Never miss a beat on the neighborhood Nampa scene with our monthly Staff Pick posts, highlighting the hottest local area attractions and events – not to be missed while staying with us at Best Western Plus Nampa.

  • Have a Wander at Wilson Ponds

    Have a Wander at Wilson Ponds

    Spring is high time for our feathered friends to start flirting. That means sweet birdsong and the year's best display of colorful feathers will make a splash in the trees around you. See them all across the 55 acres of Nampa's Wilson Ponds. A well-known haven for birders and fisherwomen and men, Wilson Ponds offers relative peace and quiet without designated playgrounds and picnic areas, dogs or designated sports fields. It's no wonder the birds like to visit, too! Keep an eye out for the pied-billed grebe, American coot, Virginia rail, black-chinned hummingbird, belted kingfisher, marsh wren and yellow warbler. To get here, drive south of Nampa's center in the direction of Murphy. The ponds are located on Powerline Road across from the Nampa Fish Hatchery. Go online for birding and wildlife resources as well as maps and trail guides for those eager to get some exercise at the same time.

  • Dodge the Winter Doldrums

    Dodge the Winter Doldrums

    Ben Stiller won't be there. Nor will Vince Vaughn. But considering the painful results of their heated contest in the 2004 comedy, Dodgeball, it may be for the best! So why not go for it and gather your friends (and arch-rivals) and relive your middle school years by slinging those dueling rubber balls in the ultimate game of dodgeball. This month, on Saturday the 21st, at 7:30 Nampa's Rec Center will host a co-ed tourney, with prizes awarded to the winning team and the best dressed. Stack your roster with as many as ten, to keep four in reserve, while your first six take the court. In a true co-ed style, two women must be on the court for each team at all times. Matches will consist of three rounds lasting 10 minutes each. Dodge the winter doldrums and go online to register your team before the 16th.

  •  Wine and Chocolate at Sunnyslope

    Wine and Chocolate at Sunnyslope

    Idaho wine month isn't until June, but you needn't wait until summer to sample the fruit of the vine. Visit the Sunnyslope Wine Trail in Caldwell, just a short ride from Nampa, to see why Pacific Northwest wine-lovers have something to shout about.  Tucked into the rolling hills of the Snake River Valley are 15 wineries and vineyards that together comprise the Sunnyslope Wine Trail. With its award-winning vintages and intimate tasting rooms, you'll be overwhelmed by nature's bounty—in the glass and all around you. If only you could bottle the views! The climate is just mild enough to invite year-round adventures, so sipping with the locals is encouraged anytime. Time your visit for Valentine's weekend and celebrate Wine and Chocolate Weekend. Locals call it the "must-sip wine destination you need to visit." So what are you waiting for?

  • Craft Beer at Crescent Brewery

    Craft Beer at Crescent Brewery

    Drink in the history of the Oregon Trail with a visit to Crescent Brewery on Front Street in downtown Nampa. The building you'll visit today isn't made of the same brick and mortar as its original 1906 structure, but it maintains its quality product. A comfortable tasting room invites the curious to sip and stay awhile, earning it the nickname "Cheers of Nampa." Lager was the beer on tap back at the turn of the 20th century, kegged and bottled with a sticker that featured a horse-drawn stage paying homage to Nampa's place on the Oregon Trail. The Brewery survived Prohibition by changing its name to Overland Beverage Company and selling imitation librations. Then in 1933 and for the next 17 years, OBC put its Crescent brews back on the shelf. Today, Crescent Brewery proudly pours IPAs, ryes, ales, blondes, stouts, and porters. Try one and tip your hat to a storied past.

