A Visitor's Guide to Boise

Everything You Need to Know About Boise, Idaho

Anytime… Come Visit, Experience, & Explore Boise, Idaho

There is always something to do, anytime of the year. During the Summer, Fall, Winter, and Spring there are events happening and Amazing Boise Destinations.

Seasonally, Idaho is full of unique places to visit: downtown Boise, nearby mountain towns, outdoor adventure, activities and special events. There is endless Entertainment, Outdoor Life, cool spots, quaint shops, and yummy Restaurants. If you are looking for recommendations on fun, seasonal events, restaurants or shopping… This is the place to look!

Seasonal and Annual Guide to Boise

Local Boise Favorites

Us Idahoans love a good meal and great shopping. In downtown Boise, there is a lot of both to choose from. Trust us, we know the good spots. Find what you want at Totally Boise Directory.

Boise Restaurants

Who doesn’t love a yummy meal? Boise has a great restaurant scene. Anything from breakfast, lunch, dinner or in between, there are lots of places to choose from. Since Boise’s influx of new residents, there are always new places coming to downtown. Something fun about Boise restaurants is that most of them use local ingredients to make your meal that much more special. The talk of the town favorites are:

  • Coffee First - Dutch Bros., Hyde Perk Coffee, Flying M, Form and Function, The District, Guru Donuts, Slo by Slo, or Neckar Coffee
  • Breakfast - Joe Mommas, Moons, Waffle Me Up, or Big City
  • Brunch - Bacon, Goldy’s, or Le Peep
  • Lunch - Bardenay, Boise Fry Company, Even Stevens, or 10 Barrel Brewing
  • Happy Hour or Small Bites - Eureka, Bodovino, or Bittercreek Alehouse
  • Dinner - Barbacoa, Luciano’s Italian Restaurant, or The Fork
  • Dessert - Chip, the Stil, Goody’s Soda Fountain, or Gaston’s Bakery
  • Late Night Snack - Pie Hole or Westside Drive-In

There are so many good eats to choose from, Restaurants.

Boise Shopping

After a yummy meal, head to the shops! Along with good food, downtown has great local shops. The Boise community loves to support local businesses, learn more. Mixed Greens, Proof Eyewear, Idaho Made, Idaho Candy Co. are just a few to name. Along with local shopping, there are also many big-name brands, too.

Places to Stay in Boise

Make it easy and stay downtown. Boise has just recently built some nice hotels like The Grove, The Inn at 500, Residence Inn, and Hotel 43. If these aren’t the places you are looking for, check out other recommendations at Local Hotels.

A Boise Summer Guide

Boise during the summertime, there is no such thing as boredom! There are plenty of ways to escape the heat or soak up the sun.

Explore downtown: Saturday Market, Freak Alley or the JUMP Boise. Visit the Botanical Gardens, Old Idaho Penitentiary, the Zoo, History Museum and the Anne Frank Memorial. If it’s not too hot take a bike ride, hike Table Rock, or stroll the Green Belt, Boise River Greenbelt | Photos of the Boise River Greenbelt. If it is too hot, float the river, kayak or paddle board Lucky Peak or Boise Whitewater Park. The Idaho summer heat is for real, folks! Check out Rafting the Payette River for the perfect way to cool down. Love the outdoors? Visit Outdoor Life for more.

If you are 21 and over there are adult drinking activities. Grab your buddies and jump on a bike bar, visit local breweries, or enjoy a bloody mary tour. Check out Night Life for some more recommendations. The options are endless!

Summer Guide to Boise
JUMP Boise Rafting the Payette River in Boise

Festivals or Special Events in the Boise area

Idaho has some fun festivals to experience in Boise and by nearby towns. Boise locals love Idaho Shakespeare Festival, Hyde Park Street Fair, Basque Festival, and Alive After Five. The Boise Basque block is something special to visit. If you want to learn more about what it is look at, What is the Boise Basque Block? | Basque Block Boise. Outside of the Boise area, locals rave about the Western Idaho Fair. For a full list of summer events check out, Your Annual Guide to Boise, Idaho | Boise Information.

Shakespeare Festival in Boise, Idaho

Destinations outside of Boise

Want to get away for the day or weekend? Idaho has lots of places to visit, explore, and fall in love with. Jump Creek Canyon, Horseshoe Bend, or Bruneau Sand Dunes are just a few favorites for outdoor adventures. Sun Valley, McCall, or Coeur D'alene are popular towns to take a quick trip to.

A Boise Fall Guide

Fall, the season that has the perfect weather. Enjoy it before it gets too cold or cloudy. During the fall In Boise, experience everything from Harvest Festivals, Farmstead Corn Maze and Pumpkin Festival, spooky activities, Oktoberfest, and so much more. Experience Boise favorites like Bronco Football at BSU and The Spirit of Boise festival.

Fall Guide to Boise
Spirit of Boise Festival

A Boise Winter Guide

Just like summer, winter activities and festivals are endless. Downtown offers cute sleigh rides, fun ice skating or cozy Christmas classics at the Egyptian Theater. The list of recommendations goes on and on; check out for Your Winter Guide to Boise, Idaho | Boise Information.

Into winter sports or winter wonderland adventure, but don't want to travel too far? Head to Bogus Basin, a local ski resort; Bogus Basin Activities | Play in Boise. Bogus Basin is a short one to one and half hours drive. A shuttle service is also offered by Bogus Basin resort.

Winter Guide to Boise Bogus Basin and McCall, Idaho

Festivals or Special Events Out of Boise

Want to go the distance, because winter vibes are worth it?! McCall Winter Carnival, The Great Snow Fest, and Sleigh Rides in Donnelly are worth visiting and experiencing. Another fun option could be taking a trip to The Village at Meridian, for ice skating.

Destinations a little out of Boise

Visiting the small towns of Sun Valley, Redfish Lake Lodge or McCall, Idaho could be a cozy way to experience some winter wonderland. These towns offer great skiing, snowboarding, or snowshoeing… options could be endless. Find some fun recommendations for mini trips, 5 Getaway Towns Within Hours of Boise | Getaway Towns.

A Boise Spring Guide

Enjoy the nice weather right after the snow has melted. Top three Boise favorites are: Treefort Music Festival, Chinden Wine Tour, and Shoshone Falls. If the snow hasn’t melted or the weather isn't quite there yet, there are indoor activities to experience, too.

Spring Guide to Boise

We want you to have the best time in Idaho and our town! There is much to do and see, but don't feel overwhelmed. Take a look at the “About Boise” section to help guide your trip. No area of Boise will disappoint.

Treefort Music Festival

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