700 West Jefferson Street Boise, ID 83702 +1 208 332 1012
Built in 1905 and in the image of the U.S. Capitol, the Idaho Capitol is the only statehouse in the country that is heated by geothermal water. The building was completed in 1920 and features a rotunda floor in a marble pattern called the Compass Rose. The grounds are well kept and have several notable trees, some of which were planted by U.S. Presidents. The building is surrounded by the Capitol Mall, which includes many older public buildings and monuments. Tours are available upon request. Visiting hours vary for the interim period of the session, check website for more information.
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.
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.
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.
418 South 6th Street Boise, ID 83702 +1 208 345 3718
This quirky shop is a great place to go for Idaho souvenirs. Bricolage has a line of Gem State t-shirts and hooded sweaters that anybody would love to wear. They also showcase art from around the country and sell handmade objects from around the country. Every now and then, they offer sewing lessons and other crafty activities.
Known as Downtown Boise's most environmentally friendly event venue, the Linen Building plays host to numerous special events and art shows throughout the year. The building itself is two stories, with an elegant loft-style layout. Nearly any kind of event can be held here, including, but not limited to: fashion and art shows, concerts, weddings, corporate meetings, and high school proms. Check out the calendar of events, or book it for your own event today!
3638 Osage Street Garden City, ID 83714 +1 208 424 8297
A creative venue showcasing current and future talent, Visual Arts Collective is a fine arts gallery exhibits work in the visual and performing arts, including music, theater and film. Shows like Exonerated, SuperDelicious, Hubris are hosted at this venue. The venue attracts the creative crowd of Boise and is a great opportunity to discover new talent. Check out the website for future exhibits.
If you are looking for a perfect night-out gateway, the Venue is the place to be. It is one of the best places to enjoy some really good music in and around Boise. Local and national touring bands have all performed at this venue. Mad Caddies and Rocky Votolato are a couple of the bands that have performed here. A non-profit organization, the Venue promotes its events in an alcohol-free environment and is open to all ages. Check the website for upcoming shows.
312 South Ninth Street Suite 100 Boise, ID 83702 +1 208 344 7777
Pamphlets, maps, booklets and friendly faces stuff this small visitor's center, located in the Boise Centre on the Grove Plaza. Helpful employees at the Boise Convention and Visitors Bureau quickly answer questions and recommend local restaurants, accommodation and entertainment. Visitors wanting to venture outside of Boise's boundaries will find useful information here about attractions within a three-hour drive from the city limits.
516 South Eighth Street Boise, ID 83702 +1 208 344 7777 (Boise Tourist Bureau)
The buildings of the Eighth Street Marketplace in downtown Boise are known for preserving a bit of Boise's 19th century past. The area makes for a perfect place to meander through Boise's history. At 516 South Eighth Street, visitors will find the Idaho Laundry building, which has been in operation since 1897. The nearby Boise Junk House at 521 South Eighth Street is where boys traded iron and other "junk" for cash. Other nearby landmarks include the Idaho Candy Company, in business since 1909, the Oregon Trail Memorial Bridge and the Log Cabin Literary Center.
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 ...
This small tree lined campus gives visitors an Ivy League
feeling. Old buildings nestle up to modern architecture at Idaho's oldest four year college, founded in 1891. The college hosts about 750 students each year and visitors can stroll ...
The red roofed building of the Koenig Distillery and Winery
rises from its high desert surroundings like a Mediterranean villa. Housing winemaking equipment and a wine tasting room, the building is home to this Sunny Slope winery. One of ...