3 Outdoor Destinations and Attractions in Boise, Idaho

Planning a trip to Boise anytime soon? Now that it’s summer and the warmer weather is here, it would be a shame if you spent your whole trip indoors, right? Keep reading and you’ll find three great options that will allow you to breathe in the fresh air and have some fun with your family!

Morley Nelson Snake River Birds of Prey National Conservation Area

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If you are a fan of wildlife, you don’t want to miss Morley Nelson Snake River Birds of Prey National Conservation Area (NCA). You can find many options there: from going for a hike in the morning or having a nice picnic surrounded by nature, to even going for an afternoon horseback ride.

Another great thing about this destination is its free access. Now, those of you who have large families or simply are on a budget will understand the relief that this brings to your trip. Among other benefits, it gives you the freedom to visit anytime during the day without feeling the need to make the most out of what you paid for.

This also means you can splurge a bit more on accommodation, which, at the end of a long day, is key to having a rested trip. You can easily find a hotel that fits your needs and is close to all your desired attractions.

Deer Flat National Wildlife Refuge

Visitors at the Deer Flat National Wildlife Refuge will encounter many outdoor activities, so you’re sure to find something that suits you and your family.

It is open from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. on weekdays and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturdays. While there, you can learn about wildlife and natural resources, go for a hike, or take beautiful photographs. If you visit between April 15 to September 30, you also have the option of boating and swimming.

This is a great option if you have a child in a stroller or even a disabled member of the family. Most paths have good accessibility, as do the fishing dock and The Centennial Train.

Just like the previous option, this one has free access, but there are some activities where you do have to pay.

World Center for Birds of Prey

Here’s a great option for the little ones. The World Center for Birds of Prey has a discovery room where your kids can enjoy fun activities such as puzzles and costumes or even get to handle eggs and feathers. Together you can also enjoy the live raptor presentations that occur throughout the day, or even some didactic indoor exhibits — because knowledge is never too much.

This one does have an admission fee of $10 ($5 for ages 4-16), but it is worth the money.

Now you have no excuse not to visit at least one of these. If you do end up paying any of the above-mentioned attractions a visit, feel free to let me know!

 

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