The Treasure Valley area is one of the fastest growing places in the United States. What used to be mainly farmland is now turning into a field of suburbs and beautiful neighborhoods. Families are moving in, and more businesses are growing and being established. Although still small, the Boise area has a lot to offer. Especially for those who are interested in outdoor activities. If you are in the process of leasing a home in the Boise area, then here are some fun things you can consider doing in the area when you move in.
Hiking Table Rock
Right along the foothills there is a beautiful hiking trail that takes you up to Table Rock. This view allows you to see the entire city of Boise. If you are someone who likes taking hikes and enjoying the beauty of nature, then Table Rock will be a great place to explore. The trails are also perfect for dogs so if you have a furry friend you want to bring with you, they can be a great companionship for your hike. Make sure you bring water because staying hydrated when going on a long hike is super important.
Attending Public Pools and Parks
The Treasure Valley has a decent amount of recreational parks and public pools that are either free or are relatively cheap to enter. Settler’s park in Meridian is a perfect place to bring your family. During the summer months of June through August, Settler’s park hosts a free movie night every Friday that is family friendly. The park is open from 6am-10pm. It includes a mini water park where kids can play around and have fun. Additionally, there are a few swimming pools within the area. Storey park in Meridian and Ivywild in Boise. Both offer prices between $2 and $4.
Even More Fun In The Water
If swimming pools are something you are not interested in, there are many natural and man made bodies of water that are perfect for the summer and a place where kids can also enjoy. Eagle Island State park contains a man made body of water and a water slide that you can use for an additional fee. They only charge a $5 parking fee to enter the park.
Quinn’s pond in Garden City is another man made park that is free to enjoy. Simply bring your paddle board and some sunscreen and spend a nice day at the park. The Boise river is also a great place to visit if you are interested in floating down the river. It’s about an 11 mile float which begins at Barber park. The speed of the current in the Boise river tends to be quick so make sure you are properly prepared and have a life vest on.
If water isn’t quite your thing, or you want even more activities to do, then look no further than the Boise zoo. The Boise zoo is located right outside of Julia Davis park. The zoo is home to many animals and it is a perfect place to take your family out. The zoo even has a discounted entrance fee on Thursdays.
If you are interested in race cars, the Meridian speedway is there to offer a family pass for $36. There are also various movie theaters in the area should you be in the mood to see a movie. The Village in Meridian has their own cinema that sits right across the water fountain. The city of Eagle contains a luxury cinema that has reclining chairs. If cinemas’ aren’t your thing, the Morrison center in downtown Boise has amazing shows such as the Nutcracker. If you are going to be in town during late August, the Western Idaho fair is notorious for hosting free country concerts. You simply pay the fair entrance fee and are free to enter any concert they have going on. Make sure to step in line early enough because the spots are a first come first serve basis. In previous years, the fair has hosted artists such as John Pardi and Morgan Wallen. You can find more information on what line ups will be for this year once it gets closer to the fair season.
Head To the Mountains For Some Recreational Fun In the Snow
Ski or Snowboard? How about both! Bogus Basin is about a 30 minute drive up the mountains from downtown Boise. It is a great place to practice your ski and snowboard skills. If neither of those are something you are interested in, the mountain also has tubing that is a great bonding experience for friends and family. Tamarack and Brundage are a couple hours of a drive but they too offer a beautiful mountain perfect for enhancing your winter sports skills.