The City of Boise has its ways of keeping residents busy. There are numerous events and activities taking place in different communities at any given time along with many constant attractions. It may be difficult to peg down exactly what is going on in which neighborhood, and a good place to start looking for things to do is in the cities many parks. Although there are a plethora of small park areas scattered about the city, there are three that are particularly active, frequently visited, and full of things for residents to do.
1: Julia Davis Park: Built on donated land, this eighty-nine-point-four acre park is packed with things to do. Julia Davis is home to Zoo Boise, an accredited facility through the Association of Zoos and Aquariums. The zoo has is focused on spreading the word about animal conservation and habitat preservation. Along with educational opportunities, it has many different holiday events on a year round basis for children and adults. The City of Boise takes great pride in its zoo and the zoo's ability to maintain its prestigious national accreditation.
Also located in Julia Davis Park is the Idaho State Historical Museum and Idaho State Black History Museum, as well as the Boise Art Museum. These facilities are open daily and offer many varied opportunities for learning and fun. In Particular, the Boise Art Museum is the host of an annual Art in the Park event that brings in vendors from all over the country.
2: Ann Morrison Park: Encompassing one-hundred-fifty-three acres and located along the Boise Greenbelt, this park is a favorite amongst Boise residents. There are city league soccer games that are held there on a regular basis, and when the fields are not in use for those, they are a great location for a pickup game of a favorite sport or activity. Along with open areas and a large playground, there are places within the park designated for disc golf, bocce ball, and horseshoes.
The Spirit of Boise Balloon Festival is an annual hot air balloon rally that takes place during the summer at Ann Morrison. The festival features a light up the night event as well as many other hot air balloon related activities that the community is invited to participate in. The City of Boise fireworks and a 4th of July celebration also take place in this park.
3: Camel's Back Park: The developed area of this park is small at only eleven acres, however, there is a lot to do in that space. Acquired by the City of Boise in 1932, Camel's Back is now home to the Hyde Park Street Fair. This yearly event is known for catering to local musicians, artisans, and performers. There is also an area where food trucks can park, and many of these are also locally owned.
One of the main focal points of the park is Camel's Back Hill. There is a trail system built into and around the hill that connects with the Ridge to Rivers trails in the Boise foothills. These trails are popular with locals, and very well used and maintained.
These three City of Boise parks keep residents busy along with offering places to sit, relax, and enjoy the outdoors. There are many other small parks hidden here and there with their own offerings, but these three are a good place to start if looking for local activities to participate in. Talk with our agents today about homes available near one of Boise's parks, and live close to all they have to offer!