Newly built with a fleet of educational exhibits, the nonprofit Idaho Public Aquarium brims with underwater wildlife that scuttles, swims, and frolics, overseen by staff members and dedicated volunteers. Families peruse exhibits that give insight into a slice of aquatic life and emphasize its continuance, such as stingray touch tank and the shark nursery, where guests can witness baby sharks peeking out of their eggs while crooning peaceful lullabies or playing peekaboo. Added to the list are new exhibits, such as the 17,000-gallon sea turtle tank and the North Pacific cold water tank. Sea-resident enthusiasts can also participate in birthday parties with private tours and a nighttime animal feeding.
Serenity Stables & Event Facility’s five acres of land are dotted with a regulation-size arena, covered stalls, and indoor facilities, creating a horse-riding haven for equine enthusiasts of all ages. Experienced, encouraging instructors lead riding lessons, which can be tailored to meet the needs of everyone from first-timers to professional cowboys hoping to learn the secret of galloping into the sunset without squinting. Teachers inform pupils about basic Western and English riding techniques, roping, queening, flags, and barrel racing. Serenity Stables also offers full boarding services and rents out their facilities for dances, musical events, birthdays, and interventions for oats-addicted unicorns.
When it comes to breed-appropriate dog grooming, you won’t find many people more knowledgeable than the staff at Wags To Riches All Breed Pet Salon. Resident groomer Lauren got her start 13 years ago in the dog-show ring, giving her a good introduction to proper breed styling and general dog care. She now puts those skills to use at Wags To Riches, keeping dogs pampered and healthy. She gives dogs a fresh scent during baths, and then uses breed-specific scissor clips to groom fur. In addition to cutting hair, she cuts nails for finicky pets and cleans ears and glands to ensure that pets stay in peak physical condition. For every six groomings a pet comes in for, their owners receive $10 off the next service, allowing them to save a little cash or splurge on a beef-jerky collar.
Little Feather Ranch is owner and manager Teri Hallman’s equine oasis amid the verdant expanse of Eagle, Idaho. There, horses trot outdoors in cool summer breezes and prance around the insulated indoor arena all through the year. A nearby 5-mile trail allows visitors to explore Eagle Island State Park on guided horseback rides.
Accredited by the Certified Horsemanship Association, Teri imparts riding skills in both Western and English styles. English riding entails a lighter saddle and more direct control over the horse’s reins, whereas the Western style requires a larger saddle, lax one-handed rein control, and an encyclopedic knowledge of John Wayne quotes. Little Feather’s boarding service treats horses to attentive care and a supply of grass and alfalfa hay grown onsite. While at the ranch, riders can peruse a line of exclusive handmade leather bags, Western shirts, and hat bands.
In 1977, Cheryl Wear opened World of Nutrition; her daughter, Kris, joined her full-time after graduating from high school. Today, the health and wellness shop is still a family affair run by Kris and her niece and nephew, both of whom have extensive training in nutrition and homeopathy. The store's shelves are filled with large assortment of vitamins and supplements, bulk herbs, books, and tea.