a Chance.
Our region lives up to its reputation as one of Idaho’s health and wellness capitals with several massage therapy and spa providers. Pair your soak with a massage or beauty treatment for the ultimate in relaxation.  


Zip lining in Lava Hot Springs IdahoPHOTO CREDIT: IDAHO TOURISM


Get a Bird’s-Eye View.
There’s no better way to take in the gorgeous natural scenery than through the Lava Hot Springs Zip Line Adventure. Their unmistakable vintage Army truck will whisk you to a private canyon where you’ll soar along thousands of feet of zip line. When you’re done, have a blast on their high ropes course, geodesic dome, and climbing wall. 


Ice Cream in Downtown Lava Hot Springs Idaho


Downtown is Delightful.
Our charming, turn-of-the-century downtown is packed with cozy eateries, locally-owned shops, and the friendliest folks you’ll have the pleasure of meeting. It’s walkable (no car needed!), welcoming, and features a vibrant nightlife and plenty of dining options. Discover locally-made art, textiles, jewelry, and gifts at downtown’s small businesses, or rent recreational equipment from downtown retailers before heading out on your next adventure.  


Lava Hot Springs Tubing the Portneuf River


Float America’s Best River for Tubing.
Grab an inner tube and hit USA Today’s Best River for Tubing! The wild Portneuf River flows through the heart of town, and includes a stretch of floatable rapids that offer thrills hour after hour. Mid-May to mid-September is the season for river lovers, so BYO or rent your tube from one of several outfitters in town. 


Lava Hot Springs History Road Marker


History Is Alive Here.
The South Bannock County Historical Center Museum offers permanent and rotating exhibits about our amazing corner of the country. Your journey through time will begin with the Shoshone-Bannock people, who called this area Poha-Ba, or “Land of Healing Waters.” 


Lava Hot Springs Lodging, Cabins & Camping


You Can Always Stay Another Night (Or Three).
We boast beautiful lodging options, from historic boutique hotels to cozy B&Bs and colorful motels, to suit your price range and personal style. If you prefer to bring your own accommodations, there are plenty of public and private locations to camp or park your RV and stay awhile. And did you know that many of our hotels offer their own hot springs pools? At Lava, you’re never far from healing waters. Visit mid-week or during shoulder season to beat the crowds and relax at your own pace.  


Restaurants in Lava Hot Springs Idaho


The Food Is Fabulous.
Our locally-owned restaurants serve up everything from the world’s best waffles to true Thai food. Whether you’re hoping for a mimosa-heavy brunch or a classic steak dinner, you’ll find plenty of ways to tuck in at Lava.  


Shopping in Lava Hot Springs Idaho


You Can Let the Kids Go Crazy.
This small community is jam-packed with kid-friendly activities. Your littles will love our fast-paced water slides, skiing at Pebble Creek Ski Area, fishing, zip lining, and floating the river. Or let ’em loose to climb and splash on the aquatic toys at Portneuf Kiddie Cove. They won’t forget their trip to Lava Hot Springs! 


Golfing in Lava Hot Springs Idaho


It’s Great for Golfing.
Numerous golf courses, all within a 30-minute drive from town, offer the real deal for all ages and ability levels. Each one is surrounded by natural beauty and the ideal way to spend a leisurely (or competitive!) morning or afternoon. Or try your hand at the nine-hole disc golf courses in Lions Park and across from the Olympic Swimming Complex. 

Looking for even more family-friendly ideas? Check out the Lava Hot Springs website for endless inspiration.


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