A Day Out in Meridian

Spring Weather Encourages Us to Break Out, Stretch Our Legs and Explore Our Neighborhoods and Community

Whether you have a whole day to spend or just a few hours, Meridian is full of great activities and opportunities to try something new or enjoy an old favorite. What are some of your favorite things to do around town? Share your ideas with us at

Stop #1: Shop at the Village at Meridian Quickly becoming THE place to meet up, hang out or grab a bite, the Village has so much to offer and packs an entertainment punch. Home to lots of fun shops, there is something to interest everyone. Fountain Square is a beautiful gathering spot to let the kids play, relax by the fountain and enjoy outdoor dining. Watch a movie, play at Big Al’s or enjoy an event.

Check Out: Middleton Mavericks Petting Zoo in Fountain Square 2–5 p.m., April 27.

Stop #2: Picnic at Settlers Park – Described as the crown jewel of the Meridian parks system, Settlers Park is one of Meridian’s most popular and highly utilized parks. It hosts a variety of community events and sports activities throughout the year. The kids will love Universally Accessible Adventure Island Playground, Little City of Rocks Climbing Features, Musical Sound Garden and the Zero-Depth Splash Pad (June through September weather permitting). Other activities include fishing the stocked pond, tennis, pickleball, horseshoes and seasonal disc golf (November through February) Concessions are available.

Mark Your Calendar: In June, July and August, Settlers Park is the home of CableOne Movie Nights, a series of free weekly Friday night movies shown outdoors on a large inflatable screen.

Stop #3: Get Active at the YMCA

In addition to the fitness studios and gym facilities, the South Meridian YMCA nicknamed “The Hill” also has an instructional kitchen and a Family Adventure Zone Playground. Partnered with West Ada School District, St. Luke’s Health System, City of Meridian Parks and Recreation Department and Meridian Library District, this complex serves as a model for other communities by combining recreation, education, health, wellness and literacy in one location. Feeling adventurous? Try something new. How about a Zumba or Barre class, or perhaps a game of pickleball?

Did You Know? The South Meridian YMCA hosts a kids night out every third Friday from 6-9:30 p.m. Kids ages 5-12 will get a chance to enjoy a night of games, pizza, a movie and hanging out with friends. Space is limited; please register in advance.

Stop #4: Watch a Race at the Speedway

Seasoned race fans will be familiar with the action-packed evenings around the quarter-mile short track. A typical night at the track starts at 5 p.m. with the qualifying round, followed by the trophy dashes, heat races and the main event. The season opener begins in April with races running Saturday evenings through October. 

Don’t Miss: Your chance to get in on the action. The Speedway has on-track events for race fans of every age. 

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