  • A Procrastinator's Dream Christmas

    A Procrastinator's Dream Christmas

    Last-minute shoppers unite! Nampa celebrates your decision-making conundrum with the Procrastinator's Dream Christmas at the Ford Idaho Center on Saturday, December 21st. Come and find the perfect gifts for those hard-to-shop-for people on your list. With more than 200 vendors selling handmade crafts and crocheted accessories, original glass art and stone and wood carvings, holiday decorations, soaps, perfumes and much more, you're bound to find something to tuck under the tree. And it's so much more than a shopping spree—come hungry and sample an array of locally made sweet and savory treats, or sit awhile and eat lunch. There's face-painting for the kids and a free scavenger hunt with prizes, live music, open-mic comedy, inflatables, laser tag, a hands-on reptile adventure show, and for the little believers in your life, a meet and greet with Santa. Doors open at 10 am. Happy shopping!

  • Flat Out Fun in Nature

    Flat Out Fun in Nature

    Get outside and see one of the oldest refuges in the National Wildlife Refuge system. Established in 1909 as an important breeding and migratory habitat for birds and several mammals, Deer Flat National Wildlife Refuge is a beautiful place to begin to appreciate the great expanse of natural land surrounding Nampa. See the rare Western Grebe's floating nest on Lake Lowell. Or capture the photogenic sagebrush and grasses as they bend and sway around the Snake River Islands. Deer Flat National Wildlife Refuge has been declared a Globally Important Bird Area by the American Bird Conservancy so hit the trails and keep your eyes open! The refuge is open every day during daylight hours and features daily activities like photography and fishing workshops or guided walks. To learn more about specific activities check online. Seeing Nampa means seeing the natural land it calls home, and Deer Flat is right in Nampa's backyard.

  • Explore Idaho's Greenbelts

    Explore Idaho's Greenbelts

    Fall foliage is all the rage and Nampa invites you to take a front-row seat for the show. October unleashes an explosion of color in Idaho and you can walk or cycle the Nampa and Caldwell greenbelts to see nature's painting. The city of Nampa offers miles of winding walking paths and continues to add to the bicycle-pedestrian network for more ways through the woods. So lace up your shoes for a run, walk, in-line skate, or bike on the Nampa Pathway System. There is even a Nampa Parks and Pathways map to help you choose your route. 

    One of the easiest paths to reach and one of the most popular is the Stoddard Pathway. Two miles in length, the paved trail was built along a former rail corridor on the eastern side of the city. Park at Greenhurst Road and walk to the end at Ridenbaugh Canal. Watch out for horses and enjoy the journey! 

  • Nampa's Taste of Idaho

    Nampa's Taste of Idaho

    Uncork the bottles and light the fire; Nampa's Taste of Idaho is set to ignite your pride in a state bursting with culinary talent. On Tuesday, September 10th at 5 pm, six local chefs will treat their guests with their best recipes made from the freshest Idaho-grown ingredients. On this year's menu, expect smoked and saucy brisket, slightly sweet and crispy brussels sprouts, and grilled, caramelly peaches to feature front and center, paired with expertly selected regional wines and craft brews.

    Buy your tickets online to reserve your place at the long, community-style harvest tables, where you'll be able to sit next to your friends and make new friends from across the table! There will be live music to set the mood and a photo booth to capture your favorite late-summer memories. And it's all less than two miles away. So follow your nose to Lakeview Park and bring your appetite!

  • Caldwell Night Rodeo

    Caldwell Night Rodeo

    Grab your cowboy hat and lasso your friends—the Caldwell Night Rodeo is coming to Nampa, and you don't want to miss it! Listed among the top 20 professional rodeos in the U.S., Caldwell Night draws crowds of more than 40,000 people across five rowdy nights. The gates fly open on August 13th and the dust doesn't settle until the 17th. Only the very best cowboys perform at Caldwell; the best in the world, that is, making it an annual featured favorite on national television. Expect all the traditional crowd-pleasing rough stock events of bareback, saddle bronc, and bull riding, where judges pick the top performer, as well as the timed events of steer wrestling, barrel racing, tie-down, and team roping. Prize money is waiting for the winner, but the most cherished winning is the rodeo belt buckle, the most recognized trophy in the rodeo world. Check the website for additional details. 

