Nampa encapsulates the best of Idaho’s character and charm—friendly, affordable, outdoorsy, and convenient. Although Nampa is the state’s third- largest city, it is still an idyllic small town with a population of a little more than 100,000. Nampa is the perfect-sized city to experience what Idaho is best known for—its friendly, laid-back way of life.
For those who call Nampa home, all the conveniences of shopping, dining, and outdoor recreation can be found without having to leave the city limits. Whether it’s a newer subdivision near Costco, an older home in the historic downtown area, or acreage on the outskirts of town with a view of the owyhee Mountains, you’ll find what you’re looking for in Nampa.
Downtown Nampa is alive and well. Anchored by the new Library Square—which includes the beautiful 62,000-ft., state-of-the-art Nampa Library—the revitalization of this historic district over the past few years has spurred new life into the area. The historic Nampa Train Depot Museum, the Nampa Farmers Market, art galleries, consignment shops, retail boutiques, and hip little restaurants are all within walking distance.
Downtown eating establishments such as Boise Fry Company, Flying M, Messenger Pizza, Brick 29 Bistro, Stella’s Ice Cream, and the new Holy Cow Idaho, 2C Family Brewing, and Mesa Tacos + Tequila have transformed Nampa’s downtown into an up-and-coming dining hub. As more dining options emerge on the scene, retail merchants are transforming vacant storefronts into bustling places of business. It is an exciting time for this historic area as it develops into one of the best downtown Main Streets in the state.
For a town this size, Nampa has a lot to offer for family entertainment and fun.
For the aviation lover in your family, the Warhawk Air Museum is a must-see. The museum has beautifully captured and preserved military aviation history and offers visitors a glimpse of U.S. aviation from its earliest days. The museum started as a tribute to WWI and WWII veterans and has expanded to include veterans’ history up to the Persian Gulf and Iraq Wars.
The Nampa Rec Center is another gem found only in Nampa. This immense facility has five indoor pools, the latest in cardio and weight equipment, indoor and outdoor tracks, racquetball, rock climbing, preschool and kids’ camps, senior activities, and a host of other events throughout the year. The staff is friendly, and the facility offers year-round swim lessons, gymnastics, and several other classes. The Nampa Rec Center is one of Nampa’s true treasures.
Nampa is also home to the Ford Idaho Center. This massive complex includes a stunning outdoor amphitheater that hosts world-class musicians, an indoor event center where one of the nation’s top-10, regular-season, professional rodeos takes place—the Snake River Stampede, and the Northwest’s leading horse facility, the Ford Idaho Horse Park. This multi-use facility also draws people from all over southwest Idaho to enjoy the best live outdoor concerts, attend the circus, shop seasonal trade shows, and many other family-friendly events.
If golfing is more your game, Nampa has three beautiful golf courses within its city limits. For business and cultural events, the Nampa Civic Center offers 28,000 square feet of event space for meetings, conferences, and trade-shows and is home to the John Brandt Performing Arts Theater.
With a plethora of amenities, the quality of life in Nampa is rounded off by the neighborly people who live and work here. It’s a diverse culture ranging from agriculture to service professionals, retail to start-ups. The costs of living and housing are lower than other areas in the valley. With a variety of parks and trails to explore and the proximity to other nearby communities in the valley, Nampa is a solid choice for those who want to retain a small-town feel while living in a vibrant and growing community.
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