Boise is the perfect place for a family-friendly vacation. The city is home to hundreds of outdoor activities and indoor places to explore. We’ve got a river, mountains, lakes, museums galore and entertainment centers, too. Not to mention sports teams, a zoo and some of the best parks in the state.
Started in 1916, this open-air zoo has over 300 animals from 100 various species. It’s located in Julia Davis Park along the Boise River Greenbelt and has zebras, giraffes, otters, sloth bears, penguins and native Idaho animals. You can buy food in the park or bring your own picnic lunch.
Boise has world-class parks right in the heart of the city. They’re perfect for stretching your legs and taking in some fresh air. Get the deets on Boise’s parks here, including amenities like playground equipment and much more.
Wahooz and Roaring Springs
Inside Wahooz you’ll find an 80-game arcade with a state-of-the-art virtual reality ride, as well as laser tag, bumper cars, bowling, a ropes course, climbing walls and more. Mini golf, bumper boats, batting cages and go-karts are outside.
The Northwest’s largest water park, Roaring Springs, is right next door. It has more than 20 water attractions, including a wave pool, a large water playground for kids and family raft rides. The park was ranked 8th best waterpark in the nation by TripAdvisor.
This interactive science museum has more than 40 hands-on exhibits and displays. Come learn why soap bubbles have iridescent colors, how machines and devices work, and much more
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Activities for Families in Spring and Summer
Family-friendly Restaurants in Boise
Burgers in Boise
Outdoor Dining & Patios in Boise
Hike and Bike the Ridge to Rivers Trail System
Delicious Breakfast in Boise
Explore Boise’s Food Trucks
Treats & Sweets
We’ve got plenty of places to satisfy your sweet tooth.