Boise Bound

Published online: May 11, 2020 Road Trips I.F. Magazine Staff
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So, you’re going to Boise. The four hour road trip is well-worth your time, whether it’s your first time skirting to the big city or your 50th. The sheer amount of possibilities lends itself for a new experience with every visit. Here are a list of attractions to visit during your stay:

Zoo Boise

Lions, tigers and bears. Oh my! The Zoo Boise has enough animals to keep adults and kids alike entertained. Through an array of species, the zoo spreads an appreciation of wildlife and educated the masses about species and environmental conservation. 

208-384-4125 // www.zooboise.org

Boise Art Museum

Rotating Art exhibits provide visitors with new experiences at this art museum throughout the year. Programs, classes, workshops and tours provide guests with plenty of ways to get involved, whether that be through learning from other artists or developing their own skill sets.

208-345-8330 // www.boiseartmuseum.org

Ballet Idaho 

Performances range from classics like Beauty and the Beast and The Nutcracker to conceptual performances like Light/Dark. The Ballet Idaho is sure to stun and leave audience members with a greater appreciation for the arts.

208-343-0556 // www.balletidaho.org

Idaho Botanical Garden & Old Idaho Penitentiary

Whether you’re looking to appreciate plants native to Idaho or find a quiet place to meditate, Idaho Botanical Gardens is a beautiful spot to find respite from the business of everyday life. While there, don't forget to stop by the Old Idaho Penitentiary for a tour of the former prison which is rumored to be haunted.

208-343-8649 // www.idahobotanicalgarden.org

State Capitol

Perhaps one of the most historic buildings in Boise, the State Capitol is a staple to Idaho and a must-see for any tourist. Make sure to schedule a tour so that you can get the most out of your visit!

www.capitolcommission.idaho.gov

Boise River Greenbelt

25 miles. This greenbelt is much larger than that found in Idaho Falls, so be sure to pack your hiking shoes if you plan on circling the entire trail. Whether you decide to bike or explore on a short walk, the greenbelt wows with its scenic views and wildlife presence.

208-608-7600 // www.parks.cityofboise.org

World Center for Birds of Prey

Birds of prey are crucial to our ecosystem. Visitors to the center will not only have the chance to see raptors, but also get up close and personal with the birds. Daily programs provide activities to participate with every visit.

208-362-8687 // www.peregrinefund.org

Discovery Center of Idaho

An appreciation for history as well as STEM programs makes Discovery Center of Idaho a stop for the entire family. Rotating exhibits like Tinker the T-Rex and permanent exhibits referred to as Classics will keep your kids engaged and learning throughout the entire day.

208-343-9895 // www.dcidaho.org

Bogus Basin Mountain Recreation Area

Skiing, hiking, disc golf. This recreational spot has everything for a good time, no matter what the season. Winter, of course, provides the perfect conditions for skiing while summer conditions make horse riding, scenic chair rides and more possible. The Mountain Coaster runs throughout the changing seasons. 

208-332-5151 // www.bogusbasin.org

Bronco Stadium

Are you a Broncos fan? If so, catching a game at Bronco Stadium is an absolute must. The stadium hosts a variety of other events, including entertainers like Justin Beiber and Florida Georgia Line, as well as events like Monster Jam. 

www.denverbroncos.com/stadium

8th Street Marketplace & Freak Alley

Street musicians, art galleries, old and new merchandise. 8th Street Marketing is the perfect spot to take care of some shopping and grab something to eat.

The Egyptain Theater

Slow down for a minute and admire this classic theater. The building first opened in 1927 and continues to act as host of events like operas, other performances and screenings. Slide back into the day with this trip down memory lane.

208-387-1273 // www.egyptiantheatre.net

Click here to read more of Idaho Falls Magazine's May issue. 

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