Boise is becoming a desirable destination with its burgeoning hotel scene and abundant meeting space. But even better, it’s a fun, friendly city to visit in every season. In the last few years the city has become known for its vibrant, clean and safe downtown with easy access to recreation, food, drink, and entertainment options. Whether you’re looking to unwind after a day of meetings or you want to set up a memorable event, here are some of the latest attractions in Boise.
Best Venues for Team Building
Jack’s Urban Meeting Place (JUMP)
Having fun is serious business at JUMP, a community gathering place. Teams can explore the tractor museum and adult-sized playground (including a five-story slide) on their own, or schedule a JUMP experience with customized, two-hour, guided teambuilding excursions.
SUP in Boise
Idaho River Sports has kayaking, stand-up paddleboard, and surfing lessons available for individuals and groups. Rent equipment, get instruction and head out into the beautiful Esther Simplot Park, Quinn’s Pond & Boise Whitewater park.
Ziplines and ropes course
Just an hour north of Boise, Cascade Raft and Kayak offers a variety of team-building opportunities. Best of all, it’s located on the banks of the scenic Payette River, making this a favorite summertime escape.
Bogus Basin Mountain Resort
Boise’s own nonprofit ski resort has miles of hiking and biking trails, a mountain coaster ride and a recently-renovated lodge with indoor and outdoor gathering spaces. It’s all less than 20 miles from downtown Boise.
Best New Entertainment Venues
Base Camp Pong & Axe
Axe throwing is the main event to try at this new local spot, but your group can also enjoy ping pong, food and local libations as well. If you’ve never thrown an axe, don’t worry – staff is on hand to teach your team the basics.
Whether you have singers in the group or are just really feeling bold after meetings, Voicebox Karaoke offers a unique setup with private suites, so you don’t have to sing in front of a huge crowd.
Idaho Botanical Garden
After a day inside, enjoy the sunshine. Explore the lush, 15-acre gardens among Boise’s foothills. Tours of domestic plants are available, as well as frequent concerts and specialty events in the spring, summer and fall.
Explore the Arts:
Boise’s arts scene includes concerts, theatre, ballet, opera, stand-up comedy and everything in between. Depending on the season, check for tickets to Boise Contemporary Theater, Idaho Shakespeare Festival, or LED Boise.
The Grove Plaza
has been Boise’s core for decades because it’s rarely left unoccupied. In the summer the ever-popular (and free) Alive After 5 concert series always beckons meeting attendees on Wednesday evenings. If you’ve got a big group and want to be in the middle of it all, the Plaza is a great option.
Best New Restaurants
Basque culture is part of the fabric of Boise, and this restaurant offers a modern experience of Basque cuisine. Pintxos and wine are the go-to choices, but Txikiteo offers full menus for breakfast, lunch and dinner and sources ingredients locally.
A unique dining experience that embraces small details throughout the menu and the restaurant interior. Eat, drink, and be lively!
The lunch and supper spot serves up slow batch pizza and craft cocktails in downtown Boise. The owners launched a second restaurant in the historic Hyde Park neighborhood— Certified Kitchen & Bakery. There they serve breakfast sandwiches, fresh baked goods and take-away meals. Both locations use a sourdough starter that is more than 50 years old for their culinary creations.
There’s no shortage of new, exciting experiences here in Boise to help you unwind from a long day, dine in style or bond as a team.
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