2445 Old Penitentiary Road Boise, ID 83712 +1 208 334 2844
Visit the "Old Pen" to get a glimpse of prison life in the West from the 19th Century onward. Built in 1870, the castle-like fortress was enlarged over the years, often using prisoner labor. In 1973 it was replaced with a new prison. Visitors can take a 90-minute tour, complete with solitary confinement cells, death row and the gallows. It is also the site of Idaho's only hanging in 1957. The building now houses several museums worth perusing.
2455 Old Penitentary Road Boise, ID 83712 +1 208 368 9876
Everything you always wanted to know about mining and geology is answered here. As a refresher course, learn about Idaho's early days of mining from historical photographs and artifacts. A great trip to combine with a visit to the next door Old Idaho State Penitentiary, the museum offers exhibits showing the spectacular array of Idaho's geologic features. Lectures, field trips and other educational programs are also offered regularly. Admission is free.
355 Julia Davis Drive Boise, ID 83702 +1 208 384 4260
Established in 1916, this open-air zoo hosts about 235 animals from around the world. Located in the Julia Davis Park, the zoo is a perfect outing for children and adults of all ages. Featuring otters, zebras and a variety of native Idaho animals, the zoo offers a special discounted admission price on Thursdays. Bring a picnic lunch and spend some time with your favorite animal friends.
5610 Glenwood Road Garden City Garden City, ID 83714
Sleek thoroughbreds and quarterhorses compete at the Idaho Downs racetrack, located off Chinden Boulevard. The clean facility offers plenty of seating and parking. Formerly known as the Les Bois Racetrack, the new management team plans to have races up and running soon. Check website for updates.
2355 Old Penitentiary Road Boise, ID 83712 +1 208 343 8649
Located on the Old Idaho State Penitentiary grounds, these beautiful gardens are a must-see attraction. Well cared for all year long, the gardens are available for formal tours or for private browsing. Stretching over about 50 acres, the area offers 11 theme gardens including native plants, water displays and a nature trail. Winter brings the festive holiday lights. A popular venue for weddings. Closing timings may vary depending on the sunset.
610 Julia Davis Drive Boise, ID 83712 +1 208 334 2120
Visitors listen to the whispers of the pioneers as they tell Idaho's story through displays of historical artifacts at this museum. The Idaho State Historical Museum includes stories of prehistoric, Native American, Basque and Chinese cultures. Visitors also learn about the old frontier days and pioneer settlements. The museum offers many hours of exploration. Visitors can combine a trip here with a visit to the Pioneer Village, the Julia Davis Park or Zoo Boise, which are all located nearby. Opening times vary based on season. Check the website for varying dates.
Located 16 miles north of Boise, off a twisting mountain road, this folksy ski resort is Boise's winter getaway. Offering great skiing day or night, Bogus has 58 runs, six ski lifts and the Bogus Basin Nordic Center. Amenities include a ski school, rental and retail shop, restaurants, sleigh rides and the Pioneer Inn Condominiums.
602 West Julia Davis Drive Boise, ID 83702 +1 208 433 0849
A wonderful touring experience can be had "all aboard" Boise Trolley Tours. You can travel in an open-air trolley car and explore several local historic locations, including the Basque Block, Julia Davis Park, the Idaho State Capital and more. The trolley is available for charter as well as individual tour rides. Tours depart from the Kit Carson Cafe at 11a and 1p May through September. Please visit their website for more information.
1385 South Blue Marlin Lane Meridian, ID 83642 +1 208 898 0900
Located just off Interstate 84 in Meridian, about 10 miles west of Boise, this family fun center is packed with entertainment options for all ages. Attractions include bumper boats, mini golf, batting cages, go-karts, arcades and more. A snack bar and restaurant serves pizza, sandwiches, and cold drinks. Check website for more information.
4505 Aviation Way Caldwell, ID 83605 +1 208 453 8577
Idaho's main provider of helicopter tours is located about 20 miles west of Boise, just off Interstate 84 in Caldwell. Offering informative tours of one the longest rivers in America, the twisting and winding Snake River, this guide service also offers after-dinner trips to other tourist attractions. Wannabe pilots can even try their hand at flying a helicopter through one of the various classes offered.
Retaliate against those hot, dry Boise summer days and head
off to this nearby state park. Located in the town of Eagle, only eight miles west of the city, the park offers swimming, picnic spots, a waterslide, disc golf ...
Located in historic St. Paul Baptist Church, the Idaho Black
History Museum celebrates Idaho's black culture. Open since 1995, the museum offers visitors many interesting historical tidbits, such as a look at Idaho's black cowboys and miners, and Idaho's ...
Just north of Caldwell, this golf course reveals Owyhee Mountain
views in a high desert setting. The 18 hole course offers fairways sprinkled with trees. Water offers a few challenges, however, you don't have to be an expert to ...