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Top Dog Parks in Boise ID

Ask any dog owner and they’ll tell you that some of their best happy hours don’t come in a pint glass. Their happiest hours are the ones spent with their best four-legged friends, letting off steam and socializing at a Boise dog park.

But dogs, like people, have their own preferences when it comes to recreating. Some like nothing more than a leisurely sniff, others like to romp with new friends, while still others like to sprint full bore in circles until they drop.

So we’ve compiled a list of our top 10 favorite off-leash dog parks in the Treasure Valley, along with what makes them so great. Here they are, in no particular order:

1. Ann Morrison Park

Downtown Boise – 1000 S Americana Blvd
Off-Leash Hours: sunrise to sunset, Nov. 1 - Feb.

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Harrison Boulevard Boise ID neighborhood

The story of Boise's Harrison Boulevard has been in the making for more than 100 years.

Imagine being part of a city’s living history – taking tea in the same sunroom once used by one of Idaho’s first governors, or cooking in the same kitchen where J.R. Simplot may have had a billion-dollar epiphany about flash freezing Idaho potatoes, or walking your kids to school down a road that was once lined with the tracks of Boise’s electric trolley car.

Living on the stately, tree-lined street of Harrison Boulevard in the North End is as close as you can get to stepping back in time to Boise’s early days as a fledgling city. When viewing its eclectic homes, most of which were built between 1901 and 1942, you might not guess that the street was Boise’s

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View from above a top golf course in Boise, Idaho

With our abundantly sunny skies, temperate spring and autumn seasons, and impossibly long summer days, it’s no surprise that the Treasure Valley has become a golfing oasis. But with more than 20 emerald-toned golf courses across the valley, choosing where to play can set your whole game up for success – or failure.

Which is why we’ve profiled the best public and private courses in the Treasure Valley. Whether you’re a newbie, a scratch golfer or a twice-a-year duffer, here’s what you need to know about the Boise area’s most popular golf courses – and what makes each of them unique.

The Club at SpurWing

6800 N Spurwing Way, Meridian, ID 83646
(208) 887-1800 | Website
Course: Private and includes the Championship Course (par 72) and Challenge

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Boise Swimming Pools Guide Best Swimming Pools in Boise ID

Summer is definitely here, with all the warm weather ahead of us it's an excellent opportunity to soak up some fun at one of Boise's community pools. Just in Boise alone, there are seven locations each filled with neighborhood personality and different amenities. Each year all pools open on the very last day of school for the Boise School District calendar, which is May 31st at 1:00 pm. With more than just splash pads and water slides, during the summer season, Boise Parks and Recreation also holds swim classes and other aerobic sessions for all ages.

Where to swim in Boise

Natatorium Pool and Hydrotube - Northeast Boise

1811 E Warm Springs Ave | (208) 608-7680 | Map & Directions »

Just off Warm Springs Ave, the Natatorium is considered a

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Where to Watch Outdoor Movies in Boise This Summer

Summer nights are almost here, promising those golden evenings with family and friends, relaxing as the temperatures cool down and the stars come out. There’s something magical about summer nights, isn’t there? This year, you can add “watch a movie under the stars” to your summer bucket list and check it off at any one of these free outdoor movie events.

Sparklight Movie Night | Meridian

With an impressive lineup of weekly classics and new family-friendly hits, the popular Meridian Sparklight Movie Night events are returning this summer. Every Friday from June through August, you can catch a movie at Settlers Park for free. Community partners and vendors join every week so you can enjoy a refreshing beverage and stroll through booths and

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The best restaurants in Boise, Idaho

Boise’s restaurant scene has flourished in the last few years, bringing the Treasure Valley a variety of incredible eateries to match its community-favorite stalwarts. The City of Trees has something delectable primed to appease even the most stubborn palates with a myriad of meat-free options, creative twists on the classics, and menu selections you’d expect to only see in Paris or Italy. From traditional Italian and tomahawk steaks to vegan barbeque and craft tacos, take off on a flavor-profile adventure with the best restaurants in Boise—your tastebuds will thank you.

Boise's Best Restaurants

Colorful plate of salad at Boise Italian restaurant Alavita

1. Álavita

$$ - $$$ | Italian, Craft Cocktails, Idaho Wines | Website
807 W Idaho St, Boise, ID 83702 | (208) 780-1100

With

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The Boise Bench neighborhood in Idaho

The Boise Bench—known as “The Bench” by locals—is a multicultural hub of character, diversity, and eclectic personality.

Spreading nearly 10 square miles, The Bench is a collection of eight centrally-located neighborhoods just up the hill from Downtown Boise. Individually unique, Bench communities date back to Boise’s first settlers, and they wear their deep-rooted history like a custom-made style. Spanning over 100 years, Boise Bench neighborhoods are a never-know-what-you’ll-find adventure of home designs, trends, culinary diversity, retail oddities, and architectural artistry.

The Bench is where traditional and contemporary converge. Here, forgotten properties find new life, and a home’s age is seen as personality. Down any street, you’ll

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Bown Crossing: Southeast Boise, ID

Boise’s Bown Crossing, a live-where-you-work neighborhood, rests against the iconic foothills and just below the scenic Table Rock plateau. As one of Southeast Boise’s greatest treasures, Bown Crossing takes Boise’s best attributes and packs them into a small-scale community. Your ease of life flows as gently as the nearby Boise River.

Known for its charming shops, quaint restaurants, and intimate streets, Bown Crossing teems with small-town friendliness and next-door neighbor comfort. At around eight city blocks, it’s comparatively smaller than other Boise subdivisions and neighborhoods. Still, its size doesn’t mean it lacks any charm or amenities. In fact, Bown Crossing’s modest area is one of its premiere qualities.

With South Bown Way

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Boise Idaho Winter Getaway Guide

As the capital of the “Gem State,” it’s only fair that Boise would hold the crown for winter adventures. Destinations, vacations, fresh air, long weekends, family memories—whatever you’re after, there’s always something new to discover in Southwest Idaho.

The best part? Most of these extraordinary journeys are only a quick car ride away from Boise. It sounds surprising, but trust us—winter is actually the perfect time to pack the car and head into Idaho’s beauty.

Snow transforms the state into a destination dreamland, giving you exclusive access to winter getaways, family fun, and lifelong memories.

This is our list of the best winter day trips, scenic stops, and weekend getaways only a short drive from Boise.

 

Beautiful winter mountain view from Sun Valley, Idaho

1. Sun Valley:

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Best Boise days hikes and trails

With more than 200 miles of trails surrounding the city, it’s no exaggeration to say that Boise is a haven for hikers. It’s also a great way for families to explore the rugged beauty of our high-desert ecosystem. Below, we highlight some of the best trails in and around Boise, from easy paths that double as great nature walks for kids, to challenging day hikes. All you’ll need to pack is your sense of adventure, sunscreen, and plenty of water.

Mountain Cove

Difficulty: Easy
Length: 2 miles, 175’ elevation gain
Estimated time: 45 to 60 minutes (location)

Mountain Cove is the most accessible trail in the Military Reserve trail complex, which is located in Boise’s East End neighborhood. The mostly flat trail parallels a creek and culminates in a

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