Boise has consistently landed on top 10 lists as one of the best cities in the country: It is one of the healthiest and greenest cities, as well as one of the best places to be a doctor, yoga practitioner or retiree. Between the surrounding Idaho foothills and a terrific downtown area, there is plenty of reason to pick Boise to host your next conference, event or meeting.
The sprawling Boise Centre, Idaho’s premier convention center, has 86,000-square-foot of meeting space. But if you’re looking for something a bit different, consider some of these other creative venues for your next off-site event in Boise.
1. Boise Depot
Elegant and richly designed, the Boise Depot will add a dash of late 1800s glamour to your next meeting. When first opened, this Spanish-style building was the toast of Idaho, and its charm continues today. Not only does the multistory atrium provide panoramic views of the Boise Front, but a koi pond and several gardens are also just outside for your enjoyment.
A vintage tractor museum that doubles as a community gathering place in the heart of downtown, JUMP is a creativity hub. The facility includes an amphitheater and multi-purpose studios for art, movement, and cooking.
Located in the Historic Hoff Building in Downtown Boise, the Crystal Ballroom is an elegant setting to accommodate both small or large groups. The Art Deco design is sure to wow attendees – the venue is a hidden gem in the City that once was known as the “Hotel Boise”.
When not in use by one of the two dancing groups that call it home, the Basque Center is a venue that’s sure to have your attendees talking long after your event ends. The Center has two halls available for rental and a fully-equipped commercial kitchen. But what really makes this venue shine is the surrounding area, known as The Basque Block. The Boise Basque community assembled here in the 1800s, and their heritage makes this a rich and vibrant neighborhood. Incorporate one of the many festivals or performances into your gathering or build downtime into your agenda for exploration of the market and eateries.
5. The Discovery Center of Idaho
The Discovery Center of Idaho (DCI to locals) is a STEM-lover’s dream. Their mission is “to inspire lifelong interest and learning in science, technology, engineering and math.” The facility offers 10,000 square feet of space on the museum floor and over 50 hands-on exhibits. The entire museum can be rented for private functions, allowing endless team-building opportunities with giant bubbles and construction sets!
Take advantage of the fresh air at Idaho Shakespeare Festival Amphitheater and Reserve. Availability of this mesmerizing outdoor amphitheater and habitat reserve varies depending on scheduled stage shows and time of year. The local flora and fauna complement the 770-seat amphitheater, creating an experience that reflects Boise’s unique combination of urban cultural amenities and a picture-perfect natural setting.
Dating back almost as far as Idaho itself, the Old Idaho Penitentiary is about as offbeat of an off-site event location as you’ll find anywhere. “Old Pen” officially closed to prisoners in 1973 but they’re happy to open their doors wide to your group for an after-hours event. And that’s when the real ambience sets in at a location such as this, whether you rent the entire facility or a specific building. Right next store, the Idaho Botanical Garden is a 15 acre sanctuary promoting native and domestic horticulture to the intermountain region. Events stun with a picturesque outdoor environment of foliage nestled right at the base of the popular Table Rock hiking trailhead!
If the sprawling view of the Boise Foothills and downtown don’t give people enough to talk about, perhaps talk of college sports rivalries will spark a conversation. This space perches atop Albertsons Stadium at Boise State University. The 1986 decision to go with blue turf could be used to segue discussions back on-track with some key pointers on innovation, leadership and standing out in the crowd.
9. Zoo Boise
Everyone knows the zoo is home to wild animals, big and small. But did you know it can also be home to your next off-site event? Imagine partying with the primates or hanging with the striped hyenas! The entire zoo is available for evening rentals. Zoo Boise is a particularly great all-ages option if your event includes invitations for the entire family.
Whether you’re looking for an intimate, picturesque setting or tens of thousands of square feet to give your group room to roam, Boise’s unique and memorable venues can accommodate groups of any size and are sure to have attendees gushing.