Boise Tourist Attractions

Boise, Idaho is an ideal place for tourists to visit. It has many popular attractions, such as the Central Arena, Zoo Boise, and Boise Art Museum and other tourist activities such as biking and hiking, for those who love the outdoors.

Whether visiting for a few days, is where you should start looking for some of the best things to do and see when in this city.

Here are some recommendations.

Boise Amazing Scavenger Hunt Adventure

When looking for something fun and unique to do in Boise, you can always try an Amazing Scavenger Hunt Adventure. This is a great way to get out and explore the city. Teams of two to four people compete to find items or complete challenges listed on a scavenger hunt list.

The best part is that these hunts are customizable, so you can choose the downtown area, specific landmarks, or theme you want to focus on.

You can even create your scavenger hunt list. This is a great activity for families, friends, or coworkers.

The adventure begins at the Idaho State Capitol. You will also explore the historic landmarks, unique city art, the Basque neighborhood, and other hidden gems of Boise.

Using a smartphone, participants start when they want and determine their own pace of play.

The activity includes:

  • State Capitol (free admission)
  • Freak Alley (free admission)
  • Anne Frank Memorial (free admission)
  • Boise Art Museum (stop outside)
  • The Basque Block (admission ticket not included)

Kathryn Albertson Park

Kathryn Albertson Park is filled with broad footpaths and peppered with gazebos, ideal for wildlife watching.

There are various birds in the area, herons, owls, salamanders, turtles, bullfrogs, beavers and rabbits, and many more.

It is ideal for relaxation. The park features wide, paved footpaths and reservable outdoor picnic areas in a beautiful natural setting.

Biking, fishing, boating, and swimming are not allowed in the park.

Idaho Botanical Garden

The Idaho Botanical Garden is a nonprofit botanical garden located on the ground of the Old Idaho State Penitentiary. Today, the facility is operated by a private corporation.

The Idaho Botanical Garden is a 23-acre oasis in the middle of Boise, Idaho. It's a place where people can come to reconnect with nature and find peace in the beauty of the gardens.

There are gardens for every season, a children's garden, a sculpture garden, and even a cafe. The garden is open year-round and hosts special events throughout the year.

Bogus Basin Mountain Recreation Area

The Bogus Basin Mountain Recreation Area attracts visitors to its ski and snowboard slopes in the winter and its hiking trails in the summer.

It provides skiing and snowboarding lessons depending on the season.

Lodging areas for tourists to relax and enjoy are also available. Food and beverages shops are also available.

During warm months, hiking and mountain biking are popular in the area. Other warm-weather activities include a scenic chair lift, an alpine coaster, a climbing wall, and summer tubing.

Ticket prices range by the season and the activity, for example:

A full-day alpine lift ticket will cost $64 for adults; $49 for children 12 to 18; $25 for children 7 to 11; and $10 for children under 6.

A full-day pass to snowshoe costs 12 for adults and children ages 12 and older and $8 for kids ages seven to 11.

Tourists can rent equipment and take lessons for an additional cost.

During the winter season (December to April), Bogus Basin is open daily from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m., Monday through Friday; and from 9 a.m. to 10 p.m. on the weekends.

Expect shortened hours during the fall and summer seasons. Day passes for summer use cost $49 for adults and $39 for kids ages 3 to 12.

Downtown Boise

Located in the central business district and just north of the Boise River, visitors to the city will find some of the best restaurants, shops, and attractions.

The area comes to life at night. You will find the Idaho State Capitol Building and the nearby Zoo Boise and Albertsons Stadium, among other attractions that are picture-perfect during nighttime.

Visitors should build some time in to do just that during a trip to Boise. The hours of operation for the various restaurants, shops, and attractions vary, as do their price points. But generally, prices in Boise are affordable.

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