  • Snake River Stampede

    Snake River Stampede

    They call it the wildest, fastest show on earth, so come on down and check it out! This year marks the Snake River Stampede's 104th-anniversary and it's as big as ever, with 60,000-plus fans watching nationally recognized rodeo legends. Ranking in the top 10 regular season professional rodeos in the country, you can expect to see the very best bucking the saddle and a few courageous cowboys looking to make their mark. The winner takes home 450,000 dollars, a bit more than the meager prize back in the stampede's early days. Today's stampede is also a few days longer than in the early 1900s. This year's stampede is a five-day, six-performance event, including bareback bronc riding, saddle bronc riding, bull riding, steer wrestling, tie-down roping, team roping, and ladies’ barrel racing, plus a special performance by the Snake River Stampeders Night Light Drill Team. The fun starts on July 16th so don't miss out! 

  • Racing Through Nampa

    Racing Through Nampa

    You don't have to be a master cyclist to participate in Nampa's Twilight Criterium. You can take a spin at any level!  Join the fun on June 15th if as a spectator for the national competition or to peddle in the citizen race. A criterium, if you're curious about the name, is a short, multi-lap closed-circuit road race usually within a city. The citizen race is much less formal and perhaps a bit more inclusive. The kids have a race, too! It's a single lap criterium for 3 to 4 year-olds with additional laps for successive age groups.
    If you plan to compete, get to the starting line at the corner of 14th Avenue South and Second Street South by 4:30. If you'd rather leave the laps to the experts, enjoy live entertainment, test your upper limits on the climbing wall or set the kids loose in the bounce house.

  • Buy Local, Eat Fresh

    Buy Local, Eat Fresh

    Come rain or shine, the Nampa Farmers Market has sprouted once again. Happily, in its 31st season, the epicenter of the "Buy Local, Eat Fresh" movement has roots in Lloyd Square Park at 13th Avenue and Front Street. From 9 am until 1 pm every Saturday, you'll find the best this region has to offer. Everything sold by farmers, crafters, food vendors, and bakers is produced within a 100-mile radius, and local entertainers will provide music to dance to, as well! If you love the idea of a market to fill your basket with a bounty of color, but don't know what to do with it all, take a walk to the 'Chef at the Market' booth. Here, a passionate teacher will demonstrate how to use some of the produce sold at the market in easy-to-make meals at home. You'll leave with arms full of inspiring ingredients!

  • Wine of Passion and Perseverance

    Wine of Passion and Perseverance

    Award-winning vineyards aren't unique to California. Kuna's Indian Creek Farm Winery began as one couple's crazy idea back in 1982. Bill Stowe and his wife Mui lost their first four vineyard plantings to snow! But undeterred, the couple persisted and struck liquid gold by winning the "Best Red" title at the 1988 San Diego Wine Competition. And the rest is history! You can visit the vineyard today by taking a short ride to Kuna. Stop in for a tour and a tasting or come for a scheduled event. There's a Spring Wine Club Pickup Event on March 9th with live music, food trucks, and chocolatiers. And on March 24th, uncork your creative juices at Wino Arts 'n Crafts. From 1-3 pm you'll learn how to cut wine bottles and make glass lanterns to take home. For more information on these events and more, check out the vineyard website.

  • Love At First Flight

    Love At First Flight

    Help celebrate the Warhawk Air Museum's 30th anniversary by a visit during your stay in Nampa. Considering the museum was born out of a young couple's passion for planes, perhaps February is a perfect time to visit with your sweetheart! John and Sue Paul moved to Idaho in 1986 with two World War Two-era planes and worked to restore them along with a third. People began to visit the hanger that became their workshop, leaving memorabilia, notes, and words to encourage the duo that their work might be a lot more rewarding and educational if they let the whole community see what they were doing. And so it was that the Paul's relocated from the hanger at Caldwell Airport to Nampa. The rest is history, literally! Check for hours and admission prices on the museum website. And if you like what you see, donations are what keep the museum flying.

