Free Things To Do in Boise
- #1View all Photos#1 in Boise1.9 miles to city centerFree, Parks and Gardens, SightseeingTYPE1 to 2 hoursTIME TO SPEND1.9 miles to city centerFree, Parks and Gardens, SightseeingTYPE1 to 2 hoursTIME TO SPEND
The Boise River Greenbelt stretches 25 miles along the Boise River and offers runners, joggers, walkers and cyclists a beautiful place to get some exercise. Since it travels through the heart of downtown Boise, some commuters even use it as a route for reaching their workplaces. The tree-lined trail also winds past several of the city's most popular parks, including Kathryn Albertson Park and Julia Davis Park. What's more, the city created a scavenger hunt with a map and clues on its website that prompts visitors to explore the trail and learn more about the city's history along the way.
Travelers commonly described the area as relaxing and peaceful and enjoyed their experience walking their dogs or riding their bikes on the trail. Other travelers appreciated that the Boise Greenbelt isn't very crowded, but it still feels safe with lights illuminating the trail in most places.
- #2View all Photos#2 in Boise0.7 miles to city centerFree, Parks and GardensTYPE1 to 2 hoursTIME TO SPEND0.7 miles to city centerFree, Parks and GardensTYPE1 to 2 hoursTIME TO SPEND
The 41-acre Kathryn Albertson Park is filled with broad footpaths and peppered with gazebos, which are ideal for the main attraction here: wildlife watching. Along with various waterfowl, herons and owls, this park contains salamanders, turtles, bullfrogs, beavers and rabbits, among other wildlife. The park was named for Kathryn Albertson, a Boise native and a major donor to the city.
Recent visitors praised Kathryn Albertson Park, saying it's Boise's best and recommended travelers visit in the fall, when the park is drenched in vibrant hued foliage.
- #4View all Photos#4 in Boise0.5 miles to city centerFree, Monuments and MemorialsTYPELess than 1 hourTIME TO SPEND0.5 miles to city centerFree, Monuments and MemorialsTYPELess than 1 hourTIME TO SPEND
Occupying less than an acre of space, the Idaho Anne Frank Human Rights Memorial is a park "inspired by Anne Frank's faith in humanity," according to the City of Boise. Designed by Idaho Falls architect Kurt Karst, the educational park employs natural elements, such as water, stone and native flora, to extend a message of hope and spread information about human rights issues. A 180-foot quote wall, with words from humanitarians, and a bronze sculpture of Anne Frank as if she's pulling open the curtain from her attic hideaway, are two of the park's highlights. Visitors may be surprised to learn this is the only Anne Frank memorial in the United States. It also boasts a sapling from the Anne Frank chestnut tree in Amsterdam.
Recent visitors described the memorial as a peaceful and beautiful place for contemplation. Others say it's a moving tribute to one of the most famous Jewish victims of the Holocaust.
- #5View all PhotosfreeDowntown Boise#5 in Boise0.6 miles to city centerFree, Neighborhood/Area, Shopping, SightseeingTYPE2 hours to Half DayTIME TO SPEND0.6 miles to city centerFree, Neighborhood/Area, Shopping, SightseeingTYPE2 hours to Half DayTIME TO SPEND
Downtown Boise – or Boise's central business district – sits north of the Boise River and welcomes visitors with its local restaurants, shops and attractions. Here you'll find the Idaho State Capitol Building and the nearby Zoo Boise and Albertsons Stadium, home to the Boise State Broncos football team. Two farmers markets operate from the spring to the fall and winter, and a collection of popular events, such as Restaurant Week, fill downtown Boise's calendar.
Recent visitors highly recommend spending time in downtown Boise, also suggesting that travelers check out the district's ever-changing lineup of events on downtownboise.org to take advantage of the vibrant activities. Others highlight the high-caliber dining establishments and nightlife venues.
- #6View all PhotosfreeRidge to Rivers#6 in Boise2.2 miles to city centerFree, Hiking, RecreationTYPE2 hours to Half DayTIME TO SPEND2.2 miles to city centerFree, Hiking, RecreationTYPE2 hours to Half DayTIME TO SPEND
The Boise Foothills, always an ever-present and gorgeous backdrop to the city, offers more than an opportunity for a pretty picture. You can head out for an hour, or even a day, of adventure on the Ridge to Rivers system, an interconnected network of roads and trails running through the foothills. The190-mile trail system links neighborhoods with public lands with an almost unlimited amount of options for hikers, trail runners and mountain bikers. Landscapes run the gamut from grasslands to scrub slopes to tree-lined creeks leading to the Boise National Forest.
Both locals and visitors rave about the accessibility and the variety of trails. Reviewers were pleased with the well-marked trails and said it's easy to pick up a paper map from most stores around town. The website also details trails well-suited for families, mountain bike loops, trails for visitors with limited mobility, equestrian paths and trails for visitors with dogs.
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