The City of Trees offers over 100 parks throughout the city, so there’s no shortage of options to help you get out and enjoy the fresh air and open space. With great weather and recreational opportunities here, we’ve rounded up some of the Best Boise Parks to visit.
Ann Morrison Park urban park located within the Downtown Boise Area. Ann Morrison Park is a 153-acre park and is situated alongside of the Boise River. During the summertime, the park is the drop off destination for river floaters. Throughout the year the park is host to several events including the popular Boise Balloon Classic in August. Ann Morrison Park is a staple for all things recreation here in Boise offering softball, football, volleyball, tennis and soccer fields, and playground. The park also offers disc golf amongst many other amenities.
Camel’s Back Park Boise’s North End Camel’s Back Park is an 11-acre park nestled in the Boise Foothills. In September the park is host to the popular Hyde Park Street Fair which draws in over 40,000 attendees every year and is described as one of the biggest neighborhood parties in the northwest. The park itself offers a playground and picnic space, tennis courts and open areas, but is best known for the 63 acres of trails and hiking space throughout the Boise Foothills.
Ivy Wild Park Located in Southeast Boise is an 18 acre park. The park is known best for its outdoor pool and slides during the summer months. Park-goers have access to tennis courts. Softball fields with open field space along with a playground and shelter space for picnics.
Julia Davis Park is Boise’s oldest urban park located within the Downtown Boise Area. Julia Davis Park is an 89-acre park that is also located alongside the Boise River. Many popular destinations call Julia Davis Park home, including the Boise Art Museum, Zoo Boise, Idaho State Historical Museum which is currently undergoing major renovations with a reopening scheduled for 2016. The Black History Museum and The Discovery Center of Idaho. This Boise park is host to several events throughout the year, most notably “Art in the Park” hosted by the Boise Art Museum in the second week of September and “spring fling” which hosted by Boise State University and offers local food trucks and rides for all ages.
Kathryn Albertson Park is a 41-acre urban park located near Downtown Boise. This park is considered a special use park which offers a natural setting and a haven for wildlife. There are wide walking paths and gazebos located throughout the park which also has several ponds, a fountain and is also home to an abundance of wildlife including birds and deer.
Municipal Park located off Warm Springs Avenue in Northeast Boise is a 28 park situated off the Boise River. Some of Municipal’s Park’s amenities include 11 picnic areas which make this park popular for large gatherings including family reunions and also includes a playground.
M.K. Nature Center is adjacent to Municipal Park. The nature center is a 4.6-acre park that offers pathways that offers education about Idaho’s natural wildlife. This includes see-through ponds to view fish and other wildlife.
Parkcenter Park is located in East Boise and is a special use 13-acre park. Most notably this park offers a stocked fishing pond with docks which make it a popular spot for anglers.
Barber Park is located in East Boise and best known as the launching point for river floaters during the summer months. A special events and education center are also located within the park and during the winter months, bald eagles are known to perch amongst the trees by the Boise River.
Rhodes Park is located in West Downtown and is a 1.28-acre multi-use skate park for youths. The park features various rails for both skateboarding and inline skating. A basketball court and picnic tables can also be found at the park.
For more summertime activities going on at your local Boise park check out Boise Parks and Rec here.
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