Top 5 Things to do in Boise, Idaho

Top 5 Things to do in Boise, Idaho

Boise, Idaho, is a hidden gem nestled in the Pacific Northwest, offering a mix of urban excitement and natural beauty. Whether you're a local or visiting for the first time, there's always something to do in this vibrant city. Here are the top five things you must experience in Boise.

1. Explore the Boise River Greenbelt
The Boise River Greenbelt is a picturesque pathway that stretches for 25 miles along the Boise River. Perfect for walking, jogging, biking, or simply enjoying nature, the Greenbelt offers stunning views of the river and abundant wildlife.

Don't forget to stop by Julia Davis Park, where you can visit the Zoo Boise or the Boise Art Museum, and our favorite the Idaho State Museum.

2. Visit the Idaho State Capitol
A visit to Boise isn't complete without exploring the Idaho State Capitol. This historic building, constructed from native sandstone and marble, is an architectural marvel. Take a free guided tour to learn about Idaho's history and the functioning of its government. The Capitol grounds are also beautifully landscaped, making it a great spot for photos.

3. Discover the Idaho State Museum

This museum is a hidden gem in Boise. It offers a variety of activities for all ages. I was impressed with all of the activities for kids but also how much history was there. Whether you need a date night out, a place to cool down or stay warm. Add this to your bucket list. 

4. Hike the Foothills
The Boise Foothills provide an extensive network of trails for hiking, mountain biking, and horseback riding. With over 190 miles of trails, there's something for every skill level. Table Rock Trail is a popular choice, offering a challenging hike with rewarding panoramic views of the city. Camel's Back Park is another great option for kids, providing access to the foothills and a family-friendly park with playgrounds and picnic areas. Stop by Hyde Park after you hike and enjoy coffee, lunch, or a nice drink on the patio.

5. Experience Boise's Culinary Scene
Boise's food scene is diverse and delicious, with a mix of farm-to-table restaurants, food trucks, and ethnic eateries. The Boise Farmers Market, held every Saturday, is a must-visit for fresh, local produce and artisanal goods. For a unique dining experience, head to the Basque Block, where you can sample traditional Basque cuisine and learn about Boise's rich Basque heritage.

Boise is a city that perfectly balances outdoor adventure with cultural experiences. Whether you're exploring the scenic Greenbelt, immersing yourself in the local art scene, or savoring delicious food, there's no shortage of things to do in Idaho's capital. Plan your visit to Boise today and discover why this city is a beloved destination for so many.

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