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Best Spring Activities in Boise

by | Mar 13, 2024 | Discover Boise

Welcome to Boise and Beyond’s blog series focusing on living like a local in Idaho.  If you are one of the many who have recently relocated to Boise and the Treasure Valley here are some of the best ways to fit in and acclimate to your new home.

Discovering Boise’s Spring Scene

Spring is the season that Boise comes alive!  After months of colder weather and shorter days, locals are eager to get out and enjoy the outdoors.  With so many great activities and warmer, longer days there are endless things to do in Spring.   Here are my top 5 recommendations for the best Spring activities in Boise:

1. Edwards Greenhouse

organic nursery in BoiseSpring is a great time to experience Edwards Greenhouse.  Not only do the historic, geothermal water-heated greenhouses keep you warm on those cooler Spring days, but they are a feast for the eyes.  Not to mention a great way to find inspiration for all your gardening and landscaping.  You can find incredible, one-of-a-kind roses this time of year to order and find some Spring flowers for those flowerpots around your yard.  They are known for their classes, such as their upcoming orchid class or bulb class and of course there is yoga classes in the gazebo.  It’s a great place to enjoy an afternoon, soak in the warmth, and get inspired.

2. Bird Watching

Birds of Prey in Kuna, IdahoBird Watching at the World Center for Birds of Prey – Spring is a fantastic season for bird enthusiasts to visit the World Center for Birds of Prey. This unique experience offers a closer look at conservation efforts and the chance to see majestic birds in action. It’s an educational and engaging outing for all ages.  Another great area is to head over the the Boise Greenbelt and take a stroll down the Idaho Birding Path  It’s a serene strip of trail open to foot traffic only and is dotted with plaques of birds typically found in the area.  It’s a great place to catch a glimpse into some of Boise’s tallest trees and the feathered friends that seek refuge in them.

3. Soak in Idaho’s Hot Springs

Idaho is covered with hot springs waiting to be discovered and enjoyed. You can pick up a guidebook or visit a website to find many springs you can hike to during the day or twilight hours. Some are privately maintained and family-friendly just outside Boise. Here are two of my personal favorites:

  1. The Springs in Idaho City, are located just 45 minutes northeast of Boise near the historic mining town of Idaho City. Here, you can enjoy a spa-like experience with a soak in their natural hot spring pool while listening to local musicians or indulging in local cuisine. You can also rent a private pool or get a massage. Kids are welcome on Saturdays and Sundays, but reservations are required.
  2. Gold Fork Hot Springs, north of Boise on the route heading towards McCall, is situated in the town of Donnelly in the foothills of the North Fork Range. They offer multiple pools at different depths and temperatures, making it an excellent soak for the whole family, from young to old. Please note they are closed on holidays and Tuesdays, and cash is the only accepted payment method. It’s advisable to call ahead to ensure they are open and have ample space.

4. Bike the Boise Greenbelt

Biking Along the Boise River Greenbelt – The Greenbelt offers a scenic escape with its 25-mile path following the Boise River. Ideal for a leisurely bike ride or a refreshing walk, this trail is a prime spot for nature lovers to spot wildlife and enjoy the great outdoors.  Check out Pedego electric bikes if you want a great rental experience or join the Boise bike tours for a guided tour around Boise and the Greenbelt.

5. Downtown Boise/First Thursday

If you haven’t yet, this Spring come check out First Thursday, an iconic event that captures the heart and soul of our vibrant community in Downtown Boise.. As the city awakens with the freshness of spring, First Thursday in March, April, and May presents an unparalleled opportunity to immerse yourself in the best of Boise’s arts, culture, and culinary delights.

This monthly celebration takes place in Boise’s bustling downtown area, where locals and newcomers alike gather to explore an eclectic mix of galleries, shops, restaurants, and live music venues. Each First Thursday event is a unique experience, offering something new and exciting to discover.

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Enjoy your Spring in beatiful Boise, Idaho.  And there are so many other great places to explore in Boise and the surrounding Treasure Valley.  Looking to discover more about Boise Metro Area?  Follow this blog or set up your personal consultation with Jennifer Louis, Boise Metro Real Estate Expert, and local relocation guide.  (208) 509-9122 or


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Jennifer Louis

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Jennifer Louis, Boise Area Real Estate Expert is a relocation specialist for Boise and the Treasure Valley. Helping hundreds succeed in finding their perfect home while simultaneously assisting homeowners to prepare and sell their homes.

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