Summer has arrived in Rexburg! The longer, warmer days make this the perfect time to get out and experience all there is to see and do in and around the town. From historical museums to events in the community to enjoyment of the great outdoors, there is no shortage of options.
Let’s take a look at what’s happening in town and beyond this summer, so you can make the most of your time in this gorgeous region.
In the Community
The Rexburg Farmers Market
The Rexburg Farmers Market takes place Friday evenings at the Madison County Fairgrounds. Here you will find farm-fresh local produce to bring home for healthy, refreshing meals. You might even find fruits or veggies you are not used to seeing at your typical grocery store. Go ahead and ask the people working the farmstand for any recommendations on how to prepare it and take yourself on a culinary adventure! The Farmers Market also hosts unique vendors selling interesting gifts and crafts to browse.
Every first Friday from 5 to 8 pm is the Rexburg Art Stroll. This free event features visual art displays at numerous locations throughout town as well as curated live music for you to enjoy during your stroll.
Teton Vu Drive-In
Grab your friends for an evening at the drive-in theater! Rexburg’s Teton Vu Drive-In offers a nightly double feature of the latest releases, so you can stay current on all the blockbuster flicks.
Rexburg Idaho Temple
While this structure’s main purpose is to serve as grounds for worship within the LDS faith, passersby cannot ignore its exquisite beauty and marvel at its architecture. That is why you cannot have a list of Rexburg’s attractions without mentioning the Rexburg Idaho Temple. Temple visitors may walk the grounds while viewing the building’s brilliant exterior.
Parks in Rexburg
Rexburg’s oldest municipal park was established over 100 years ago. You can come here for a game of tennis, basketball, or a picnic on the lush green fields. Want to get a group together for a day at the park? Two shelters and many tables are available for small to large groups. Porter Park is also home to the Idaho Centennial Carousel, Idaho’s only antique wooden carousel.
Smith Park is another great option for outdoor recreation. You will also find tennis and basketball courts here as well as baseball diamonds. A picnic shelter and a beautiful gazebo are also available.
When you need a place to cool off on a hot day or just want to have some fun in the sun, take advantage of waterslides and splash pools with a visit to Rexburg Rapids, the local water park! Rexburg Rapids is within Riverside Park, which also features community gardens, a BMX dirt track course, and large green playing fields.
Eagle Park Campground
If spending a day at the park isn’t quite enough outdoor adventure for you, then why not spend the night, too? Eagle Park is the place to be, offering 24 tent campsites as well as drinkable water and bathrooms throughout the park.
BYU-Idaho Ropes Course
Are you feeling up for some challenging fun? Visit the BYU-Idaho Ropes Course! This is a great outdoor facility to bring a group of friends. At the ropes course, you will work together to solve puzzles, learn aerial maneuvers, zoom down the zipline, and more.
The Rexburg Museum
Take an afternoon to learn the fascinating history of Rexburg. The Rexburg Museum is home to the Teton Dam Flood exhibit. The museum even offers a glimpse at how you would do if you were around for the flood. Find out for yourself in the museum’s historically-themed escape room.
Legacy Flight Museum
Enjoy an up-close and personal encounter with the historic airplane collection at Legacy Flight Museum. Spending time at this museum is likely to conjure up your feelings of patriotism. Many of the planes on display were used in the military and are now historical artifacts curated for your education and viewing pleasure. Your student card will earn you a discount on admission.
Rexburg itself has so many great ways to enjoy summer. Situated just west of Grand Teton National Park and Yellowstone National Park, Rexburg also has much to offer in the way of wildlife and outdoor recreation just beyond its borders. Grab your binoculars and make time this summer to visit some of these excellent destinations.
Yellowstone Bear World
Just five miles south of town is Yellowstone Bear World, Rexburg’s drive-thru wildlife park. Many animals are featured here including elk, bison, mountain goats, moose, and bears, of course. This park is a popular destination for people from all over the region and country.
Cress Creek Nature Trail
This beautiful natural area along the Snake River is a paved 1.25-mile loop trail where you can spend the day taking in the scenic views and enjoying a picnic. This trail is a leisurely walk for all skill levels and is wheelchair accessible.
Heise Hot Springs Resort
This is a wonderful place to escape to for some fun relaxation. Not only can you soak in the various heated pools, Heise also features campsites, a beautiful golf course, and a thrilling zip line. Travel time from Rexburg is just under a half-hour.
Civil Defense Caves
Another nearby outdoor attraction is the Civil Defense Caves. These volcanic wonders are actually remarkably cool in temperature, thanks to the insulating quality of the hardened lava. You will want to bring an extra layer and good shoes to explore here.
Looking for even more lava? The Menan Buttes are twin extinct volcanoes formed by eruptions from 10,000 years ago! You can explore this area on the 3.4-mile North Menan Butte Trail. The out-and-back trail is considered moderately challenging and takes an average of 2 hours to complete.
Yellowstone National Park
Rexburg is only an hour and a half away from the world-renowned Yellowstone National Park. Due to the park’s recent closure for severe flooding, access to the park’s North and Northeast entrances remains closed, but the North and South Loops are open. You can find the latest information on closures and updates here: https://www.nps.gov/yell/planyourvisit/conditions.htm
We hope this list is helpful to you in making the most of your summer living in Rexburg. Enjoy the wonderful community and the natural beauty of the town and the surrounding area. Have a happy and safe summer!