FLOATING THE BOISE RIVER Every year over 125,000 people enjoy a leisurely float down the Boise River, floaters put in at Barber Park and take out at Ann Morrison Park. People rent equipment at Barber Park or bring it from home and air it up at Barber Park. The park has air stations, a raft, and tube rental and a shuttle bus service. The float takes approximately 2-3 hours (about 6 miles). Raft and Tube Rental Information, or call 208-577-4588 (to speak with someone) or 208-577-4584 (Information line).
JULIA DAVIS PARK The city’s oldest park, Julia Davis Park was created thanks to a generous donation of 43 acres of land in 1907 by Thomas Davis as a memorial to his beloved wife, Julia. It is one of the riverside parks in the “Ribbon of Jewels” named for prominent local women.
Julia Davis Park is the cultural and historic heart of the city. The 89.4-acre park is the home of Zoo Boise, Boise Art Museum, Idaho State Historical Museum, Discovery Center of Idaho and Idaho Black History Museum. Click here to learn more
Zoo Boise is a service of the City of Boise and is supported by the Friends of Zoo Boise, a 501(c)(3) membership organization that supports Zoo Boise in the area of animal acquisition, capital improvement projects, education programs, volunteer opportunities, and special events. For information call (208) 608-7760. https://zooboise.org/
DISCOVERY CENTER OF IDAHO Discovery Center of Idaho is Idaho’s only hands-on science center. We provide fun, interactive STEM learning by bringing the community over 150 hands on exhibits, nontraditional educational programming for all ages, and a safe space for all to explore. Located in the heart of Boise’s downtown, we’ve been inspiring lifelong interest and learning in science, technology, engineering, and math since 1988. For more information call (208) 343-9895 Click Here to Learn More
The Aquarium is in the process of expanding, adding another 5,000 square feet to our existing space. Their expansion plans include the addition of an added space for our Shark and Ray exhibit, North Pacific Touch Tanks, Coral Propagation Lab, Marine Science Quarantine Lab and Octopus Exhibit. http://www.aquariumboise.net/
And in keeping with things in Boise winning accolades, Roaring Springs was recently rated the 8th Best Waterpark in the US! Roaring Springs is located five miles west of Boise, at I-84, exit 44, Meridian. https://www.roaringsprings.com/
Visit www.idahobotanicalgarden.org to learn more.
5668 W Flying Hawk Ln Boise, ID 83709 Click Here for More Info
During the non-winter season, Bogus Basin is open for outdoor recreation. The base area is home to several new activities, such as rock climbing, bungee trampoline, summer tubing, and gold panning. Deer Point chair lift operates for mountain biking service, and scenic chair rides. The hiking trails, biking trails, and bike skills park are open to the general public for free. Please pack in/pack out garbage and waste. https://bogusbasin.org/
FISHING Folks in the Treasure Valley love their fishing! You’ll find stocked fishing ponds within city limits and with the Boise river nearby you’ll have few excuses for not getting your hook wet. If you’re looking to get away from the sounds of the city you won’t have to travel far to find yourself in one of several nearby lakes or more remote rivers. Plus, fishing around here is so easy you’ll have a lifetime of fishing tales to share with your out-of-state friends in no time at all. https://idfg.idaho.gov/
RAFTING The Boise area can get a little warm in the summer and the perfect way to escape the heat is to come enjoy the amazing whitewater of the Payette River. For a couple hours come and challenge yourself with thrilling class III whitewater, swim in the refreshing water of the pools between rapids and enjoy a delicious snack in the middle of the trip. If you need a quick summer escape, kayaking or rafting the Payette River is the trip you have been looking for. Click Here for More Info
HIKING It would take a few lifetimes to tackle all the hiking trails available to you around the Treasure Valley. You’ll find all sorts of different terrains, environments, challenges, and natural wildlife. From well-maintained walking paths to remote rugged wildness, you’ll find every type of trail that might interest you – from the casual lunch stroll walk to the challenging, sanity-questioning wilderness explorations. Ridge to Rivers Trails