The Aquarium of Boise: A Good Thing Gets Better

The Aquarium of Boise: A good thing gets better

Moving to Idaho means you’re looking for something just a little different. Maybe you’re looking for that small town feel, so you can get away from the hustle and bustle of a busy city. Perhaps you’ve heard about the amazing beauty of the Idaho Wilderness, and the variety of parks and wildlife reserves. Maybe you’ve been looking for the perfect way to live in the great outdoors, without giving up too much of that big city life.

Whatever your reason, Idaho is a great state to live in, and Boise is the perfect balance of city and country, and it draws a lot of people for that reason. Boise is home to a lot, from the BSU football team, the Broncos, to springs and parks, rivers and mountain biking, and skiing and more. Did you give up the ocean to come live here? You might not have to. Boise has a fantastic aquarium that keeps getting better.

The Aquarium of Boise

Boise is home to a large aquarium. It covers approximately 10,000 square feet, and it holds over 35,000 gallons of seawater. It’s already a massive facility, but they are working on making it even bigger. What makes the Aquarium of Boise so unique, however, is that they also have exhibits devoted to reptiles and birds. Plus, they accept animals. There are strict guidelines to follow, however. If you have an animal you’d like to donate, be sure to check in with the aquarium first. Don’t just drop the animal off.

If you thought the 10,000 square feet was already large, they are planning to add around another 5,000 square feet to expand current exhibits, and bring in some new ones. And speaking of exhibits, the Aquarium of Boise has some really cool ones already.


New, is an octopus tank that is home to a giant pacific octopus. She’s not that giant yet, as she’s still young, but the tank provides her with plenty of room, including places to play and sleep. Her name is Ewalu, and if you’ve never seen an octopus up close, this is an opportunity you don’t want to miss. They are incredible creatures. They can change the color and texture of their skin in seconds to blend in perfectly with their surroundings. They are also talented problem solvers; they can open up containers, and make some pretty impressive escapes.

There are also exhibits with sharks, ranging from big to small. They even have a shark nursery, where the eggs and young sharks are kept. You can practically experience the entire lifecycle of a shark at the aquarium. But that’s not all you can experience. They also have a really unique opportunity at the aquarium; you can feed the smaller sharks.

The aquarium even has a coral reef, with fish from the tropical Pacific Ocean. Also at the aquarium is a jellyfish exhibit, different ray exhibits, and a caiman exhibit. They have young caimans; right now, they are only about 7 inches in length. Caimans are a small species of alligators, and are really fascinating, and dangerous, little creatures.

On top of the marine life, the Aquarium of Boise also has an aviary where you can feed brightly colored birds from the palm of your hand. And, they have a reptile exhibit with chameleons and iguanas.


The planned expansion will consist of a new reptile room, where they’ll be able to bring in even more reptiles, and give them a bigger space to live. Also being planned and built is a new ray and shark exhibit. Plus, they’re adding a new education center, called the Exploratorium. This will be a multipurpose multimedia room where everyone can learn even more about the oceans and the life that lives in them.

There are good things happening at the Aquarium of Boise, and by expanding, they are creating even more for you to experience and learn. The aquarium is already impressive, and this expansion just creates even more of a good thing.

Come Enjoy the Idaho Life

The aquarium is right in Boise, meaning you won’t have to travel far to visit this marvel. And that’s pretty par for the course in Boise. It’s surrounded by plenty of activities, indoor and outdoor, to satisfy any kind of lifestyle you could want. Come, live in the city, and have all of the great outdoors of Idaho right in your own backyard.

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