IdahoCalendar.com family spent a weekend in Lava Hot Springs and have named this fun filled spot 'Idaho's beach town'. People literally walk down main street in their swimsuits and flip flops, carrying their tubes as they walk back up to the launch spot to float the Portneuf river again and again. Lots of shops to browse and pick up treasures and several good restaurants to choose from. We ate at the Taqueria Pelayo Mexican Food which is in a converted school bus and it was by far some of the best Mexican food we have had. For dessert we walked downtown and found an ice cream shop, then sat on the curb and watched the town go by as we ate.
The big draw to this town of course is the hot springs. On one side of town is the natural hot springs which is quiet and serene and a great place to relax. The other side of town is home to the outdoor swimming complex with its Olympic size pool, water slides and dare devil diving platforms. There is also an indoor aquatic facility with all sorts of fun for the little ones. The diving platforms were a hit with two of our three children. Spaced at 5, 7 and 10 meters (16 ft, almost 23 ft, and almost 33 ft), an adult will need to sign a waiver before any jumping happens and you must be 14 or over to jump off the top. Don't let the kids have all the fun, be brave join in!
There are several lodging options and whichever you pick you are likely within walking distance to everything.
If you are with your sweetheart on a weekend getaway we would recommend you check out the Riverside Hot Springs Inn & Spa (adults only please), this historic building, built in 1914 and labeled the Honeymoon Hotel, is right along the Portneuf River and is also home to the Portneuf Grille & Lounge.
We stayed at the Home Hotel, which is a good choice for families. There is also a KOA campground and several bed and breakfasts.