75+ Things to Do in Boise Idaho (A Local’s Guide)

Looking for fun things to do in Boise, Idaho? Look no further! There are plenty of guides to Boise, but not many that are from a true local’s perspective. Since I’m a local and am constantly being asked what fun things there are to do in Boise, I thought I’d create a list!

This list will probably grow as time goes on, but as of now I’ve gathered as much intel on this city as I can! Therefore, listed below are 75 fun things to do in Boise Idaho. Each list is broken out by season, however, many of the items on the list can be done all year round. I’ve also mentioned the best restaurants and bars to check out, the best places to stay in Boise, what to pack for Idaho in all seasons, and the best overall Boise activities!

Summer in Boise

Summertime in Boise is one of the best seasons of the year, and there’s so much to do and experience outside. With the Boise River opening up for floating, live outdoor concerts, and the awesome hot weather, there’s so much to enjoy! Visiting with a date? Here are the best Boise summer date night spots.

table rock

Fall in Boise

Best of all she loved the fall! Yep, it’s true. Fall seriously is my favorite time of year and I’m so happy to be able to live somewhere where fall is celebrated in full force! I’m big on bucket lists and since I made this one for myself last fall, I thought I’d incorporate it into this post. I want you all to get in the autumn spirit as well. Hopefully this list will help you live it up and find out what to do in Boise in the fall.

fall boise bucket list
fall boise bucket list
fall boise bucket list

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Winter in Boise

Wintertime in Boise is a pretty chilly time of year, but it’s also very beautiful. There are also ton of events to get you in the holiday spirit! With the Nutcracker ballet, Winter Garden-a-Glow and Christmas lights all over the town, it makes Boise a cozy place to spend the holidays or winter in general. Boise doesn’t get as much snow as the mountains of McCall or Sun Valley, but it still can snow in the valley! Here’s everything to do in Boise if you’re visiting in the winter.

christmas tree
christmas lights

Spring in Boise

Spring is one of the most beautiful times to come to Boise. The weather is usually a mix between summer (80s) and fall weather (50-60s). It rains quite a bit in Boise in the spring, so this list is filled with a mixture of outdoor and indoor Boise activities because of this. One of the best parts of spring in Boise is watching the snow melt and seeing everything start to bloom. For instance, the trees all over the city start to bloom and the flowers start blossoming all throughout the foothills. It’s truly a beautiful sight to see!

  • Stroll the cute streets of Hyde Park and 13th Street
  • Hike the foothills and check out the spring blooms

  • Go to the Old Idaho State Penitentiary & visit check out the Idaho Botanical Garden spring flowers
  • Play mini-golf at Wahooz
  • Enjoy the concerts and festivities at TreeFort Music Festival
  • Check out local artists at Boise’s First Thursday Art Walk
  • Rent a moped scooter from Veronica’s Scooter Rentals and mob around Boise or grab the electric Bird or Lime’s around town

  • Go museum hopping and check out the Idaho History museum, Idaho Black History Museum or the Boise Art Museum

  • Eat your way through Boise with a Boise foodie tour!
  • Check out the Capital City Public Market one Saturday morning
  • Visit the State Capitol Building

  • Go to Adult Night at the Discovery Center of Idaho or take your kids for some hands on learning

  • Break for the mountains and take a day trip to Idaho City
  • Catch a concert at the Knitting Factory
  • Visit the Boise Zoo in Julia Davis Park

  • Visit the historical Boise Depot and get views of Boise downtown
  • Book a Boise Trolley tour to get the lay of the land
  • Walk around one of the gorgeous parks, Kathryn Albertson, Julia Davis, Ann Morrison, or Camel’s Back Park

  • Check out the Anne Frank Human Rights Memorial

  • Get your shopping on at the Village at Meridian or the Boise Town Square Mall

  • Stop by some popular Boise wineries like Coiled, Split Rail and Cinder or go on the Sunnyslope wine trail!
boise foothills
tulips

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WHERE TO EAT & DRINK IN BOISE

Boise has a lot of great restaurants and fun nightlife! I’ve listed a few of my favorite places to eat and drink in Boise within each season’s list above. Here are my all-time favorite restaurants in Boise (most are downtown) and here are the most romantic places to eat in Boise! If you’re looking for bars, make sure to go to 8th St. and Main St., or in-between 5th and Capitol Blvd to find your most happening bars.

best restaurants in Boise

WHERE TO STAY IN BOISE

I highly recommend staying in downtown Boise when you visit. I live downtown and it’s such a great way to see the city. Therefore, here are the best places to stay in Boise in my opinion!

Airbnb

Here are my top 10 favorite Airbnb’s to rent in Boise and most are in downtown or super close in the North End! You can also use my code for $40 off your first stay.

Budget

Hilton Garden Inn – This is in a great location downtown for the price. See current prices. 

Red Lion Hotel Boise Downtowner – This hotel is located fairly close to downtown and is great for the price! See current prices.

Mid-Range

The Grove Hotel – The Grove is right in the center of downtown and has great rooms and a beautiful lobby. See current prices.

The Modern Hotel – This is an old motel that’s been converted into a hip modern hotel. I love their cocktails and brunch! See current prices.

High-End

Inn at 500 Capitol – This is a super unique hotel and is dog-friendly! Each room has a different unique theme. See current prices.

Hotel 43 – Another new and nice hotel with a fabulous location. See current prices.

Residence Inn by Marriott – I love the location of this hotel. It may be my favorite location of all of the hotels because of its location to BoDo. See current prices.

DAY TRIPS FROM BOISE

Here are some of the best day trips from Boise!

Idaho City

Bruneau Sand Dunes

Sunnyslope Wine Trail

City of Rocks

Craters of the Moon

Bogus Basin

Twin Falls/Shoshone Falls

McCall

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