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Discover Summer Fun in Boise: A Newcomer’s Guide

Discover Summer Fun in Boise: A Newcomer’s Guide

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 in the Summer

Welcome to Boise, the vibrant heart of Idaho! If you’re new to the area or considering a move here, you’re in for a treat with our abundant summer activities. Whether you’re an outdoor enthusiast, a family looking for kid-friendly options, or someone who enjoys cultural events, Boise has something special for you. Here’s a fun and informative guide to discover Summer fun in Boise.

Outdoor Activities

Floating The Boise River

Floating the Boise River
One of the quintessential Boise summer activities is floating down the Boise River. Grab a raft or tube from Boise River Raft & Tube (boiseriverraftandtube.com) and enjoy a leisurely float under the sun, a perfect way to cool off and relax.

Hiking at Camel’s Back Park
Explore the trails of Camel’s Back Park (parks.cityofboise.org). Whether you’re up for a short hike or a challenging climb up the park’s iconic hill, the views of Boise from the top are worth the effort.

 

 

 

Kids’ Corner

Discovery Center science museum in BoiseZoo Boise
A fantastic place for families, Zoo Boise (zooboise.org) offers a chance to see and learn about animals from around the world. Don’t miss the Giraffe Encounter for a memorable family moment.

Discovery Center of Idaho
Spark curiosity and learning at the Discovery Center of Idaho (dcidaho.org). This hands-on science center is perfect for children, with exhibits that make learning about science a fun and interactive experience.

Ann Morrison Park
Ann Morrison Park (parks.cityofboise.org) is a splendid spot for a family picnic or a game of frisbee. With its expansive playground and splash pad, kids can enjoy plenty of fun under the sun.

Settlers Park
Settlers Park in Meridian offers a variety of amenities, including a fishing pond, playgrounds, and interactive water features. It’s a perfect destination for families looking to spend an enjoyable day outdoors. Check out their events at meridiancity.org.

 

 

 

 

Indoor Escapes

Boise Art Museum
Escape the heat and get inspired at the Boise Art Museum (boiseartmuseum.org), where you can view contemporary artworks and special exhibitions that change throughout the year.

The Basque Museum and Cultural Center
Discover the unique Basque heritage of Boise at The Basque Museum and Cultural Center (basquemuseum.eus). It’s a fascinating insight into one of the city’s prominent cultures through exhibits and events.

 

 

 

Seasonal Events in Boise

Boise Outdoor Markets

The Boise Music Festival
Usually held in June, the Boise Music Festival (boisemusicfestival.com) features a lineup of local and national artists. It’s a must for music lovers and a great way to experience Boise’s lively music scene.

Idaho Shakespeare Festival
Experience the magic of Shakespeare in the great outdoors from May through September at the Idaho Shakespeare Festival (idahoshakespeare.org). With a stunning amphitheater setting, this is a cultural experience that’s not to be missed.

Saturday Farmers Markets
Explore local produce, crafts, and foods at the Boise Farmers Market (theboisefarmersmarket.com) and the Capital City Public Market (capitalcitypublicmarket.com). Both markets offer a taste of local Idaho flavors and a great way to support local farmers and artisans.


Boise in the Summer offers an incredible mix of outdoor activities, family fun, cultural experiences, and events that showcase the best of the city. Whether you’re here for a visit or making Boise your new home, there’s plenty to explore and enjoy in this dynamic city. Welcome to Boise – your adventure begins here

Boise Real Estate ProfessionalEnjoy Summer in beautiful 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 jennlouis@welcometoboiseandbeyond.com

Hi! I’m Jennifer Louis, your trusted real estate professional and relocation expert at Silvercreek Realty Group. Having relocated to this beautiful Valley myself, I have a passion for helping newcomers discover all that Boise and its surrounding areas have to offer. With over 20 years of experience and hundreds of successful relocations under my belt, I am dedicated to making Boise feel like home for you. Don’t just take my word for it—check out my five-star reviews on Google!: GOOGLE REVIEWS

