Meridian might share a county with Boise, but don’t let that fool you into thinking they are one in the same. In fact, in 2016, Meridian passed Nampa to become the second largest city in Idaho. Yes, Boise still holds the title as the Gem State’s largest city, but Meridian currently holds the title as being Idaho’s fastest growing city. In fact, in 2017, Meridian was ranked as the tenth fastest-growing city in the United States and, according to the Idaho Business Review, it has the potential to be named the fastest-growing city in the United States this year.
A big reason for this growth is that the cost of living is cheaper in Meridian than in nearby Boise, but with all the same access to amenities. We took some time to research and write out our top five things to do in Meridian so that you, too, can enjoy everything that our burgeoning city has to offer.
The Village at Meridian
The Village at Meridian offers the best shopping and dining experiences collected in one central location that Idaho has to offer. There are an abundance of upscale apparel and specialty retail shops like Anthropologie, Lululemon, and Z Gallerie. Patrons can workout at one of Ada County’s finest gym facilities, Axiom, and grocery shop at one of Idaho’s favorite grocery stores, The Boise Co-op. Fine restaurants and cafes abound in this complex that is home to over 100 commercial tenants, thirteen of which are locally owned and operated while another four are regionally owned. Restaurants and cafes include names like Casa del Matador, Revitalize Juice Bar, Twigs Bistro and Martini Bar, and Yard House. Finally, The Village Cinema boasts fifteen wall-to-wall feature screens and two 60-foot Giant Screens with Dolby Atmos Immersive sound.
Meridian Speedway is a quarter-mile short track for auto racing. Tickets can be purchased at the gate or online. There is a sponsor RV campsite two blocks from the speedway, and a variety of foods are offered at the concession stand: hamburgers, hot dogs, chicken sandwiches, chili, ice cream, popcorn. On Saturday nights, gates open at 4:45pm and racing starts at 6:45pm. Bring your family or friends and a blanket for a unique night of speedway fun.
Wahooz Family Fun Zone
Wahooz Family Fun Zone, southern Idaho’s biggest playground, is open year-round and offers exciting attractions for people of all ages. These attractions include two go-kart tracks, two miniature golf courses, bumper boats, batting cages, laser tag. Kiddie Cove is a soft play area for the younger children, and the arcade is home to over 100 games. The facility now boasts a new 24-lane Pinz Bowling Center. In the summer, Twice the Fun Tickets are available for purchase to be used at the neighboring Roaring Springs Waterpark.
Roaring Springs Waterpark
Roaring Springs Waterpark is the largest waterpark in the Pacific Northwest. Attractions include a wave pool, float river, two-family raft ride, bowl slide, racing slide, and tube slides. There is a kid-specific play area. And, most recently, the facility opened up a six-story speed slide. Roaring Springs is also home to four restaurants and a gift shop. When open, purchase Twice the Fun Tickets and get access to the neighboring Wahooz Family Fun Zone.
Linder Farms is home to the official corn maze of the Boise State Broncos. It also features a pumpkin patch, hay ride, petting zoo, pony rides, corn box, climbing wall, giant slide, and tire playground. Refuel at the concession stand with everything from chili to chicken nuggets. Mini donuts are made fresh-to-order and are served with the perfect coating of cinnamon and sugar. Pair these with some hot cider on the cooler fall days. If you’re looking for a festive venue to host your next gathering in Meridian, the farm offers discounts for large parties.