Are you looking for ways to beat the summer heat? Check out some of these fun local activities:
Boise Whitewater Park and Quinn's Pond
This fun park has been in the works since 2012. Nestled along the Boise River near the Riverside hotel and 34th street at 3400 W. Pleasanton Avenue, 83702, park goers can enjoy river surfing through technology that is adjusted to fit the river's flow rate, and other water-based activities within the 22-acre park. River surfing is a new style and culture being embraced by surfers from around the world - these continuous waves are adjusted to fit the Boise River's flow rate. Other activities include:
- Stand Up Paddle boards (SUPS)
- Fitness classes on the water (including yoga)
Kayaks, surf boards and SUPS can be rented at Idaho River Sports that is conveniently located on premises.
White Water Rafting
The modern sport of white water rafting as we know it originated from the ancient traditions of the Nez Perce and other tribes of Oregon and Idaho. From those origins it has become a popular outdoor activity with organized tours provided by professional outfitters, and access to the great rivers of Idaho the "Whitewater State" are available to any intrepid adventurers. The first commercial whitewater trip was in June, 1940 on Idaho's Salmon River.
Consider Bear Valley Rafting (located only 45 minutes from Boise in Banks, Idaho) for a half-day excursion. Take in the breathtaking scenery at the confluence of the North Fork and the South Fork of the Payette River, and experience the adrenaline rush of navigating the river. They offer white water rafting trips to accommodate everyone from the total novice to the seasoned veteran. Don't miss out on experiencing this classic Idaho mountain adventure: http://bearvalleyrafting.com
Riverside Hotel Staycation Package
According to Boise author A.K. Turner, "If you have kids (and maybe even if you don’t), the best staycation opportunity in Boise is The Riverside Hotel." Conveniently located close to downtown, the Boise River, and Quinn's Pond, you can't go wrong with choosing this hotel for a staycation. Their outdoor pool is conveniently located right next to their outdoor Sandbar, so the adults can hang out and catch up and listen to live music while still keeping an eye on swimming children. Call the hotel directly to take advantage of their staycation package which includes a $50 food and beverage credit, complimentary breakfast buffet, and a fun package for the kids upon check-in!
Explore Lucky Peak Reservoir
Sandy Point Beach is only a 15-minute drive from downtown Boise. In the middle of the summer, it's a great place to play and cool off; kids will love the big fountain. Visit https://parksandrecreation.idaho.gov/parks/lucky-peak for more information.
Museums and Culture
- The Boise Art Museum brings in new exhibits regularly. Admission for nonmembers is $6 for adult; $3 for school-age children; $4 for seniors, military personnel and full-time students; and free for children 6 and younger.
- There are several galleries across town. Two you definitely want to check out are Gallery Five18, 518 S. Americana Blvd. — which features fine art and photography — and Ming Studios, 420 S. 6th St., which focuses on installations, shows and performances by local and international artists.
- If you want to explore the cultural history of Idaho, swing by the Basque Museum & Cultural Center, 611 W. Grove St. in Boise. People from the Basque country, located in the Pyrenees mountains between France and Spain, emigrated to Boise decades ago for new opportunities. They herded sheep, built boarding houses and became an important part of Treasure Valley history. Explore the museum on your own or request a tour. Admission for nonmembers is $6 for adults, $4 for seniors and students, $3 for children 6 to 12 years old and free for children 5 and younger.
- Go to the Capitol building in downtown Boise at 700 W. Jefferson St. Do a self-guided tour, or schedule a guided tour (reserve at least two weeks in advance) by calling 332-1012. The tours are between 10 a.m. and 1 p.m. Monday through Friday.
There are so many fun things to do in Boise that will help you beat the heat! If you have any questions, or would like more information about our area and learn about more fun things to do around town, please reach out to us and one of our friendly agents will be happy to assist you in any capacity.