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Things To Do in Boise Idaho

Written by Posted On Tuesday, 05 June 2018 09:28

Boise, the capital city of Idaho, is filled with beautiful historic sites and scenic landscapes to roam. A trip to Boise is the perfect getaway for those looking to relax and enjoy simplicity. The city looks over the rolling Boise foothills, creating room for both a metropolitan traveler and outdoorsman alike. The city is home to tons of museums, parks and shopping choices. Boise is also continuing to expand its culinary scene and is a thriving area for music and theater. Plan out your upcoming trip to the northwest and be sure to include these hot spots in Boise. 

Boise River Greenbelt

For the hiker at heart, lace up to hit the trails at the Boise River Greenbelt. There is no better way to see Boise than by meandering through the paths, following along the rippling Boise River. The 25-mile trail winds through the city of Boise, brightening it with wildlife, lush plants and scenic overlooks. As pretty as it is today, the Boise River Greenbelt was once taken over by trash and sewage until a consultant was brought in to restore and revamp the park. Now on the average weekend, you can find people having a riverside picnic, biking underneath the trees and traipsing out into the river.

Idaho State Capitol

Let your inner history buff nerd out by visiting the Idaho State Capitol building. It is in this building that the state government for Idaho resides. The beautifully constructed building is great for photo ops and is open for visitation and tours. See where Idaho history is being made!

Idaho Botanical Garden

Stop and smell the roses at the Idaho Botanical Garden. The bright flora and fauna will catch your eye and instantly captivate you. With several different themed gardens to choose from, this isn’t just some boring garden. Stroll through the Muriel and Diana Kirk English Garden where the flowers and vines seem to float above your head. Let the children explore and play in the Adventure Park while you relax in the Meditation Garden. Learn about the plants native to Idaho and the surrounding region, and get dinner inspiration from the vegetable and herb gardens. The botanical garden is open year round for visitors to enjoy.

Old Idaho State Penitentiary

Branch out from your average vacation itineraries to explore the Old Idaho State Penitentiary where the criminals of the west once resided. The historic prison paints a different picture of the last 100 years in Boise. Find one of the nation’s largest collections of historic arms and military memorabilia at the penitentiary’s J. Curtis Earl Memorial Exhibit and learn about the weapons used throughout history. Get the inside scoop on what prison life was once like in Boise and hear the stories of crime and adventure that took place inside the penitentiary.

Capital City Public Market

If your ideal Saturday includes a pit stop at the farmers market for local produce and baked goods, then you’re in luck. Capital City Public Market is the original farmers market in Boise, Idaho and has been operating for twenty-four years. The market is open almost year-round, running from April through December, so chances are you will be able to stock up on your favorite treats during your trip. What better way to become acquainted with Boise than by connecting with the faces who make up the city? At the market, you can browse produce from all over the state, handcrafted jewelry, sculpted pottery and more. See Boise residents in action and pick up a unique trinket to remember your trip!

Boise Art Museum

For the artist, spark your creativity with a trip to the Boise Art Museum. The Boise Art Museum has been captivating artists and curious minds with its evolving exhibits since 1932. By showcasing artists native to Idaho, the museum uses varying art forms to tell the story of the state. The exhibits are constantly transitioning so there is often something new to experience. If you have extra time on your hands, check out the different events and programs offered throughout the year to broaden your knowledge of art and history. Each fall, a weekend-long event called Art in the Park showcases over 200 artists and their work. Art in the park is one of the top art festivals in the northwest and draws in locals and tourists alike with live entertainment, local food vendors and art for purchase.

Life in Boise, Idaho might be a little slower than other cities - but it is not to be looked over. With beautiful scenery, there are tons of ways to be a part of the great outdoors and to see the true beauty of the city. The history of Boise and Idaho are uniquely preserved throughout the various museums and parks. Start planning your trip to this up-and-coming city and see just what everyone is talking about. 

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