Best Ways to Spend Your Weekends in the Treasure Valley



There are plenty of activities to participate in around Treasure Valley, Idaho all year round. Whether you enjoy skiing or mountain biking, ice skating or playing in an arcade, there are plenty of options for you and your interests. However, some of the most popular attractions are as follows:

Wintertime fun:

Bogus Basin has enjoyment for everyone. Whether you’re a seasoned skier or a beginner, Bogus Basin will have fun for you and different options for your wallet. If you want adventure, go on whatever slope you want and take the journey down. Or, if you don’t want to ski, go inner tubing or sledding instead.

Summertime fun:

There is so much to do in the summer in the Boise area. Idaho residents’ favorites include Roaring Springs Water Park, Wahooz Family Fun Zone, and the Saturday market (the Capital City Public Market). Don’t pass up the opportunity to go to any of these three places during the weekends this summer.

Roaring Springs Water Park has an abundance of attractions. With Fifteen attractions, you are sure to find one that fits your fancy. There are activities for older age groups and attractions for all. If you like a few more twists and turns, try the new Corkscrew Cavern or the Rattlesnake Rapids or Viper’s Vortex. Another new attraction is the Cliffhanger. If you like something a bit more low-key, try the Lazy River or the White Water Bay Wave Pool. The Lazy River will take you around the park at a slow, steady pace. You can sit on an inner tube or walk around while the currents gently push you along. It’s a fun alternative to the high-speed rides around the rest of the park. The Wave Pool is also a fun attraction, as you can sit on an inner tube and let the waves rock you as they get bigger and bigger.

If you want a dry weekend in the summer, check out the amusement center next door to Roaring Springs: Wahooz Family Fun Zone. Here you can enjoy laser tag, arcade games, a race car track, a mini golf course, and more. Stay cool in the summer with these awesome attractions. If you want to enjoy some nice early Saturday strolling on weekends in the summer in the Treasure Valley, go to the Capital City Public Market. Here you can enjoy one-of-a-kind goods, such as fresh treats and handmade jewelry. This is a fun option to wind down and just soak in the summer.

All Year:

Without seasonal activities, there is still plenty of things to do to have fun in the Treasure Valley. All year long you can participate in exciting events. If you are a movie goer, you will enjoy going to The Village at Meridian. The Village consists of multiple shops, cafes, restaurants, and a giant movie theater with special seating and amazing food. You have the option to view things in 3D, 2D, and in D-Box. What is D-Box seating? D-Box seats move and vibrate with the movie to offer you an enhanced experience. If you’re watching a roller coaster in a movie, be prepared to feel like you’re right there with the characters. It’s a little more expensive than a normal ticket, but it’s worth trying at least once (or more, if you find you have a lot of fun). To mix up your weekends and change things up from the regular dinner and movie combination, feel free to go to the Boise Contemporary Theater. This theater gives attendees an amazing experience. Phenomenal performances are given by experienced actors with amazing scripts. Actors from all around the US come to act here and offer their talents for the Treasure Valley. You can check the BCT website for what plays are being shown each week so you can choose which weekend to mix things up with the genre of your choice.

If you don’t like sitting still but still want to immerse yourself in the world of art here in the Treasure Valley, check out one of the museums in the local area. The Idaho State Historical Museum and the Boise Art Museum have amazing exhibits. The Idaho State Historical Museum displays photos and art, as well as artifacts, that show the viewer Idaho’s amazing past. You can even check out the legendary two-headed calf, Déjà Mu. For a more contemporary art experience, head on down to the Boise Art Museum. Located down the street from Boise State University, the museum is easy to find and affordable to get into. Check out paintings, sculptures, and other amazing exhibits at an inexpensive price.

If you’re more of a gamer, go down to Grinkers Grand Palace in Eagle, Idaho or Dave and Buster’s in Boise. Grinkers is the lesser expensive of the two arcade options, and offers the experience to dive back in time and experience retro gaming with original arcade games like Donkey Kong, Star Wars pinball, and more. Dave and Buster’s gives you a more fast-paced, current experience with fun for the adult crowd. Don’t miss out on either of these arcades—both are fun experiences that shouldn’t be missed.

The Treasure Valley has a lot to offer, and if you know where to venture out to, your weekends will always be filled with fun activities and an assortment of things to do. The list above is only a taste of what’s out there in the Treasure Valley. Keep your options open and ask around for even more fun in the Boise area.

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