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15 Places to Take Out of State Visitors in Boise

Live in Boise? Expecting visitors? Boise offers a little something for everyone.

15 Places to Take Out of State Visitors in Boise

  1. Aquarium of Boise

64 N. Cole Rd.

Boise, ID 83704

The 10,000 square foot facility houses over 35,000 gallons of saltwater and over 250 different species of animals and marine life. The collection also includes animals that do not live in the ocean, but have come from local donations from the community. These animals include iguanas, freshwater turtles and fish, snakes and lizards. The Aquarium is in the process of expanding, adding another 5,000 square feet to its existing space. Expansion plans include the addition of an added space for their Shark and Ray exhibit, North Pacific Touch Tanks, Coral Propagation Lab, Marine Science Quarantine Lab and Octopus Exhibit. This is a great place to take visitors that have children.

Details: The Aquarium of Boise is open Monday through Saturday from 10am to 6pm, and Sunday from 12pm to 6pm. Admission: Single Adult $10, Senior and Military Discount $8, Children (7-11) $7, Children (3-6) $5, Children (2 and under) Free.

  1. Albertsons Stadium
Broncos Football, Photo by Wankun Sirichotiyakul

Broncos Football, Photo by Wankun Sirichotiyakul

1400 Bronco Ln.

Boise, ID 83706

College football fans won’t want to miss out on visiting the stadium that is home to the only blue Astro Turf in the world.  According to the Bronco Stadium website, the current turf is the new “Astro Play” which was installed during the summer of 2002. It’s also the third blue field at the stadium. Boise State established a first in 1986 by installing the first blue Astro Turf field. The second blue Astro Turf was installed in 1995. Other schools have special color projects for the end zone area, but Boise State is the first to have the entire field produced in a special color. Go to the BSU Hall of Fame to get a view of the field when the stadium is closed.

Details: Visit the website for ticket prices and stadium hours.

  1. Basque Museum and Cultural Center

611 W Grove St.

Boise, ID 83702

For those who like to learn about different cultures, this is a place to see. Boise is home to the largest Basque community in the US. The museum highlights Basque heritage and cultural exhibits with library archives and educational programs.

Details: The museum is open Tuesday through Friday 10am to 4pm, and Saturday from 11am to 3pm. Closed Sunday, Monday, and Holidays. Admission: Adults $5, Seniors $4, Children (6-12) $3, Children (5 and under) Free.

  1. Boise River Greenbelt

Boise, ID 83706

The 25-mile Boise River Greenbelt is one of Boise’s most beloved parks, and the place to visit if you enjoy the outdoors. The tree-lined pathway follows the river through the heart of the city and provides scenic views, wildlife habitat and pedestrian access to many of the city’s popular riverside parks. A few of our other listings are connected to the greenbelt. Have fun and improve your health on a self-directed 10-mile bike ride or hike while looking for clues on a historic scavenger hunt! This list of clues and a map,  found on the City of Boise website, will help you learn more about the history of our community. A great place for visitors whom enjoy fishing and/or birding.

Details: Operating hours of the Greenbelt are sunrise to sunset.  Use of the Greenbelt as transit through may be permitted outside these hours. Free.

  1. Boise Train Depot
Idaho's Boise Depot is a famous landmark.

Idaho’s Boise Depot is a famous landmark.

2603 West Eastover Terrace

Boise, ID 83706

The Depot offers amazing views of downtown Boise and capitol building. The Boise Depot is a beautiful historic Spanish-style structure operated by the Boise Parks & Recreation Department as a public ceremonial or meeting space and historical site. It was designed by New York architects and opened in 1925 to elaborate fanfare in the capital city. The building grounds include Platt Gardens, a lovely park with pathways, a gazebo and a koi pond. It is worth a visit even if the building itself is closed when you are able to go by. Great place for train and history buffs.

Details: Boise Depot is open Sunday and Monday 11am to 5pm. (Closed on Legal Holidays) Check their event calendar for free events open to the public.

  1. Idaho Botanical Garden

2355 Old Penitentiary Rd

Boise, ID 83712

A place for nature lovers, the Idaho Botanical Garden is a nonprofit botanical garden located in Boise. The Idaho Botanical Garden has blossomed into 15 acres of numerous specialty gardens, each with a unique focus. Included are a contemporary English Garden, a Meditation Garden, a Children’s Adventure Garden, and an Heirloom Rose Garden, among others. Education programs and cultural events occur year-round.