  • Hunt for Antique Treasures

    Hunt for Antique Treasures

    There are more antique shops within a two-mile radius of Nampa than anywhere else in Idaho. Eight different antique shops punctuate Nampa's downtown, rooting the city in a rich if rusty history. Rummaging through isn't just for locals either. Antique stores cater to visitors looking for something unique to bring back home. So locals and tourists make an afternoon of it, transforming a dreary slog through the snow into a search for ancient treasure. You might consider grabbing a coffee or tea before diving in though. Some stores are three levels and a few have memorabilia under glass. Shop owners encourage newcomers to take their time and ask returning customers to share stories about how they've used their wares, refurbished old finds, and if they've made any discoveries in neighboring shops. Not that it's a competition. Shop owners meet once a month to coordinate group sales events. Now get shopping!

  • See Nampa Sparkle

    See Nampa Sparkle

    When the holiday season approaches, there’s no easy way to view all of the beautiful Christmas lights strung throughout a city. In Nampa, however, there is. The annual Christmas Lights Tour travels all around Nampa, visiting the spectacular light displays around the city.

    Hop on the bus and travel around Nampa to really see the city sparkle. The tour will visit spectacular light displays around Nampa. The bus will make a brief stop at Starbucks for warm beverages during the tour. Boarding will begin at 5:45 pm and buses will depart at 6 pm from the Nampa Rec Center. The event will take place on December 15th and 16th so don't miss out! 

  • Site-See, Ski and Snowshoe this Season

    Looking forward to seeing the beauty of Southern Idaho? There’s no better way to take it all in on your own time then to set out and snowshoe or ski through the miles of fresh powder. Check out the Magic Mountain Resort for some cross-country skiing opportunities. If you're feeling particularly adventurous, you can even ski across a volcano. A dormant volcano, yes, but Craters of the Moon is a volcano nonetheless.

    You can also enjoy the long trails in the City of Rocks. Expect peace and quiet and even some wildlife sightings along the City of Rocks trail. The trail is not quite as groomed as Craters of the Moon or the landscape of Magic Mountain, but you will find a great amount of solitude and breathtaking geology. Plus, the trail is a landmark on the California Trail, a piece of U.S. history.

  • Nampa’s Funtober Fest

    A cool breeze wafts through the air, the trees are tinged with yellow and orange, and the sun is setting earlier and earlier each night. Yes, fall has finally arrived, and that means another year of family fun at the Funtober Fest right here in Nampa, Idaho. On Saturday, October 20, from 1-4 P.M., head down to the Nampa Rec Center for our city’s annual outdoor, carnival-style fall celebration perfect for all ages. You’ll enjoy dancing, crafts, storytelling, games, and much more, including face painting for the little ones. And don’t forget to don your scariest garb to compete in the costume contest. Admission is $6, and all are welcome. Once your family has had its fill of festival fun, head back to the Best Western Plus Nampa for some hot chocolate and a well-earned afternoon nap.

    Address: 131 Constitution Way, Nampa, ID 83686

  • A Little History at the Nampa Train Depot Museum

    Nampa may be a small town, but its rich history is thoroughly documented. For a fascinating look into the town’s past, we suggest visiting the Canyon County Historical Nampa Train Depot Museum. Located about a mile from our hotel, the museum was once the site of the Nampa Train Depot, which was erected in 1903 and converted into offices for the Union Pacific Railroad in 1925. Threatened by demolition in the early 70s, the Canyon County Historical Society saved this cultural landmark, establishing the museum there in 1976. During your visit, you’ll be treated to exhibits showcasing the history of the railway and agricultural industries, plus many other aspects of the daily lives of the people who initially settled Nampa and surrounding communities. There’s also an extensive archive for folks interested in doing in-depth research. The museum is open to visitors Thursday through Saturday from 10 A.M. to 3 P.M.

