Contrary to popular belief, Idaho produces much more than potatoes each year. Those who call its capital city home know that Boise is a vibrant cultural hub with plenty of things to see, savor and explore in every season.
From football in the fall and skiing in the winter to hiking in the spring and tubing in the summer, what makes Boise so beloved by its residents is pretty prevalent.
Football in the Fall
Gather with thousands of fanatics at Boise State University to watch the boys of fall get to work on the gridiron at Albertsons Stadium, nicknamed “The Blue” for its one-of-a-kind blue artificial turf. Even if you’re not a huge Broncos football fan, the combination of Idaho spirit and heavenly weather might convince you to give attending a game a shot.
If discovering the best local shops and eateries sounds more up your alley, then you are in luck! Boise is packed with premier shopping complexes and enticing restaurants. Fuel up on a Saturday morning at Goldy’s Breakfast Bistro, named one of the nation’s top 10 breakfasts by Bon Appetite magazine, before getting in some shopping in downtown or heading to the Village at Meridian to shop or see the latest blockbuster movie. Top off the day with a meal at one of the bars or restaurants along 6th & Main, the hub of downtown nightlife.
Foodies will fit perfectly into the Boise landscape, complete with unique dining destinations including State & Lemp, Barbacoa and Big Judd Burgers, featured on the Travel Channel’s Man v. Food TV show. Wine lovers can sip and savor to their heart’s content at Bodovino, featuring two tasting locations.
With snow-covered slopes within easy reach, many Boise residents choose to purchase season passes at Bogus Basin, a non-profit ski and snowboard area. Cross-country skiers can spend hours on well-groomed Nordic trails, and all can take advantage of affordable, on-site lessons.
A tradition for many in the area, the Winter Garden aGlow event at Idaho Botanical Garden each year draws thousands of spectators and plenty of ohhhhhs and ahhhhs. With over 300,000 sparkling lights, the event is the perfect way to get into the spirit of the season. To complement the crisp winter air outside, hockey season brings skaters to the ice at CenturyLink Arena, home of the Idaho Steelheads, the city’s professional minor league team.
On those cold winter nights, plan to see a movie screening or live performance at The Egyptian Theatre, one of the city’s most historic landmarks.
Step into Spring
During the season of fresh beginnings, take advantage of the many opportunities to step outside of your comfort zone and try something new in the City of Trees, providing a cost of living below the national average.
Whether getting tickets to see a play at the Idaho Shakespeare Festival on the east side of town, a play at Boise Contemporary Theater or a Broadway performance at the Morrison Center at BSU, Boiseans enjoy a beautiful collision of cultures without ever having to leave the area. In March, the Tree Fort Music Fest brings together musicians and other performers for an unforgettable celebration of the arts, and throughout the year, The Liquid comedy club hosts up-and-coming comedians for those in need of a laugh.
Go out on a limb at Idaho IceWorld, where you can learn to skate, or visit the World Center for Birds of Prey, offering a chance to get up close and personal with awe-inspiring eagles, hawks, falcons and more.
Let out your inner adventurer in Boise — we dare you not to. With opportunities for outdoor fun around every corner, there’s always something new to experience.
From tubing down the Boise River to exploring the 25-mile Greenbelt, there are endless options for hiking, biking and flat-out relaxing in the outdoors. While the city already boasts over 20 popular parks, there are still more to come! True adventurers seeking a more challenging excursion can conquer Table Rock or participate in a whitewater rafting or ziplining tour in the area.
While baseball season is in full swing from April to September, Memorial Stadium fills up with fans cheering on the Boise Hawks, a premier minor league baseball team.
With the motto “let it be perpetual,” Boise is calling you to come and find your place in the flourishing story of Idaho. Browse modern Boise apartment communities including Whitewater Park Apartments, River Pointe, Stoneridge Apartments, The Lodge at Maple Grove, Clearwater Apartments and Logger Creek at Parkcenter today.