Boise Idaho Culture

Located along the Boise River and nestled against foothills of the Rocky Mountains, Boise Idaho offers many fun  activities to visitors and local residents.

Visit downtown Boise and view historic buildings from the early 1900’s, Warm Springs Avenue and Harrison Boulevard boast some of the best residential architecture in Boise Idaho, huge mansions with large trees lining the streets.  Downtown Boise has many activities for walkers, bikers, shoppers and families from  parks and walking / biking paths to the Boise River and night life.

Boise is known as the regional hub for music and performing arts. Music is big here, with the Gene Harris Jazz Festival happening every spring. Boise offers  a wide  range of one-of-a-kind museums and urban parks, it  provide something for every art lover and history buff, including the Boise Art Museum, Idaho Historical Museum, World Center for Birds of Prey,  Basque Museum and Cultural Center, and the Discovery Center of Idaho. Theater is also popular in Boise with a number of theater groups working in the city, including the Idaho Shakespeare Festival, Boise Little Theatre, and the Boise Contemporary Theatre.

Warm Springs

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Boise Idaho Sports and Leisure

Boise has a substantial sports scene that includes the minor league baseball short-season Class A team the Boise Hawks. The Idaho Steelheads play for the ECHL, and the Idaho Stampede.

College sports can be seen at Boise State University.  Boise is very proud of the Boise State Broncos Football team and there impressive football program, featuring many winning seasons and 2 BCS Fiesta Bowl wins versus Oklahoma and TCU.  Bronco Stadium is a 30,000-seat football facility featuring a blue AstroPlay field, a perfect place to tail gate, watch one of the nation’s finest football teams and spend a fall afternoon in Boise Idaho.  Boise State is entering into the Mountain West Conference in 2011 and will play the likes of BYU, TCU, Air Force and Wyoming each year.

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Taco Bell Arena has 12,000 seats and is home to Boise State basketball games, concerts and other events.  Boise City Parks have a wide range of leisure activities available to the public, including bowling, flag football, softball, golf, tennis, horse shoes, Frisbee golf,  swimming, and tennis.  There is an activity for everyone in Boise.

Boise Idaho Outdoors

The Boise area features a wide range of outdoor activities, such as hiking and biking just north of the downtown area. The city has an urban trail system known as the Boise River Greenbelt, and the Boise River also serves as a recreational venue for fishing, swimming, and rafting. For those after some winter outdoor fun, Bogus Basin Mountain Resort offers cross-country and downhill skiing, snowboarding, and tubing – and it is just 16 miles from the city. There are a number of motorized and non-motorized biking trails surrounding the city. Rafting and river tours are available on the Boise River. Hunting and fishing are popular activities in the mountains and foothills near Boise.  Sun Valley ski resort and McCall Idaho are only hours from Boise, Idaho.

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Boise Idaho night life

When the sun goes down in Boise, there is quite a variety of activities to provide entertainment and enjoyment to just about anyone. Dining out in Boise features a host of high-quality restaurants, such as four-star fine dining restaurants, ethnic eateries, trendy coffeehouses, or casual steak and potato diners. In the summer, Boise has a number of restaurants and cafes that feature outdoor patio or balcony dining. The restaurants in Boise are known for offering both quality food and affordable prices. For those interested in the bar and club scene, Boise also delivers with dance clubs, comedy clubs, and many fun and exciting bars.

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