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Boise, Idaho

Things To Do In Boise

Boise's Basque Museum & Cultural Center is the only Basque museum in the United States. Founded in 1985 in the historic Cyrus Jacobs-Uberuaga House, the Center interprets the rich history and cultural traditions of the Basques, who helped shape this part of the American West.

611 Grove Street
Boise, ID 83702
Phone: 208-343-2671

This 90-acre park is a cultural, historic and artistic gateway into the heart of Boise. Kids will love exploring Zoo Boise and the Discovery Center, but there are many other attractions here too, including the Boise Art Museum, Rose Garden, Idaho State Historical Museum and much more. For simple rest and relaxation, try the lagoon and surrounding river walks.

700 South Capitol Boulevard
Boise, ID 83706
Phone: 208-384-4240

Enjoy the pristine sights and scents of this botanical garden, nestled in the old penitentiary historic district of the Boise foothills. Fifteen acres of lush flora paint the landscape with something new to discover every season of the year.

2355 North Penitentiary Road
Boise, ID 83712
Phone: 208-343-8649

This 25-mile paved trail skirts the edge of the Boise River and connects 850 acres of the city's parks and natural areas. Bikers, runners and inline skaters make ample use of the path, as do those who enjoy a leisurely walk beneath a canopy of trees an along a slowly rolling river.

1104 Royal Boulevard
Boise, ID 83706
Phone: 208-384-4228

Each spring, about 800 pairs of falcons, eagles, hawks and owls flock to this magnificent preserve to mate and raise their young. The Morley Nelson Snake River Birds of Prey Conservation Area covers roughly 450,000 acres and, although there is no guarantee that you'll see birds of prey, views of Halverson Lake and the spectacular Snake River Canyon are there all year round.

Swan Falls Road
Boise, ID 83701
Phone: 208-384-3300

As the only American Association of Museums-accredited art museum in Idaho, the Boise Art Museum is certainly at the top of the Idaho arts community. The museum displays artwork from around the world, including a permanent collection of contemporary American pottery.

670 Julia Davis Drive
Boise, ID 83702
Phone: 208-345-8330

Located 16.5 miles north of Boise, Bogus Basin features 53 groomed runs on 2,600 acres of downhill ski terrain, 165 acres for night skiing, a sprawling network of groomed Nordic trails, a tubing hill and terrain parks. During the summer, hiking and biking trails as well as a disc golf course are open to the public for free.

2600 N Bogus Basin Road
Boise, ID 83702
Phone: 208-332-5100

Three scenic byways ramble through this national forest, each dotted with many spots for camping, fishing, hiking, boating, and even panning for gold. Spend a night in a rustic cabin once used by Boise National Forest Rangers or camp underneath Ponderosa pines at Hot Springs Campground. With steep mountains, fast rivers and dense forests, this vast landscape offer endless recreation for hikers, rafters, climbers and other outdoor enthusiasts.

1249 S. Vinnell Way, Suite 200
Boise, ID 83709
Phone: 208-373-4100

The Old Idaho Penitentiary opened its doors in 1872 to some of the West's most desperate criminals. Today, visitors can experience over 100 years of history with a visit to solitary confinement, cell blocks, and the gallows. The "Old Pen" features 30 historic buildings and special exhibitions including the J. Curtis Earl Memorial Exhibit of Arms and Armaments. Events and programs provide families, school groups, and visitors an opportunity to relive the Old Pen's exciting past of daring escapes, scandals, and executions.

2445 Old Penitentiary Road
Boise, ID 83712
Phone: 208-334-2844

More than just a place to see vintage and battle-tested aircraft, the Warhawk Air Museum has a variety of home-front memorabilia from World War II. In addition to such planes as the famous P-51C Mustang, the museum also has a collection of World War I replicas, including a seemingly improbable tri-wing.

201 Municipal Drive
Nampa, ID 83687
Phone: 208-465-6446

Food & Drink In Boise

Specializing in true barbecue and fresh food made from scratch, this down-home eatery is a great place to dig into a plate of baby back ribs with a side of crispy onion rings.

7849 West Spectrum Street
Boise, ID 83709
Phone: 208-658-7173

Cottonwood Grille is a casually elegant, fine dining restaurant featuring contemporary American cuisine with a focus on local products, in a relaxing riverside setting. Local specialties include fresh buffalo, elk, venison, lamb, trout, pork and seasonal fresh vegetables as well as wine from several local wineries. Also available are certified 'prime' grade beef and fresh seafood from around the world. Prime Beef is the highest grade of beef the USA certifies. They age theirs on-site for outstanding flavor, then butcher it themselves. Cottonwood Grille offers an award wining wine list, featuring unique and limited wines as well as daily favorites.The service staff at Cottonwood Grille is rigorously trained in all aspects of food and wine service. They pride themselves on the warmer ambiance of Cottonwood Grille. Looking over the Boise River, surrounded by sandstone, alder wood, and luxurious furnishings, one can't help but feel at home in this magnificent space.

