boise_riverBoise, Idaho, is a great place for a family holiday. It is easy to get around and very relaxing.  Boise is by far the cleanest and most family friendly place we have ever visited.  Here is a small sample of some family fun you can have during the summer there.

I personally enjoy floating down the Boise river. You can park your car at Ann Morrison Park and catch a bus for just a few dollars that will drop you off at Barber Park. At the drop off point you can inflate your raft or tube. You can also rent a raft or tube here. I suggest a raft because this river is very cold.  It takes about two hours to float back down to the park. There are two small drops so you will have to hang on to your kids a few times.  The whole family will have fun.  Don’t forget life jackets and snacks!  

Julia Davis Park is a great place to go bike riding or roller skating. Paved sidewalks line the river. The zoo is also located at this park. The zoo was OK, but nothing special. But if your kids love animals it will be worth it.


Ann Morrison Park  We used to hang out here all the time. We would bring our bikes or roller skates, play tennis, or just watch the kids play on the monster playground they have there. Sometimes we would park at Julia Davis park, feed the ducks and then bike over to Ann Morrison Park along the Greenbelt.
There are always lots of people there playing horseshoes or cricket. It is a great park to take your kids to. Ann_Morrison_park

Ivywild Pool

– This is a great community pool with a fantastic area for toddlers. A large portion of the pool is zero entry.  It is inexpensive and makes for a great day out!  

Roaring Springs
Water park is located just west of Boise. I would only go on a hot day!  Right next door to the water park is Boondocks Family Fun Center. The kids can putt putt and play games.

Morrison Knudsen Nature Center Basically it is a park, but it has been built into an outdoor nature walk. They have built up walls with viewing windows along a stream so you can see the fish and other wildlife that is in there. We saw beavers, fish, ducks, birds and  This is a great opportunity for your kids to learn something and it’s free.

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