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Top recommendations from locals

Art Gallery
“Great rotating permanent collection and always hosting new and featured artists. They have an incredible kids section too. ”
  • 46 locals recommend
Nature
“Summer hiking for when it’s too hot in town. Amazing skiing - only a 45 minute drive. Oh and they have a mountain roller coaster.”
  • 64 locals recommend
Park
“The walking trails on Camels Back show a great view of Boise and are close to our recommended area Hyde Park- hike then enjoy some great food! ”
  • 68 locals recommend
Shopping Centre
“Very fun place to go shopping, eating out and watching the water fountains sets to music on the hour. Beautiful place to relax and grab a cup of coffee.”
  • 64 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
“Table Rock offers incredible views of our City of Trees. This is great for everyone because you have a few options to get up to it-- driving and hiking. There are a couple of trail options but I recommend starting at the trailhead by the Old Penitentiary.”
  • 63 locals recommend
Zoo
“Zoo Boise is a wonderful city zoo with all the various animals you will love. Right next to the Boise River Greenbelt and Julia Davis Park.”
  • 34 locals recommend
American Restaurant
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“These days, the foodie and restaurant world is abuzz with buzzwords. “Local,” “sustainable,” and “hand-crafted” get tossed around more than a good salad. Well, it is one thing to say it and another thing to live it. So when, after 23 years of starting and running restaurants, my wife Amanda and I first started playing with the idea of Fork, we knew it would take a lot of effort to make these words mean something. And that’s what we’re trying to do, by making the ideas—the big ideas—behind these words not just marketing slogans, but at the core of how we spend our day.”
  • 54 locals recommend
Latin American Restaurant
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“Nicer restaurant with a fun atmosphere. If you like steak I highly recommend the Hot Rock Filet. The steak comes out mostly cooked on a very hot rock that you finish cooking to your liking. ”
  • 58 locals recommend
Museum
“In 1872 the Idaho Territorial Prison opened its doors to some of the most desperate and mean criminals the West could offer. In 1973 the Idaho State Penitentiary closed to inmates. Now our doors are open for visitors to explore over 100 years of Idaho's unique prison history. Open year-round, visitors of the Old Idaho Penitentiary can walk through solitary confinement, cell blocks, and the gallows. Visit today and relive the Old Pen's exciting past of daring escapes, scandals, and executions. Call for more details about special events, educational programs and guided tours.”
  • 33 locals recommend
Cinema
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“Take in an arthouse movie with gourmet snacks and beer/wine. Also you can get great lunches (weekends) and dinners. Downtown.”
  • 43 locals recommend
Bar
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“This is one of my favorite standard affairs. The owners are local and eco-conscious (think zero packaging and compost worms in the basement for your scraps), they have lots of brews with a fun lounge next door, and the food is delicious at a great price. ”
  • 44 locals recommend
Garden
“Beautiful and educational -- at the base of the foothills and adjacent to the Old Idaho State Penitentiary.”
  • 28 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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“My all time favorite place for breakfast/brunch! Everything is fresh and has big portions (most items can be shared between 2 people). Don't let the long line scare you, it moves fast :-) ”
  • 40 locals recommend
Plaza
“Coffee shop with pastries, lunch and breakfast - in the nearby Hyde Park district.”
  • 32 locals recommend