    Address: 1200 Front St, Nampa, ID 83687

  • Authentic Hawaiian Flavors at Island Kine Grinds

    Idaho might not be a tropical island, but during your visit to Nampa, you can absolutely savor the flavors of Hawaii at Island Kine Grinds. Located less than five minutes from the Best Western Plus, this one-of-a-kind restaurant is staffed by friendly folks eager to serve authentic Hawaiian cuisine to their guests. Island Kine Grinds is great for adults and kids, and with most dishes priced under $15, it’s great for your pocketbook as well. Stop by every Friday evening to enjoy the signature “Aloha Friday Plate” and traditional Hawaiian dances performed by the restaurant’s own ohana-keikis and wahines hula dancers. When you dine at Island Kine Grinds, you’re not just a guest. You are ohana (Hawaiian for “family”), so work up an appetite and come on down for a delicious meal and hospitality rivaled only by the superior service at the Best Western Plus.

    Address: 140 Caldwell Boulevard, Nampa, ID 83651

  • Outdoor Adventures at Lake Lowell Park

    One of the region’s most popular destinations for outdoor family fun, Lake Lowell Park is located just minutes from our hotel. With nearly 20 acres of pristine land to roam, you can enjoy a day picnicking, hiking, hunting, boating, or fishing. If you’re really feeling the heat (summer days in Idaho can be real scorchers), take a refreshing dip in the lake. Families with small children will be especially delighted by the story time trail, an easy and scenic hike that offers your little ones the chance to read a story that gradually unfolds at clearly marked stations as you continue along the path. Bird watching enthusiasts will want to bring their Audubon Society book too, as Lake Lowell Park is widely recognized as a prime spot for birders. The park is open from sunrise to sunset all year long.

    Address: 12880 Iowa Ave, Nampa, ID 83686

  • Family Fun on the Fourth

    If you’re anything like us, you love a good holiday celebration, and here in Idaho, Independence Day is prime partying time. For guests staying at the Best Western Plus on July 4, we recommend checking out the many day-long festivities in the nearby town of Caldwell, just a 15-minute drive from our hotel. The annual parade kicks off at Memorial Park at 9 A.M. (we know that’s early, but trust us, it’s good to beat the heat), followed by an array of fun activities that last well into the afternoon, including a car show, arts and crafts dealers, food vendors, live music, games, and a kids’ pie-eating contest. If you’d prefer a later start to the day, you can always skip the parade and just go for the other festivities (which offer ample opportunities to relax in the shade), or wait till nightfall to enjoy a pretty darn spectacular fireworks show in honor of American’s 242nd birthday.

  • Rusty Retro Antiques and Oddities

    Nampa may not be as large as Boise, its neighbor 20 miles to the east, but what it lacks in size, it more than makes up for in idiosyncrasy. One of our favorite specialty shops in town, Rusty Retro Antiques and Oddities is owned by Dave Britton, a former special effects makeup artist who decided years ago to relocate from Hollywood to Nampa. Though Dave no longer works on movies, he still makes art, most of it steampunk themed, and his unique personality shines through in the thousands of items for sale at the shop. Merchandise includes not only the kinds of collectibles, furniture, and toys from bygone eras that one would expect but also some delightfully weird items, such as the case of shrunken heads or the snakeskin table settings made from actual snakes. You’ll also find handmade merchandise, including jewelry and glassware, crafted by local artisans. If you’re into the curious and quirky, stop by Rusty Retro Antiques and Oddities, where there truly is something to appeal to every sensibility.

    Address: 604 Caldwell Blvd, Nampa, ID 83651

  • Savor the Sweet Fruits of Skyline Vineyard and Sawtooth Winery

    After a long day, there are few things we enjoy more than kicking back with a glass of fine wine. Fortunately, folks in Nampa are blessed to be so near the Sawtooth Winery and its 400-acre Skyline Vineyard. Established over three decades ago by Charles Pintler, Sawtooth has garnered national accolades for its outstanding Merlot, Pinot Gris, Riesling, Syrah, and Tempranillo. Meanwhile, the grapes cultivated at the vineyard are coveted by top-tier winemakers across the state. On Saturday, April 14, and Sunday, April 15, Sawtooth Winery will be hosting its annual spring release tasting. Ensconced comfortably in the winery’s sophisticated new tasting room, guests will enjoy a variety of specially selected vintages served alongside artisanal cheeses and nuts. You’ll also be among the very first to sample the highly-anticipated 2017 Classic Fly Sauvignon Blanc and 2017 Classic Fly Mourvedre Rosé. Whether you’re a seasoned sommelier or just someone who appreciates the finer things in life, Sawtooth Winery has what it takes to tickle your tongue and enliven your spirit.

