How Many of These “Must See Boise” Places Have YOU Seen?
The Treasure Valley and Boise area is such a fantastic place to explore. Interestingly enough sometimes when you grow up somewhere you don't visit the classic 'visit' spots. Some of these you probably could knock out on class field trips but after that how many of these places have you been to? I've been here just under a year and have knocked over half off but still have some to visit for sure :)
The Idaho Anne Frank Human Rights Memorial - This one got a lot of news this year. But we are not here to talk about that, if you missed it check it out here. What you should know is that this near acre educational park was designed by a local Idaho architect, the inspirational memorial combines the beauty of natural elements with messages of hope from various rights activists and speakers throughout history. It's a beautiful place to rest, refocus, recharge and reflect on human rights and Anne Frank’s belief in the goodness of humanity. It's quite moving. 770 S 8th St.
Barber Park - Floating down the Boise River seems to be a right of passage from what I have heard. Most people put in at Barber Park, then float downriver six miles to Ann Morrison Park. I am ready for this summertime fun adventure! Shuttles run between the two parks for a small fee. 4049 S Eckert Rd.
Union Pacific Mainline Depot - This depot was built in 1925 and is a fantastic example of Spanish architecture. The inside and guided tours are temporarily closed due to the pandemic but even checking out the outside and the downtown Boise view from here is worth the visit. 2603 W Eastover Terrace.
Camel's Back Park - I love the view from the top, and my legs were crying and thanking me for the steep workout all at the same time. My man Kris and I took my mama when she was in town from Arizona. The view is sensational and the area around it had a lot of cool homes, restaurants and nightlife.
St. John's Cathedral - This stunning church was built in the Romanesque Revival style and inspired by the cathedrals of Germany. It is a masterpiece of architecture and size and is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. This is one I personally have not checked out yet, but it is on my short list.
Idaho Botanical Garden - At 50 acres this is the gem states largest public garden. Located next door to the Old Idaho Penitentiary. (we'll get to that next) The garden once served as the farm and nursery to the penitentiary for inmates. Now it is a beautiful oasis for escaping the city. In normal years there are events and concerts that take place there. 2355 Old Penitentiary Road.
Old Idaho Penitentiary - The I have heard so many crazy stories about this place already! They opened in 1872 and housed some of the West’s most notorious criminals. Serious riots occurred in 1952, 1971 and 1973 over living conditions in the prison. Resident inmates were moved to the new Idaho State Correctional Institution south of Boise and the Old Idaho Penitentiary was closed on December 3, 1973. They are still doing limited tours which gives you a close and personal look. 2445 Old Penitentiary Road.
Discovery Center - What a cool place for kids and adults with curious minds. I just wrote about their new upcoming Titanic exhibit. Learn more about that here.
Ridge to Rivers Trail System - Boise, rightfully so, has been ranked over and over as one of the healthiest and most active cities in the country. We can attribute at least some of that to the city's emphasis on hiking and trail-running. The Ridge to Rivers system in the Boise foothills is a series of trails good for biking, hiking, or dog-friendly walks.
Idaho State Historical Museum - Such a special and unique place. There is a collection of over 250,000 objects, including a two-headed cow (mind blown.) They are constantly expanding and working with various history groups all over the city to keep things fresh and interesting.
Boise Greenbelt - The 25-mile Boise River Greenbelt is one of my very favorite things about this city. Probably because it is literally a stones throw away from my station, so I walk it as much as possible. It is a gorgeous walking trail that takes you right through the city and there are some amazing stops along the way.
World Center For Birds Of Prey - The World Center For Birds Of Prey is the national headquarters for the Peregrine Fund, which works for the conservation of raptors all over the world. The 580-acre center is also home to the Velma Morrison Interpretive Center, which offers interpretive exhibits, live birds of prey and demonstrations of the birds themselves. 5668 W. Flying Hawk Lane
The Flicks Theater - In normal years, an awesome place to catch underrated, foreign, and independent films not shown in traditional theaters. Alcohol and food-friendly, there is also a large outdoor patio, plus the occasional live concert. I will be checking this place out as soon as possible.
Idaho Black History Museum - A museum dedicated to the African-Americans who paved the way for Idaho and US history. It's quaint and spectacular, and features incredible art in a historic setting. Don't forget to sit on the bench and have a chat with the giant Abe Lincoln Statue right outside.
Julia Davis Park - Julia Davis Park is massive at almost 90 acres. It is settled right off the Green Belt and in the heart of the city. There is park benches, a pond, playground and lots of wildlife and beauty all around, along with all the geese, lots and lots of geese. 700 S. Capital Blvd.
Table Rock - Oh yes, I did this one before I moved here when I was visiting my boyfriend who grew up here and have been about half a dozen times since. It is incredible. A fairly easy and short hike and you will get to take in a stunning view of Boise.
The Egyptian Theater - This Egyptian Revival-style theater opened in 1927. It is the oldest theatre in the city. In normal years you can see everything from movies, to opera to comedy to concerts. I am looking forward to checking this one out in its full glory asap. 700 W. Main Street.
Zoo Boise - Home to a brand new baby anteater along with hundreds of other animals. It sits right along the Green Belt and surrounded by Julia Davis Park. 355 E. Julia Davis Drive.
MING Studios Art Gallery - Boise's art scene is vibrant and MING gallery rotates in socially and culturally relevant galleries by locals and through national partnerships. If you are into the arts this is a great place to mingle and admire.
Morrison-Knudsen Nature Center - I go here all the time. It is just a quick walk up the greenbelt from the station and is peaceful, neat and free. You can see deer, small critters, fish, and nesting birds. Lots of different fish viewing areas. My son Titus loves the 'Dinosaur Fish' -Sturgeon- there.
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