What’s so great about Idaho? According to the 2020 Census, Idaho is the 2nd fastest growing state in the US.
Boise – Idaho’s capital city, was also the fastest growing city in 2018.
We might be a little partial at MTW Real Estate but Boise is so much more than potatoes. If you didn’t know, that’s what we’re famous for 😉
Whether you’ve been here your whole life or just discovering the gem state for the first time, I think we can all agree on why we love Boise.
We’ve compiled a list of some of our favorite things to do and see around town. Check it out!
Top 10 things to do in Boise, ID:
- Cruise the Boise River Greenbelt. The greenbelt is 25-miles long and runs along the majority of the Boise river. You can walk, jog and bike along the tree lined, paved pathway. Locals enjoy riding bikes along the greenbelt and pulling over at many of the different dining establishments just off the path. If you’re feeling really ambitious, the greenbelt takes you all the way to Lucky Peak Reservoir!
- Stroll through the popular downtown farmers markets like Capital City Public Market. On Saturdays, starting in late spring and ending in the fall, you can walk through and shop for local produce, baked goods and hand crafted goods.
- Root on the Boise State Broncos at a BSU Football game! The Boise State campus is in the heart of downtown Boise, backed up to the Boise River. Cross the river over Friendship Bridge and you might catch a glimpse of the giraffes at the zoo.
- Get wild at Zoo Boise! Enjoy the zoo all year round and learn about different species of animals from Africa to Antarctica. In the summer you can enjoy the butterfly exhibit and the safari boat ride. Zoo Boise also hosts different holiday events like Boo at the Zoo for Halloween.
- Discover more right around the corner at The Discovery Center. Experience hands-on learning with fun, interactive STEM activities. A favorite for kids and school field trips. There are revolving exhibits as well as classic programs featured. The Discover Center also hosts Adult Nights where the adults can enjoy a beverage while solving a murder mystery and more!
- Stop and smell the roses at the Idaho Botanical Garden. The garden boasts 15 acres of gorgeous and colorful varieties of flowers and plants. The botanical gardens are a popular wedding destination and they host big name summer concert series as well. You’ll enjoy the beautiful history the East End has to offer as you head up Warm Springs Avenue toward the gardens.
- Keep the history lesson going, and check out Idaho’s Old Penitentiary. The Penitentiary was a functioning prison from 1872 to 1973 and is now a museum. You can tour old buildings and read about the history of inmates and more. The landscape rivals the neighboring Botanical Gardens. They also offer seasonal events like ghost tours and Halloween activities.
- Drive through the Hyde Park Historic District to Camel’s Back Park. Here you can find people hanging in their hammocks, enjoying a picnic, playing Spike Ball and kids running through the playground. You have to hike to the top of Camel’s Back hill. They recently added steps that take you up the face of the incline but you can also take the easier trail and steps that wrap around the side. Enjoy the views of Downtown Boise from the top, it’s gorgeous in the fall! You’ll see why Boise is called the City of Trees.
- Raise a glass to the end of the work day at any of the amazing Breweries in town. Enjoy a bike ride along the green belt from Garden City to Downtown Boise, you’ll be able to pull over and experience a variety of breweries and wine tasting rooms all within one mile of each other!
- Hit the slopes at Bogus Basin Mountain Recreation & Ski Resort. Bogus is Boise’s local ski resort that’s only a 45 min drive from downtown Boise. Bogus offers all your favorite winter activities like skiing and snowboarding but you can also enjoy the mountain in the summer! During the summer Bogus has mountain biking trails, a mountain coaster, summer tubing and live music. Take a day trip to escape the valley heat in the summer or head up for powder days in the winter!
Let us know what are your favorite things to do in Boise or what you’re looking forward to experiencing!