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Spring Guide to Boise


Everything You Need to Know About Spring Activities in Boise, Idaho

Your Guide to Spring in Boise

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Spring in Boise is considered to start about mid-March. But every year the start of Spring seems to vary, but never the less Boise has a beautiful charm to it when Spring does hit. We’ve put together a list of some ideas that will work no matter the unpredictable weather. Here are some indoor and outdoor activities to help guide what do in Boise during the Springtime.

Indoor Activities

Discovery Center of Idaho - For those rainy days in Spring, consider checking out the Discovery Center of Idaho. There are often events and special exhibits that are great for big groups, or field trips. Day passes are available for purchase, or become a member for extra perks with admission!

Aquarium of Boise - Reptiles, birds, and of course an array of marine life are available to check out. The exhibits have over 250 species of animals and marine life, and the community is invited to host parties and also become educated on conservation and the benefits it provides.

Base Camp - New to Boise, this social clubs offers Axe throwing, Ping Pong, cocktails and more. But don’t expect to have a cocktail before getting behind throwing an ax. This new venue is for adults 18 an older and will be 21 plus during certain and prohibited hours.

Wahooz Family Fun Zone - Equipped with a bowling alley, laser tag, indoor adventure park, a 360 virtual ride, go-carts and other fun attractions, Wahooz has about just whatever you can think of when it comes to fun.

Children’s Museum of Idaho - The ultimate place for kids, this museum is the place where children can learn how to play and explore through curated spaces made just for them.

Altitude Trampoline Park - With wall to wall to wall trampolines, Altitude Trampoline Park is a jumping wonderland. Along with trampolines their park features foam pits, the battle beam, rock wall, and so many more athletic attractions.

Woodland Kids Idaho - Explore the fun of nature, in a safe, warm indoor environment at Woodland Kids Indoor Playground. Kids can explore a farmhouse, kitchen, woodworking shop, or felt produce farmers market. 

Planet Kid - Kids 12 and under can spend hours navigating the soft indoor playground where they can climb, run, swing, jump and so much more!

Fast Lane Indoor Kart Racing - Get ready to go fast! Test your speed and rip it through the corners at this completely indoor go-kart racing track. It’s the perfect place for birthdays, corporate parties and family parties. 

Nerfed - Using borrowed or your own Nerf guns, you can drop in or make an appointment to the Nerf Arena. With its own obstacle course, you can wage war on your private party or the opposite team's players with your soft, foam bullets. 

Amazing Escapes of Boise - With five different escape room games, this is a great place to test your creative problem solving skills. Can you and your team make it out in time? 

Ceramica - Paint your own ceramic masterpiece from their 300+ piece selection. To start making memories and priceless art, call 208-342-3822 for your appointment. 

Boise Art Glass - Make your very own piece of glass art with the professionals showing you every step along the way. Stop in for a one time experience, or take a multi-day workshop. 

Basque Museum - With one of the densest populations outside of the Basque country and Spain, Boise is steeped in Basque history. You can learn more about this unique history through exhibits, collections and tours through Boise’s Basque block in downtown. 

Boise Art Museum - Featuring both pieces from local and traveling artists, the Boise Art Museum is a great place to discover something new and experience life through the lens of those talented creators. 

Idaho Black History Museum - Inside Idaho’s former St. Paul Baptist Church which saw Idaho’s first Black reverend. The museum features exhibits celebrating and acknowledging the accomplishments of Black Idahoans throughout our statehood’s history. 

Idaho State Capitol - Be a part of the democratic process and rub elbows with Idaho’s civil servants in the halls of our state capitol. Visitors can tour the halls and take in the governmental history and architectural beauty. 

Idaho State Museum - With over 130+ years of history, Idaho is a unique and magical place. To learn more about how we became the state we are today, the Idaho State Museum features all the most influential stories from our past. 

Idaho Military Museum - Idaho has a rich and deep military history, stretching back to pre-territory days up to present day. Steep yourself in the artifacts of old and more modern technology from Idaho’s military history. 

James Castle House - An Idaho icon, James Castle was a self-taught artist who worked with unique mediums to create his own style of abstract art. Visitors can now walk the grounds of his former home to gain further connection to the artist. 

Idaho Steelheads Hockey Game - Watch the Idaho Steelheads hit the ice during their season, stretching from October to April. 

Boise State University Basketball Game - Cheer on the men and women players of Boise State’s excellent basketball teams at our own Extra Mile Arena.

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Outdoor Activities

Hot Springs - There are so many natural and commercial hot springs that surround the Boise area, that all you need to do is make your list of what ones you want to check out most and start crossing them off your list. Maybe even more so than Winter, Spring is the perfect time to hike in and explore a natural hot spring.

