7 Fun things to do in Boise, Idaho

Downtown Boise, Idaho.

Idaho was named one of the top 10 places to visit in 2017 – and the only one in the United States. In the last two or three decades, the city of Boise has gone from a small western town to a hot spot for culture, beer, and music. The city also offers numerous options for outdoors activities, in every season. There are plenty of fun things to do in Boise, Idaho.

Here are our favorites:

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Float the Boise River
Craft
Bogus Basin
Table Rock
Boise State’s Blue Field
Basque Block
Boise Greenbelt

Float the Boise River

Float the river in Boise, Idaho.

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Located in downtown Boise, the Boise River offers a fun and safe way to cool off on summer days and is one of the more relaxing Boise events.

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There are shuttles to the beginning point, and you can rent your tube or raft so there is no need to bring your own, or plan transportation.

Craft beer

Breweries and craft beer in Boise, Idaho.

In the last 10 years, Boise went from virtually no local breweries to more than 10. But more than that, it has become the culture of the city.

If you are visiting the city, you should make a day of sampling different beers from the many breweries in town – including on the Boise Ale Trail, where you can collect stamps at each place.

Bogus Basin

Bogus Basin in Boise, Idaho.

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Just 16 miles up the mountain from downtown Boise, Bogus Basin offers a chance to visit for skiing – without any need to stay at the resort.

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There are some larger, and more well-known resorts only a few hours away – including in McCall and Sun Valley – but Bogus Basin is closer to the city of Boise, if you are looking to do everything else Boise has to offer.

Table Rock

Table Rock in Boise, Idaho.

Located just out of downtown, Table Rock offers a fun day of hiking – or you can always drive as well. It offers a great view of the entire city, and is a site to see, whether you visit in the daytime or nighttime.

Boise State’s Blue Field

Boise State Broncos blue field in Boise, Idaho.

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Whether or not you are a football fan, the Boise State University field is worth checking out – just to say you have done it. Because next time the Boise State Broncos are on TV — wherever you are — you can guarantee the field will be a topic of discussion.

Basque Block

Basque Block in Boise, Idaho.

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Boise has one of the the largest Basque populations outside of the Basque County, and it shows in many aspects of the city (including the mayor). The Basque Block includes the Basque Museum (an old boarding house) and an underground fronton, or handball, court that is still in use today.

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There are also numerous amazing restaurants in the Basque Block, including Leku Ona and Bar Gernika, two authentic Basque restaurants, and Bardenay Restaurant & Distillery.

Watch the restaurants of the Boise Basque Block on Diners, Drive-Ins, & Dives.

Not only this, but every five years, Boise is host to Jaialdi, an international Basque festival that takes over the city.

Learn more about Jaialdi.

Boise Greenbelt

Greenbelt in Boise, Idaho.

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The Greenbelt winds throughout the city of Boise, and offers a pathway for runners, bikers, and walkers. With amazing views of different areas of the city, the greenbelt sits next to the river in most cases.

Idaho has become a destination for travelers — in both winter and summer — there are plenty of fun things to do in Boise, no matter what your idea of a vacation is.

Next time you are there, tell us, what is your favorite thing about Boise and Idaho?

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