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Things to do in Boise

Top recommendations from locals

From sightseeing to hidden gems, find out what makes the city unique with the help of the locals who know it best.
Art Gallery
“A nice smaller regional art museum. Nearby is the Idaho State Historical Museum, the Boise Zoo, and the Discovery Center, and the main branch of the library. ”
  • 49 locals recommend
Nature
“Winter and summer activities abound here! We can be to the top of a ski lift in 1.5 hours from the Bunkhouse!! The skiing begins by year-end annually, and sometimes earlier! Summer activities make this a blast to escape the heat for great views and cool air!! Enjoy the Mountain Coaster, skiing, tubing, hiking, biking, alpine skiing, Nordic skiing, and snowshoeing!! Check online for their prices, operating hours, weather and seasonal deals!”
  • 67 locals recommend
Park
“Short steep walk to the top of the hill gives good views of the city. Very popular park with dogs, frisbee, etc.”
  • 71 locals recommend
Shopping Centre
“The Village is a new and upcoming venue in the Treasure Valley and worth the trip. Loads of shopping, restaurants, breweries, parks and outdoor areas for everyone. In the summer there is a playground and grassy area for the kids to play and in the winter, a small outdoor ice skating rink. The Village also has a movie theater and Big Al's Bowling. ”
  • 92 locals recommend
Capitol Building
“Green capital heated by geothermal water, new wings underground to preserve the classic look. Stone harvested from Table Rock by prisoners.”
  • 40 locals recommend
Natural Feature
“Challenging uphill climb but rewarding and beautiful views. Warning- do not park on the street just outside the gate- you will get towed. Best thing to do is go to the Old Idaho State Penitentiary- park there and hike from the bottom. ”
  • 71 locals recommend
Zoo
“Zoo Boise www.zooboise.org A wide array of animal exhibits, with an African boat ride, kids' farm, butterfly area & food/drink. Located in the beautiful Julia Davis Park. ”
  • 37 locals recommend
American Restaurant
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“Mix between casual and fancy, enjoy eats featuring Idaho farms. Asparagus fries are a must.”
  • 59 locals recommend
Latin American Restaurant
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“You cannot miss this Feast for the Eyes! Argentinian cuisine, hot rock steaks served on 500 degree lava rocks and the best Pomegranate Martini in town....in an ice glass! Art work, sculptures and the best service in town.”
  • 63 locals recommend
Museum
“Visit the Old Pen Museum. You can literally walk to it. Visit the pretty gardens & hiking trails all around it.”
  • 35 locals recommend
Cinema
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“This is Boise’s independent theater, showing a range of art films mixed with a few Blockbuster hits. They also have a large selection of movie rentals. The Flicks serves a full menu including beer and wine as well as typical movie theater fare.”
  • 43 locals recommend
Bar
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“Located on 8th Street in the heart of downtown Boise's "Food Row," a lot of what 8th Street has become as a dining destination is owed to Bittercreek Alehouse and its companion restaurants Red Feather and Diablo & Sons. Bittercreek offers reat “pub food” but with an emphasis on locally-sourced ingredients and creative twists on standard fare. The polenta fries are a must-try! ”
  • 48 locals recommend
Garden
“Experience the beauty of the Idaho Botanical Gardens; peaceful beauty the whole family can enjoy. There are often concerts at this location as well. Search "Outlaw Field Summer Concert Series" for more information. ”
  • 32 locals recommend
Grocery or Supermarket
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“Albertsons is the closest local grocery store with Aave-on Pharmacy and a Starbucks. Just down State Street to the east a few blocks.”
  • 23 locals recommend
Coffee Shop
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“Located in Boise’s Linen District, this breakfast and lunch spot is where locals head to fuel up on man sized meals - bring your appetite. Their motto, “where bigger is better,” and they are serving up platters piled high with daytime staples like biscuits and gravy and a tamale breakfast that may win your heart. Place your order at the counter and be sure to include a few treats from the pastry case for later — the giant cherry pie scone is a winner.”
  • 47 locals recommend
Plaza
“Nothing is sweeter than waking up with a "bowl of soul" and your fur pal on a spring morning at Java in Hyde Park! Confetti eggs is a good breakfast to share too!”
  • 33 locals recommend

Top restaurants

American Restaurant
“Mix between casual and fancy, enjoy eats featuring Idaho farms. Asparagus fries are a must.”
  • 59 locals recommend
Latin American Restaurant
“You cannot miss this Feast for the Eyes! Argentinian cuisine, hot rock steaks served on 500 degree lava rocks and the best Pomegranate Martini in town....in an ice glass! Art work, sculptures and the best service in town.”
  • 63 locals recommend
Bar
“Located on 8th Street in the heart of downtown Boise's "Food Row," a lot of what 8th Street has become as a dining destination is owed to Bittercreek Alehouse and its companion restaurants Red Feather and Diablo & Sons. Bittercreek offers reat “pub food” but with an emphasis on locally-sourced ingredients and creative twists on standard fare. The polenta fries are a must-try! ”
  • 48 locals recommend
Breakfast Spot
“$$ The best eggs benedict in town. If you like a little bit of kick, make sure to ask for the "siracha" hollandaise sauce. They also offer mimosas!! ”
  • 45 locals recommend
Lounge
“Located next door to Bittercreek Ale House with a shared kitchen and management, Red Feather offers a more refined atmosphere and menu but with the same emphasis on locally sourced ingredients and seasonal variations.”
  • 39 locals recommend
Brewery
“Laid back place to get some lunch and a good beer! Good for families or groups!”
  • 39 locals recommend
Bar
“Delicious local food and killer patio!! Best people watching place in Hyde Park!”
  • 33 locals recommend

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