The commercial and cultural center of the eastern part of Idaho, Idaho Falls is also the state's second biggest city after Boise. Idaho Falls is the county seat of Bonneville County and is situated not far from the state's border with Wyoming. The city covers an area of 23.14 square miles and has an estimated population of over 61,000 people, with around 145,000 people living in the surrounding metropolitan area. CDC information for travelers. Hours/availability may have changed.
2.Elevation of Idaho Falls
3.Climate and Things to Do in Idaho Falls
Idaho Falls Elevation
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Attraction Spotlight: Idaho Falls Japanese Garden
Come see the beauty that is the Idaho Falls Japanese Garden and Pavilion. Conveniently located along the Snake River in Idaho Falls, the garden presents a wealth of natural beauty to calm even the most anxious of hearts and is one of the top rated attractions in the town.
The Japanese Pavilion opened to the general public in 2016 after months of hard work from the many volunteers dedicated to creating it. Both the garden and the pavillion have been ranked as high as the fourth most popular attraction in Idaho Falls. It is part of the Sister Cities International Program (with Tokai Mura in Japan) and exchange students visit the garden as well as the area in general every other year.
Some of the stonework and other gardening elements have been donated from their sister city as well, giving an authentic look to the replica garden. The garden and pavilion are constantly undergoing growth and expansion, as the garden designer always has projects that he has in the works.
Both the Japanese Pavilion and Japanese Garden are open to the general public all year round, 24 hours a day. However, occasionally the premises will be rented out for a special event like a wedding or a birthday party, which may require certain areas to be closed temporarily. Most of the time, guests can still walk quietly around the grounds with permission. Below are a few of the “must see” sections of the garden:
? Sidewalks - Walking into the gardens, guests should be sure to look down. All of the sidewalks are made from lava rock, replacing the original clay sidewalk paths which became dangerous when they got wet. The sidewalks were all locally fabricated by landscapers.
? Wooden floors - The wooden floors at the Japanese Pavilion have been hand selected from a cedar company who has specialized wood grown only in a very small geographic area located on the beautiful Oregon Coast. The majority of the wood that the company chosen for the flooring sells ends up in Japan, in fact, making this the perfect company for the Japanese Pavilion. The closeness of the type of wood grown onsite and the type used and grown in Japan is almost 99%.
? Moss garden - The moss garden was specifically for its beauty and Japanese authenticity. The green moss was developed for guests to view, especially while sitting in the shade.
? Roof/woodworking details - The roof and the woodworking associated with the structures located in the garden are intricate and beautiful, as well as being handcrafted by volunteer woodworking artisans. Up to eight different layers of tile has been permanently installed and held in place with nails (stainless steel), heavy-duty wiring, and mortar that was specifically chosen to match each tile. The mason who completed the project used new techniques that haven’t been seen in Idaho to this point. This type of Japanese style roof is rare in the US due to the intricacy required for creating it and is a local, as well as national, architectural gem.
? Metal ornaments - Located on many of the roofs are handcrafted, intricate metal ornaments. These ornaments often feature the chrysanthemum, which is a symbol of both Japan and the Emperor there.
The Japanese Pavilion and Garden exist entirely on volunteers. Many volunteers, especially students of gardening, landscaping, or metal work, find helping out around the garden to be highly beneficial to their careers and their education. Often, projects that are necessary around the garden can be “sourced out” to volunteers to work on during their own time and/or at home. This can be a great way to volunteer at the garden without having to be locked in to a specific schedule or time constraint. For students interested in helping out around the garden, contact Edward who is the main person in charge of the garden by phone. He will help discuss what is needed and what each specific participant can do to add to the health, beauty, and landscaping potential of the garden as a whole. There is absolutely no time commitment that must be made, which makes this the ideal way to get some “field” time in while learning a new skill or furthering the understanding of a current one.
There are no official dining options for visitors of the garden and pavilion, but guests are welcome and encouraged to bring a picnic lunch and stay awhile. It is mandatory, however, that guests pick up after themselves and all trash must be placed in a receptacle before leaving. No grills or alcoholic beverages are allowed.
