The historic small university town of Moscow is located in the Palouse region of Idaho where it offers visitors several interesting attractions. At the top of the list is the University of Idaho Arboretum and Botanical Garden – a must-see for all nature lovers. Try to arrange your visit to coincide with the regular Saturday farmer’s market where you can shop for interesting crafts and fresh farm produce while you enjoy the lively atmosphere and the musicians. Equestrians will enjoy visiting the Appaloosa Museum and Heritage Center while art enthusiasts will want to visit the Prichard Art Gallery and the Third Street Gallery. You can round off your visit with a delicious Peruvian Meal at Sangria Grille. CDC information for travelers. Hours/availability may have changed.
1.University of Idaho Arboretum and Botanical Garden
Started in 1980 in a bid to diversify the variety of plants on the university campus, the University of Idaho’s Arboretum and Botanical Garden has grown by leaps and bounds. When you visit today you can expect to find 63 acres of lush green gardens which showcase over 17,000 plants. The garden contains geographical groupings of plants from Asia, Europe, Eastern North America and Western North America. In addition there are several display gardens which demonstrate how various plants can best be incorporated into your home garden. The Arboretum and Botanical Garden is free to visit and is open to the public all year round.
University of Idaho Arboretum and Botanical Garden, 1200 W Palouse River Dr, Moscow, ID 83843, Phone: 208-885-5978
2.Moscow Farmer’s Market
The regular Saturday Farmer’s Market (from May through October) has been a much-loved part of Moscow for over forty years and attracts a regular following of customers who come to stock up on fresh produce and enjoy the music. The market offers vendors the opportunity of introduce the public to their artisan products and produce which includes fruit and vegetables, meat, cheese, wines and much more. There is also a craft section where distinctive hand-made goods are showcased. There is plenty to see, do and taste and you will need to give yourself enough time to see everything on display.
Moscow Farmer’s Market, 206 E 3rd St, Friendship Square, Moscow, ID 83843, Phone: 208-883-7132
3.Kenworthy Performing Arts Center
© Kenworthy Performing Arts Center
Occupying a landmark position in downtown Moscow, the Kenworthy Performing Arts Center is a much-loved performance venue. Housed in a beautiful old building which dates back to 1926, the theater can accommodate 330 guests and boasts a 1000 square foot stage. Although the setting is historic, the auditorium has all the necessary modern technology to host a wonderful assortment of plays, concerts, opera and film. If you stay near-by you can buy a season pass and attend as my shows as you like. Visitors are also very welcome and tickets are reasonably priced. See their website for details of the upcoming calendar and to buy tickets.
Kenworthy Performing Arts Center, 508 S Main Street, Moscow, ID 83843, Phone: 208-882-4127
4.Appaloosa Museum and Heritage Center
© Appaloosa Museum and Heritage Center
The Appaloosa Museum and Heritage Center offers a great day out for the whole family and is especially popular with budding young equestrians. The museum chronicles the history of the Appaloosa Horse, from its origins here in Palouse Country as well as the history of the Appaloosa Horse Club which was established in 1938. The center offers a variety of educational programs for children including An Introduction to Horses (for younger children up to 6 years of age) and the Appaloosa and Regional History program for children aged 8 years and up. The museum is free to visit and is open from Monday through Saturday.
Appaloosa Museum and Heritage Center, 2720 W Pullman Rd, Moscow, ID 83843, Phone: 208-882-5578
5.Prichard Art Gallery
© Prichard Art Gallery
The Prichard Art Gallery forms part of the College of Art and Architecture at the University of Idaho. The impressive interior of the gallery was designed and renovated by Professor of Architecture William Bowler and his students in 1986 and hosts many exhibitions by local artists throughout the year. In addition to these exhibitions the gallery holds regular arts workshops and courses for children and adults. These cover a diverse selection of artistic endeavors including jewelry making, bookmaking and creative writing as well as painting. The Gallery is free to visit but donations are always welcome to help fund their art outreach programs.
Prichard Art Gallery, 414 S. Main St, Moscow, ID 83843, Phone: 208-885-3586
Although this is not a mega-sized shopping center, the Palouse Mall offers a convenient one-stop shopping mall for Moscow residents and visitors. The mall is indoors and is located on one level, making it easy to negotiate. There are over 60 stores to browse including Bed, Bath and Beyond, Old Navy and Famous Footware, to name a few of the best known brands. You can also visit the hairdresser, a dentist and the Chase Bank. There are several ladies and men’s fashion outlets, arts and crafts shops and mobile phone companies. When you need a break from shopping you will find several restaurants and coffee shops where you can take a break and enjoy a meal.
