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Life in Boise

City of Boise

LIVING IN BOISE

Whether it’s a morning coffee, an afternoon of outdoor recreation, or an evening of fine dining and the arts, Boise has what you are looking for! Some of our favorite parts of Boise include:

  • Downtown Boise is less than a mile from the Boise State campus and offers a variety of great restaurants, both locally-owned and national retail shops, several movie theatres and more. Downtown Boise is home to the Basque Block where you’ll find the Basque cultural center, Basque restaurants and the Basque Museum. Cultural opportunities abound at the Flicks Theatre, Ballet Idaho, and numerous venues that host concerts year-round.
  • The Boise Greenbelt is a 23-mile, tree-lined path that follows the Boise River through the heart of town. The Boise Greenbelt passes through many of the city’s most spectacular parks including Julia Davis Park, Ann Morrison Park, Kathryn Albertson Park, Esther Simplot Park, and Veteran’s Memorial Park. The Greenbelt also offers access to the Idaho Shakespeare Festival which offers theatre under the stars all summer long.
  • Bogus Basin Ski Resort is just 17 miles north of downtown Boise and is open for skiing day and night throughout the winter. Located within a few hours of Boise, Brundage and Sun Valley offer world-class skiing as well. The road to Bogus Basin is a favorite for cyclists during the summer months.
  • The Boise River is a favorite for locals and visitors alike! Hot summer days offer the chance to cool off by floating the river in an inner tube or raft. More daring individuals can venture north of the city to the Payette River where Class II-V whitewater awaits!
  • Julia Davis Park, just across the Boise River from Boise State University, which is home to the Boise Art Museum, the Idaho State Historical Museum, Zoo Boise, Discovery Center of Idaho, and the Idaho Black History Museum.
  • The Boise foothills offer over 130 miles of well-maintained trails through the Ridge to Rivers program for everything from hiking to mountain biking and horse-back riding. Access to many of the trails is just miles from downtown Boise.
  • Beyond Boise, you will find quality golf courses, the World Center for Birds of Prey, Idaho Ice World, the Meridian Speedway and Thunderbird Raceway, Tamarack Ski Resort, and the Lake Lowell National Wildlife Reserve.