Boise Idaho is a great place to visit anytime of the year when you are in need of a vacation. There are plenty of unique things to do when you are visiting. Here is a list of 10 places that you need to visit when you are in Boise.
The Idaho State Capitol Building
Located in the middle of downtown Boise is the Idaho State Capitol Building. With over 50,000 square feet of beautifully crafted marble inside of the Capitol Building. The capitol building was originally built in 1905 starting with the dome and central parts. A fun fact about the Capitol Building is it is the only Capitol Building with geothermal water. From 3,000 feet underground hot water is pumped to the building. The original cost of construction for the capitol was $2.1 million, while replacement costs today would be over $100 million. With over 201,720 square feet of floor area it is a perfect place to start your visit to Boise.
Freak Alley Gallery
While in Boise a must visit is the Freak Alley Gallery which is known as the largest outdoor gallery in the Northwest. Starting in a single painting in 2002 has now developed into a whole gallery of beautiful art. The alley was started by Colby Akers who had the chance to paint a mural on the side of Moons Cafe on the opposite side of the alley. After seeing the mural on Moons Cafe other surrounding businesses decided they wanted one as well. This led to the whole alley being covered up in unique paintings which change every few years.
Old Idaho Penitentiary
A site featuring thirty unique buildings that you can visit is the Old Idaho Penitentiary. Opening in 1872 the Penitentiary at one point could hold up to 600 prisoners. During its time of being open it held some of the west’s most notorious criminals in this brutal environment. Being built in the large sandstone walls the building would be unbelievably hot in the Idaho Summers. The Penitentiary is now a museum that you can walk through the old building and see very interesting things like a collection of over a thousand guns and weapons from the penitentiary. There are also many accounts of paranormal activity happening in the penitentiary which might scare off some who want to visit this famous site.
Boise River Greenbelt
The Boise River Greenbelt is one of the beautiful places to visit in Boise. The Greenbelt has over 25 miles of biking and walking trails that go through the trees and natural areas. The park spans over 850 acres along the river which is perfect for walking or biking. There is all kinds of wildlife that you can see spanning from ducks to bald eagles. This is a beautiful area of land to come and enjoy nature and watch the sunset. Throughout the years this has become one of the most loved places to spend time outside in Boise.
While you are in Boise Jump is a must visit site that is unlike anything else you could visit. With an outdoor amphitheater, rooftop parks, and meeting areas jump is the perfect place to come and spend an afternoon. Jump originally started with J.R. Hampton who wanted to create a space unlike anything Boise has ever seen. Jump originally was an acronym for “Jack’s Urban Meeting Place” where you can do anything. Come to jump and share an experience of a lifetime with people who are going to push you farther than you could have ever imagined.
You can visit Bogus Basin any time of the year for a thrilling experience that you will not forget. Bogus basin is a Ski Resort that is open year around and only located approximately 15 miles from downtown Boise. During winter it has 2,600 acres of snowy terrain perfect for skiing spanning across 90 different runs. In the summer months there is still plenty to do such as horseback riding, mountain biking, a mountain coaster, and many more activities.
Boise Train Depot
Originally built as a union pacific railroad depot perfectly designed by New York architects in 1924. The spanish style structure of the depot is the perfect destination for a wedding, party, or community event. The Great Hall is the perfect place for you event that can accommodate 300 people. With a fantastic remodel costing $3.4 million in 1990 the Depot is now in amazing condition. If you are looking for a stunning view of the city skyline as well as the foothills this is the place for you.
Boise State University
Visit Boise State University with the campus running right alongside of the Boise River. Only a few minutes walk from downtown Boise and you will be in the middle of campus. With an undergraduate enrollment a little over 22,000 is a perfect size. The campus sits on 285 acres in the city of Boise. Boise State also offers over 170 different academic programs for their students to choose from while attending. Boise is a top three university in the northwest and ranked in the top 40 nationally.
Table rock located just south of Boise is a mountain rock in the foothills of the Rocky Mountains. At the top of the mountain is a large 60 foot cross overlooking the city. This cross has been in lawsuits for many years and has been violating the law for well over 50 years.This is a perfect place to spend a day hiking or biking and to finish with a nice picnic at the top of the mountain. Table Rock is open from sunup to sun down and does not allow anyone to come visit after sunset. If you are a pet lover, Table Rock allows dogs and horses so be sure to take them up to the top with you as you spend your day outside.
Head to the North Ends Hyde Park for a fun day where you can experience it all. This area has wonderful buildings and architecture to check out while you are in the area. The history of Hyde park dates back to the times of buggies and trolleys around 1890. The trolleys allowed people to move around and visit more markets than they could have before. There are also plenty of shops and restaurants that you must check out while you are spending time here. Hyde Park has become the mountain biking tourist attraction because you can come off the trails into the town.
This article of places to visit in Boise is brought to you by Little Cow Mountain Farm. During your stay in Boise be sure to come visit us at the Boise Farmers Market.