Mountains and museums. Restaurants and rivers. Festivals and fresh air. Many find Boise to be a surprising blend of urban and outdoors -- big enough to have all the comforts of a big city, yet small enough to make it easy to enjoy it all.
Boise is no ordinary place. Here, outdoor pursuits exist in perfect sync with city life. In just minutes you can escape to float a river, ski, boat, hike, bike and more. Boise is quickly becoming a hub for sports fans, too. Home to the famous blue turf of the Boise State Broncos, we also have minor league baseball, ice hockey and basketball teams. So come watch a game, even a rodeo, or play on one of the many golf courses and other sporting grounds available in the city.
Catch a trout in the afternoon...and a ballet at night. Boise, the capital of Idaho and largest metropolitan centre between Portland and Salt Lake City, offers beauty and adventure both outdoors and within our thriving arts scene. You’ll find installations, murals and public art around the city, and can tour the Boise Art Museum, Idaho Anne Frank Human Rights Memorial, Zoo Boise, historical museums and other cultural hotspots within a few blocks of one another. A Boise Museum Pass makes it easy, and affordable.
Nationally-renowned theatre and performing arts companies also call Boise home, including the Boise Contemporary Theatre, Idaho Shakespeare Festival, Ballet Idaho, Idaho Dance Theatre and Trey McIntyre Project.
The rich volcanic soil of the Snake River Valley, paired with a mild four-season climate, results in distinctive, award-winning vintages that rival the best of surrounding states.
Boise offers up-and-coming vintners an urban oasis not more than 50 miles away from rural vineyards. Many of the wines you see on menus and in wine shops here never make it out of city limits. Locals just like it too much.
Next time you’re in town, get a taste for the quickly rising wine scene in the Snake River Valley appellation. You can sample the fruits of the region at one of the many vineyard-run wine shops in Boise, or choose from the multi-tiered selection at the Boise Co-Op Wine Shop. For a local wine experience, just minutes from Downtown Boise, check out Cinder Wines or Fraser Vineyard.
Boise’s food scene is diverse and delicious with distinctly Idaho highlights. Often using ingredients sourced from local farms and ranches, you can find Basque pub food on one block, Thai on the next, and wood-fired pizza with regional beer at the place around the corner.
For endless variety in one stop, try downtown Boise. Nearly every style of food and attitude is on display -- from swank lounge menus to casual pub fare to ethnic cuisines. In the summer, a Saturday farmers’ market lines 8th Street, and popular brunch spots and coffee houses fill up fast.
At night, the downtown core becomes a full-on playground. With an active local and regional music scene, several clubs and venues often feature live entertainment. Dancing is a given, and if you need fuel, street vendors are on hand for a late-night snack. Home to a distillery and several breweries, you can find a perfectly made cocktail or small-batch brews in spots across the city.
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