This historic city lies at the confluence between the Weiser River and the Snake Rivers, just across the Idaho-Oregon state line.
Weiser, located at the western end of Treasure Valley, is situated in fertile farmland. He produces peaches, pears, and apples, as well as raising livestock.
In the summer, you can go out into the country to visit U-Pick farms or camp and fish at the many reservoirs within a few kilometers.
It is a former railroad town that was rapidly growing in the latter part of the 19th century.
Downtown Weiser is full of historic architecture. There are also many elegant Queen Anne or Shingle homes in the streets.
1. Snake River Heritage Center
Hooker Hall (1907), located at the Intermountain Institute, is the most impressive building in Weiser. It can be found on the northwest corner of town.
Hooker Hall, crowned with a clock tower is the central building in a complex that includes nine other buildings. These were all built in the early 20th-century from cast concrete.
The main building is situated among well-tended lawns that are dotted with tall deciduous tree, and it serves as the heart of the community. It hosts plays and music recitals in the auditorium.
Hooker Hall also hosts the Snake River Heritage Center. It covers various aspects of the region’s history from famous personalities to agriculture, mining, and transport.
2. Weiser River National Recreation Trail
You’ll find Route 95 crossing the Weiser river, and the trailhead for an easy 84-mile walk, biking, or riding route that takes you to New Meadows, at the top end of the Meadows Valley.
The trail was completed in 1998 and is the longest in Idaho. It runs along the railbed of an old Union Pacific line.
You’ll be able to travel in sections between five and twenty-miles.
As you move from the lower canyon’s barren hills and lava-cliffs to the upper canyon, the trail’s character changes.
The trail is home to a variety of wildlife, including raptors, bears, great blue herons, wild turkey, wild turkey, and elk.
3. National Old-Time Fiddle Contest & Festival
Weiser is host to one of America’s greatest old-time music events, hundreds of musicians gather from across the country during the third week of June.
The National Old-Time Fiddle Contest & Festival occupies a prominent place in the fiddling community. It is sometimes referred to simply as “Weiser”.
In 1953, the inaugural contest was held. Today, eight categories of fiddlers are offered at the Weiser High School gymium.
There will be non-competitive live performances as well as a parade and carnival, as well as fiddling workshops.
4. Historic Downtown Weiser
Weiser’s glory days came around the turn of 20th century when a railroad station was built in the city. This made Weiser an important part of the regional transportation system.
Many of the buildings built during this period are still standing. Weiser has over 20 places on the National Register of Historic Places.
A few of these will be mentioned elsewhere in the article. However, if you take a tour of the town, make sure to look for the Knights of Pythias Lodge Hall (2004), the Star Theater (2017), and the Weiser Post Office (322). Also, keep an eye out for historic brick frontages along Main Street. Idaho Street. Slate Street.
There are many charming old houses in the vicinity, many of them in Queen Anne style at the end 19th century.
5. Kelley Orchards
This part of the Snake River Valley has fertile soils and cool nights that make it ideal for fruit growing.
Kelley Orchards is one of the many fruit farms in Weiser. They grow peaches, nectarines and apples, plums as well as cherries, grapes and tomatoes, among other berries.
This family-owned business stands out because you can visit the farm throughout the year to pick your produce.
You can find out what fruits are available on the farm’s website. It also has information about when they will be ready. Visiting an orchard will provide you with valuable learning opportunities as you discover more about each variety.
You can also call the Barn Store if you are short on time. They have fresh picked fruit as well as jam, dried fruits, and farm-fresh eggs.
6. Memorial Park
The main recreation area in Weiser is located within walking distance from downtown. It has amenities for everyone. The outdoor swimming pool is located in the southwest corner of Weiser. It is open during the summer months.
Walter Johnson Field is a community stadium that’s used primarily to play baseball at the north end.
Walter Johnson (1887-1946), who is remembered as one the greatest pitchers of baseball history, played for the semi-professional Weiser Kids team in 1906-07, when he was scouted and drafted by the Washington Senators.
