Fun Things to do in the Treasure Valley
Visiting the Treasure Valley in the springtime is something to experience at least once in your life. There are plenty of activities to participate in, as well as beautiful scenery to take in during your time here. The following are just a few of the best things to get you started (especially if you are in the Treasure Valley for spring break!). Note that many of these activities can also be done during the summer.
Take a stroll or bike on the Boise River Greenbelt- This trail covers about 850 acres and is connected to a number of parks and other recreational areas, including Julia Davis Park, Lucky Peak Reservoir, and many others. At approximately 25 miles long, the Greenbelt follows along the Boise River and leads out of the city from both the north and south end, passing through other nearby towns like Eagle and Star. If you’re wanting a true nature hike, this trail is the most popular for seeing many forms of wildlife, grand scenic views, and, as mentioned before, access to other parks along the way. It also provides easy access for commuters and passes near Boise State University. You can start along the trail from any of the parks (or you can start from one of the ends all the way to the other side if your up for the trek). However, there is about 1.5 miles of the trail that is unpaved, as well as bikers who like to take up the path, so please be courteous of other travellers. It just goes to show that this pathway is a great place to get some exercise or to experience one of the best nature walks in the valley.
Make your way through the Botanical Garden- If you are a lover of all things gardening (or if you just like beautiful plants in general), you won’t want to miss this popular Boise site, located on the eastern side of the city near the Old Penitentiary! The garden itself consists of about 15 acres and is filled with decent shade and warm, vibrant colors. SInce the garden holds over 800 species of plants, from about 42 different families which are found in 14 separate gardens, the Idaho Botanical Garden is truly a remarkable way to promote gardening all throughout the Treasure Valley! Trapse around and observe, or sit down and meditate in the shade, the choice is yours to make. The garden is open from 9am-7pm every day of the week, so there is no need to worry about cramming it into your spring break!
Visit Freak Alley in downtown Boise- Freak Alley is known as being the largest outdoor mural gallery in this part of the United States. It is absolutely free to go explore and is open to all visitors 24/7! There is also an indoor gallery that shows art from local artists, but Freak Alley is one that you can enjoy for hours on a nice spring day. Every couple of months, there are new art pieces that get put on the walls (unless it is a super popular piece, such as Martin Luther King Jr. made of shattered glass and Jimi Hendrix on the opposite wall which is also made of shattered glass), so be sure to visit often! Take plenty of pictures next to the different pieces, and keep them as some of your favorite memories. Freak Alley is located on 9th Street; you won’t miss it!
Take a tour with the Boise Hot Air Company- You saw that right! Boise offers tours by way of hot air balloon. This is actually a year-round event that you can participate in; however, it is probably the most beautiful thing to do in the springtime. The balloon tour takes about 45 minutes to complete, and it gives you a 360 degree view of all of Boise and beyond. The staff are friendly, courteous, and knowledgeable about the area and are willing to point out anything that you wish to check out! You can either go by yourself or with a group of up to 15 people!
They always take off in the mornings just before the sun rises, so that you will have a breathtaking experience every time. Even if you are afraid of heights, you are guaranteed to have an amazing adventure through this scenic moment of a lifetime. Tickets are about $150 a person (although prices vary for different age groups).
Go skiing on Bogus Basin- Even though it’s springtime, Bogus Basin still has snow on the ground due to the higher elevation. Take a ski lift up to the very top and ski or snowboard down some beginner hills or some more advanced slopes if you have experienced the thrill of skiing before. There are also horse-drawn sleigh rides run by Bogus Creek Outfitters which takes you to a lovely lodge for a delicious dinner! If you aren’t interested much in skiing, there are also some paths to ride a mountain bike on, or you can hike at a leisurely pace and enjoy the scenic overlook of the Treasure Valley.
Have a fishing trip- There are plenty of great places to fish in the Treasure Valley. Take the scenic route all the way up to Idaho City to find a number of lakes, streams, rivers, and creeks to choose from. You can also try your luck with catching catfish, sturgeon, or smallmouth bass at the Swan Falls Dam and Reservoir near Kuna. Other fishing areas in the Treasure Valley include the C.J. Strike Reservoir, the South Fork of the Boise River, Arrowrock Reservoir, or even search through a local lake or pond. Take your pick from any of these options or others you may hear about from locals.
Hopefully, these activities have given you a couple ideas on what you want to do with your spring break. Be sure to look up more activities and events happening in the Treasure Valley online. Also, be sure to ask locals for more options!