These essential experiences describe what makes the city a great city. What kinds of experiences does Boise offer that make the city unique? What everyday occurrences make the city a great experience? Where do you take visitors from out of town when they visit? 

A perfect day in Boise would combine a museum or outdoor visit with a restaurant or two. 


Treefort Music Fest (March)

Spirit of Boise Balloon Classic (September)

Idaho Shakespeare Festival (summer)

Quinn's Pond and the river exploring near Veteran's Memorial Park (combine with Madhuban)

Art in the Park (July)

Idaho Botanical Gardens Summer Concert Series

Race to Robie Creek (April)

Twilight Criterium (July)


Museum & Outdoor adventures

Idaho State Capitol Building - look up to the stars from the basement and look down from the top floor in the rotunda

Boise Depot - look down to the Capitol or visit Sunday and Monday 11-5pm to peek inside

Julia Davis Park: Zoo Boise and the Boise Art Museum

Hike up Camel's Back Park, Table Rock, or Military Reserve Park to watch the sunset

Morrison Knudsen Nature Center - 9-5 to see lots of trout, other animals and fun animal activities

Greenbelt - walk it, bike it

Float the river - get a tube at Barber Park and float to Ann Morrison Park

Old Idaho Penitentiary and Table Rock and Idaho Botanical Gardens

Explore Hull's Gulch Park and the trail Owl's Roost

the Boise Public Library! and the Anne Frank Memorial

Boise Bicycle Project

Skiing or snowshoeing at Bogus Basin

Snowshoeing or cross country skiing at the Idaho City Park and Ski Areas followed by Idaho City Hot Springs Resort


Food & Culture

Goody's ice cream shop in Hyde Park 

Madhuban Indian food

Culinary Ghetto: Orient Market, Bosnia Express, ho Tam, Chiang Mai House,Luciano's  that centers around Orchard and Emerald

Guru Donuts

the New Boise Farmer's Market & Capitol City Public Market - April - December

Flying M Cafe and their Valentines for Aids art show

Beer: Tour local breweries

Coffee: Dawson Taylor, the Crux

Boise Fry Company

Bar Gernika - Basque Food

Boston Shake at Fanci Freez

Ice Cream Potato from West Side Drive In