    Address: 19348 Lowell Road, Building C, Caldwell, ID 83607

  • Warhawk Aviation Museum

    It’s a bird! It’s a plane! It’s--the Warhawk Aviation Museum. If you’re looking for a unique way to spend the day, check out the Warhawk Aviation Museum less than 10 minutes away from the Best Western Plus Nampa. The Warhawk Aviation Museum has an array of restored fighter plane and jets that were used during World War I, World War II, the Korean, and Vietnam war. In addition to seeing these incredible machines, the Warhawk Aviation Museum also prides itself on teaching younger generations of the great sacrifices of the military men and women. If you are a veteran, war industry worker or medical volunteer, the museum would love for you to share your story as a part of the Veterans History Project. You’ll also be privy to scavenger hunts for younger and older children. The scavenger hunt is a great way for the youth to engage with the artifacts and the museum while learning history. To learn more click here.  

    201 Municipal Way, Nampa, ID 83687

  • Under the Idaho Stars

    It’s February and it’s cold out, but that doesn’t mean you can’t enjoy a lovely evening spent out under the stars. If you’re looking for something romantic to do this February with your better half (and maybe your little ones too), why not check out the Whittenberger Planetarium on the the College of Idaho campus. With seating for only 50 people, you’re sure to have an intimate experience. The projector at the Whittenberger Planetarium can show northern and southern constellations as well as all the planets, the moon, and sun. Is your head spinning like Earth yet? While this makes for a perfect romantic night out on a cold February evening, visit the planetarium year-round to see different constellations and parts of outer space depending on the season. For less than $5 per person and a short 12-mile drive from the Best Western Plus, it's easy to take your date somewhere that's truly "out of this world." For information on the schedule and for tickets, click here.

  • Crisp and Delish

    It’s the start of the new year and you promised yourself it was time to buckle down. It’s a new year and you’re a new you. Still, you’re yearning for the best darn burger of your life and perfectly crisp fries to start off the year. You’re in luck. Not even 1 mile from the Best Western Plus Nampa you’ll find the Boise Fry Company. What makes them special? Aside from local bison and regional beef, they also offer fries from a range of potatoes. We’re talking Russet, purple, cold, sweet, Laura, and yams. Who knew fries came in some many varieties? Not to mention they come in a variety of cuts: shoestring, regular, homestyle, curly, and po balls. You might be thinking, how am I honoring my resolution by eating locally sourced fries and a burger? Well, Boise Fry Company not only has fresh ingredients, it works to keep the air fresh too by recycling its sunflower seed oil in cars and using sustainable ingredients. You can have your fries and eat them too! Sit down, Marie Antoinette! For information on their menu and to see how they use red-onion gastrique and house-made pickles to create a healthier with vegetarian options, click here.

    224 12th Ave S, Nampa, ID 83651

  • Holiday Spirit Guide

    It’s the most wonderful time of year. Time for family, friends, shopping, dining, and all the other incredible activities Nampa has to offer. Luckily, just a short drive away, you’ll find The Village at Meridian. December is a great time to visit. There are fun activities and events for all. You’ll find restaurants ready to satiate any palate and fit any budget. The same is true for the variety of the stores to get all your holiday shopping done. Once you’ve shopped and dined, why not check out some of the fun events going on throughout the month of December. You could take the kids to see Santa, spend some time reading with Santa’s helpers, or go ice skating. At The Village at Meridian, you’ll find yourself ready and in the holiday spirit in no time, thanks to the endless options and holiday-themed activities; and you’ll be surrounded by the beautifully decorated and spectacular fountain. For more information aboutThe Village at Meridian, click here

