If you want to enjoy a beautiful area then RV Travel near Boise is a great way to explore! We spent a week checking out the sites but could have spent more time. We’ll be planning another trip sometime and hope these five family activities in Boise help you plan your trip.
5 Family Activities in Boise
5. Eagle Island State Park – A great place to spend a beautiful afternoon in nature! For a small entrance fee of $5, you have access to a wonderful array of fun. There is a lake for fishing and a great beach for swimming. We were able to take our kayaks for the water.
There is plenty of grassy area to toss a football, walking trails and a disc golf course.
The boys went down the water slide but our favorite part was the Ziplining! We did not book in advance so were only able to experience the beginner zip line. There are longer options if you book in advance. What a fun adventure!
4. The Village at Meridian – One place for many great activities! Shopping, eating and entertainment are all in one place at The Village at Meridian. We loved the pizza at Grimaldi’s and played in the arcade at Big Al’s. In the center of all the shops is a beautiful fountain.
At the beginning of every hour, there is a water show coordinated with lights and music. It was so enjoyable to watch.
3. Boise Trolley Tours – While the boys did get bored towards the end, I loved the Boise Trolley Tours. It was one of my favorite activities. The trolley is a fun way to see the city and learn lots of fun facts. We rode through downtown Boise, out to the Old Penitentiary and through a several older neighborhoods. We learned trivia facts on the first homes and original owners who built the city. Its educational but a fantastic way to see and learn about Boise.
Places to Eat in Boise
If you find yourself in Boise, hopefully you check out some of these spots. Before we get into the top two, there was a lunch stop on our visit that deserves a shout out. Honorable mention goes to BBQ4Life, a restaurant we stopped at for lunch. They had some of the best BBQ we’ve ever had. It was incredibly filling and a lot of food was left behind.
That’s the downside of living in an RV with your entire family. There is no room in the refrigerator for left-overs.
2. Eat Potato Ice Cream at the Westside Drive-In. Idaho is the potato state so treat yourself to potato ice cream! This was such a delicious treat. There are two locations in Boise (1929 W. State Street or 1113 ParkCenter Blvd). We ate at the one on W. State Street and were able to enjoy our meal outside during a beautiful evening. We recommend the finger steaks and a real baked potato. For dessert, order the potato ice cream! Its crazy how similar it looks to a real baked potato but it tastes delicious! They are large so you may want to consider sharing.
1. Ride along the Boise River Greenbelt and check out the Boise River. The Boise River Greenbelt is 25 miles long! We recommend renting a bike and going for a ride. We stayed at Boise Riverside RV Park and they had bike rentals available (and I’m sure there are additional places). What a wonderful way to see the beautiful city and get some exercise. If you are able to take a fishing pole, make sure to try to catch a trout in the river. But first, make sure you obtain an Idaho fishing license.
Hopefully you enjoyed these five family-friendly activities in Boise. The experiences we took from this trip are a big reason why we love rv travel.