Cool Places to Visit in Boise, Idaho

The Creperie Place- In a shop across from Edward 21, on overland is The Creperie Place. This shop is a wonderful little place to get crepes, drinks, movie passes, free Wi-Fi and just enjoy a nice night out. They are open from 10 am to 8 pm Sunday through Thursday and 10 am to 10 pm Friday and Saturday. They sell sweet crepes, savory fillings such as chicken, beef, fish, pork, various other fillings for breakfast, and several vegan and gluten free options. Crepes range from $4 to $12 depending on your fillings, but we don't suggest you stop there. Creperie Place also sells lots of drinks and ice cream for desert.

Pedal boats in Julia Davis Park- This Attraction is open from April to October, from 11 am -5:30 pm and until 6:30 pm during the months of June, July and August. They have three person pontoon style paddle boats and two person pedal boats that are shaped like swans and pelicans. The cost is $8 per boat for a half hour or $12 for an hour. Rentals are first come first served so it may be best to reserve them. You can call and pre-book your boat by calling (208) 412-2278. They also offer bikes to customers for rent as well which is a great way to enjoy the park loop and the shade of the beautiful trees and shrubbery as well as the companionship of some local ducks and geese.

Guru Donuts- This wonderful donut shop in downtown Boise is located on W Main street. All of their many kinds of donuts are made from scratch by hand, they have yeast raised donuts, vegan yeast raised donuts, old fashioned donuts, chocolate donuts and limited edition donuts. Donuts range from $1.50 to $3.00. They also serve brewed coffee and espresso as well as other drinks such as Italian cream soda, soda, and tea. They have been featured on the Travel channel as one of the Best donut shops in the US. Also they have a daily donut happy hour from 3-4pm buy one donut get one free. They are open from 7 am -4 pm Monday through Friday and Saturday and Sunday they open an hour later.

Float the Boise River- Floaters on the Boise River start in Barber Park and end in Ann Morrison Park that constitutes about a 6-mile stretch of the river and it takes two to three hours depending on the current. You can always bring your own floatation device or you can rent a tube for one for $12 or a tube for six for $55 apiece, from the rental stand at Barber Park. They also have a shuttle that runs from 1-8pm and departs every 20 minutes from 12-9pm on Saturdays to take people back to Barber Park. The shuttle costs $3 a person. When the river is open to float is dependent upon river levels, factors such as lack of water or fast currents may cause the river to open up later in the year or close earlier. While on the water it is important to know the rules. For instance, life jackets are required for anyone 14 or younger, alcohol is prohibited as are pets unless they are on a leash. Ada county suggests also don't take anyone under 50 pounds on the river as the current can be dangerous at places. They also encourage you to use the buddy system and if you fall into the river to point your feet downstream and use your arms to carry you to shore.

Boise Farmers Market- Located at 8th and Grove in Boise Idaho, and open from 9 am to 1 pm on Saturdays from April to October is the great farmer's market. This is a great place to spend the day with friends and or family. They offer competitive prices, opportunities to learn where our food comes from and the chance to support local vendors and local farmers. They have special events year round such as the Harvest Moon Dinner in September where they feature wines and foods grown and made in Idaho. They also have local musicians play as well as classes for children and adults. They also support SNAP/EBT programs by donating a for a one to one match up to $10 per transaction, called double up food (only can be used on fresh fruit and vegetables).

Freak Alley- This is a free fun place to go and is always changing. Freak Alley is a local street art gallery between 8th and 9th street in downtown Boise. This is a venue for public art in the form of graffiti, and murals, it is the largest outdoor gallery in the Northwest and has a Boise institution since 2002. Boise is the second ranked of the mid-sized American cities with thriving artistic communities.

Paranormal investigation at the Old Idaho Penitentiary- There are many stories that surround the Old Idaho Penitentiary which have made it a gathering place for paranormal enthusiasts of all kinds. On select dates throughout the summer, you can join a paranormal tour to learn more about the penitentiary's supposed haunted nature. These dates are always changing though so make sure to check out their website. On these days though the penitentiary staff have the international paranormal reporting group come to connect with the inmates and guards of the past. Entrance to the penitentiary costs $35 per person and it is limited to people 18 years old and up. This is a great time to bring friends, and family as well. Be sure to bring your own cameras so you can catch the moment(s).

World center for Birds Prey- The World Center for Birds of Prey is an amazing place to visit and learn about birds. They have live raptor presentations, a room where you can touch eggs and feathers and places where you can hike through a restored habitat area. General admission is $7 a person with discounts, for large groups, children, and seniors. Their hours are 10 am to 5 pm March through October, and 10 am to 4 pm from November to February. Open 6 days a week from Tuesday to Sunday, the center is only closed on Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Year's. At the center they also special educational tours for schools or groups of 15 or more to learn about biology and ecology of birds.

Morrison-Knudsen Nature Center- Morrison-Knudsen Nature Center is a 4.6 acre a long stretch of the Boise greenbelt. It is a fun place to learn about the natural plants and animals of the area. One of their coolest exhibits is a stream walk where you can see they have dug down into the earth and put up some glass so you can see into the river to view native fish in their habitat. There is also a visitors center that showcases Idaho's landscapes and abundant wildlife. It is important to note that dogs are not allowed at this center do to the bird and butterfly gardens. The park also offers some great recreation paths with bridges that take you over the water features. This park free for all ages, and is a great way to spend some time outdoors. It is open yearlong from sunrise to sunset.

The melting pot- The Melting Pot is a fondue restaurant located in downtown Boise on 6th street. They have bite-sized snacks of all kinds for dipping in the fondue, different kinds of chocolates, and dozens of cheeses. One of the most popular things to order at the Melting Pot would be the 4-course experience with cheese, salad, an entree and chocolate dessert. They serve gluten free dishes and options for other dietary restrictions as well. They offer some great promotional offers including the Thursday night "Fondue for Two" (a $22 wine and cheese fondue course for two). Check out their website to book a table today!