11 Things to do in Boise,ID with Kids

I love Boise! It’s a West coast destination that is often overlooked, but it shouldn’t be. Boise is rich in outdoor, indoor, and learning experiences. These are my top 11 must visit places in Boise that are great for adults and kids alike ( Please don’t judge the place by my terrible picture taking skills, Boise is a beautiful place and I’m working on my photography “talent”):

 

1. Discovery Center

The Discovery Center is a hands-on science center for kids. I always have a blast though when I’m there! It’s a great way for active kids to explore and learn while being able to physically touch the exhibits for interactive learning.

 

2.Old Idaho Penitentiary

This prison has been turned into a museum full of Idaho history. The prison cells have pictures of inmates that used to be there, and why they were there. It was interesting to see what the prisoner’s lives were like and how they mined the mountains nearby.

 

 

3.Zoo

The Boise zoo features tons of fun animals that you can safely get pretty close to. They are a zoo that supports endangered species so your visit makes a difference! From 1:30-2:30 you can even feed the giraffes!

 

4.Aquarium

This aquarium is pretty small but, at a lower price than most aquariums, it still has a lot for kids to do. My son loved touching the sting rays and could spend hours watching the large fish swim.

 

 

5.Visit Westside Drive-In Diner

This diner was featured on an episode of “Diners, Drive-ins, and Dives”, and while their food is delicious, I have to admit that I’m the biggest fan of their ice-cream potato. Made out of vanilla ice-cream and covered in cocoa, it’s a great way to show their support for the potato state.

 

 

6.Eat at Boise Fry Company

The restaurant where fries are the main course and burgers are the side! The Boise Fry Company is a great place to catch a bite to eat. It has curly fries, purple fries, fry puff balls (my personal favorite), sweet potato fries, and much more! They also have tons of different seasonings and sauces for the delicious fries. There’s a few locations in the Boise area, but I like the one that’s within walking distance of the State Capitol Building.

 

7.State Capitol Building

I’ve been to a few capitol buildings before, but I was amazed at the beauty of the Idaho State Capitol Building. It’s made mainly of marble and the details in the architecture are astounding. It’s open to the public for free self-guided tours. There are quite a few stair cases so it’ll give you a great workout getting to the top floors!

 

8.Freak Alley

Also within walking distance of the Capitol Building is a little alley dubbed “Freak Alley”. It’s full of ever-changing artistic masterpieces from local artists. I enjoy walking through it and admiring the art with family and friends. There are also diners nearby so you can eat outside and enjoy the artistic views.

 

9.Farmer’s Markets

I’m a huge sucker for outdoor markets. I love the variety of items and supporting local businesses. There’s a large market next to the Capitol Building that is full of great food, arts & crafts, and beauty products. If you’re up to a short drive then the farmer’s market in Nampa  is smaller, but features vendors that have different items from the Boise one. They have homemade soaps, henna artists, and much more!

 

10. Walk the Greenbelt

25 miles long, the Boise Greenbelt will lead you through views of beautiful trees, the heart of Boise, and tons of wildlife. There are many parks along its route that are great places for lunch. It’s a great way to see Idaho’s beauty while enjoying a relaxed afternoon.

During the winter, you can opt to visit Bogus Basin  for skiing, snowboarding, and overall fun in the snow! They have a restaurant, places to stay overnight, and they have lessons on skiing/snowboarding!

 

11.See the Blue Field

Make sure to stop by and see the first non-green turf. The blue field in Albertson’s Stadium on Boise State University’s campus is a whole new experience that you won’t find anywhere else. If you’re in town during football season then get tickets early and enjoy a game!

 

BONUS:

See if you can find the Boise River Sculpture   while driving around the town.

 

Boise is a great place for a vacation, so make sure to stop by and check out these 10 experiences that you won’t find anywhere else!

 

One thought on “11 Things to do in Boise,ID with Kids

  1. Kitty

    November 7, 2017 at 12:56am

    This place looks interesting and lovely… Would love to visit this place one day 😀

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  2. Jen Walker

    November 6, 2017 at 5:02am

    You definitely have a lot of fun options in Boise! I wish we had an aquarium close by and a zoo less than a 2 hour drive away!

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  3. Ophelia T

    November 6, 2017 at 4:13am

    These pictures look great. I would love to visit this place sometimes for vacation. Thanks for sharing.

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  4. Brianne Patrice

    November 5, 2017 at 8:32pm

    Never realized there was so much to do in Boise! That ice cream potato looks amazing!

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  5. anosa

    November 5, 2017 at 4:51pm

    I’ve never heard of Boise! this is another adventure to add to the list, once I travel across the pond! it seems like theres so much to do!

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  6. Aishwarya Shenolikar

    November 4, 2017 at 6:23pm

    There are so many things here! I think exploring Old Idaho Penitentiary would be very interesting!! 🙂

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  7. Aditi

    November 4, 2017 at 3:50pm

    The Freak Alley and Dive-In Diner really got my attention. There is a lot to do out there in Idaho. Good compilation. Cheers!!

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  8. Dealman

    November 4, 2017 at 6:22am

    Good post. I love seeing the street art. Thanks for sharing.

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  9. Amber Myers

    November 3, 2017 at 11:22pm

    I’ve never been to Boise before! It looks like a blast. I absolutely LOVE going to places that Diners, Drive Ins and Dives have checked out.

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  10. Joanna @ Everyday Made Fresh

    November 3, 2017 at 9:42pm

    I have a friend that lives outside of Boise, and she loves it. She has posted photos of many of these places that she goes with her kids.

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  11. Jen Temcio

    November 3, 2017 at 9:36pm

    There is SO MUCH to do! I want to go to the zoo and see the endangered species.

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  12. Aryanne Padilha

    November 3, 2017 at 9:34pm

    I’d love to see the 3D River sculpture, that looks super cool, also the prison that is now a museum and the farmers market! It looks lovely! Thanks for sharing 🙂

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  13. Rose

    November 3, 2017 at 6:54pm

    I like to visit the zoo of the place I’m visiting all the time. Visiting the penitentiary would be interesting and I would like a place that offers fires with burgers on the side!

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  14. stacey

    November 3, 2017 at 3:33pm

    I imagine the aquarium is very popular in Boise. I love seeing the street art and farmers markets when I travel.

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  15. LadyInRead

    November 3, 2017 at 2:51pm

    love all the photos.. i have seen a couple of capitol buildings as well and it is always such a awe-inspiring experience..
    the potato icecream is cool!! and i am sure the kids will love the fries with a side of burger (our go to place is in-n-out!)

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