Idaho Potato Museum is Spud-tacular

Sometimes odd things catch my eye, and then I can’t get them out of my mind — no matter how hard I try.  That’s sort of been the case with the Giant Baked Potato at the Idaho Potato Museum (formerly known as the Idaho Potato Expo) in Blackfoot, Idaho.

While I like a spud as much as the next person, in Blackfoot it’s elevated to the status of royalty.  Not surprising for the Potato Capital of The World.  The expo claims to enlighten you with information about the agricultural, historical, social, scientific, educational, artistic and economic aspects of the world-famous Idaho potato. 

Here are just a few of the “spud-tacular” exhibits full of information and fun, if a little corny as well:

  • Equipment displays
  • The World’s Largest Styrofoam Potato – a popular photo site
  • A tribute to Mr. Potato Head — c’mon, who doesn’t like Mr. Potato Head
  • An imaginative “Potato In Space” display
  • The world’s largest potato chip – 25×14-inch Pringle

The Gift Shop also sells potato fudge, potato ice cream and potato cookies, along with a host of potato sourveniers.  Potato fudge?  I have my doubts!

The Idaho Potato Museum is located at 130 NW Main Street, in Blackfoot, Idaho (map it).  It is open October – March, 9:30am – 3 pm, April – September, 9:30 – 5 pm.  Admission is $3 for adults; $2.50 for seniors, $1 for children ages 6 – 12, and free for children under 6.  Admission includes a free potato sample (product varies).


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Mary Jo Manzanares is a traveler, travel blogger, and podcaster. In addition to her blog, Traveling with MJ, she hosts the Where Else to Go podcast, and is the founder and the editor-in-chief of The Traveler’s Way, an online travel magazine. Her travel ethos is value luxury - luxury for real people - and her goal is to help travelers know when to splurge and when to save. Mary Jo has been a speaker at various industry events around the world. When she’s not traveling, Mary Jo likes lingering over a cup of coffee, wandering in a museum, sipping wine at a cafe, and sharing it all with friends and readers. Her most recent travels were to Stockholm, a Baltic cruise, and Universal Orlando Resort.

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