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Top 10 Sun Valley Rainy Day Activities

A round up of family-friendly options for foul weather days

Apr 16, 2013 - 02:24 PM
Top 10 Sun Valley Rainy Day Activities

While Sun Valley is famous for its ample outdoor recreational options for the whole family, there’s also plenty to do when the weather forces the search for fun indoors. So here’s a rundown of the Top 10 Rainy Day activities for Sun Valley.

1) Go Bowling!
The old school Bowling Alley and Game Room at the Sun Valley Lodge offers a fun step back in time. The lanes are open daily from 4 to 10pm. For more information click here or call 208-622-2191.

2) Go for a Swim!
When it’s too cold rainy to swim outdoors, there are plenty of options for indoor or heated pool swimming. The Wood River YMCA has two large pools and Sun Valley Resort offers three pools, including the famous, outdoor heated Lodge Pool, which includes cocktail service for patrons. Zenergy at Thunder Springs offers an indoor (and outdoor) saline pool and 3-day and 1-week passes are available; you can buy a spa treatment and receive use of the club on the same day at no cost! For more information check out or

Ski Museum photo by Hailey Tucker.3) Check out a Museum!
The history of the Wood River Valley is as long and storied as a powder-covered run on Baldy. The Ketchum-Sun Valley Ski & Heritage Museum at 180 East 1st Street in Ketchum offers exhibits on everything from the local mining and sheepherding history to Ernest Hemingway’s time in Idaho to the rich and impressive story of America’s original destination ski resort. The Ore Wagon Museum on 10th Street in Ketchum and the Blaine County Historical Museum on Main Street in Hailey are also good options. For more information check out or

4) Make your own Jewelry!
The Bead Shop “Plus” (208.788.0677) on east Bullion Street in Hailey and Iconoclast Books on Sun Valley Road in Ketchum both offer great selection for jewelry and craft making for kids of all ages. 

5) Catch a Movie!
Built in 1937, the Sun Valley Opera House (208.622.2244) offers first run movies and free daily showings of “Sun Valley Serenade” daily during the winter. The Magic Lantern Cinema (208.726.4274) on East 2nd Avenue in Ketchum and the Big Wood Cinemas (208.578.0971) on Main Street in Hailey offer a more modern feel for moviegoers.

Photo courtesy of the Wood River YMCA.6) Go Climbing!
The Wood River YMCA
on Saddle Road
in Ketchum offers a 10-meter high climbing gym that includes14 belay stations for climbing cracks, overhangs, lead routes and a bouldering cave. Top roping and shoe/harness rentals available for climbers as well. Routes added monthly ranging from beginner to advanced. 
For more information call 208.727.9622 or check out

7) Create Some Usable Art!
Kids of all ages love to create things with tour own two hands—and it’s even more rewarding if we can then use and enjoy what we’ve made for years to come. Ketchum offers two terrific spots to create your own clay art. Local Color (208.726. 2788) on West 4th Street offers folks a chance to turn everything from mugs, bowls and platters to the more exotic dinosaurs, skateboards and boxes shaped like guitars, butterflies and cupcakes, into works of art. Boulder Mountain Clayworks (208.726.0773 or on East 10th Street is a non-profit ceramic studio that offers daily classes and weekly camps.

8) Dive into a Good Book!
The Community Library in Ketchum hosts a “Dig Into Reading” summer program as well as the Paws to Read program on weekends. Ketchum is also home to two of the finest independent bookstores in the country: Chapter One is on East Second Street and Iconoclast is on Sun Valley Road and includes a terrific coffee shop and a great magazine selection. The Hailey Public Library on Main Street also offers variety of programs.

9) Enjoy some Art!
Ketchum is literally chock full of world-class galleries, with a little bit something for everyone’s fancy (check out for a full listing). For the younger kids, the Sun Valley Center for the Arts offers top-notch exhibits and lots of programs for youth and families. For more information check out or call 208.726.9491.

Photo courtesy of Power House Pub & Bike Fit Studio in Hailey.10) Eat, Drink and Be Merry!
From low key, locals’ favorite options like Mahoney’s in Bellevue and The Power House Pub & Bike Fit Studio in Hailey to classic Ketchum spots like The Pioneer Saloon or Perry’s, to new spots like the Konditorei in Sun Valley, there are all kind of family-friendly delicious places to eat, drink and be merry around Sun Valley. Check out for reviews, menus and directions to every restaurant in the area.

If you still can't find the kind of fun you're looking for, be sure to check out's Calendar for a full listing of all kinds of local events.


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Whether he’s being out-fished by his trash talking mother-in-law, guiding one of his young sons through the perils of manhood or finding inspiration from the people of the Wood River Valley, Mike McKenna’s award-winning writing is always sure to entertain. Order a copy of Mike's highly-acclaimed book, "Angling Around Sun Valley: A year-round fly fishing guide to South Central Idaho" from Silver Creek Outfitters.

Gone Fishing's awards include: "Best Blog" 2010 & 2011 by the Idaho Press Club, "Best Web-only Article" of 2011 by the Outdoor Writers Association of California and "Best Fishing" & "Best Humor" blogs of 2012 by the Outdoor Writers Association of America.


"Angling Around Sun Valley" was selected as the "Best Book" of 2013 by Northwest Outdoor Writers Association!

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