Things to Do in Boise with the Family

May 21, 2019

by hotel43

There are plenty of things for families to do in Boise. Whether you are on a family-friendly vacation or live near the area, you’ll find fun and interesting things to do in Boise. The kids will be excited to do outdoor activities, see some sights, and get acquainted with animals at the local zoo.

Peddling Around


woman riding on the greenbelt trail over bridge

Biking is super fun and a great way for the family to explore downtown Boise. A wide variety of bike-friendly businesses and activities are spread throughout the downtown core. No need to stick to the streets either; you can take your wheels to the Greenbelt or the famous foothill trails. Pack some snacks and be sure to stay hydrated. Without a doubt, Boise is a biking town, and now you can rent your bikes straight from the front desk through Hotel 43's new complimentary bike rental program! Simply see the front desk during your stay and get peddling! 

World Center for Birds of Prey


Raptors, eagles, hawks, falcons, and even owls are at the World Center for Birds of Prey. The center offers live bird displays and a variety of both indoor and outdoor exhibits to explore. The center is committed to the restoration of rare species through captive breeding and releases into the wild. Through programs like this, families can learn how important it is to conserve natural habitats and promote biodiversity.

Zoo Boise


Jabari and Tafari at the Giraffe Encounter are waiting to say hello! Be careful though; they may give you a lick. For $3, you get some lettuce leaves to share with the world's tallest animal. All proceeds go to the Zoo Boise conservation fund, of course.

Some exciting events are coming up at Zoo Boise as well. June 8 is Zoo Daze, featuring The Very Hungry Caterpillar. For the first time ever you can have the chance to feed the butterflies with special butterfly feeding sticks + much more! July 17 also marks the Expansion Grand Opening for the Gorongosa Exhibit, a new 2.5-acre exhibit featuring wild African dogs, baboons, Nile crocodiles, vervet monkeys, otters, hyenas, warthogs, nyala and much more!

River Runners


rafters on the Payette River

For those who love being on the water during family-friendly vacations, you can't beat floating season on the Boise River. Yes, you rent a personal tube for or a whole raft for up to and set off down the river. It’s one of the best things to in Boise, Idaho for a relaxing afternoon.

For the more adventurous travelers, you can also raft down the Payette River with Cascade Raft and Kayak. The waters are a little more exciting but not pro-level rapids. The fun factor is well worth the 45-minute car ride.

Freak Alley


Graffiti has been a part of pop culture for decades, and Boise's Freak Alley encourages it. Take a tour of Boise’s public art scene between Bannock and Idaho streets.

freak alley mural

Sugar Sunset


What day of family fun doesn't end with ice cream? Not only does The STIL serve unique flavors of handcrafted ice cream, but they’ve got something special for moms and dads—beer and wine flavors!

If the family is tuckered out and wants to return to your spacious suite at Hotel 43, that’s no problem. Just place an order to Chips Cookies, and they will deliver a bag of delicious cookies right to your door.

There’s a bunch of fun to be had for families in Boise. Book your stay at Hotel 43.