Nicknamed the “United States Smile Capital,” the city of Pocatello, Idaho is well known for its friendly hospitality. The idea in the state’s fifth largest city is to make the stay of every visitor fun and memorable, no matter how long the visit. It’s easy to spend several days experiencing everything Pocatello has to offer, from visitors wildlife at Zoo Idaho to exploring history at the Fort Hall Replica and the Idaho Museum of Natural History, to enjoying a pint or two of beer at Portneuf Valley Brewing and much more. CDC information for travelers. Hours/availability may have changed.
1.Museum of Clean
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The Museum of Clean is a one-of-a-kind museum in Pocatello, Idaho that showcases “all things Clean,” and is certainly a unique thing to do in town. The 75,000-square-foot complex is full of inspiration, education, and excitement for visitors of all ages. Since “clean” dominates nearly everything that affects life, this interesting museum is far from having a singular focus like many other museums. With a goal of incorporating as many dimensions as possible, the Museum of Clean features participation, slate, art items, and display. Many exhibits throughout the museum are object-centric, while others are a bit more conceptual in nature.
711 S 2nd Ave, Pocatello, ID 83201, Phone: 208-236-6906
2.Bannock County Historical Museum
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Located near Zoo Idaho and the Fort Hall Replica, the Bannock County Historical Museum is home to records, objects, and exhibits related to the city of Pocatello and the surrounding Bannock County’s history. The various themes of the museum exhibits include Shoshone-Bannock Indian artifacts, Victorian-era parlor, the military, Oregon Trail, general store, early medical practices, farming and ranching, local printing, fire fighting, trading and trappin, photography, local archaeological specimens, railroad history, and more. There is also a research archive. The Bannock County Historical Museum is open throughout the entire year, Monday to Saturday from 10:00am until 5:00pm.
3000 Avenue of the Chiefs, Pocatello, ID 83204, Phone: 208-233-0434
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3.Fort Hall Replica, Pocatello, Idaho
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The Fort Hall Replica in Pocatello, Idaho was built back in 1834 and was constructed as a trading post in Southeast Idaho along the Snake River. While the fort was essentially demolished in the year 1963, visitors today can see a replica serving as a memorial to the heritage of Fort Hall. Historical artifacts that can be seen at the site include maps, recipes, and letters. A trip here is a trip to the nineteenth-century world of fur traders, trappers, explorers, pioneers, and Native Americans. The Fort Hall Replica is open on a seasonal basis from Memorial Day to Labor Day.
3001 Avenue of the Chiefs, Pocatello, ID 83204, Phone: 208-234-1795
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4.Idaho Museum of Natural History, Pocatello, Idaho
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The Idaho Museum of Natural History is a place where people of all ages can unearth volcanic hotspots, mammals from the Ice Age, dinosaurs, and more. The official state natural history museum of Idaho, this Pocatello museum aims to nurture a delight in and understanding of the cultural and natural heritage of the state. In addition to a variety of exhibits, visitors will find outdoors exhibits like the Natural History Garden and the Tree Walk and the hands-on Discovery Room. The Idaho Museum of Natural History features both permanent exhibits and ever-changing exhibitions that emphasize its collection, as well as special events.
698 E Dillon St, Pocatello, ID 83201, Phone: 208-282-3168
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5.Zoo Idaho, Pocatello, Idaho
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One of just two zoos anywhere in the country to specialize in animals native to the America’s Intermountain West, Zoo Idaho is home to numerous living symbols of the iconic “American West,” including grizzly bears, pronghorn, eagles, cougar, and bison. Zoo Idaho offers a unique change for people to learn more about the region’s native wildlife through family programs, classes, storytelling, and of course, its many animal habitats spread out across the approximately twenty-five acres of land. The zoo hosts several fun special events throughout the year as well, such as Zoo Boo and Ice Cream Zoofari.
2900 S 2nd Ave, Pocatello, ID 83204, Phone: 208-234-6264
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Constructed back in 1902, the Standrod Mansion in Pocatello was built by Emma and Drew Standrod and has been noted as the state’s “ finest example of Victorian architecture,” as well as one of the most historic houses in Idaho. The home is also listed on the United States National Register of Historic Places. The sixteen-room Standrod Mansion was bought by the City of Pocatello in 1974 and was used as a cultural event center and museum for many years before being bought in 1995. The home is now a private residence once again, but visitors can view it from a distance.
