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Boise River RaftingCredit: Boise CVB

Ann Morrison ParkCredit: Boise CVB

Boise Depot

Credit: Boise CVB

Attractions

Come early or stay late to enjoy all Boise has to offer, or plan ahead and visit some of the nearby locations in Idaho like McCall, Sun Valley, Yellowstone and more.

Boise Area

Ann Morrison Park - the 153-acre park featuring a distinctive spray fountain, bocce courts, disc golf course, horseshoe pits, outdoor gym, sand volleyball court, Together Treasure Valley Dog Island, playground, tennis courts, softball diamonds, and soccer, cricket and football fields.

Anne Frank Human Rights Memorial – 0.81-acre educational park inspired by Anne Frank's faith in humanity is located along the Greenbelt.
 

Barber Park - nestled along the Boise River 5 miles southeast of downtown Boise in the Barber Valley and features a playground and basketball court; sits along the Greenbelt and is the starting point for floating the river.

Basque Block – features the Basque Museum and Cultural Center and the Cyrus Jacobs-Uberuaga House, the oldest surviving brick building in Boise.
 

Bogus Basin Mountain Recreational Area – 20 minutes from Boise, summer activities include mountain biking, Mountain Coaster, scenic chairlift rides, summer tubing, bungee trampoline, climbing wall, hiking, and more.
 

Boise Art Museum - features modern visual art from local and national artists and is part of a series of public museums and cultural attractions in Julia Davis Park.
 

Boise Depot – historic Spanish-style train depot with a spectacular view of downtown Boise and the Idaho State Capitol, home to the Platt Gardens.
 

Boise River Greenbelt – 25 miles of tree-lined walking/biking path along the Boise River.

Brew Trail – map of Idaho breweries and brewpubs.
 

Camel’s Back Park - 11-acre urban park, includes picnic tables, play areas, an outdoor gym, practice fields, and facilities for tennis and volleyball.

Esther Simplot Park - 55-acre site encompassing approximately 23 acres of ponds suitable for fishing, wading, and swimming. Park amenities include open play areas, wetlands, two reservable shelters, Friendship Island, a playground, and restrooms.
 

Float the Boise River – starting at Barber Park, you can float the Boise River in a tube or raft (rentals available through Boise River Raft & Tube) all the way to Ann Morrison Park. The float takes approximately 2-3 hours (about 6 miles).

Freak Alley Gallery - the northwest's largest open-air, multi-artist mural gallery, located in the alley between 8th and 9th streets and Bannock and Idaho streets in Downtown Boise.
 

Hot Springs – Idaho boasts natural hot springs scattered throughout the state. The Springs in Idaho City is about an hour drive from downtown Boise, or Kirkham Hot Springs in Lowman is about 1 hour and 45 minutes.

Idaho Black History Museum – a museum of African American history and culture housed in the former St. Paul Baptist Church building, Idaho’s first Black church, and the oldest African American museum in the Pacific Northwest.
 

Idaho Botanical Gardens - one of the first and oldest botanical gardens in Idaho, IBG is a lush 15-acre garden featuring native and domestic plants adapted to the intermountain region.  Nestled in the Boise Foothills on the grounds of the Old Penitentiary.

Idaho Shakespeare Festival – sitting on 12 acres, this 770-seat outdoor amphitheater and habitat reserve features Shakespearean plays and modern favorites.
 

Idaho State Capitol – the Capitol is open to the public and visitors can take a self-guided tour.

Idaho State Museum - provides a fun, interactive experience where people of all ages and backgrounds come to explore the story of Idaho.
 

Julia Davis Park – home to the Boise Rose Garden, museums, public art, Zoo Bose, and the paddle boat pond. The park features a playground, tennis courts, and bocce ball courts. The Greenbelt also runs through the park, connecting it to the other Ribbon of Jewels parks.

JUMP - Jack's Urban Meeting Place is an interactive creative center and community gathering place in the heart of downtown Boise.
 

Kathryn Albertson Park - 41-acre special use park located near downtown, features wide, paved footpaths and reservable outdoor gazebos in a beautiful natural setting.

MK Nature Center - park with underwater fish viewing areas along a stream & walking paths amid wild birds & deer. Located along the Greenbelt near Kristin Armstrong Municipal Park.
 

Oregon Trail Reserve - 77-acre site in Southeast Boise. The area features a scenic view of the Boise Front and the historic Kelton Ramp, a path forged by overland travelers heading down the rim to the Boise River.

Preservation Idaho walking tour - WalkAbout Boise is a 1.5-hour guided walking tour through 150 years of history and architecture. Custom tours are also available.

Snake River Valley American Viticultural Area (AVA) – the majority of Idaho’s wineries are located in the Snake River Valley and are open for tastings.
 

Table Rock – 3.7-mile dirt trail open to hikers and mountain bikers. Trails can be access from the Old Idaho Penitentiary and lead to an overlook offering stunning views of Boise and the Treasure Valley. The Table Rock cross is located at the edge of the lookout area.

The World Center for Birds of Prey - learn about how the Peregrine Fund is conserving raptors around the world and meet live birds of prey up close.

Wahooz Family Fun Zone – indoor/outdoor entertainment center featuring go-karts, mini-golf, arcade games & more, plus food & drink. Roaring Springs water park is located next door.
 

Zoo Boise – a leader in conservation, the 14-acre zoo serves as a living science facility that is home to over 300 animals from 100 various species. During your visit, enjoy the Butterflies in Bloom exhibit, the Zoo Farm, animal encounters, and Zookeeper talks.

Nearby Destinations

Note: During summer's high tourist season, many of the destinations below will likely require advanced reservations for hotels, transportation, etc.

Craters of the Moon National Monument and Preserve – located near Arco, Idaho, a “weird and scenic” wonderland of lava on the sagebrush plains of southern Idaho, only a few hours’ drive from Yellowstone and Grand Teton National Parks. Visitors can go for a hike, peer inside a volcano, explore a cave, or gaze up at the spectacular night sky.

 

Grand Teton National Park - explore over two hundred miles of trails, camp, or float the Snake River while taking in remarkable views of the famous Teton Mountain range.

 

Idaho City – the largest town in the Northwest 150 years ago, is today a quaint mountain “ghost town.” Enjoy historic walking tours, hiking, mountain biking, dirt biking/ATVs, horseback riding, camping, fishing and more. Be sure to stop by Trudy’s for a piece of famous pie.

 

Lava Hot Springs - located about 4 hours southeast of Boise and 3 hours south of Yellowstone Park. Features world famous natural hot springs with geothermal hot springs that range from 102˚ to 112˚. Also has an outdoor Olympic-sized pool, diving platforms, water slides, and an indoor pool, which are open all summer.

McCall – located about 2 hours north of Boise, a resort town situated on the southern shore of Payette Lake. Enjoy lake watersports, golf, mountain biking, hiking, horseback riding, and more.

 

Sun Valley - resort town about 3 hours east of Boise with miles of mountain trails, equestrian routes, and wildflower-filled meadows. You can also skate year-round in the outdoor ice rink.

 

Yellowstone National Park – the world’s first national park spans three states and 2.2 million acres. Visitors have unparalleled opportunities to observe wildlife in an intact ecosystem, explore geothermal areas that contain about half the world’s active geysers, and view geologic wonders like the Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone River. Located about 6 hours east of Boise.