Appaloosa Museum in Moscow, Idaho
By far, my family's favorite place to go in Idaho is the Appaloosa Museum in Moscow, Idaho. The Appaloosa horse is the state horse of Idaho, and my 8-year-old and 11-year-old daughters are absolutely in love with them.
The museum has a good mix of things to look at and things for children to touch. They educate you about the breed, how it was important to Indians and local commerce. My daughters love looking at the stuffed Appaloosa and imagining that they are using the equipment on display.
There is a great kids area where they can get on a saddle and do other hands-on activities such as coloring.
One of the great things about the museum is that it operates on donations. They recommend a $4 donation for families and $2 for individuals, which is very affordable for all that they offer.
As you might imagine, the gift shop at this museum is fabulous. I usually have to warn my daughters that they can only have one thing from there. There are lots of great blankets, shirts, stuffed toy horses and little trinkets to buy there.
They definitely keep my kids happy for a few hours during our road trips, which is saying something. During the summer months, you can picnic near two Appaloosas. The whole area is beautiful, so you'll be tempted to take a long walk after your visit to the Appaloosa Museum.
There is also a pretty tile walk where donors have given $100 per brick to help out the museum. Our family made the donation last year, and now we always look for it and take a family picture near it. We've all grown up so much!
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