Boise has a wealth of things to enjoy for residents and visitors alike. Whether you love to see animals or you want to learn more about military history, there’s something in the area that’s perfect for you. Here are ten fun and interesting places to spend some time in the Boise area.
The Boise Art Museum
The Boise Art Museum is the best place in the state to check out some of the best artwork in the world. They have a permanent art collection, as well as new exhibits that pass through the museum regularly. They also offer community events, including Art in the Park.
Basque Museum and Cultural Center
The center offers an in depth look at the history of the Basques in the United States, as well as the old world. The center features a library and archives, as well as exhibits and a 19th century home. It’s an interesting look at a unique culture.
Idaho Botanical Garden
The botanical garden offers beautifully kept gardens that feature a variety of different types of plants, including a wealth of flowers. One of the most interesting features of the garden is the Lewis & Clark Native Plant Garden, which showcases plants mentioned during the famous explorers’ trip across the country. You will also note that the garden offers some wonderful views of the surrounding area.
Idaho Black History Museum
This museum, which is celebrating its 20th year in 2015, offers a number of exhibits and a variety of information that delves in to the legacy of African Americans in the Idaho area, as well as other parts of the country and around the world. It is a fantastic educational experience.
Idaho Historical Museum
How much do you know about the history of Idaho? When you visit the Idaho Historical Museum, you are sure to learn plenty of new facts. Look at the history of the state and the culture as it has evolved over the years. They even have a giant fake baked potato that makes for a one of a kind photo opportunity.
Idaho Military History Museum
The military has a long history in Idaho. The museum tracks the military history from the 1860s to today. Find exhibits on all branches of the military, check out various firearms, aircraft, flags, and other military gear. They also have a list of all of the residents of the state who have received the Medal of Honor.
Idaho Museum of Mining and Geology
Mining has played an important role in the history of Idaho. This museum provides visitors with an in depth look at mining over the years, and includes photos and artifacts to give you a better idea of what life was like for miners. They also have a collection of gems and other specimens.
Old Idaho Penitentiary State Historic Site
The Old Idaho Penitentiary was an active prison from 1870 to 1973. Now, you can take a tour of the prison and check out a number of exhibits that detail the history of the location and the people who passed through its doors.
World Center for Birds of Prey
Have you ever wanted to learn more about falcons, owls, eagles, and other birds of prey? This location offers some fantastic exhibits that will help you learn more about these gorgeous birds, falconry, and much more.
If you and the family love animals, then you will certainly want to spend some time at Zoo Boise. They have more than 300 animals including lions and giraffes. It’s a fun place to visit no matter your age, so make sure you bring your camera along with you.