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How to Staycation in the Treasure Valley

If you’re new to Boise (welcome!) or if you're looking for some local summertime entertainment, there’s lots to be had. We all love to go away for vacation but sometimes the best vacation is actually a staycation! Here are some fun things to try out this summer.

Activity-wise, there is something for everyone to enjoy.

  • First off, for hot summer days, go cool off in one of the Boise City pools.  Some have slides, some have splash pads, all offer a cool-off and so much fun. 

  • Another way to cool off and enjoy the city's natural beauty is by floating the Boise River. Make sure to wait until the river is open first! Begin at Barber Park and pull your raft of inner tube off at Ann Morrison.  Park cars at both parks or just at Barber and then take a bus back to your original launching point. 

  • Basque Block: Per capita, Boise has the most people of Basque lineage, aside from Spain Basque country. This rich culture has given our city a richer culture with its art, food, dance and overall heritage.  With that, downtown Boise has the Basque Block with restaurants, historic boarding houses and a Basque Museum. Be transported into a fusion of cultures by visiting this wonderful corner of the City of Trees.

  • Sunnyslope: This is Idaho’s Wine Country. If you haven’t been, go check it out! You will be amazed at how many incredible local wineries and wines there are. There are also several tour options available so you can hop on a bus, try some wine, and get home safely. 

  • Birds of Prey: This site is also on the outskirts but in more rugged terrain. With beautiful views and fierce birds, this non-profit is the headquarters for the Peregrine Fund and the home of various raptors. The Center offers a lot to learn along with stunning views-- overall, an amazing experience. 

  • S2 Pickleball: Have you tried Pickleball yet?! A new establishment in Boise, S2 Pickleball has augmented the pickleball craze by providing a great space for the sport, especially if outdoor courts are wet or slippery. Located in southeast Boise, just minutes from downtown, S2 Pickleball offers a good outlet for fun and physical exertion. 


  • Boise Art Museum: Directly across the street from the Historical Museum is Boise’s Art Museum, with rotating exhibitions and a wonderful permanent collection, BAM is worth an afternoon’s leisurely stroll through. It also holds a lovely little gift shop.

  • Top Golf: Also just off the interstate in Meridian, Idaho is Top Golf, a venue that keeps gold enthusiasts happy all year long, offering climate-controlled hitting bays, and even miniature golf for a more light-hearted putting experience. Top golf even has an in-house sports bar and restaurant for those who would like to take a break and take in sports of multiple types on their multiple televisions. 

Remember, no matter the time of year, there is always something fun to do around Boise and Meridian and the surrounding Treasure Valley. I am happy to help with any questions about home and garden, buying, selling, real estate, and beyond! Give me a call today, I’d love to hear from you.

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