Boise, the capital city of Idaho, offers its residents and those who visit it with access to various cultural centers, shops, restaurants, and a vibrant nightlife scene. The city also provides easy access to parks and other outdoor environments. Having a balance of both urban and rural makes Boise a great place to live or visit.
Whether you’re in town for a short amount of time or moving in, be sure to check out the following 8 parks and these great neighborhoods and enjoy all that both have to offer:
1. Camel’s Back Park
Camel’s Back Park has a vast 11-acre green space leaving plenty of room for everyone who wants to enjoy its space. Within the park, there are open play areas with cut grass, an outdoor gym, a playground, and tennis courts which can be reserved for private use. Every year, Camel’s Back Park holds the Hyde Park Street Fair in September.
This park has numerous trails and picnic areas for reservation. With its well-maintained amenities, there is plenty for everyone to enjoy here, which is what makes it so popular.
2. Julia Davis Park
Surrounded by several local attractions, Julia Davis Park is a renowned park situated by the Boise River. This large park is located nearby the Boise Art Museum, Idaho Historical Museum, and Zoo Boise. It holds events like “Art in the Park” every September.
Julia Davis Park is one of the oldest parks in Boise, created in 1907 from a donation of land. Visitors can enjoy its lovely rose garden, see the Abraham Lincoln statue, and enjoy the various pavilions throughout the park. There are also tennis courts, a playground, and boat rentals in Julia Davis Park.
3. Fort Boise Park
Opened in 1999, Fort Boise Park’s 33-acres regularly attracts people playing sports due to its well-maintained facilities and amenities. It features six tennis courts, softball fields, a baseball field, multiple open play areas, and an in-ground skate park.
Fort Boise Park is also home to the Boise Community Garden. Here you can take an afternoon stroll amid a beautiful botanical display. This park was designed to be disability-friendly so that everyone could enjoy its amenities.
4. Kathryn Albertson Park
Kathryn Albertson Park is a 41-acre special use park located in downtown Boise. This park is great for wildlife lovers looking for a place to birdwatch or see some animals. Kathryn Albertson Park has wide, paved footpaths and various outdoor gazebos for visitors to enjoy its peace and solitude.
The park houses a multitude of wildlife, including waterfowl, songbirds, game birds, owls, herons, salamanders, turtles, bullfrogs, raccoons, beavers, rabbits, voles, foxes, and more. There are several conservation stations created to help educate park visitors on the environment. Kathryn Albertson Park also provides visitors with access to the Boise River Greenbelt along a pathway lined with trees.
5. Kristin Armstrong Municipal Park
Many of the top things to do in Boise take place along the banks of the Boise River. It’s a great place for birdwatchers to enjoy the local wildlife. Visitors to the Kristin Amstrong Municipal Park can enjoy using its bocce courts, open play areas, playground, and various reservation areas.
The nearby Knudson Nature Center is a great place to admire the schools of the fish display. At this learning center, you can catch up on facts about the local wildlife and flora present in Boise.
6. Morris Hill Dog Park
Morris Hill Dog Park is a small, 1-acre park that is popular with dog owners. There is a fenced-in, off-leash area with mulch ground. Morris Hill Dog Park also has picnic tables, benches, trees, and a doggie drinking fountain.
This dog park was recently upgraded to provide a separate area for small dog owners, as well as agility toys and fire hydrants for visitors to enjoy. For those who don’t have dogs, there are two horseshoe pits and a playground in the park as well.
7. Ann Morrison Park
Avid birdwatchers congregate at Ann Morrison Park. This 153-acre park offers plenty of wildlife and bird sighting opportunities. This popular park is part of the Idaho Birding Trail and showcases the wealth of wildlife and natural fauna found in the local area.
Ann Morrison Park has bocce courts, soccer fields, a disc golf course, cricket fields, lighted softball diamonds, an outdoor gym, and a sand volleyball court. Within the park, there is also the Treasure Valley Dog Island, where owners can let their dogs run off-leash.
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As proof of its popularity, Ann Morrison Park also plays host to a number of events such as the Boise Balloon Classic. This is an annual exciting event featuring several hot air balloons combined with live music, fun rides, and a wide array of food.
8. Ivywild Park
The 18-acre Ivywild Park sets itself distinctively apart from the other parks in Boise with its outdoor pool, which includes a toddler pool and slides. Visitors to the Ivywild Park can also enjoy the open play areas, the playground, soccer fields, softball fields, and tennis courts if they’re not in the mood to swim.
Whether you’re a local to Boise, just in town for a visit, or moving to the city, you won’t want to skip visiting one of the great parks in the city. There are many to choose from, each offering its own amenities and visitor experience. Pick the one that best aligns with your interests and desires, and you’re sure to have a great time!