Details: The Idaho Botanical Gardens are open Monday through Thursday from 9am – 5pm and Friday through Sunday from 9am – 7pm. Admission: Adults $7, Seniors (65+) $5, Children (5-12) $5, Children (4 and under) Free. Pricing may be different for special events.

  1. Idaho State Capitol Building
Idaho Capitol Building

Idaho Capitol Building

700 W Jefferson St.

Boise, ID 83702

This beautiful building is an ideal place for history lovers to visit. The Renaissance Revival Capitol is Idaho’s most significant historic structure and a building that reflects city and state political, social, and economic history. Set upon a granite base course, the balance of the structure is built of locally-quarried blocks of sandstone. Over 100 years since conception, the Capitol continues to function as the seat of Idaho’s state government, currently housing the executive and legislative branches and numerous state offices.

Details: Open hours during Session (approximately January – March): Monday through Friday 6am- 10pm. Open during Interim (approximately April – December): Monday through Friday, 6am – 6pm. Saturday, Sunday and Holidays, 9am – 5pm. Gift Shop hours are Tuesday through Friday, 9:30am – 4:30pm and Saturday 9am – 4pm. Click here for a self-guided tour booklet. Visit the webpage for details on guided tours.

  1. Julia Davis Park

700 S Capitol Blvd

Boise, ID 83702

Boise’s oldest park, Julia Davis Park was created thanks to a generous donation of 43 acres of land in 1907 by Thomas Davis as a memorial to his beloved wife, Julia. The now 89.4-acre park is the home of Zoo Boise, Boise Art Museum, Idaho State Historical Museum, Discovery Center of Idaho and Idaho Black History Museum. The park also features a formal Rose Garden, two reservable pavilions, a six-court tennis complex, playground, duck pond, restrooms and a section of the Boise River Greenbelt. For history lovers, take one of the Julia Davis Park Docent Tours which start at the Rose Garden Gazebo. Knowledgeable volunteer docents identify sites and markers of historic significance, revealing why Julia Davis Park is the cultural and historic heart of Boise. The tours are offered free of charge on First Thursdays at 4pm, May through September. There is also a large bronze statue of Abraham Lincoln in the park.

Details: Julia Davis Park is open from sunrise to midnight. It is Free to enter, however some of the things inside, such as the museums, may have their own entry fees. Special events may also have a cost.

  1. Kathryn Albertson Park

1001 N Americana Boulevard

Boise, ID 83705

If you are looking for serenity this is the place to go. Kathryn Albertson Park is a 41-acre special use park. A haven for wildlife and quiet contemplation, the park features wide, paved footpaths and reservable outdoor gazebos in a beautiful natural setting. It is one of the riverside parks in the “Ribbon of Jewels” named for prominent local women. Colorful, informative signs inlaid in large rocks describe wildlife and environmental themes throughout the park. Highlights also include ponds, a fountain, a variety of mature trees and native vegetation, and glimpses of wildlife, including nesting waterfowl, herons, song birds, and deer. This is a quiet and peaceful place for people to connect with nature in the city.

Details: Visit webpage for more information. Free.

  1. Morrison-Knudsen Nature Center

600 South Walnut St

Boise, ID 83706

Idaho is full of places for nature lovers to visit, and the Morrison-Knudsen Nature Center doesn’t disappoint. It is a great place for families with younger children as well. It offers a unique wildlife experience on a 4.6-acre site along the Boise River Greenbelt. The StreamWalk and Visitor Center provide a glimpse of Idaho’s many landscapes and abundant wildlife. Underwater viewing windows along the stream walk give visitors a fish-eye view of the world.

Details: The StreamWalk is open daily sunrise to sunset. The Visitor Center is open Tuesday through Friday 9am to 5pm and Saturday and Sunday from 11am to 5pm. The Visitor Center is closed Mondays, Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Year’s Days.

  1. Old Idaho Penitentiary
Old Idaho Penitentiary in Boise operated until 1973.  It became a museum chronicling it's 101 years as a prison.

