Now that you have purchased your home in Idaho, moved in, and met the neighbors, there are plenty of other things for you to do when you want to explore your new area. Boise is waiting for you to find out how wonderful it really is! Much will depend on the season and the timing, but keep in mind these essential places to visit in Idaho when you live in or visit the Boise-Nampa Metropolitan area:
1. Roaring Springs waterpark--Endless river, water slides, wave pool, and rides. Makes for an unforgettable experience when you are in Idaho for the summer.
2. Firebird International Raceway--Exhibitions and races in the spring, summer, and fall. Most popular car races in Idaho.
3. The Old Idaho Penitentiary--Features historic buildings and special exhibits. You will gain perspective for over 100 years of prison history in Idaho.
4. Zoo Boise--More than just the typical zoo, Zoo Boise also offers discount days, a carousel, boat rides, and a butterfly exhibit.
5. Discovery Center--Hands-on science exhibits make learning really fun in Idaho!
6. Julia Davis Park--Includes the historic and cultural part of Boise, but also boasts a rose garden, pavilions, tennis courts, playgrounds, a duck pond and part of the Boise River Greenbelt.
7. Black History Museum--Discover the history and culture of African Americans in Idaho.
8. Warhawk Air Museum--Learn all about aviation history and wartime America’s history and how it relates to airplanes.
9. Birds of Prey National Wildlife Refuge--Explore the fantastic world of raptors with interactive exhibits and shows.
10. Eagle Island State Park--Spend your day out of the city while fishing, golfing, enjoying the beach or water slide, exploring horse & walking trails, or picnicking.
11. Wahooz--Activities include bowling, go-karts, mini-golf, laser tag, bumper boats, batting cages, indoor playground, and an arcade.
12. Boise Hawks--Enjoy a great minor-league baseball team and follow their games!
13. BSU football game--Root for the team on the famous blue turf and cheer them on to college football stardom.
14. Skiing--With 18 ski resorts nearby, you can enjoy the outdoors year round! Summer fun at the ski resorts includes mountain biking, hiking, and huckleberry picking.
15. Jump time--Have a great time at Idaho’s indoor trampoline park.
16. Thunder Mountain Line--Train rides from Emmett to Horseshoe Bend. Includes lunch, karaoke train rides, or murder mystery rides for entertainment.
17. Cherry/apple/apricot picking in Emmett--Acquaint yourself with goodness as you pick your own fruit and harvest a great outing.
18. Fishing--From lakes and ponds to rivers and streams, Idaho has some of the best fishing spots in the country.
19. Camping--Only a short drive from downtown Boise, you will be camping within minutes of driving into the mountains.
20. Boating--Lucky Peak, Black Canyon Reservoir, and Owyhee Reservoir are only a few places to enjoy water skiing, jet skis or tubing.
21. Starlight Mountain Theatre--Drive into the mountains near Garden Valley and experience a cultural experience like no other: a well-cast Broadway-style play for everybody to enjoy.
22. Rafting--One of the most popular rivers in the Northwest, the Payette, is ready for a whitewater rafting experience from June to September.
23. Float the river--A lazy summer day can be spent on an inner-tube floating on Boise River as you enjoy life in the beautiful outdoors.
24. Biking on the greenbelt--Cruise from Boise to Eagle on a bicycle, skates, or on foot while enjoying a heavily tree-lined path and the Boise River.