Welcome to Boise!
Welcome to Boise, the capital of Idaho. This beautiful city offers unlimited outdoor recreation, art, markets, festivals, a large variety of highly-rated restaurants, and more. Let's explore the many attractions!
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OUTDOORS Boise Recreation
Activities The Whole Family Will Enjoy
Boise, Idaho, is known for its beautiful outdoor spaces with miles of hiking and biking trails, a nearby ski hill, parks, the Boise River, and more.
You'll enjoy cycling or walking along the "Ribbon of Jewels", a 1.6-mile paved path that strings together many parks along the Boise River. Visit the parks, go swimming, fishing, paddle boarding, enjoy a picnic, and more.
The Boise River invites raft and tube floating, fishing, white water rafting, and waterskiing. You'll never get bored exploring the green spaces in Boise!
- Ridge to River Trails
- Lucky Peak Reservoir
- Boise River Greenbelt
- Ribbon of Jewels Parks
- Bethine Church River Trail
- Golda Harris Nature Preserve
Getting Around Boise
Valley Regional Transit
Bike or Scooter Rental
Click here for more information about transportation options in Boise.
Art & Culture Downtown Boise
Art, Food, Culture
When you're in Boise, visit the downtown area and experience the food, art, and culture. Visit the Boise Farmers Market or the Captial City Public Market in the summer months and enjoy the freshest fruits, vegetables, and local hand-crafted products.
Downtown Boise also features unique sculptures, murals, an adult playground, museums, and so much more! Check out just a few of the hot spots to visit in Boise:
- Boise Art Museum
- Idaho State Museum
- Self-Guided Art Tour
- Boise Farmers Market
- Anne Frank Memorial
- Idaho Museum of Mining
- Discovery Center of Idaho
- Capital City Public Market
- Department of Arts & History
You'll Love it Here
Buying a Home
If you dream of living in Boise, let's make it happen!
Explore many housing options, from single-family homes to condos and townhouses to high-rises. Whether you want to live in the city or the suburbs, Boise offers a great way of life!
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- We'll find you a real estate agent
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- Buy a home in Boise!
Fun For The Whole Family Spirit of Boise Balloon Classic
Hot Air Balloons Everywhere!
Visit Boise over Labor Day weekend and experience the vibrant Spirit of Boise hot air balloon festival. See the colorful and animated hot air balloons as they soar into the blue skies over Boise.
There are hot air balloon launches on numerous mornings and one evening. In the evening, the balloons glow with color against the dark sky. Food, vendors, and live music are also available on the night of the hot air balloon launch.
Kids can learn about hot air balloons during "Cap Ed Kid's Day." They can also take a free, tethered ride in a hot air balloon. So much fun!
Fun Times Entertainment & Activities
Embrace the variety of entertainment in Boise
When you're tired of the tourist experience in Boise, it's time to take on the more tried and true forms of entertainment. Whether you want to experience a bit of an adrenaline rush or an activity that's a bit more laid back, Boise offers it all!
- Axe Throwing
- Rafting Trips
- Go-Kart Racing
- Comedy Show
- Scavenger Hunt
- Cinema or IMAX
Let's Explore! Activities In & Around Boise
There are so many activities and sites to see in Boise:
- Boise Art Museum
- Bogus Basin Ski Hill
- Breweries & Wineries
- Boise River Greenbelt
- Jaialdi Basque Festival
- Idaho Botanical Garden
- Freak Alley Gallery Murals
- Spirit of Boise Balloon Classic
- World Center for Birds of Prey
- Anne Frank Human Rights Memorial
The median price of homes is approximately $545,000 (Nov. 2022)
Boise offers a variety of home-buying options, including living near the water! As you search for a home to buy, consider a detached home, semi-detached, townhouse, or condo.
Since the average price of homes is elevated, consider living just outside of the city to save money.
- Cost of living (without rent): $996/month
- Average home price: $545,000
- Residential property tax: 0.80%
Boise is nicknamed "The City of Trees" (among others)
Boise's nickname, The City of Trees, dates back to a time before it was a city. When French fur trappers saw the undeveloped area, they shouted, "Les Bois, Les Bois," which translates to "the trees, the trees."
Take a trip to Boise between May-September, and you'll enjoy temperatures between 72-80° F.
- Elevation: 2,730 feet
- Land area: 85 mi2
- Approx. population: 470,000 (2022)
- Median resident age: 37.6 years old
$87,500 is the average income in Boise (but higher-paying jobs abound!)
Boise is ranked a favorable 15th out of 50 cities worldwide when it comes to work-life balance. Common jobs in the area include purchasing managers, sales managers, physician assistants, and nurses. Many jobs in Boise come from the state government. Here are other common jobs in Boise:
- Office Clerks
- Retail Salespeople
- General Managers
- Customer Service Reps
Moving to Boise, Idaho
Would you like to live in Boise?
Boise Offers Big City Living and Outdoor Recreation
If you would like to live in Boise, consider working in one of the largest industries in the area: government, wood and paper production, and technology. Engineering, construction, semiconductor manufacturing, and tourism also employ many professionals in the area.
If you're interested in moving to Boise, you can choose from a variety of home styles and neighborhoods, and you can even near the water. Reach out to a real estate agent today to find your perfect home.
- Single-Family Homes
- Condos, Townhouses