648 N Garfield Ave, Pocatello, ID 83204
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7.Portneuf Valley Brewing, Pocatello, Idaho
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Portneuf Valley Brewing first opened to the public in Pocatello, Idaho in 1996, but Brew Mistress and owner Penny Pink had been brewing her own fine beers for friends and family for many years before the brewery officially opened. She set up her first brewery inside of Dudley’s Sports Bar, where her brews soon acquired a loyal following. Portneuf Valley Brewing today is open for samples and pints of brews and the occasional live entertainment Monday to Thursday from 4:00pm until 9:00pm, Fridays and Saturdays from noon until 10:00pm, and Sundays from 1:00pm until 8:00pm.
615 S 1st Ave, Pocatello, ID 83201, Phone: 208-232-1644
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8.Butter Burrs Restaurant, Pocatello, ID
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A locally owned and operated neighborhood eatery in the city of Pocatello, the Butter Burrs Restaurant has been providing the local community with home-cooked quality meals for more than thirty years. The menu at Butter Burrs includes real homemade mashed potatoes, a variety of specialty sandwiches, omelets, Butterburgers, homemade soups, pies, breads, and many iconic “twists” made fresh every day, all day. The main entrees for dinner include many popular comfort food classics, such as chicken fried steak and seven-hour rump roast. Butter Burrs Restaurant is open seven days a week, from eight in the morning to nine at night.
917 Yellowstone Ave, Pocatello, ID 83201, Phone: 208-232-3296
9.Sumisu, Pocatello, Idaho
Sumisu aims to be the Pocatello area’s leading provider of Japanese fusion cuisine and sushi. The restaurant also boasts that they inspire their employees to try and live better lives, as well as have “heart of service” for its customers and community. Sumisu prides itself on using traditional Japanese techniques when it comes to the preparation of the dishes it serves, as well as using their own flair for showcasing Asian-inspired flavors. Offering fresh fish that’s flown in from the coast, Sumisu offers a menu featuring the “greatest hits” from Asia, including familiar dishes with an influence of fusion and fresh sushi.
309 E Center St, Pocatello, ID 83201, Phone: 208-232-5610
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10.Buddy's Italian Restaurant, Pocatello, Idaho
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Buddy's Italian Restaurant is a family-owned and operated restaurant serving Italian cuisine in Pocatello, Idaho. First opening its doors to the public in 1961, the restaurant has been serving ravioli, pizza, special sauces, a variety of sandwiches, and its homemade “Famous Buddy’s Salad Dressing” to the local community for more than fifty years, making this Italian eatery one of the oldest restaurants in Pocatello. The menu includes salads, soups, pizzas, many pasta dishes, and both regular and open-faced sandwiches. Buddy's Italian Restaurant is open Monday to Thursday from 11:00am until 9:30pm and until 10:30pm on Fridays and Saturdays.
626 E Lewis St, Pocatello, ID 83201
10 Best Things to Do in Pocatello, Idaho
- Museum of Clean, Photo: Museum of Clean
- Bannock County Historical Museum, Photo: Bannock County Historical Museum
- Fort Hall Replica, Pocatello, Idaho, Photo: Fort Hall Replica
- Idaho Museum of Natural History, Pocatello, Idaho, Photo: Idaho Museum of Natural History
- Zoo Idaho, Pocatello, Idaho, Photo: Zoo Idaho
- Standrod Mansion, Photo: tong2530/stock.adobe.com
- Portneuf Valley Brewing, Pocatello, Idaho, Photo: Portneuf Valley Brewing
- Butter Burrs Restaurant, Pocatello, ID, Photo: Butter Burrs Restaurant
- Sumisu, Pocatello, Idaho, Photo: Sumisu
- Buddy's Italian Restaurant, Pocatello, Idaho, Photo: Buddy's Italian Restaurant
- Cover Photo: City of Pocatello - City Hall
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