KidTripster Teen: 7 things to do in Idaho’s capital city
In any season, visiting Idaho’s capital city is a treat! I lived in Boise for my first year of college, and there were so many aspects that I loved about this city. It's packed with places to go and things to see. Stay for a day or an extended visit to explore my 7 favorite things in Boise.
Photo courtesy: Downtown Boise Association
1/Hike to Table Rock
I enjoy walking around the streets of Boise, but I have always loved seeing it from above. Instead of looking out of an airplane window, I go up to one of Boise’s popular spots, Table Rock. I love this hike, because it’s 2-1/2 miles of amazing views all along the way. But if you want to make it to this destination quickly, then driving is your go-to. While you’re at the top of Table Rock, don’t forget to snap some photos, though pictures don’t do this viewpoint justice!
2/Ride the Boise River Greenbelt
Whenever I need a nice walk, run, or bike ride, I hop on the Boise River Greenbelt, which is a 25-mile trail that travels along both sides of the Boise River. With gorgeous trees lining the path, I find that the trail to be relaxing, energizing, and simply beautiful. I believe that the Greenbelt is the best way to see some of Boise’s natural beauty.
Photo courtesy: The Riverside Hotel
3/Eat at local farmers market
I have always enjoyed being in the heart of a city, and Boise is no different. Everywhere you look, there are amazing little shops, restaurants, and treasures to explore. One aspect that I love about downtown Boise is that it’s constantly expanding. I feel like there'll always be something new when I visit, and that makes downtown so exciting. Not to mention, I love the atmosphere that it gives off - welcoming, alive, and friendly.
KidTripster Tip: Visit on a Saturday to go to the Boise Farmers Market or the Capital City Public Market to complete your experience in downtown Boise. You will surely come home with handmade souvenirs, great photos or a stomach full of yummy treats.
Photo courtesy: Boise State University
4/Sip at District Coffee House
One of my first goals when I moved to Boise was to search for the best coffee shop. After living in Idaho for only four days, I found my place. The District Coffee House is my number one pick. One of my favorite things about the District is that it’s a non-profit that supports needy children in India. Also, when you open the door, the strong aroma of coffee hits your nose; I love it. From the large windows that overlook the streets to the furniture to the drinks and pastries, the District is a perfect spot to relax.
Photo courtesy: District Coffee House
5/Visit the State Capitol
When I visited Boise for the first time, I remember staring out my car window at a grand building downtown: Idaho’s State Capitol. Everything about the building was beautiful, especially the front staircase leading to the towering pillars. While my friends, mom, and I waited for a table at a nearby restaurant, I begged them to see it up close. We spent the next 20 minutes on the lawn of the State Capitol. There are guided and self-guided tours to view the inside of the building, but even when you admire it from the outside, it’s marvelous!
Photo courtesy: Visit Idaho
6/Eat ice cream in Hyde Park
Hyde Park is a charming neighborhood, perfect for shopping and dining. This area is a little older, but it’s a must-see; it’s such a friendly and inviting environment for everyone. Hyde Park is beautiful in all seasons, but I especially love seeing the neighborhood during the fall with the crisp air, the trees changing color, and a cup of coffee in hand.
Photo courtesy: Goody’s Soda Fountain & Candy Store
7/Soar with an eagle at Zoo Boise
The Zoo Boise is very close to the Greenbelt, as well as the campus of Boise State University, and a fantastic place to visit all of your favorite animals. It’s more compact in comparison to other zoos, but I really enjoy how all the exhibits are close to one another. You’ll find a great variety of animals.
KidTripster Tip: Every Thursday is Discount Day at the zoo.
Photo courtesy: Zoo Boise
Mai Anh Boaz is a college sophomore from Portland, Oregon. Her passions include her faith, being with others, and searching for the best almond milk mocha.