Old Idaho Penitentiary in Boise operated until 1973. It became a museum chronicling it’s 101 years as a prison.

2445 Old Penitentiary Rd

Boise, ID 83712

Another great place for history lovers, the Old Idaho Penitentiary State Historic Site was a functional prison from 1872 to 1973 in the western United States. The first building, also known as the Territorial Prison, was constructed in the Territory of Idaho in 1870. Today, visitors can experience over 100 years of Idaho’s unique prison history with a visit to Solitary Confinement, cell blocks, and the Gallows.  The Old Idaho Penitentiary features thirty historic buildings and special exhibitions including the J. Curtis Earl Memorial Exhibit of Arms and Armaments.

Details: Open 7 days a week. Summer Hours (Memorial Day through Labor Day) 10am-5pm, Regular Hours Noon-5pm. Admission: Adults $6, Seniors (60+) $4, Child (6-12) $3, Children (5 and under) Free.

  1. St. John’s Cathedral

775 N 8th St

Boise, ID 83702

The Cathedral of St. John the Evangelist, also known simply as St. John’s Cathedral, is a Catholic cathedral in Boise. It is the seat of the Diocese of Boise, and is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. This building is gorgeous and historic and majestic with its stained glass windows, spires and sense of history. The organ takes up the entire mezzanine level and is not to be missed. For a detailed history of the Cathedral and its architecture click here.

Details: Visit the webpage for further information.

  1. The North End

1100 West Washington St.

Boise, ID 83702

Bring history buffs to this beautiful historic district located in Boise. North End perfectly demonstrates why Boise is known as the City of Trees with wonderful tree lined streets, many of which the trees form a canopy. North End offer a glimpse of the feeling of small town America and how towns looked before suburban growth. It is probably the best place in Boise to spend an afternoon sightseeing, shopping, or just relaxing in a coffee shop or park. It offers pedestrians and bicyclers an eyeful of historical and natural beauty. Most of the neighborhood has been designated a Boise Historic Preservation District and boasts many sites that are listed on the National Historic Register.  The eye-catching Hyde Park can be found here. Other attractions located in the North End are the Idaho State Capitol, the Anne Frank Memorial, the O’Farrell Cabin, the Basque Block, and more.

Details: As this is a neighborhood, it is always open. Attractions will have various prices and hours.

  1. World Center for Birds of Prey
Peregrine Falcon Photo Credit: www.peregrinefund.org

Peregrine Falcon Photo Credit: www.peregrinefund.org

5668 W Flying Hawk Ln

Boise, ID 83709

Experience birds of prey eye-to-eye and explore the mysteries of their flight, survival, and relationship with humans. Live bird demonstrations and falconry heritage tours complement hands-on exhibits for all ages. Enjoy panoramic views of the Treasure Valley from the interpretive trail and gazebo, or browse the gift shop. Admissions and purchases support conservation programs worldwide.

Details: Open March – October 10am -5pm Tuesday through Sunday (closed Monday) and November – February 10am – 4pm Tuesday through Sunday (closed Monday).  Admission: Adult $7, Seniors (age 62 +) $6, Children (ages 4 – 16) $5, Children (under age 4) Free.

  1. Zoo Boise

355 North Julia Davis Drive

Boise, ID 83702

Zoo Boise is a great little zoo to visit with children in Boise. Zoo Boise is one of the most popular attractions in Southern Idaho as well as a living science facility that is home to over 300 animals from 100 various species. Zoo Boise is a community treasure where more than 350,000 annual visitors of all ages can learn about our natural world and the importance of protecting and preserving it for generations to come. Popular attractions include: Giraffe Encounter, Sloth Bear Encounter, Zoo Farm, Butterflies in Bloom, and more.

Details: Zoo Boise is open daily from 9am until 5pm, June through August. September through April, Zoo Boise is open from 10am until 5pm. Last admission is at 4:30 pm daily. Admission: Adults $10, Seniors (62+) $8, Children (3-11) $7, Children (2 and under) Free. Every Thursday is discount admission day. Friends of Zoo Boise Annual Pass holders receive FREE admission to Zoo Boise all year round (plus free or discounted admission to more than 100 other zoos around the country).