Winter activities in the Treasure Valley

Bogus Basin is fun for friends and family, located 43 minutes NE of Boise, Idaho it is close to home. They have seven chairlifts and a magic carpet on the bunny hill for those who are learning old and young. They have a rental place for skis, shoes, and seasonal lease packages, as well as season entrance packages. They are open seven days a week, for about 13 hours so you can have an all-day pass or an evening pass. They also have trails that you may consider for snowshoeing, as well as they also have places to tube and sled.

If you can’t drive out to Bogus Basin, you might consider heading to Eagle Island State Park, this is close to home, and you may make it a quick day trip. With a pass for $15 per person you can gain entrance with tubes included, as well as you can rent separately skis, and snowboards. They have a magic carpet, a hot fireplace, and free wifi in the west day use area. They open from 10 am to 8 pm, they have two new tubing lanes, and they also have a great have a magic carpet ride to the top of the tubing hill.

Snow is wonderful to play in but if you prefer something a little more relaxing, try The Springs, in Idaho City, located in the Boise National Forest. With the beautiful scenery and the mountains, and the natural hot springs it is wonderful. This a smoke-free property and rates are pretty cheap for all day $11 for children and $16 for adults. They have complimentary herbal tea and mineral water, as well as spa amenities, such as shampoo, conditioner, and sunscreen. They also provide private lockers, hot showers, and nice plush towels. You can also pre-book private hot tubs per hour, messages, and an option for overnight stays at a nearby inn.

Idaho Ice World is a great cold, fun, indoor ice skating rink, this is located right in Boise. They have 2 national hockey league regulated Ice rinks so it's about 85 feet by 200 feet. They also have a fun arcade area full of games, a food court, and a shop to purchase hockey and figure skating items. They have lots of specials, on, in particular, is on Fridays, if you bring in some canned food you get a free skate rental and all donations go to the Idaho food bank. They have classes for hockey, figure skating, learn how to skate, curling, Tae Kwan Do. This place can also hold birthday parties here and rates are based on a per person rate, or banquets are based per hour. They both have public skate group rates for groups that range from 100+ people.

Ice skating is fun, and if you want to do it outdoors in the Christmas lights, go to the village in Meridian. This also has a very nice set of specialty retail, fine dining, and cafes. A movie theatre with beautiful European architecture, with special features such as a D'Box that uses movement in the seats. They also have seats you can pick out, special areas for 21+ where you can order food and drinks and special deals on Tuesdays. Every hour in front of the movie theatre, they have a beautiful fountain that does a light/ water fountain show along with a song(varies around the year).

A great place to hold birthday parties and group gatherings is the Jump time, located in Boise, Meridian, and another one being built in Nampa. One of the weekly specials is the evening group special from 6 pm to 8 pm for groups of 20 or more, this is a great night to have fun with friends or family. Another fun night to go to is Friday Frenzy is from 5 pm to close(that's 4 hours) plus a water bottle and two slices of pizza for $21. This Trampoline park has trampolines, foam pits, slam dunk basketball, arcade area, and in some locations you have inflatables. They have weekly specials for family and friends, as well small snacks included. The days and the hours vary, as well as you need a liability waiver for faster check-in to fill out before you go.

Another place for indoor fun during the winter is the Aquarium of Boise. This is a small aquarium with 250 species. They have species from parinas, crabs, stingray, sharks, chameleons, iguanas, parrots, starfish, and other species. They have a pool where you can pet and feed stingrays and sharks, as well as places where you can feed birds. And some caretakers will take out the reptiles where you can pet and hold them. They have tours so you can learn cool things about different species from around the world and there are little signs that teach you about the fish.

Another great place to check out different things from around the world is the Warhawk Museum in Nampa, Idaho. This is an amazing place to go to check out planes, some of which date back to WWII. They are open six days a week, and have a permanent collection of planes and have some that are “visiting”. They have planes such as the P-51C Mustang, P-40N Warhawk, TBM Avenger, T-28A Trojan, and many other amazing air crafts. General admission is $12, you get a discount if you are a senior, military or for children. They also have museum tours you can set up for a group of friends or family and educational groups. Also if you become a member you save on admission prices, help support the Warhawk museum and you get the opportunity to fly in some WWII planes on display!

There are many places to go in the Treasure Valley, these are some of the best that are available to you. Most of these places are open 6-7 days a week, year-round for different events or for the same events written. There are plenty of things to do this winter, whether you want an indoor activity or an outdoor activity with friends or family.

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