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Best things to do in Boise

Discover the city according to locals. Find the best things to do, places to eat, and get priceless advice from the people who live here.

Shopping Mall
“With a large theater (food and drinks delivered to your seat for 21+ in VIP sections), multiple fine dining options, nearby bowling alley/arcade, shopping outlets, and an Axiom gym, this place has everything you could want for entertainment. If not, theres an abundance of more dining and entertainment options right across the street.”
57 locals recommend
Art Gallery
“Great rotating permanent collection and always hosting new and featured artists. They have an incredible kids section too. ”
46 locals recommend
Point of Interest
“Summer hiking for when it’s too hot in town. Amazing skiing - only a 45 minute drive. Oh and they have a mountain roller coaster.”
64 locals recommend
Natural Feature
“This is a classic boise activity. The big plateau overlooking Boise is called Table Rock. At night you'll notice an illuminated cross on top of it. This is a great sunset spot that you can either hike to (trail starts behind the old penitentiary) or drive to. There is a parking lot at the top which is accessible to vehicles from 8:00am to Sunset everyday. If you want to stay later then just park before the gate and walk up. ”
59 locals recommend
Park
“If you want a fun park to take the kids, or go hiking in the foothills, camels back park is a great place. Home to the hyde park fair every September, camel's back park is a hub of outdoor foothills and eclectic park atmosphere great for families and outdoor enthusiasts. ”
61 locals recommend
Capitol Building
“Go visit the Idaho State Capitol for free! Monday-Friday 7 a.m. – 7 p.m. Saturday-Sunday, Holidays 9 a.m. – 5 p.m.”
39 locals recommend
Latin American Restaurant
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“Nicer restaurant with a fun atmosphere. If you like steak I highly recommend the Hot Rock Filet. The steak comes out mostly cooked on a very hot rock that you finish cooking to your liking. ”
57 locals recommend
Zoo
“Great zoo with a delightful carousel from long ago . Set by the river and Ann Morrison Park”
32 locals recommend
American Restaurant
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“One of Boise's most touted restaurants. They offer creative, farm-to-table American dishes in the heart of downtown.”
50 locals recommend
Museum
“Great historic visit and tour to this old area of Boise, ID. Tour the old Idaho Penitentiary. Beautiful area right below the Boise Foothills”
31 locals recommend
Garden
“Beautiful gardens, some great outdoor concerts, and fun historical walk through old penitentiary.”
26 locals recommend
Travel Agency
“Boise has the most diverse array of birds of prey that are recovering from injury or are no longer able to survive in the wild. You can go see and read about all of these regal raptors!”
13 locals recommend
Bar
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“This is one of my favorite standard affairs. The owners are local and eco-conscious (think zero packaging and compost worms in the basement for your scraps), they have lots of brews with a fun lounge next door, and the food is delicious at a great price. ”
41 locals recommend
Coffee Shop
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“This place is back on the list because they have a basket of 'day olds but still just as good' baked goods that are ridiculously cheap. Get some giant scones, muffins and more!”
39 locals recommend
Movie Theater
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“Located in the heart of downtown Boise, Idaho since 1984, The Flicks theatre features independent, foreign and art films, including the best of the Hollywood movies shown on four movie screens. Show times are subject to change, call 342-4222 for updated info. Our movies start on time, only 6 minutes of trailers you won't want to miss! Info Credit: amherstmadisonlegacy.com”
43 locals recommend
Lounge
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“Great food and drink selection. Have an exceptional brunch menu on the weekend”
38 locals recommend