One of the most magnetic things about Boise is how easily accessible the mountains, rivers and forests are from the urban core. With the postcard-perfect landscape of the Intermountain West in and around our city, the open-air experiences are near limitless.
See our list of top outdoor attractions and dining spots to plan for your group while they’re meeting in Boise.
Itinerary Add-Ons: Outdoor Attractions
Attendees can explore everything from our expansive, interconnected parks to our wild and scenic foothills just minutes from their hotel.
Boise River Greenbelt
Bike, do a light hike or stroll through this lush, tree-lined recreational pathway. The Greenbelt skirts the Boise River for 25 miles throughout the city and features parks, wildlife and scenic views.
Boise Whitewater Park
Spanning over 1/4 of a mile of the Boise River and minutes from downtown, this premier urban whitewater park gives you access to surfing, kayaking and stand-up paddleboarding adventures on the Boise River. For a visual feel and current river conditions, check out the wave cam for a live look!
Julia Davis Park
As the city’s oldest park, this historic green space is home to Zoo Boise, the Boise Art Museum, Idaho State Historical Museum and Idaho Black History Museum. And, with two pavilions, the Rose Garden and Gene Harris Bandshell may be reserved for events.
Idaho Botanical Garden
This peaceful sanctuary is one of the first and oldest botanical gardens in Idaho. Nestled in the Boise Foothills, you’ll be able to stroll through the lush 15-acre living museum just eight minutes from downtown!
Bogus Basin Mountain Recreation Area
Much more than a ski destination, Bogus Basin is a year-round recreation destination—thirty minutes from downtown. If you’re meeting in the summer, you can go mountain biking and hiking or ride the scenic chairlift and exhilarating mountain coaster or cool off with some summer tubing. For those wintertime meetings, Bogus has 2,600 skiable acres and is the second-largest ski area in Idaho, so activities like alpine skiing, winter tubing, Nordic skiing and snowshoeing are musts. For a cool bird’s eye view, see the live webcams.
Cascade Raft & Kayak
One of the best team-building activities is to get out on the water together. With rafting for all levels, Cascade Raft & Kayak provides an adrenaline-pumping adventure for attendees and can handle groups of all sizes. Located just 45 minutes from Boise, the facility is one of the best ways to experience the Main Payette River.
Itinerary Add-Ons: Open-Air Dining
Boise is a culinary treasure filled with James Beard Award-nominated chefs, local lunch favorites, quaint cafés, fine dining establishments and authentic restaurants specializing in culinary traditions from all over the world—from the roots of America to Ethiopia, Cuba, Korea, Vietnam and the Middle East.
Patio Dining Along 8th Street
Downtown Boise’s 8th Street is a reimagined, two-block pedestrian and patio district where some of the city’s most popular restaurants have expanded their patios to accommodate more outdoor seating.
You’ll find outdoor tables topped with plates of inventive tacos, creative pizzas, rainbow-inspired veggie dishes, locally-sourced tasting menus, golden-brown wings, lamb grinders and much more.
Here are some of the must-try establishments on 8th Street:
- Wild Root Café
- Saint Lawrence Gridiron
- Diablo & Sons Saloon
- The Funk Taco
- Bittercreek Alehouse
- The Mode Lounge
- The Little Pearl
Telaya Wine Co. Located next to the Boise River and under five minutes from downtown, Telaya Wine Co. is one of the most unique dining experiences in the area. The Tasting Room & Patio offers indoor/outdoor space with views of the river and foothills, while local food trucks make fun pairings with the award-winning wine offerings.
There is no shortage of urban wineries in Boise. Notable mentions include Coiled Wines, Cinder Wines and Split Rail Winery.
The Basque Block
A genuine cultural gem and a favorite among locals and visitors, downtown’s Basque Block is the center of the Basque culture in Boise. Along with being home to the only Basque museum in the U.S., this pedestrian-friendly block has a specialty Basque food market called The Basque Market and the beloved Bar Gernika, with a smaller patio dining area. This place is a must!
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