Family-Friendly Places to Visit in Boise on A Cold Day

November 6, 2019

by hotel43

As the chill winds of autumn hint at the cold weather ahead, it’s always good to have a plan to keep the kids entertained. Here are family-friendly places to visit in Boise on a cold day.

Aquarium of Boise


kids at aquarium in front of fish tank

N Cole Rd (10 mins away)

Adult admission: $11.39

Children 7-10 admission: $8.27

Children 3-6 admission: $6.19

Children 2 and under: FREE

Hours: Monday - Saturday: 10am-5pm/Sun:12-5pm

This 10,000 square foot facility displays over 250 species of animals and marine life. The aquarium houses over 35,000 gallons of saltwater, but their collection is not limited to animals that live in the ocean. You can also visit these must-see creatures:

  • Shark and Puffer Exhibit: 17,000 gallons of seawater is home to the aquarium’s largest species of shark with a coral refugium that keeps the exhibit healthy.

  • Reptiles: This tree canopy is home to various reptiles.

  • Bird Aviary: These playful, curious birds will feed right from your hands.

  • Amazing Angels Exhibit: A 1700-gallon tropical reef makes it easy to feed and pet species of fish from the Tropical Pacific Ocean.

  • Stingray Lagoon: Visit Peanut, the Round Ray along with assorted damselfish.

  • Tide Pools: Search the tide pools for sea urchins, sea stars, and fish.

  • Ray Pool: Kids can touch the rays at this hands-on display.

  • Amazon Exhibit: Meet freshwater fish from South America.

  • Russian Tortoise: Take a look at this slow-moving tortoise in his comfy home.

  • The Sunken Ship: Visit Pond Sliders and Garter Snakes in this exhibit.


Discovery Center of Idaho 


W Myrtle St (4 mins away)

Hours→ Mon-Sat:10am-5:00pm/Sun:12pm-5pm

Members & Under 2 admission: Free

Youth 2-17 admission: $10

Adults 18+ admission: $12

The Discovery Center of Idaho is the only hands-on science center in the state. Kids will love discovering fun, interactive science, technology, engineering, and math learning with more than 150 hands-on exhibits. This non-traditional approach to education helps make learning fun.

Kids will want to spend hours at the new exhibit BRICKS! This 3,000-square-foot, hands-on exhibits allow kids to learn about the design and engineering process and view the work of local artists using LEGO bricks. This is the perfect space to trigger your children’s imaginations while appealing to people of all ages.  

Altitude Trampoline Park


small girls jumping at trampoline park

1301 N Milwaukee St (12 mins away)

Monday-Thursday 10am – 9pm //Friday 10am – 11pm // Saturday 8:30am – 11pm // Sunday 11am – 8pm      

If you need a way to work off pent-up energy, some fun things to do in Boise with kids will call for physical activity. This spot has over 30,000-square-feet of indoor trampolines. Bounce away the hours, enjoy stunt bags filled with air, test your athletic skills at their warped walls or challenge each other to a battle at their reaction walls.

Those dreaded cold and dreary days won’t be so challenging with these great ideas for indoor activities Boise families love.

For your visit to Boise with kids in tow, you can book a comfortable stay at Hotel 43. Located just minutes from these fun things to do in Boise with kids, you’ll be near the action, with a comfortable retreat at the end of your busy day. Book your reservations today.