There are a lot of fun things to do in Boise, Idaho. If you’re looking for a weekend packed with activities and unique things to do, there’s plenty available to you, no matter what kinds of activities you prefer.
The Boise Museum Association is a network of amazing museums and other attractions throughout the Boise area. Any of these places are excellent places to visit over a weekend in Boise. One of the most popular museums is the Boise Art Museum or BAM. The Boise Art Museum has a variety of art in their gallery, as well as exhibits that change throughout the year so every time you go you can have a different experience. Also part of the Boise Museum Association, is the Idaho Black History Museum, the Idaho Botanical Garden, and the Idaho Anne Frank Human Rights Memorial, just to name a few. Between all of their attractions, you’re bound to find something you’re excited about.
The Zoo Boise is also part of the Boise Museum Association. They actively take part in conservation projects as well as entertain and educate residents and visitors of Boise about animal life on earth. This is a great zoo with a variety of animals from giraffes to Komodo dragons, zebras to moon jellies. There is also a section with a petting zoo to get the younger crowd involved and excited about neat animals of all kinds.
The Discovery Center is a great weekend activity, especially if you have young restless kids with you. It is an awesome hands-on science center designed to get kids excited about all kinds of science fields, as well as technology, engineering, and math. It is the only hands-on science center in Idaho. If you’re looking for something similar that’s not exclusively science related, just outside of town in Meridian, Idaho is the Children’s Museum of Idaho. Just like the Discovery Center, it is a completely hands-on learning experience for young kids.
The Boise Greenbelt is an ideal hot spot for a plethora of walkers, bikers, and runners, especially during the summer. It is a long, paved pedestrian path that runs right next to the Boise River. The Greenbelt is the ideal recreational place if you want to get a streamlined view of the center of Boise from one side to the other. Because there are constantly parks and attractions along the path, you can make your scenic stop here as long or as short as you want. You can stop along the way in any of the parks or restaurants right next to the trail. There is even a small nature preserve area as you get closer to downtown. Just pick a place to park, and go either direction you choose, and turn around and head back whenever you feel like it.
A popular hiking spot in Boise, all Table Rock trails end on a ridge in the foothills of Boise, overlooking the city. On top of the ridge is a giant cross that lights up at night. That cross has been there since 1956. The main loop that people take up to Table Rock and back is about 3.7 miles long and increases about 900 feet in elevation. The view at the top is worth it. The ridge looks right over downtown so you can see the whole area from above, and you can see why Boise is called “The City of Trees”. It is truly stunning. This is a great activity to throw into your weekend plans.
If you’re in Boise for football season, a Boise State Football game is a must-do over the weekend. Their signature blue turf or “Smurf Turf” is something definitely worth checking out. That blue turf has given the Broncos an amazing home field advantage. Visiting teams aren’t used to playing on the blue, so if you attend a home game, chances are the Broncos will win, which makes it much more fun.
Downtown Boise has a myriad of dining and entertainment options available. Custom ice cream, an out-of-this-world space-themed combined bar and arcade, food of any variety, and live music lounges are just a few of the things you can do within a short distance downtown. The Capital City Public Market is also a popular weekend spot to see in Boise. It is the largest farmers market in the Treasure Valley and is located in the heart of downtown Boise. Every Saturday the city closes off the sections of Idaho Street and 8th Street so the market can take over with over 130 white pop-up tents all selling local foods, crafts, and services. This market also has the longest season of all the farmers' markets in the Treasure Valley because it runs every Saturday from April to December. Local produce can be found in Idaho all year long, so the market is able to be open for a long time. During the busiest time of the summer season, thousands of shoppers come every week to check out the fresh foods and local products.
For an incredibly unique experience, you can visit the Idaho Shakespeare Festival during the summer months. This is a state-of-the-art outdoor amphitheater designed for plays and musicals to be performed. The theatre seats 770 people, some in boxes with seats and tables, and some in the lawn on the ground front and center. Attendees are encouraged to bring food for a picnic to enjoy while watching the play, and their own chairs or blankets if they purchased seats on the lawn. This theatre is such a fun and unique experience that is worth putting into your weekend.
Boise is full of surprising and fun activities for anybody. There are active things to do, places where you can learn, shopping, or pure entertainment. Whatever you’re looking for to fill your weekend plans with, Boise will have it. It is such a fun place with a great culture and a lot of variety.