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
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 Zoo Boise’s mission is to connect visitors with animals to inspire and involve the local community in the conservation of wildlife worldwide. Their programs strive to fulfill the zoo’s mission by providing unique, fun and engaging nature-focused experiences that foster appreciation for animals and their environments as well as raise awareness of conservation issues and
possible solutions. Zoo program activities include up-close animal encounters, zoo tours, nature walks, ecology games and simulations, science-based investigations & explorations, zookeeper presentations and some interesting Zoo Boise history.
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
AQUARIUM OF BOISE Their 10,000 square foot facility houses over 35,000 gallons of saltwater and over 250 different species of animals and marine life. Their collection includes animals that do not live in the ocean, but have come from local donations from the community. These animals include iguanas, freshwater turtles and fish, snakes and lizards. They do accept animals, but only within the guidelines and rules of the Idaho Department of Fish and Game.
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/
ROARING SPRINGS A great way to spend a hot, summer Boise day. Visit Roaring Springs Water Park! Roaring Springs is the Northwest’s largest waterpark and features attractions for every member of the family, including a wave pool, float river, two family raft ride, bowl slide, racing slide, tube slides, kiddie play area, and a 6-story speed slide! Roaring Springs also has four restaurants and a gift shop (no outside food or drinks).
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/
IDAHO BOTANICAL GARDEN The Garden provides enriching garden experiences through educational programs, botanical collections, a variety of entertainment, cultural and community events. It is also a refreshing and inspiring year-round outdoor destination for local residents and out-of-town visitors.
Nestled at the base of the Boise Foothills, the Idaho Botanical Garden offers a beautiful location to host weddings, celebrate birthdays and hold private events. Each year, the Garden invites the community to a variety of events that highlight the Garden through music, art, and seasonal celebrations.
Visit www.idahobotanicalgarden.org to learn more.
BIRDS OF PREY Explore the amazing world of raptors eye to eye! The Velma Morrison Interpretive Center is The Peregrine Fund’s oneof-a-kind indoor/outdoor education center where you’ll meet eagles, owls, vultures, hawks, and falcons from around the world.
Live raptor presentations throughout the day.
Discovery Room to engage young visitors with hands-on eggs, feathers, puzzles, and costumes.
Wild raptors visible from a 1/4-mile trail winding through restored habitat areas to overlook Boise.
Condor Cliffs, a Grand Canyon-inspired habitat for California Condors. The world’s largest captive flock is housed in nearby breeding chambers to raise young for release to the wild.
Indoor exhibits show raptor adaptations, diet, migration, and breeding. Find out why birds of prey are threatened, and how The Peregrine Fund saves species from extinction.
The Archives of Falconry displays the world’s most comprehensive English-language falconry library, plus artifacts from ancient and modern falconry traditions.
For more information call (208) 362-8687
BOGUS BASIN MOUNTAIN Bogus Basin Mountain Recreation Area is located 16.5 miles north of Boise, ID and operates with a special use permit on the Boise National Forest under the USDA.
In the winter Bogus Basin is open for full winter operation. Typically the season runs early December through midApril. Early and late season hours can change, so please check the Conditions & Webcams page or call 208-342-2100 for daily reports.
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/
CAMPING With over 150 campgrounds within a two hour drive you’ll have no problems finding someplace to pitch a tent. Some campgrounds are more developed than others with a range of paved roads, pressurized water systems, and more modern restrooms. Others are more primitive with dirt or gravel roads, hand pumped water or no water. Fees vary based on services provided. Many campgrounds and picnic areas are wheelchair accessible. Click Here for More Info
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/
HUNTING Hunting in Idaho runs the spectrum from plentiful upland game to highly coveted trophy species. Seasons in Idaho are generally structured to provide a wide variety of hunting experiences with a strong emphasis on opportunity. Be sure to check in with Idaho Fish & Game for season dates, licensing, and other important information regarding hunting and fishing rules. 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
MOUNTAIN BIKING Single-track enthusiasts don’t have to go far to enjoy more than 190 miles of trails right out Boise’s doorstep. The Boise Foothills provide routes for beginners to advanced riders and depending on the weather, riding can go on year round. Stop at any of Treasure Valley’s mountain biking shops for more information regarding places to ride. Mountain Biking Trails
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