    3597 E. Monarch Sky LN #225, Meridian, ID 83642

  • Thanksgiving Weekend Barrel Tasting

    So, you’ve spent Thanksgiving with family and now you need a break? Sawtooth Winery has got you covered. On Friday, November 25 and Saturday, November 26, the winery is hosting their Thanksgiving Weekend Barrel Tasting and Farewell Celebration. Since the winery will be moving to a new location, they're saying goodbye with some wine! The event starts at noon and ends at 5 p.m., tickets are only $11.42, and available for purchase online. In addition to enjoying some wine, you can also get a tour of the winery and enjoy the scenic views. Sawtooth Winery offers an array of different wines--a great way to get a jumpstart on your holiday shopping with their Black Friday deals. Wine, a break from the family, lovely views, and some shopping--what a great start to the holiday season! Get your tickets now.

    Sawtooth Winery, 13750 Surrey Ln, Nampa, ID 83686

  • Funtober Fest

    Festivals, fall, fun…oh my!! It’s that time of year where the festivals are rolling in, the leaves are changing colors, and there’s so much fun to be had with family and friends. Don’t stop enjoying the wonders of fall just because you're away from home. Festival fun is falling in Nampa, ID’s lap with Funtober Fest at the Nampa Recreation Center on October 21st from 1 to 4 pm. Come have some harvest fun at Funtober Fest! Funtober Fest is an outdoor, carnival-style event that includes face-painting, crafts, dancing, storytelling, a costume contest, games and more! Grab you spookiest costumes and enjoy a day of family cheer with Nampa locals at Funtober Fest. Admission is $5 for members and $6 for non-members, so bring the entire family out to enjoy it! 

    Nampa Recreation Center, 131 Constitution Way, Nampa, ID 83686

  • Tracking History

    A town like Nampa will always surprise you with its history, and a trip away from home is the best time to explore and learn new things. Visit Nampa’s Train Depot Museum to learn new things and be pleasantly surprised by Nampa’s rich history. The original Canyon County Historical Museum is located in a historic area of downtown Nampa. The depot opened in 1902 and served as Nampa’s Train Station for over 20 years. The station was restored and then converted into a museum in 1976. Nampa’s Train Depot is open Thursday through Saturday from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., hosts monthly events, and serves as a resource for those doing a little digging about Nampa, ID. The museum houses extensive archives of Canyon County photos, newspaper clipping, books, and so much more. Unlock a little history of this small town with a family visit to Nampa Train Depot. For additional information, click here

  • Aloha!

    Who knew you could get a taste of the Hawaiian islands right here in Nampa? Let Island Kine Grinds ignite your taste buds during your next trip to Nampa, Idaho. Bring the entire family out to enjoy above par service, fresh dishes that come to your table hot, and a kid friendly environment that captures the Aloha spirit as soon as you step through the door. The scrumptious menu contains an array of different meats, and most items are well under $15. Every Friday guests are entertained by Island Kine Grinds’ very own ohana-keikis and wahines hula dancers. So prepare yourself for a laid-back island experience without ever going to a beach at Nampa’s Island Kine Grinds. Aloha!

  • It's Not Just a Lake

    Are you looking for a little outdoor fun? Day time activities the whole family will enjoy? If so, just 6 miles west of Best Western Plus Nampa lies nearly 10 acres of land for some all day family fun. Lake Lowell Park is one of the largest off stream reservoirs in Southwest Idaho. Once called Deer Flat Reservoir, Lake Lowell’s historic grounds hold amenities for diverse fun and adventure. From bird watching and hunting to hiking and a story trail for the kids, Lake Lowell Park is an all-day treat for those vacationing in Nampa, Idaho. Whether you’re looking for an open space to have a picnic and BBQ on the park’s grills or just a place to do your morning run Lake Lowell is a great destination to add to your itinerary. So grab the family, park your car for free, and enjoy the great outdoors just minutes away from the Best Western Plus Nampa. 

    Lake Lowell Park, 12880 Iowa Ave., Nampa, ID 83686 

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