How To Spend 24 Hours In Boise Idaho! Now if you haven’t been to Boise Idaho you really need to consider planning a trip for your family. Now I have a big tie to the area in that I have a lot of family members there and both my parents lived in the suburbs of Boise when they meet. As an Air Force brat we were also stationed at Mountain Home Air Force Base for a couple years too. As an adult I forgot how amazing this area is for a family! (I have included affiliate links to products I love. As an Amazon Associate, I earn from qualifying purchases.)
Now I hadn’t been to Boise in 10 years, and even then I was traveling with three kids under 5 years old it was a bit of a blur. Kylie didn’t even remember anything from the trip. When the opportunity presented itself for her and me to go with my parents for Thanksgiving we jumped at the chance to go. Now Kylie has pretty much mainly known the Seattle area for her whole life, so when we go to Boise she was shocked it wasn’t the size of a city she is used to, however, I think she is now sold on the Boise charm.
Capital Building In Boise Idaho
Our first stop was to the Boise Capital building. We were able to do a self-guided tour around the whole capital and she loved hearing from my dad how government works and what everything was for. We started at the West wing on the garden level near the gift shop. My dad pointed out the Teton Damn Failure of 1976 and how he remembered the events of the day! At the end of the hall was masks of Abraham Lincon.
Now I didn’t realize until we got that that none of my kids had been a state Capital building even though we live 40 minutes from Olympia!! I loved we were able to take our time and see all the intricate parts and details of the building and all the history to Idaho! I think this had a big impact on Kylie vs just learning in school!
Even though I lived near there for years it never dawned on me all the perks of Boise. I remember going to parks for a family get-together but now that I am an adult I realize how amazing it is for a town to have that many options for families. When the kids and I had gone in 2011 we did the paddle boats at Julia Davis Park. We pulled the pictures up on facebook while we were in the car and Kylie is wanting to go back and do them. (You can learn more -> here and plan out your own visit as well)
Old Idaho State Penntitary
We hit up the Old Idaho State Pentiary as well. When we pulled up I realized it looked familiar only to realize we had been there for a wedding at the Botanical Gardens next door in 2005 if you go in the summer that’s a must stop see learn more -> here.
Kylie loved that her grandpa was able to share so much about this on our self-guided tour, I had no idea that my parents as kids had been there on field trips in grade school! My dad said when they came the burned down dinner hall still smelled burnt, thankfully that smell is gone now. Learn more about the Old Idaho State Penitentiary -> here.
Downtown Boise Idaho
While this isn’t Seatle it was fun to see how accommodating Boise is for outdoor enthuaist. There was walking paths all over downtown, lots of bike stores, ad running stores. With the University Of Idaho right there its there is a lot to see and do. We were bummed it was so chilly we weren’t able to park and explore more. I know in the summer the Snake River is also perfect for floating.
Have you been to Boise Idaho before?? What are you must see and do activities in Boise Idaho?