As Boise has grown over the years, the city has wisely preserved many precious gems of land from commercial development. We’ve dedicated these spaces to encouraging downtime for humans and preserving natural habitats for wildlife. With over 100 parks in Boise, you’ll find a variety of spaces where you can relax, picnic, play, exercise and spread out. Come catch some fresh air, or maybe even a frisbee.
Acres of fun
Ann Morrison is Boise’s largest park with no shortage of fun things to do. Stroll along walking paths with access to the Boise Greenbelt and the Boise River. The playground for kids 12 and under is one of the city’s largest. There are cricket fields, bocce ball courts, soccer fields, softball diamonds, a disc golf course, horseshoe pits, tennis and volleyball courts and an outdoor circuit training gym. If you have a dog, here’s their chance to let loose and meet other dogs at Dog Island, a year-round, off-leash dog park.
An 11 acre urban oasis
Adjacent to downtown is Camel’s Back Park, an outdoor lover’s dream right in the center of it all. The park is home to hiking and biking trails, an outdoor gym, tennis courts, playgrounds and more. With 11 acres of developed park space, it’s popular for early morning jogs and afternoon workouts. This park is home to the Hyde Park Street Fair in the fall. Camel’s Back Park is open from sunrise to sunset.
A park in the heart of the city
As the city’s oldest park, this historic green space is home to Zoo Boise, the Boise Art Museum, the Idaho State Historical Museum and the Idaho Black History Museum. Its two pavilions, the Rose Garden and Gene Harris Bandshell may be reserved for events. Park amenities include bocce ball courts, fishing, Greenbelt access, horseshoe pits, a playground, tennis courts and more. The park closes at 12 a.m. and reopens at 7 a.m. daily.
Surf in Boise. Yes, surf.
Spanning over 1/4 of a mile of the Boise River and just minutes from downtown, this urban whitewater park gives you access to surfing, kayaking and stand-up paddleboarding on a mountain-fed river. For a visual feel and current river conditions, check out the wave cam for a live look.
Quinn Riverside Park
This summer’s hot spot, colloquially known as Quinn’s Pond, is perfect for paddleboarding, kayaking and fishing. Located along the Boise River and Greenbelt, this 22-acre pond has a popular beach connected to Esther Simplot Park. It also has covered picnic areas, canoe landings, paddling events and fitness classes. And don’t worry about bringing your own gear. Idaho River Sports offers on-site rentals of stand-up paddleboards, kayaks and canoes.