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Boise is Idaho’s largest city, so it’s no wonder that this town is a busy destination filled with things to see and do all year long.
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If cultural attractions are on the top of your itinerary, you’ll love being able to easily see Opera Idaho, Ballet Idaho and numerous theater productions, as well as exhibits at the Boise Art Museum. You can even learn more about the local Basque communities at the Basque Museum & Cultural Center. From there, schedule a trip to visit the Idaho Historical Museum or the State Capitol Building.
Kids will love spending time at the Discovery Center, and the Aquarium of Boise and Zoo Boise will always grab their attention. You can attend Boise State Broncos games or watch the Idaho Steelheads take the ice at Boise’s Qwest Arena. You can even see the Boise Hawks minor league baseball team when the weather turns warmer.
Outdoors enthusiasts can challenge themselves on the ski slopes just a short drive from downtown at Bogus Basin Mountain Recreation Area or on the greens at the Warm Springs Golf Course. You can also challenge yourself to hikes through the area’s numerous parks.
Boise is also becoming known for its foodie, brewery and spirits scene. From the Bardenay Restaurant and Distillery in downtown which features handcrafted cocktails and artisan liquors to the Idaho Bourbon Distillers and 8 Feathers Distiller, a small batch distillery, you can find spirits to impress. Boise also sports the largest grouping of independent brewers in the state. Payette Brewing, Sockeye Brewing, Woodland Empire Ale Craft, Highlands Hollow, and Boise Brewing should all be on your craft beer tour.
And if you are in town in March, the Gene Harris Jazz Festival is a “must.” Jazz greats come from around the globe to play, and visitors can not only listen to great performances, but they can also attend workshops and watch student competitions.