Things to Do Near Boise State University

Things to Do Near Boise State University

Boise State University


A lot of people move from California to Idaho, and many of those people are students at Boise State University. So many of these students love Boise so much, they decide to stay even after they graduate. I’ve even met students who convinced their families to move here too.

What do they love so much about Boise? Maybe you’re a new student at BSU, or maybe you’re just… new! Here’s a list of must-see places near Downtown Boise and the university:

1. Cecil D. Andrus Park

This park was made to be a relaxing place for those who live and work downtown and for visitors to the State Capitol. It offers a central plaza to honor the men and women who serve our country in the military or public service.

The park is also a recycling site for your Downtown Recycling Program. Each recycling center collects aluminum cans and plastic drink bottles in separate receptacles.

The parks in Idaho are popular places for jogging, lounging, and playing in the river, considering that the weather here is nice for the majority of the year!

2. Bogus Basin

Bogus Basin is a ski resort located 16 miles northeast of Boise’s city center. Ski season generally runs from Thanksgiving weekend until the middle of April, depending on snow conditions. It is also a popular place for mountain biking during the warmer seasons.

3. Old Idaho Penitentiary Site

The Idaho Penitentiary is a historic prison made up of 30 buildings with exhibitions and daily tours of the solitary confinements, cell blocks, and the gallows.

Boise River Greenbelt

4. Boise River Greenbelt

The Greenbelt is a scenic, 25-mile riverside trail that weaves from Lucky Peak Dam to Eagle, Idaho. It connects parks and recreation areas along a tree-lined path. The majority of the Greenbelt is paved with asphalt or concrete on both sides of the river, convenient for bicyclists. The Greenbelt also serves as an alternative transportation route for commuters. It is a popular place for walking, biking, taking pictures, and picnics.

Idaho State Capitol Building

5. Idaho State Capitol Building

The capitol building is a grand, neoclassical statehouse built in 1914. It features public galleries, tours, and a gift shop. It’s vast grounds have beautiful statues.

6. Zoo Boise

Zoo Boise is beautiful and well-kept and it never feels overcrowded. They have over 200 animals and a wide array of exhibits. They also offer a kids’ farm, an African boat ride, a butterfly room, and food and drink.

7. Camel’s Back Park

Camel’s Back Park has dirt hills, ponds, and hiking trails lined with trees. It is a great place for joggers and dog-walkers. The 11-acre park also has tennis courts, a playground for kids, and an outdoor gym.

8. Botanical Gardens

The Botanical Gardens are a 33-acre, year-round living museum of exotic and unique gardens. They offer tours, workshops, and dancing. The gardens are the most popular during the winter where visitors can experience a vast array of extravagant Christmas lights.

Julia Davis Park

9. Julia Davis Park

Julia Davis Park is located in Downtown Boise near the Boise River with the Greenbelt running through it. It encompasses museums such as the Boise Art Museum, the Idaho Historical Museum, and the Idaho Black History Museum, as well as other attractions like Zoo Boise, a pond with paddle boat rentals, and a pedestrian bridge that connects the park with Boise State University.

Boise Art Museum

10. Boise Art Museum

The Boise Art Museum is one of the cultural attractions in Julia Davis Park. It features local artwork and traveling exhibitions. It functions as the center for fine arts in the Treasure Valley.

The Idaho Black History Museum is a cultural exhibit in a historic church located in Julia Davis Park. It features exhibits, performances, and educational programs showcasing the history of African-Americans.

12. Lucky Peak State Park

The park is a public recreation area around Lucky Peak Dam for picnicking, fishing, boating, and swimming. Sandy Point rests at the base of the dam, a beach with calm waters for wading and swimming.

13. Discovery Center of Idaho

The Discovery Center is an interactive science museum that’s kid-friendly. Its exhibits explain complex ideas in a fun way for the whole family. They even have adult nights.

14. Kathryn Albertson Park

Kathryn Albertson Park is a 41-acre park with wildlife, ponds, footpaths, and gazebos. It’s a super popular area in Downtown Boise for picture taking.

Freak Alley Gallery in Boise

15. Freak Alley Gallery

Freak Alley is located in Downtown Boise. It’s a a free, open-air showcase of painted murals on the sides of buildings. This unique outdoor gallery displays a diverse, ever-changing collection of artwork. It’s the largest outdoor gallery in the Northwest. It began with a painting of a single alley doorway and now extends from the alley itself to the gravel parking lot.

16. Aquarium of Boise

This aquarium features exotic fish, sharks, and an array of sea creatures. It also has kid-friendly touch pools and hands-on animal exhibits. It has a total of 38 exhibits where children and adults can touch, feed, and learn about all the animals.

17. Table Rock

Table Rock is a short, walkable hike in the Boise Foothills. The top features a breathtaking, panoramic view of the Boise City. It has multiple caves and ledges and overlooks along the way. A 60-foot illuminated cross rests at the top, visible for miles around.
Boise Train Depot

18. Boise Train Depot

The Boise Train Depot is just up the street from Boise State University. It is a historic landmark that overlooks downtown. It is a beautiful venue used for weddings, receptions, and other events. It offers public tours and has beautiful grounds.

Idaho, especially Boise, offers so many opportunities for learning, relaxing, and creating new experiences. Its no wonder people visit here and decide to stay! Contact us at Accel Realty Partners if you’re looking to move to Idaho. You won’t be disappointed.

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