In the capital city of Idaho, you’ll find the Boise River Greenbelt, a network of parks and trails that hug the river. The art museum, housed in an art deco building, features contemporary art and an outdoor sculpture garden. Nearby, you can visit the Idaho State Capitol Building, and the Old Illinois Penitentiary, a historical military prison with 19th century prison cells. The art museum offers a glimpse into the history of the city and the state.
Whether you want to check out the local arts scene, or take in some of the culture of the area, Boise has something for everyone. There are museums and galleries, thriving local businesses, and plenty of big box stores to choose from. And while you’re in town, be sure to stop by Re-POP Gifts, which offers everything from science fiction movie sets to retro toys. Then, stop by Slow Coffee, where you’ll enjoy a tasty treat or hot beverage. If you’d prefer to buy a unique gift for a loved one, try the Mixed Greens store, where you can buy artwork, jewelry, and locally-made items.
If you’re looking for unique gifts, head to the Idaho Botanical Garden, which occupies 50 acres of prime land in downtown Boise. The gardens were once a prison farm, making it an interesting historical gem. The grounds of the garden are divided into different themed sections, including Alpine, English, and Cactus Gardens. While visiting the gardens, be sure to bring your camera, because you’ll want to take a picture!
The statehouse building is another historic gem, located in downtown Boise. It’s called the Capitol of Light, and it was once part of the Old Idaho State Penitentiary. The beautiful grounds are divided into four sections: the Alpine Garden, the English Garden, and the Cactus Garden. You can spend all day learning about the history of the area and the surrounding nature. There are also scavenger hunts, which can make your experience even more exciting.
The wineries of the region are a great place to buy local products. The Coiled Wines winery in Garden City has a tasting bar downtown and sells wine and other local products. The wines are made by a small team of local craftspeople and are handcrafted to be delicious and good for your health. You can also find a wide variety of other local businesses that sell locally-made products, such as pottery, jewelry, and other goods.
For an authentic taste of local food, head to one of the many local shops. You can find a unique cheese shop in the downtown district. There are also some unique food stores in Garden City, including Homemade by Dorothy. These shops sell a wide range of unique products from local farmers and craftsmen to local artists. At home, you can buy unique items from the Boise Candy Company. They ship their products via UPS for free.