The summer months in Boise are hot, fun and fantastic. Whether you’re planning a trip to Boise for your summer vacation this year, or whether you’re a resident looking for fun stuff to do, the summer is a great time to see Idaho’s most populous city come alive.
We in Boise, pride ourselves on giving visitors and residents alike the amenities and facilities of a big city combined with the friendly and laid back attitude of a small town. Nestled in the treasure valley, we like to think that our location is aptly named. While there’s always something awesome to see, do, eat, drink or otherwise experience in our fair city, the summer is when our most beautiful treasures sparkle the brightest. Let’s take a look at the “must do” sights, activities, food and drink this summer and every summer thereafter in Boise.
What to See
Home to natural and man-made wonders plenty, summer is the perfect time to see Boise at its most… boisterous! When you’re visiting us this summer be sure to check out…
Cycle through the Greenbelt - Summer is the perfect time to hop on your bike (or rent one for free all this month downtown) and enjoy the natural beauty of the Greenbelt. This is the perfect way to get to know our fair city while also getting your daily dose of nature. What’s more, Boise is extremely cycling friendly, meaning you can get just about anywhere in the city by bike.
Tour the Old Idaho Penitentiary - Want to take a step back in time? Explore Boise’s past in the Old Idaho Penitentiary. In this old complex, which goes back to the late 1800s you can see how the outlaws of old experienced their summers here.
Hike to Table Rock - What better way to celebrate the start of a beautiful summer’s day than by getting up early and taking a morning hike to stunning Table Rock for a beautiful view of the city.
See the only human rights memorial in the US - We have a whole lot of heart here in Boise. That’s why we have the only human rights memorial in the US. See the Anne Frank Human Rights Memorial next to the library.
Boise Hawks Baseball Game - Boise has it’s very own minor league baseball team. Equipped with their own stadium, a Hawks game makes the perfect summer activity.
Check out the animals and events at Zoo Boise - This summer Zoo Boise will be opening another exhibit and expand the already existing facility. Along with the expansion, they will also hold events all summer long to check out.
Go to a concert at the Idaho Botanical Gardens - The Idaho Botanical Gardens are known as being one of the favorite outdoor venues in all of Boise. The gardens are open daily from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m., but they also have a complete summer concert series with musical artists. Bring a blanket and the whole family for a picnic filled with music!
Boise Music Festival - Known for having a mix of all types of music, the BMF brings out the best in Boise from the people to the music. There are even carnival attractions and activities that surround the music aspect of the festival. Get your tickets before they’re gone!
Make a trip to Shoshone Falls - Located in Twin Falls, Idaho “The Niagra of the West” is definitely worth the trip.
What to Do
There’s a whole lot more to us than looks. We also have a lot of great summer activities for the entire whole family, including...
Take a leisurely walk through the Botanical Gardens - The summer is the perfect time to see our stunning Botanical Gardens in bloom. With awesome events every summer there’s always something fun to do here.
Take in a rodeo show - Stop by the 100-year-old Snake River Stampede to take in a rodeo show and see some of the state’s finest cowboys test their skills.
Zip Line from the Turkey 2000 - Thrillseekers will get a huge kick out of ziplining through the hills on the outskirts of Boise. Dare you take on the Turkey 2000, a 2,030-foot zip line that will set even the steeliest hearts a-flutter?
Get a group to a bike bar - There are several companies that now allow you to rent their 15 person bike bars. Ride around while you enjoy a cold brew with all your friends and family!
Ride the Mountain Coaster at Bogus Basin - Bogus Basin Mountain Resort recently put in their latest and greatest attraction. You can ride the mountain coaster for $15 for a single ride, or $25 for tandem.
Rent a paddle board on Quinns Pond - Take advantage of the 22-acre recreational pond that is located north of the Boise River and rent a paddle board for the day.
Paddle Boat in Julia Davis Park - Spend the day in one of Boise’s most beautiful parks and spend just $15 for 1 hour of paddle boat fun!
Go to Alive After 5 concert summer series - Every Wednesday evening after 5 the Boise community has a chance to check out a new band in the Grove Plaza. Local breweries and wineries also attend. So grab a beer, wine or whatever you prefer and listen to some live music.
Float the Boise River - It almost seems as if the Boise River was made to float down. At the starting point, you can rent tubes or even grab a bite to eat at their snack shack. You can also determine how long you want your float to be with several different stopping points already made along the river.
What to Eat and Drink
Finally, no major city is complete without its own treasure trove of essential food and drink and Boise is absolutely no exception. Some of our favorites include;
- Start the day with the ultimate breakfast at Goldy’s
- Enjoy a wide selection of cask-conditioned ales at the Bittercreek Ale House.
- Get some barbecue you’ll never forget at Barbacoa.
- Check out the innovative self-service system at Bodovino.
- Take a bite out of the ‘50s at the distinctive Western Diner.
We can’t wait to welcome you this summer!