913 West River Street
Boise, ID 83702
Phone: 208-333-9800

Tropical escape in mainland Boise's urban downtown. Chef Lisa Buck is guided by principles of sustainability to produce her "tropical fusion cuisine". The bar is loaded with regional craft beer, wine and fresh, original and classic Tiki drinks. Enjoy Boise's only rooftop patio underneath the stars and blazing tiki torches. Late nights, check out some of Boise's best local musicians, as well as regional and national touring acts. Reservations are accepted for the main dining room and the private Hemingway room. Book your business lunch or Friday wind down in the Hemingway room.

105 6th Street
Boise, ID 83702
Phone: 208-287-9200

One of Boise's most popular fine dining hot spots started in 1998 as a tasting room for chef and caterer John Berryhill's event clientele. The sexy 110 seat downtown restaurant boasts 18 foot ceilings and a mass of windows that open to a gorgeous courtyard with outdoor dining for another 40-50, and comfortable lounge seating with live piano jazz. A locally and globally infused Northwest menu is host to a wide variety of hors d'oeuvre offerings and affordable lunch and dinner selections from steaks to fresh seafood and pastas.

121 North 9th Street
Boise, ID 83702
Phone: 208-387-3553

Prime steaks, fresh seafood and an award winning wine list combine with friendly service and a warm, inviting atmosphere making Chandlers Steakhouse your destination of choice for a remarkable dining experience. Home of the famous "10 minute martini" enjoy live jazz 7 days a week.

981 West Grove Street
Boise, ID 83702
Phone: 208-383-4300

Italian-inspired. It's one of the things that makes Asiago's a memorable destination. They combine familiar Italian flavors and age-old fundamentals of Italian cooking with their own creative license to prepare a distinctive menu. Whether you enjoy traditional Italian flavors or appreciate a more adventurous, eclectic approach to your Italian cuisine -Asiago's is sure to delight.

1002 West Main Street
Boise, ID 83702
Phone: 208-336-5552

Master winemaker Greg Koenig uses hand-selected vines and old-world techniques to replicate the distinctive wine varietals of France's Rhone wine region. The grapes at 3 Horse Ranch Vineyards are naturally grown and harvested by hand rather than by machine, resulting in wines with true varietal character and extraordinary flavor intensity. Experience them for yourself with a visit to the Tasting Room Cafe.

5900 Pearl Road
Boise, ID 83709
Phone: 208-863-6561

At Boise Fry Company, fries are given the starring role they have always deserved. Select from six kinds of potato, choose the cut of your fries, then add the finishing touches with 10 different sauces and salts. Because the fries are cooked in dedicated fryers, they never come out tasting like other food. The menu also offers beef, bison and vegan burgers.

3083 South Bown Way
Boise, ID 83706
Phone: 208-965-1551

This boutique bakery uses the finest and freshest ingredients to make its exquisite sweets and savories, often sourcing local ingredients like Cloverleaf Creamery butter from nearby Buhl, Idaho. No preservatives or artificial flavors are ever used, and every treat is made from scratch by human hands.

1754 West State Street
Boise, ID 83702
Phone: 208-297-5853

Bella Aquila is a "ristorante romantico" with linens on the tables along with fresh flowers. The most beautiful patio in the entire Treasure Valley overlooks the North branch of the Boise River and is framed by two large rock fountains. Dress up and have a romantic dining experience with your special somebody or have a casual meal with friends or family. Private dining available for groups up to 70 people, inside or out (up to 40 in the private back room). Italian cuisine featuring house made pastas, sauces, breads and desserts prepared with the freshest local products available. Their Menu is a blend of traditional dishes from all over Italy as well as some twists and local flavors. They keep things interesting by offering seasonal, monthly and daily specials to highlight our culinary team's imagination and skills. Their delicious food is complimented by a wine list that brings some of the best that Idaho, the Pacific Northwest, California and Italy offer.

775 South Rivershore Lane
Eagle, ID 83616
Phone: 208-938-1900

With Kids In Boise

Hang out with red pandas, snow leopards and ocelots at Zoo Boise, where you can also learn about some lesser-known exotic species like capybera and cotton-top tamarin. Zoo Boise is dedicated to conservation efforts and features events throughout the year, from holiday spectaculars to regular happenings like Breakfast with the Lions.

355 Julia Davis Drive
Boise, ID 83702
Phone: 208-608-7760

Learning is fun! The Discovery Center of Idaho (DCI) has sights and sounds to delight all ages, including exhibits about cartography, robotics and more.

131 Myrtle Street
Boise, ID 83702
Phone: 208-343-9895

Nightlife In Boise

This dive bar and venue is a downtown Boise institution, famous for strong drinks and live music most nights of the week.

111 North 11th Street
Boise, ID 83702
Phone: 208-343-0886

The original Knitting Factory in Brooklyn was founded in 1987 and has since grown to encompass clubs, music venues and more. The Knitting Factory Concert House in Boise features some of city's top touring talent, including acts like Devotchka and Modest Mouse.

416 South 9th Street
Boise, ID 83702
Phone: 208-367-1212

Shopping In Boise

Formerly known as the Saturday Market, this open air market began in 1994 thanks to inspiration from vibrant urban marketplaces in cities like Seattle and Portland. In 1996, the Market and its 12 vendors became a member-owned non-profit organization, and today the Capital City Market is a beacon of sustainable community activity, dedicated to supporting local farms and other small businesses.

802 West Bannock Street #800
Boise, ID 83702
Phone: 208-345-3499