Palouse Mall, 1850 Pullman Rd, Moscow, ID 83843, Phone: 208-882-8893
7.The Moscow Brewing Company
© The Moscow Brewing Company
The fertile farmlands around Moscow offer perfect conditions to grow wheat and barley, both of which can be freshly harvested to produce fine craft beers at the Moscow Brewing Company. Dedicated to brewing the finest beers in the state, the Moscow Brewing Company welcomes the community and out-of-town visitors to come and join them in their tap house to taste a few of their small-batch craft beers. On lazy summer days the outdoor patio is an ideal place to relax and enjoy a beer (or two) with friends. Their range of craft beers includes the Baroness Kolsch, the delicious Northwest IPA, an American style Red Ale and the Goldilocks Pale Ale.
The Moscow Brewing Company, 630 N. Almon St, Moscow, ID 83843, Phone: 208-596-4058
8.Third Street Gallery
Located on the 2nd and 3rd floors of the historic Moscow City Hall, the Third Street Gallery is a popular downtown meeting place where Moscow residents can come to see the brilliant work of their arty community. The gallery promotes established and emerging artists mainly from the Palouse and Northwest Idaho region. You can look forward to admiring a large collection of art in many forms and mediums. There are several themed exhibitions each year including work by fiber artists, wood crafters, creative writers and much more. The gallery is open to the public from 8am to 5pm from Monday to Friday and on selected evening opening dates.
Third Street Gallery, 206 E 3d Street, Moscow, ID 83843, Phone: 208-883-7036
© Sangria Grille
The Sangria Grill is owned and operated by two enthusiastic chefs who fell in love with Peruvian food and were determined to bring it to the people of Moscow. The restaurant works side-by-side with local farmers, often encouraging them to grow the special varieties of vegetables required for Peruvian cuisine. To ensure you get the maximum amount of flavor and goodness on your plate, only fresh, sustainably produced local ingredients find their way into the kitchen. All their meat is raised locally too, grass fed and free from routine antibiotics. Meat features prominently in Peruvian cuisine but there are also several dishes suitable for vegetarians.
Sangria Grille, 2124 W. Pullman Rd, Moscow, ID 83843, Phone: 208-882-2693
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10.Maialina Pizzeria Napoletana
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Dining at Maialina Pizzeria Napoletana is like dining in the heart of Naples in the Old Country. The dedicated owners of the pizzeria learned all there is to know about making traditionally crafted pizza at a certified Vera Pizza Napoletana school and imported their amazing brick oven from Italy. The wines are also all from Italy, reflecting the amazing diversity of the country. The food ingredients, however, are nearly all locally sourced from trusted farmers, ranchers and from their own herb garden. The restaurant makes all their own pizza dough and their special house mozzarella. The menu changes with the seasons, utilizing whatever is fresh and fabulous.
Maialina Pizzeria Napoletana, 602 S Main St, Moscow, ID 83843, Phone: 208-882-2694
The Moscow Alehouse is located in the heart of downtown Moscow, where it has become a popular meeting place for the Moscow community. The restaurant showcases a wide selection of local craft beers from all over the Palouse region and you can expect to find about 20 varieties on tap at any time. If you are not a beer drinker you can try cider or wine on tap to enjoy alongside your delicious meal. The menu features all your favorite pub meals like nachos, quesadillas, wings and sandwiches. Then there is the burger menu, soups, salads and entrees. All food is freshly prepared using locally sourced produce.
Moscow Alehouse, 226 W 6th Street, Moscow, ID 83843, Phone: 208-882-2739
11 Best Things to Do in Moscow, ID
- University of Idaho Arboretum and Botanical Garden, Photo: stock.adobe.com
- Moscow Farmer’s Market, Photo: ires007/stock.adobe.com
- Kenworthy Performing Arts Center, Photo: Kenworthy Performing Arts Center
- Appaloosa Museum and Heritage Center, Photo: Appaloosa Museum and Heritage Center
- Prichard Art Gallery, Photo: Prichard Art Gallery
- Palouse Mall, Photo: Nobilior/stock.adobe.com
- The Moscow Brewing Company, Photo: The Moscow Brewing Company
- Third Street Gallery, Photo: aerogondo/stock.adobe.com
- Sangria Grille, Photo: Sangria Grille
- Maialina Pizzeria Napoletana, Photo: Maialina Pizzeria Napoletana
- Moscow Alehouse, Photo: Parilov/stock.adobe.com
- Cover Photo: knowlesgallery/stock.adobe.com