Nez Perce National Historical Park
For thousands of years the valleys, prairies and plateaus of north central Idaho and northeastern Oregon have been home to the Nez Perce people. Today’s Reservation is located in north central Idaho where the National Park Service has the headquarters for Nez Perce National Historical Park, which features 38 sites, scattered across four states. Many sites tell of Nez Perce legends and history while others cover their interactions with fur traders, missionaries, soldiers, settlers and explorers. Lewis and Clark’s travels through Nez Perce country are featured at the Lolo Trail, Weippe Prairie, Canoe Camp and Long Camp sites. A visitor center at Spalding has brochures, museum exhibits, a film, bookstore and Ranger-led programs daily at 11, 1:00 and 3:00 in the summer. East of Lewiston on Hwy 95; Spalding, ID; 208.843.2261
Hells Gate State Park
Hells Gate State Park is the gateway to Hells Canyon, the deepest river gorge in North America. Shady campsites along the Snake River make comfortable base-camps for exploration of the surrounding area. Jet boat excursions into Hells Canyon leave on a regular basis from the park’s docks. The Nez Perce National Historic Park is only 30 minutes away. Located 4 miles S. of Lewiston on Snake River Ave.
Kiwanis Park & Mtn. Dew Skate Park
Kiwanis Park a perennial favorite park in the valley is located along the Snake River and has something for everyone. State of the art playground equipment chosen by the students at Webster Elementary two years ago includes a child’s climbing wall. There is a covered shelter, year round restroom facilities, and our newest addition to the park are interpretive plaques describing the Lewis and Clark journey that you can read as you walk, jog ,or bike along the trails that are connected to the Lewiston levy system.
At Kiwanis Park in Lewiston (1114 Snake River Ave), you’ll find a great skate park (12,000 sq. ft.) with three pools, one with a difficult shallow end about 6 feet deep and a deep end about 9 feet deep with good transition. Another pool is about 8 feet deep and really large with a few vertical spots, street spots and stairs with a rail.
Brackenbury Square is located right in the center of beautiful downtown Lewiston and offers a relaxing area to sit and enjoy a morning coffee or leisurely brown bag lunch. There is an outdoor stage with lots of shade trees where local talent loves to shine. You can also enjoy the “The Dance” statue and fountain create by local artist the late Dr. David Sears. Make sure not to miss the summer concert series, Sound Downtown, every Saturday June through September hosted by Beautiful Downtown Lewiston.
Enjoy the paved walking path that winds north along a canyon rim on the headwaters of Lindsey Creek and a path way connecting the parking lot with the intersection of 10th and Park Avenue in Lewiston.
On a cold winter night in Lewiston, Idaho, a dark and lonely park suddenly comes to life with lights, music and the sound of laughter – turning it into a winter wonderland for Winter Spirit. Lighting Ceremonies are always the Saturday before Thanksgiving and you can visit the lights through the first Saturday after New Year’s Eve. You can visit the Locomotive and Caboose year round and enjoy picnicking for three seasons.
Pioneer Park, located at 203 5th Street, is the oldest park in Lewiston that started out as a cemetery until the late 1880s. Don’t forget your swim suit in the summer! Kids can enjoy a fun run through the parks water fountain and cool off on those hot summer days.
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