Memorial Park also has two playgrounds and a sledding hill for winter. In summer, there are many tall trees that provide shade for picnics.
7. Weiser Classic Candy
This candy shop, located in downtown Weiser, attracts customers from all walks of the globe and is a popular destination.
Weiser Classic Candy is a specialist in hand-crafted sweet treats. Weiser Classic Candy offers fudge, chocolate truffles and velvet mints. The chocolate-dipped bacon is something that you never knew you needed in your daily life.
Weiser Classic Candy also serves as a deli with tempting sandwiches (Reuben and French dip, Monte Cristo), along with salads and soups.
8. Weiser Train Depot
The tracks running south of downtown Weiser are a wonderful piece of early 20th century heritage.
This is the Weiser Train Depot. It was built by Union Pacific Railroad in 1907, and shares design characteristics with the Caldwell and Ontario depots, Oregon.
The depot is made from brick with cast stone dressings and features distinctive exaggerated arches supported by long wooden corbels.
It was restored to its original glory in 2010 and is now used for private and public events such as the Weiser Farmers Market.
9. Rolling Hills Golf Course
The city’s public course, located in the beautiful greenery of the north side of Weiser is all you could want from a small-town golf facility.
The staff is friendly and helpful. Rolling Hills’ restaurant in the clubhouse shines. Rolling Hills makes dishes such as beer battered prawns or grilled salmon with great flair.
The nine-hole, par 36 course is maintained well and has a slope rating 115. Even though it is small, there is a driving range for those who want to re-discover their swing before they play.
10. Steck Park
Steck Park is located downriver from Weiser, Idaho, on the Idaho side, near the Brownlee reservoir.
This body of water runs more than 50 miles down the Snake River. It is an attractive spot for boating, fishing, and camping.
The reservoir is home to some of the most exciting fishing in Idaho, including smallmouth bass, crappie, and catfish.
Steck Park offers more than 40 RV sites spread over two campgrounds. It also has two boat ramps. This older one is located in a beautiful setting, shaded only by mature trees.
11. Weiser Community Fishing Pond
There’s a quiet spot near the confluence between the Snake and Weiser Rivers. It’s close to downtown Weiser.
This pond is more than just a place to fish. It’s also loved for its beautiful scenery, which includes green banks and sheltered banks that can be accessed via a walkway.
There are several fire pits near the water, as well as a small wooden dock. Bluegill and largemouth bass are common in the pond, but hundreds of rainbow trout are also available, sometimes up to seven times per year.
12. Farewell Bend State Recreation Area
The Oregon bank of Brownlee reservoir has a beautiful stretch of waterfront that is ideal for fishing, boating and other water-related activities.
Farewell Bend also has a lot of history. Named after the Oregon Trail that had followed the valley for hundreds upon miles, the Oregon Trail would leave the Snake River at this point.
The park has interpretive displays and historical markers that can be viewed. There are also picnic areas and a viewing platform.
13. Crane Creek Reservoir
This reservoir is located deep in Weiser’s backcountry, making it ideal for intrepid fishermen. The drive takes approximately 45 minutes and is on a gravel road.
Crane Creek Reservoir’s sole purpose is irrigation. It may not be at its highest in the summer.
This is a great place to fish earlier in the season, as there are plenty of largemouth bass, bluegill and catfish, and you can also find some of the biggest black and white crappie that you have ever seen.
Although there is a boat ramp, other facilities are not available. It pays to be prepared to get away from civilization for a few hours.
14. Vendome Events Center
This venue, located at the corner of Slate Street and Commercial Street downtown, is managed by the Weiser Chamber of Commerce. It serves as an anchor for many community events throughout the year.
Benefits, auctions, craft fairs and banquets are some of these. The annual Crab Feed, which takes place in April and is accompanied by live and silent auctions, has been a landmark of the calendar for over two decades.
This building will often be open during major events like the Halloween Carnival or the Night Light Christmas Parade.