Boise is Vibrant.Boise is Active.Boise is Unforgettable. With an active arts community and lively downtown filled with shops, restaurants, night spots, Boise is alive with entertainment options. When in Boise, do as the locals do: get outside! That’s what makes Boise, Idaho—with so many different events, sports and other exhilarating experiences, so extraordinary.
1. THE RIVER
There’s no reason to leave the city when you’ve got Boise Whitewater Park! You can surf, kayak, stand up paddle board or raft at this premier hotspot on the Boise River.
The Boise Art Museum (BAM) is part of a series of public museums and cultural attractions in Julia Davis Park. The museum began as the Boise Gallery of Art, opening in 1937 and is now the only AAM-accredited museum collecting fine art in Idaho as a center for fine arts in the Treasure Valley.
Current and future exhibitions are constantly revolving and the schedule can be found here.
3. THE COCKTAILS
After a day of Instagramming your hiking views you’ll need to cool down. Located off the lobby of the Hotel 43 in the heart of downtown Boise, you’ll experience finely crafted cuisine and exquisite cocktails at Chandlers Steakhouse. With an extensive craft cocktail selection, try the famous Ten Minute Martini, arguably the finest martini you’ll ever taste. The Ten Minute Martini is a very slow and romantic dance through the ice. For the complete history, click here.
An award-winning fine dining institution since 2008—Chandlers serves up mouthwatering regional cuisine created with Idaho-sourced ingredients, including prime corn-fed steaks, Kobe-style beef and fresh seafood. Favorites include Pan-Seared Alaskan Halibut and Filet Mignon Oscar Style, topped with Alaskan king crab meat and Béarnaise.
Located in beautiful Julia Davis Park, in the heart of downtown Boise, Zoo Boise is one of the most popular attractions in Southern Idaho as well as a living science facility that is home to over 300 animals from 100 various species. Zoo Boise is a community treasure where more than 350,000 annual visitors of all ages can learn about our natural world and the importance of protecting and preserving it for generations to come.
Have you been dreaming of getting nose-to-nose with a giraffe? This is your chance to feed Jabari and Tafari at the Giraffe Encounter! At the Giraffe Encounter, you’ll receive lettuce leaves for only $3 and 100% of the proceeds go to the Zoo Boise Conservation Fund.
5. THE HIKING
The Oregon Trail enters Idaho on the high desert in the extreme southeastern corner of the state. The trail then winds northwest along the Bear River, passes through present day Pocatello and jags west to meet the mighty Snake River that it parallels as the river carves a shallow U across the southern portion of the state.
You’ll find a variety of picturesque hiking trails throughout Boise. From the Highland Park Trail, 14 Tram Trail, Old Penitentiary Trail and Table Rock—take your pick!