7 Hidden Gem Things to Do in Boise, ID
Harrison Yates | October 6, 2020 @ 12:00 AM
You may have heard of the Boise Greenbelt or the Boise Art Museum, but here are some spots that aren’t mentioned as often and are well worth a visit, or several. At Keylock Storage in Boise, we love all that this city has to offer locals and visitors alike. Consider checking out some of these amazing spots.
Boise boasts a large Basque population who live on the Basque Block in downtown Boise. If you love Spanish food and culture, this is a great place to visit. At the Basque Market, you can enjoy many types of tapas from salad and soup to snacks, various wines, and more. You can even learn some Spanish recipes to try at home.
World Center For Birds of Prey
This sanctuary and museum features owls, eagles, hawks, falcons, vultures, and other birds of prey, also known as raptors. This is a beautiful spot that hosts school field trips and welcomes guests. Make sure to book your visit in advance during the COVID-19 pandemic to ensure safe social distancing. Remember to visit the gift shop for related books, hats, tee-shirts, and more.
Old Idaho Penitentiary
Curious what prisons were like during the days of the Old West? Then Old Idaho Penitentiary is a great place to visit. It opened in 1872 and has now been closed for decades as a prison. Instead, it’s a museum where you can learn about its 100-year history.
You can see the old gallows, the cell blocks, weaponry, and learn about escapes, executions, and more. They accept 50 visitors per hour, so we recommend a reservation or at least showing up early.
Camel's Back Park
This is a fun, outdoor park for families. There’s lots of green space for recreational play, and there’s even an outdoor gym that is free for public use. Every piece of equipment has instructions on how to use it. There are also tennis and volleyball courts as well as a picnic area.
Historic Hyde Park
This is a downtown district with historic charm, a lovely place to visit any time of day or evening with shopping, restaurants, and pubs. You’ll find Mexican food, coffee shops, an ice cream parlor, and more. Traffic is sparse, as this was built as a pedestrian area.
Boise Farmers Market
Whether you consider yourself a foodie or you just love getting farm-fresh goods, you should visit the Boise Farmers Market on West Front Street. You’ll find all the usual vegetables and fruits, plus fish, meat, and cheese. Several local wineries also sell here, like Cold Springs Winery and Lakeview Vineyards. Plus, you can grab some prepared food for an enjoyable lunch.
Boise Art Glass
This shop, owned by a local artist, is a wonderful place to browse, purchase one-of-a-kind blown-glass items, and even take a glassblowing course. You can even purchase supplies, rent torches and furnaces, and more.
At this combination art gallery, shop, and school, you find ornaments, vases,drinking glasses, necklaces, liquid soap dispensers, and much more. When you take a course, the instructors will make sure you and your friends remain safe.
We hope you have a blast checking out these hidden gems of Boise. And, when you need storage, keep us at Keylock Storage in mind.