Zoo Boise - More than a zoo, Zoo Boise has goals towards helping with the rehabilitation of animals and also educating the community about animal conservation of wildlife worldwide. A Totally Boise Tip is to go on Thursday’s for discount admission day.

Hike Stack Rock - For those of you looking for more than an intermediate or beginner hike not far from town, Stack Rock might be just the trail for you. It is 8.2 miles and is rated as a moderate hike, where dogs are welcome!

Sawtooth Weekend Trip - Do yourself a favor and go see Redfish Lake, located in the Sawtooth mountains for a glorious weekend getaway. People even venture out in the winter for camping trips there, but come spring might be easier for those that aren’t as experienced.

Golf at Warm Springs - As the weather starts to get nicer, what better way to get back outside then going to hit some golf balls at the in-town course located on the end of Warm Springs? Special prices are offered for affordable family golf as well.

Chinden Wine Tour - Lucky for all you vino lovers, there is a series of wineries along Chinden road that make it the perfect route to have a wine tasting tour with all your friends. The five we recommend checking out are all within 2 miles of each other. Cinder Winery, Split Rail Winery, Syringa Winery, Telaya Wine Co., and Coiled Wines are all must-stop spots.

Treefort Music Fest - March means one of everyone's favorite months for the city of Boise because of Treefort Music Festival. Treefort is a 5-day music, art, food, tech, story, kid, and comedy festival for all ages.

Shoshone Falls and Caldron Linn - Located on the Snake River, Shoshone Falls is truly a site to see. One of the main attractions for the falls is Caldron Linn which is a 25-foot waterfall, and because of the all the melted snowpack during the Spring months, it is supposedly the best time to venture out and see it.

The Ridge to Rivers Trail system in Boise Foothills - You’ll always wanna check if the conditions are too muddy, but if you’re in the clear the trail system in the Boise Foothills is perfect for going out a jog our mountain biking trip with your friends. Go here to find out more about the trail system: Ridge to Rivers Trails

MK Nature Center - Visitors can walk the ground of this carefully contained 4.6 acre plot, designed to showcase the Treasure Valley’s unique ecosystem. Catch a glimpse of native fish, birds and other wildlife. 

Pyrrhic Paintball - Get tactical and strategic as you make your plan of attack at the Treasure Valley’s only paintball park. 

Farmers Markets - Thanks to Idaho’s outstanding soil, farms and ranches are abundant in the Treasure Valley. Find a farmer’s market near you here: Saturday Farmers Market

Boise Rose Garden - Inside Julia Davis Park sits the Boise Rose Garden. First, a private men’s gardening club, it is now free and open to the public. Walk through and stop to smell the variety of roses.

Boise Trolley Tour - Maximize your tour by riding on a converted trolley train around Boise with local expert, Tour Guide Tom. You’ll get the inside scoop on local history that some of the residents might not even know. 

Bogus Basin - Just 16 miles outside of Boise is Bogus Basin Mountain Resort. Snow or sun, there’s something for everyone to do. Bogus Basin Activities

World Center for Birds of Prey - Get an up close look at some of Idaho’s most ferocious and beautiful raptors. Known for our birds of prey, the Center is a great place to learn more about them in our Idaho ecosystem. 

Freak Alley - A completely free, open air art gallery featuring rotating murals from talented Idaho artists. Learn more about it here: Freak Alley Boise

Green Belt - With over 25 miles of paved roads, the Greenbelt is where walkers, bikers, skaters and more go to get some distance and easily travel from one side of the city to the other. Read more here: Boise River Greenbelt

Idaho Anne Frank Human Rights Memorial - Off the Boise Greenbelt, you can visit the only Anne Frank memorial in the entire United States. Walk the grounds to read her quotes, and other materials, speaking on the necessary fight against human injustices.

Idaho Botanical Gardens - Nestled next to the Idaho Old Penitentiary are the 15 acre grounds of the Idaho Botanical Gardens. Discover the beauty of Idaho’s native plants and expertly crafted gardens. 

JUMP - Jack's Urban Meeting Place, or JUMP, is the ambitious and creative project donated posthumously by Idaho potato icon, Jack Simplot. Here, anyone can take a class, attend a workshop, or play on the awesome outside playground. Check it out: JUMP Boise

Boise Brewery Tour - Breweries abound in Garden City and Boise. Start at one end of town, and complete at the opposite. Breweries to visit include: Powderhaus, County Line, Bear Island Brewing, Payette Brewing, Boise Brewing, Lost Grove, Barbarian Brewing, Mad Swede, Western Collective, and Edge Brewing, to name a few. 

Check out our blog on all the kid-friendly activities in the Treasure Valley! 

Kid-Friendly Activities in Boise

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