Idaho Falls Japanese Garden, Island in river at Broadway, Sportsman Park, Idaho Falls, ID, 83210, Phone: 208-881-3569
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Attraction Spotlight: Artitorium Broadway
The Artitorium Broadway, located in Idaho Falls, is a unique, family based interactive arts experience. With a huge selection of hands on stations, the Artitorium encourages creativity through fun, thought provoking, and education experiences. The Artitorium opened its doors to the general public in August 2014. Housed in the Rio Theater located on West Broadway near downtown Idaho Falls, which closed in 2001 after being open as a working theater under several names since 1924.
The building was actually donated by an anonymous fan of the arts with the hopes that the creators would take it to the next level and provide a fun and educational arts experience. It is owned and operated by the Arts Council in Idaho Falls, which also has two other arts-based attractions in the area.
Permanent Attractions and Exhibits
The core of the Artitorium is its interactive experiences, which are aimed at adults and children alike, with a focus on children from birth to 12 years old. Below is a selection of some of the most popular available.
? Motion Wall - The motion wall greets guests when they enter Artitorium. This interactive wall invites visitors to use digital brushes to “paint” different shapes and colors and create masterpieces. The unique camera also allows guests to see themselves through a virtual kaleidoscope, using unique features and filters.
? Virtual Gallery - Six huge touch screens make up the virtual gallery, which lets guests browse famous art galleries like the Smithsonian while also creating their own artwork at the easels.
? Creation Stations - Creation Stations features six diverse types of software meant to help guests create art. Choose from the collage machine, still life, action painter, pattern maker, stone painter, and scape. Creations can either be printed or taken home with a USB drive.
? Green Machine - One of the coolest areas at the Artitorium is the Green Machine, an enormous green screen that guests can use to make their own minute long video masterpiece. Use moving or still backgrounds, add special effects or music, and let creativity take over.
? Animation Stations - Explore the wonders of stop motion animation, which has been used to movies like Shaun the Sheep and Chicken Run. Using toys and other craft objects, guests can make their own videos.
? Tune Up - Create music at Tune Up, which helps visitors use a digital guitar and piano to make unique visual effects while producing their own sheet music. There are many different musical instruments available, but some will need to be checked out from the front desk.
? Found Object Sculpture - With a wide and diverse selection of materials provided by the Artitorium, guests can make their own crafts and sculptures. There are also crayons, markers, and coloring pages for smaller visitors.
? Light Table - Translucent objects and shapes of all sizes teach guests how to experiment with color, shadow, and shade.
Admission is required, but children under 3 are admitted free. The Artoritium is open Sundays from 1 pm to 5 pm, Mondays from 5 pm to 8:30 pm, and Tuesdays through Saturdays from 10 am to 6 pm.
Field trips are always more than welcome at the Artitorium. Group field trips can be catered for students between kindergarten and 12th grade and were specifically designed to meet and exceed the common core standards dictated by Idaho, as well as standards in media and visual arts. Descriptions of the many different program options are available on the website and are meant for classes from 20 to 120 students at a time. Some of the programs available are Ships in a Storm (a 4th grade program that teaches about artist creation of movement by the use of water and ships) and Space (meant for all ages levels, this program showcases how artists recreate the moon and space in general). The educational staff is also more than willing to work with teachers to handcraft a program as well.
There is a cost for field trips, but funding is available to help classrooms who cannot afford to pay it. Teachers can apply on the website.
The Artitorium is the perfect place for many different special events, and it has especially become a family favorite for birthday parties. Guests can bring their own food, view a movie in the theater, or add on additional arts activities (for an additional cost). Contact the museum for information about how to reserve space.
Besides birthday parties, the building staff hosts regular special events during their open hours which focus on specific art projects like paper projects, exploring specific artists, building, and abstract art. There is an up to date calendar located on their website.
Artitorium on Broadway, 271 West Broadway, Idaho Falls, 83402, Phone: 208-552-1080
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