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”):
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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!
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.
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!
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!
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!