Come and stay in Meridian and visit some of the greatest attractions in Idaho.
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More and more people are discovering what a great place Meridian is to live and work. The city offers a wide assortment of arts, dining, shopping and plenty of natural beauty. Three local residents offer tips on dining, the outdoors and fun things to do in this Treasure Valley city.
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Dan Basalone, founder and board member, Children’s Museum of Idaho
Q: What are some don’t-miss arts experiences visitors should have when visiting Meridian?
A: Art and history have been central to the revitalization of downtown Meridian. The Initial Point Gallery in Meridian City Hall has exhibits by local artists. The city also sponsors art wraps on street corner electrical boxes with an app that allows for a self-guided tour. In addition, the City of Meridian offers two historical tours in our downtown area.
Q: Where do you take family and friends when they visit?
A: We do like to share local culture, especially the Basque culture, so Epi’s A Basque Restaurantin downtown Meridian is always a place we take visitors.
Q: Why is it important to have a children’s museum in a city like Meridian?
A: The Children’s Museum of Idahohas become a prominent visitor location but, more importantly, a prominent educational experience for visiting children and local children alike. The museum exhibits include both indoor and outdoor activities related to science and technology, horticulture, construction, retail and, of course, imagination.
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Lou Mallane, founder of Louie’s Pizza & Italian Restaurant
Q: Where do you like to take friends and family to eat when they visit?
A: Of course, we recommend that all of our family and friends come to our restaurant.
Q: What makes the dining scene in Meridian unique?
A: The dining scene is extremely unique due to the diverse population. There are the die-hard meat and potato residents who prefer things to be just like they were when Meridian was a small town. There is also a diverse group that enjoys eclectic cuisine.
Q: What are some don’t-miss restaurants or food experiences visitors should have when they are there?
A: Of course, Louie’s is a don’t-miss restaurant. Moe Joe’s and Joe Momma’s are amazing for breakfast. Grant’s Neighborhood Grill is amazing for creative cuisine.
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Garrett White, Recreation Manager, Meridian Parks and Recreation
Q: Where do you like to take friends and family that visit you in Meridian?
A: Meridian has lots of hidden (and not-so-hidden) gems that any resident or visitor would like to discover. My family loves Wahooz Family Fun Zone, Roaring Springs Water Park, the Children’s Museum of Idaho, Urban Air Trampoline Park and Big Al’s. We also like to wander around The Village.
Q: What are some of the best outdoor activities in Meridian?
A: Discovery Park is the closest to my home, and my kids love it! The playground is amazing, with a zip line, sand/water feature, splash pad for kids and a climbing wall. If I am looking for more of an adult activity outdoors to get fresh air or exercise, we golf or walk and ride bikes on the pathways.
Q: What would visitors be surprised to know about the outdoor assets you have there?
A: Meridian is centrally located in the heart of the Treasure Valley, which means residents and visitors can easily access lakes, rivers, deserts and mountains within just a short drive.