What are the best things to do in Boise?

Shelley A. Gable

Boise dwellers tend to love being outside. With that in mind, it’s no surprise that some of Boise’s best activities involve getting some fresh air.

1. Floating the Boise River is an annual occurrence for many who live here. Imagine lounging in a tube or raft, soaking in the sun with the comfort of a light breeze for a lazy, 90-minute journey. No raft? No problem. You can go to Barber Park, the common starting point, and rent rafts and tubes. When you reach Ann Morrison Park, you can hop on a shuttle to return to your car.

2. Another area favorite, the Idaho Shakespeare Festival, features open-air theater performances June through September. No bad seat exists in this cozy amphitheater. The best part is the view of the breathtaking sunset against the foothills, which serves as a backdrop for the stage.

3. Speaking of the foothills, the variety of foothills trails that crisscross this scenic landscape offer something for everyone, from a casual stroll to a challenging trek.

4. Alternatively, those who prefer flatter terrain can explore a 25-mile stretch of the city and its surrounding area by following the Boise River Greenbelt, by foot or bike, through downtown and along the river.

5. If you’re visiting Boise in the snowy season, consider a trip to Bogus Basin, the ski mountain just outside of town. The area offers plenty of trails and slopes for downhill skiing, cross-country skiing and even tubing. Those who are more adventurous can opt to explore the Nordic trails that are available on the way to Bogus Basin.