The 10 Best Retirement Activities in Idaho!

Forbes magazine recently listed Boise, Idaho, as one of the best places to retire in the country. But we’d go one step further and say Idaho is one of the best states to retire in the country, due to its picturesque scenery, low cost of living, and abundant activities. Find ten of the best ways to take advantage of living in Idaho during retirement below. 

1. See a summer musical at the Schuler Auditorium

Who says you need to go to New York to see good musicals? The Schuler Performing Arts Center is part of the North Idaho College campus in Coeur d’Alene, just around the corner. Every year, they host a variety of musicals, shows, and touring events for the community as well as students.

2. Hike the Idaho Panhandle National Forests

The Idaho Panhandle National Forests consist of over 2.5 million acres of public land and provide unparalleled opportunities for hiking, horseback riding, bird watching, and more. Consider a camping trip in the middle of the week to avoid the young whipper-snappers on the weekend and enjoy the beauty all around you.

3. Join the Stone Ridge Golf and Recreational Community

Stone Ridge is a golf and recreational community in Blanchard that includes a five-star luxury motor RV resort, vacation rentals, real estate opportunities, and incredible golf. Whether you’re in the market to invest, thinking about moving, or simply want to play a few holes, Stone Ridge has you covered.

4. Travel with the Spokane International Airport

Technically in Washington, the Spokane International Airport is within driving distance for much of Idaho. It’s well worth the ride; Spokane International Airport opens up doors to the rest of the world. Time to see everything you always wanted.

5. Join the Idaho Falls Senior Citizens’ Community Center

Idaho has several senior citizens’ community centers scattered throughout the state, each with the same motto: “Service to Seniors.” According to their website, “We have many services that we provide our community including our Congregate Nutrition Program… line dancing, woodcarving,” and much more. These centers are wonderful places to keep social and make friends.

6. Walk to get anywhere in Boise

Named Forbes’ “Best Places to Retire,” Boise is known for its awesome walkability and ease of bicycling. For retirees interested in keeping in shape, making sure you have easy walking options instead of always having to drive can be key, and Boise certainly fits the bill.

7. Visit the Bitner Vineyards

Bitner Vineyards in Caldwell, Idaho is an award-winning, up-and-coming winery just outside of Boise. They’re known for their sustainable farming methods and gorgeous scenery. Take an afternoon to peruse the vineyard and enjoy their delicious wine.  

8. Antique at the Trackside Mall in Idaho Falls

The Trackside Mall and Antique Gallery in Idaho Falls offers something for everyone, whether “you are curious about the past, like nostalgia, or just want to find something unique and different.” They’ve got a wide variety of costume jewelry, metal detectors, china, vintage clothing, and more. 

9. Spend an afternoon at the Warhawk Air Museum

Whether you’re a veteran or veteran-adjacent, or perhaps you simply have an affinity for war hawks, the Warhawk Air Museum in Nampa, Idaho is well-worth repeated visits. Become a member for free admission, a subscription to the museum’s newsletter Flightline, and a significant gift shop discount.

10. Bring the grandkids to Yellowstone Bear World

Spend a memorable morning with the grand kids by driving through the Yellowstone Bear World wildlife park. You’ll find yourself surrounded by free-roaming wildlife native to Yellowstone and the Grand Teton National Park. The grandkids will be begging to spend more time with you after just one visit. 

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