 

Best Spring Activities in Boise

Best Spring Activities in 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 jennlouis@welcometoboiseandbeyond.com

 

Boise Loves Their Pets

Boise Loves Their Pets

Boise’s Favorite Pet Store

If you’re new to Boise and have a pet, check out the well-loved store by pet owners throughout the Treasure Valley, Bark N Purr.  Boise’s favorite pet store is a culinary hotspot for your furry friends. A healthy choice in Boise that offers holistic and hyper-allergenic food for dogs and cats. They also carry gourmet, fun treats and toys for your pets from local businesses around Idaho.

Don’t forget the iClean Dog Wash. A self-service dog wash that is not only easy to use, dog friendly, and only $10. It’s a great way to wash, groom and dry your dog for a great price and not get soaked in the meantime.  The staff is knowledgeable, kind, and loves furry friends.  It’s a great place to bring a pet to socialize and learn how to behave in public.  

Bark N Purr is located in the Vista Village Shopping Center in the Boise Bench and is one of the great, local businesses here in Boise and believes in offering quality products and that genuine Boise, kind type of service that Idaho is known for. Come check it out and let us know what you think.

Jennifer Louis is a real estate expert in Boise, Idaho. If you’d like to learn more about the great communities and neighborhoods in The Treasure Valley give her a call. She’d love to show you around. (208) 509-9122/jennlouis@welcometoboiseandbeyond.com.  Stay up on local real estate trends, discover local businesses, find out what’s happening around town on the Boise and Beyond Blog.

A Piece of Paradise in Boise

A Piece of Paradise in Boise

This episode takes a peek at the history behind the historic Edward’s Greenhouse located in Northwest Boise. A family-owned, geothermally heated paradise with some of the most incredible plants, flowers, and staff in all of The Treasure Valley. THE LOCALS love and recommend Edwards Greenhouse, so if you’re new to Boise and want to shop for your garden like the locals do you need to watch and see what you have been missing.

One of our favorite things about Boise, when we moved here, were the incredible yards and gardens as we drove around. Flowers that change and bloom on a weekly basis make spring and summer a very exciting time here. After buying our home we immediately started working on our own little paradise. All the locals we spoke to recommended Edward’s Greenhouse for the best flowers, plants and vegetables. Also, just an amazing place to spend the day and relax with a park-like setting, a garden gazebo, and picnic area and live music one evening a month. Such a gem and a must for any of those moving to the area or who have just recently arrived.

Follow Real Estate and Relocation Specialist for Boise and The Treasure Valley,  Jennifer Louis as she takes you on a tour of local businesses throughout the area. For more information on Boise Real Estate and The Treasure Valley please contact: www.welcometoboiseandbeyond.com or jennlouis@welcometoboiseandbeyond.com

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Boise’s Best Lunch with a View

Boise’s Best Lunch with a View

Did you just move to Boise or thinking about it? Maybe you’ve been here for years, but want to try a new spot? A must visit spot for lunch, beer and an incredible Downtown Boise view is Zee’s Rooftop Café. Great local fare and an amazing atmosphere are always served at Zee’s. In addition to a great lunch check out what other amazing events you can participate in in this hidden venue in Downtown Boise.

This was the first place we went to eat after moving to Boise. It was a cold February afternoon and our friends, who work in Downtown Boise insisted we visit Zee’s. Zee’s closes at 2 p.m., but he stayed open for us and we had the whole place to ourselves. We were in awe of the most incredible view from the Penthouse where Zee’s Café is located. Snow capped hills and Mountains, Downtown buzzing below and topped with the best paninni and local beer I had eaten in ages. Zee’s automatically became one of our favorites!

Follow Real Estate and Relocation Specialist for Boise and The Treasure Valley as she takes you on a tour of local businesses throughout the area. For more information on Boise Real Estate and The Treasure Valley please contact: www.welcometoboiseandbeyond.com or jennlouis@welcometoboiseandbeyond.com.