Things to do in Boise

Boise is the perfect blend of urban and the outdoors and while summer might look a bit different this year, favorite summer activities in and around the city are still a go! We've curated a special list of unique things to do while visiting Boise and included some insider tips just for you.

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Richard's Plaza Dining

Dine outside on the second floor of the Inn at 500 Capitol and enjoy a delicious meal from Richard's Restaurant. Offering dinner daily 4 PM - 9 PM and brunch Sundays 10 AM - 2 PM.

Reserve a table here

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Whitewater Experiences

Boise Whitewater Park

Easily accessible and down the road from the Inn is the Boise Whitewater Park if offering a variety of fun summer activities such as stand up paddleboarding, canoeing, kayaking and more. Rentals are available here

Cascade Raft

Just 45 minutes from downtown, Cascade Raft is Idaho's favorite outfitter and offers raft trips for all ages, including a variety of half-day and full-day trips on the Payette River. To learn more visit their website here

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Idaho Botanical Garden

At the base of the Boise Foothills, this living museum offers plenty of room to meditate in nature's beauty. Take advantage of the great garden escape concert series this summer for live outdoor tunes, or grab some take-out to enjoy a picnic in the garden.

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Idaho Wine Country

Visit Southern Idaho wine country in style with Snake River Wine Tours. Explore the Snake River Valley Wine Region, 40 minutes outside of Boise, Idaho. The Sunnyslope Wine Trail, referred to as “The Heart of Idaho Wine Country”, is home to over 15 wineries, each offering exceptional wines and unique wine tasting experiences.

Insider's tip: Ask Corbin about his experiences with animals on national TV.

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Biking the Boise River Greenbelt

Take a spin along the river on the beautiful Boise River Greenbelt in one of our complimentary cruiser bikes. The 25 miles of paved paths takes you through lovely Julia Davis Park, past Zoo Boise, and the Anne Frank Human Rights Memorial, along with many other great spots to stop and enjoy along the way.

Insiders' tip: swing by the Telaya tasting room on your journey to enjoy a glass of Idaho wine on their patio on the river.

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Alfresco Dining

Summer is the perfect time to enjoy the vibrant culinary offerings in Boise with outdoor dining, and we've put together a list of some of our favorite options close to the Inn.

Cottonwood Grille 5 blocks from the hotel on the Boise River Greenbelt
Fork Fresh Northwest local flavor
Bittercreek American Grille
Bar Gernika Delicious Basque cuisine
Wylder Handcrafted, slow batch pizza
Matador Adventurous Mexican-inspired food

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Farmer's Market

The place to find fresh is downtown every Saturday this summer is the Boise Farmer's Market. This food-centric market focuses on locally grown food within a 100-mile radius. Pick up a snack to enjoy while you're there or to make your own picnic in your room.

Insider's tip: stay in the Farmer's Market themed room for a full market experience!

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