Capitol City Culture
The Capitol City brims with culture. A visit to Boise unlocks gorgeous parks, authentic Old West history, and more. Here are our picks for the best cultural attractions in Boise.
Located in the Old Penitentiary Historic District, the Idaho Botanical Gardens hold stunning, vibrant, and exotic plants. The botanical gardens are split into numerous specialty gardens, including an English Garden, a Meditation Garden, a Children’s Adventure Garden, a Heirloom Rose Garden, and a Lewis and Clark Native Plant Garden.
In the 1960s, the Boise River's banks were reclaimed and developed into the Boise River Greenbelt, a 25-mile tree-lined path that connects 850 acres of park space. With space for bicycling and running, it provides a scenic trail through the capitol, and even an alternate route for eco-friendly commuters.
Go to jail. The Old Idaho Penitentiary opened in 1872 and locked up the West's most desperate criminals. Experience over a century of history. Visit the gallows, cell blocks, and solitary confinement. See thirty historic buildings and exhibitions, including the J. Curtis Earl Memorial Exhibit of Arms and Armaments.
The Peregrine Fund established the World Center for Birds of Prey to study these creatures and educate the public about them. Their research facilities help grow the population of endangered species. Their propagation program was critical to helping recover the population of the Peregrine Falcon, which was removed from the U.S. Endangered Species List in 1999.
The Idaho Anne Frank Human Rights Memorial lies along the Boise River Greenbelt. The park is inspired by Anne Frank's faith in humanity. Kurt Karst, an Idaho Falls architect, integrated natural elements like water, stone, and native plants, with a message of hope.