Named one of the best places to live by the U.S. News & World Report in 2016, Boise is a “recreationalist’s paradise.” From the abundance of local restaurants downtown to the natural beauty of the outdoors mere minutes from the city center, Idaho’s capital is quickly becoming the place to be for families and millennials alike.
Looking for something fun to do in Boise? Here are a few local favorites for the summer season.
Boise River Greenbelt
The beautiful Boise River Greenbelt stretches 25 miles along the Boise River from the city of Eagle to Lucky Peak State Park. Built in the late 1960s, the Greenbelt has become a scenic landmark pathway for commuters, local Treasure Valley citizens, and visitors from around the world. Bike along the tree-lined path or take a leisurely walk and use bridges to cross the fast-flowing river.
The City of Boise has maintained the Greenbelt for almost 50 years and are proud to offer unlimited access to the Boise River. Enjoy a ten-mile long Bicycle Scavenger Hunt along the river with clues from Boise Parks & Recreation. From the Julia Davis Statue to Baybrook Court Bridge, discover the rich history of Boise while experiencing its serene natural beauty.
Capital City Public Market
Located in the Heart of Downtown Boise every Saturday from April 14 – December 15, the Capital City Public Market is the original Boise farmers market. For over 20 years, the Capital City Public Market has been the meeting place between local farmers, artisans, craftsman, and the community.
Popular vendors include Spring Valley Flower, Bucksnort Sodas, Lauren’s Natural Living, A Touch of Dutch, and Leialohas Lemonade.
One of the best downtown Boise restaurants, Chandlers is the center of Idaho fine dining and local cuisine. Their executive chefs specialize in prime corn-fed steaks and Kobe-Style beef. Fresh seafood is flown in every day from Hawaii, featuring Idaho-sourced ingredients in award-winning dishes.
Aside from their popular food menu, Chandlers hosts live music Boise musicians every night of the week. Local jazz entertainers hand-selected by musical director Chuck Smith start after 5PM, complementing Boise’s famous Alive After Five summer entertainment.
Experience some of Boise’s most beautiful architecture by touring the Boise Depot. A historic Spanish-style building built in 1925 by New York architects, the Boise Depot has a beautiful view of Downtown Boise and the foothills. The grounds include the Platt Gardens and historical railroad tracks.
From the original 1925 Barkalow Brothers Newsstand to the elaborate Spanish arches, learn more about Boise’s unique history at the Boise Depot.
Other noted Boise architectural landmarks include the Boise Capitol, the Hoff Building, the Assay Office, and the Basque Block.
Idaho Botanical Garden
The Idaho Botanical Garden is located next to the Penitentiary Historical District in the heart of Boise’s foothills. Originally a tree nursery and neighboring grounds to the original Idaho State Penitentiary, this garden is a living museum of Idaho history.
The botanical collections and enriched garden are designed to reflect native and global plants. During the summer, live entertainment and community events take place on the center field. Educational programs throughout the year host locals, schools, and out-of-town visitors who want to experience and learn more about Boise’s stunning natural beauty.
Chandlers is a Boise steakhouse restaurant. It offers guests world-class service, the most delicious steaks and seafood Boise has to offer, and ambiance second-to-none. The extensive menu at Chandlers features seafood flown fresh to Boise on a daily basis and handpicked locally sourced ingredients.
Make a reservation at chandlersboise.com