Spring break is upon us! In Idaho, that means the weather is generally warm enough to finally get outside and have some fun. If you’re looking for some fun things to do, here are some of what we consider the very best Boise, Idaho Spring Break Destinations.
Downtown Boise will be home to the Tree Fort Music Fest March 22 – 26. Featuring a variety of eclectic bands and musical genres, the purpose of the Music Fest is to give voice to new and lesser-known artists, as well as featuring well-known groups. There’s music for every taste, as well as kid-friendly activities, comedy events, yoga, and more. Tree Fort Music festival is an environmentally conscious event. This year they are eliminating single use cups for water and beer service. You’ll want to bring your own, reusable water bottle, canteen or cup.
If you’re in the mood to add a little culture to your life during Spring Break, Boise has many cultural destinations for you to enjoy. You can spend an entire day at some of these locations, or plan a day to visit several.
Old Idaho Penitentiary is located in the Old Penitentiary Historic District. Visit solitary confinement, the gallows, and cell blocks. See where some of the most desperate criminals were incarcerated, starting in 1872.
Anne Frank Human Rights Memorial is located at 770 S. 8th St. in Boise. Built as a memorial to Anne Frank’s faith in humanity, this inspirational site commemorates Frank’s life with statues and a quote wall. Located next to the Boise River Greenbelt, it’s mission is to “promote respect for the human dignity and diversity through education and to foster individual responsibility to work for justice and peace.”
World Center For Birds Of Prey is an education center where you’ll meet eagles, owls, vultures, hawks, and falcons from around the world. With activities for young and old alike, you’ll learn about why birds of prey are threatened, and what you can do to help.
Idaho State Capitol Building is open to visitors Monday through Friday, 6 AM to 10 PM, and Saturday and Sunday from 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM. Guided tours are available and last approximately on e hour and fifteen minutes. Guided tours are available, or you can download a self-guided tour booklet and tour at your own convenience.
Just For Fun
What good would Spring Break be, if you didn’t do a few fun things that you just hadn’t gotten around to doing before now? Boise is full of fun activities and places to visit. Here are just a few to consider.
Discovery Center Of Idaho is a hands-on learning adventure of children of all ages. The current exhibit is called “Matter Splatter” and allows little scientists to explore materials used to make some of the most advanced technology available today.
The Aquarium of Boise houses over 35,000 gallons of saltwater and over 250 different species of animals and marine life. They are open to the public Monday through Saturday from 10 am to 6 pm.
The Boise Zoo offers a great combination of culture and fun for all ages. Located in the beautiful Julia Davis Park, in Downtown Boise, this is one of the most popular attractions in Southern Idaho. The Boise Zoo houses over 300 animals from over 100 species and hosts more than 350,000 visitors a year. At the zoo farm, you can get up close and personal with goats, sheep, and llamas. You can also feed the animals for .25. Proceeds go to the Zoo Boise Conservation Fund.
For adventurers seven and older, Boise Escape offers a room escape adventure that requires team-work and problem-solving skills to escape from a themed room in the allotted time. Adventures must be booked in advance. The mission you choose will determine what themed room your group will be locked into. Then you’ll have to work together to figure out the puzzle and escape before your time is up. The themes are The Lost City Of Z, Tick, Tock….BOOM!!!, The Great Game Workshop, and Boise Escape (this is a mobile theme that can come to you!). Escape This Live offers similar escape-games for groups. Their themes are Blackbeard’s Pirate Ship and Wild West Saloon.
Boise offers a multitude of outdoor opportunities. The weather in early spring is warm enough in the lower elevations. Warm enough to enjoy hiking, fishing and even boating While in the higher elevations, it’s still cold enough for skiing and snow activities. Whatever your taste in outdoor adventure, Boise, Idaho has something for you!
At the Bogus Basin Ski Resort, the winter season typically runs through mid April. You can find skiing, as well as Nordic skiing, skating, snowshoeing and fat biking. You’ll find rental equipment and ski and snowboarding lessons.
Brownlee Reservoir is a 50-mile long reservoir along the Snake River in Hells Canyon. The fish are usually starting to wake up by early March, making this a great fishing destination. The reservoir offers a variety of fish. You’ll find crappie, bass, catfish, and trout. Because of the elevation, the reservoir can be as much as ten degrees warmer than Boise. This is an ideal place for some early season camping and boating. Camping is easy at campgrounds like Woodhead Park, Copperfield or Hells Canyon Park. The campgrounds offer full services like hot showers and electricity. You’ll still be able to take advantage of low winter camping rates until April.
Hiking is accessible early in the year at Hells Canyon, located along the Idaho-Oregon Border. The trail from Hells Canyon National Recreation Area visitor’s center is located on the Oregon side of the river. The visitor’s center trail is better for beginning hikers. A little over two miles round-trip, the trail offers breathtaking views of the canyon. But it can be steep in places, with no guard rails, so you’ll want to be careful. If you want to fish along while hiking in Hells Canyon, you’ll need an Oregon fishing license. For the more serious backpacking hiker, the trail taking off from Pittsburg Landing to the Forest Service’s Kirkwood Ranch is a six mile hike each way. Tent-sites and an outhouse are available at the ranch, and nights are generally in the thirties, so camping is an option.
Whatever your plans are for Spring Break, we hope this will help you find the best Boise, Idaho Spring Break destinations. Perhaps you’ll discover something different to add to your Spring Break Bucket List. Be safe and plan ahead to make the most of this fun break, before heading back to the daily grind!