Three 80s Twin Falls Summer Hangouts that Nobody Remembers
I’m looking for some help from some of my Gen Xers who might remember some of the places we use to hang out at in Twin Falls during summer break.
I was talking to a handful of friends the other night and we got into a friendly debate about everything from the locations of these hangouts, to whether or not they even existed. So please, feel free to comment and back me up or correct me if I’m wrong.
Big T Swimming Pool
So, most everyone in my group remembered this pool that was located over by Robert Stuart Middle School. A few of us disagreed about the location, but nobody but I can recall a small mini-golf course located on the property as well. I know how memories can play tricks and maybe I’m mixing things up with the Anderson Camp course off I-84; but I swear I can remember playing mini golf at Big T, as well as swimming there back in the day.
Oregon Trail Go-Karts
Everyone I was talking to could remember the indoor go-kart track, Nazzkart, that used to be located in what’s now Jumptime Idaho in the 90s. But only two of us remembered driving go-karts on a track at Oregon Trail Campground. I know we aren’t making this up. I distinctly remember a full-on outdoor go-kart race track at Oregon Trail off Kimberly Road... Or do I? Please tell me I’m not wrong.
Hydrotubes on Addison Ave East
Hydrodutbes were all the rage in the ’80s. By today’s standards, they weren’t much more than glorified, enclosed water slides; but they were the closest thing we had to a water park before the existence of places like Roaring Springs.
I was the only person in my group who remembers Hydrotubes in Twin Falls, somewhere across from K-Mart (now D&B Supply), on Addison. I was driving by that location yesterday and it’s possible they were located where the Addison Stinker is, but if I’m not mistaken, they used to be where Purity Spa is on the corner of Addison and Eastland. (Bonus points if you can remember that Purity Spa’s building was originally a Taster’s Specialty Market).
It’s nuts, but nobody in my group remembered the Hydrotubes even existed. I know for a fact I spent the summer of ‘87 sliding down those tubes more times than I could count. I’m willing to be wrong about the exact location, but I know for a fact, that Twin Falls had a set of Hydrotubes on Addison somewhere over by K-Mart.
I'd love to see your comments on what I got right, what's wrong, and even other old '80s summer spots we should add to this list.