Looking for ways to cool down this summer? Like many places in the mid-west, Boise can get pretty hot during the summer months. Happily, there are good ways to escape the heat and still have a better time than you would sitting at home in front of the air conditioner.
Cool Your Heels in a Park
Parks within easy reach of Boise where you can get wet include Lucky Peak State Park, which offers cool swimming near the dam. Eagle Island State Park offers swimming and a waterslide. Barber Park, on the Boise River, is famous for river-rafting and is another great place to cool off. Many heel-dipping locations are handicap accessible and available for all.
Put On Your Mittens……and go ice skating! Right in the city is Idaho Ice World: glide over the ice on one of the giant rinks, join a hockey league or take skating lessons. You can even rent a rink and throw a refreshing birthday party on ice. Wednesday nights are a bargain, with admission plus skate rental for only $5 from 6:30 pm to 8:30 pm.
Get Soaking Wet
If you own Meridian property, you probably already know about Roaring Springs Water Park. It's a 10 mile drive for those starting from downtown Boise. There are numerous thrill rides that will have you blasting through the air and water, but there's also the Endless River where you can drift leisurely in an inflatable donut and a wave pool for frisking in the whitecaps. Slide back and forth on a frosty Avalanche while wearing a bathing suit!
Close to Home
Those who are looking at Boise homes for sale will be happy to know that right in Boise is The Natatorium Pool and Hydrotube, located right on a city bus route. Open every day in the summer, the Natatorium offers coolness in its swimming pool and wading pool and features diving boards and a concession stand. There is even sunning space for those who actually embrace the heat.
For a small extra fee, you can experience the Hydrotube, a long thrilling slide that drops you into the splashdown pool. Season passes are available.
Other Cool Ideas
- Hit Zoo Boise in Julia Davis Park between 10:15 and 11 am. For $3, buy a cool handful of lettuce that you will be allowed to feed the giraffe. If you've never experienced the amazing prehensile tongue of a giraffe, now's your chance! Then hop into a boat across the lagoon to the African Plains exhibit on the Conservation Cruise. You won't be in the water but at least you'll be on it.
- Boise Stadium 22 and Imax is air-conditioned for movies.
- The Knock 'Em Dead Dinner Theater now has free parking and a climate-controlled space.
Whether you are someone interested in Idaho real estate or simply passing through, you're bound to find something refreshing to do this summer in Boise!Kevin Hughes