Explore Boise

Tucked on a bend of the Boise River, The Riverside Hotel is the perfect location to launch your local adventure. Whether in for a conference, out on the town, or exploring the great outdoors, we can help you plan your perfect Treasure Valley stay.

Riverside Access

  • Boise Greenbelt: Even on a quick overnight stop-through, we encourage you to take advantage of our water’s edge location by walking a bit along the Boise Greenbelt. The Greenbelt consists of 25 miles of paved and unpaved trails along the banks of the river, connecting 15 city parks. On-site bike rentals are available at the front desk.
  • Float and Boat: The local department of parks and recreation offer tube and raft rentals and a shuttle service for your family’s four-hour float through the City of Trees. You’re welcome to bring your own canoe, kayak, tube or paddleboard as well. For more information about seasonal river floats and shuttle service, contact the park service.
  • Boise River Park: For whitewater enthusiasts or curious kayak-watchers, the excitement of Boise’s whitewater park, featuring the waveshaper, is a great stop. Check out the rentals, lessons, and guidelines for the park.

50+ Things To Do In Boise

Boise has small town charm with big city options! There are plenty of things to do no matter what the season. Below you will find a diverse list of activities ranging from family friendly to adrenaline chasing!

  • Stand up paddle-board (SUP) or learn to kayak on Quinn’s Pond. Rent Gear just across the River!
  • Climb Table Rock for great views of the city, bring your dog too!
  • Visit some local breweries. Payette is only a 5 min walk from the Hotel. And Crooked Fence is a 5 min drive.
  • Visit the State Capitol.
  • Make a break for the mountains and head to Idaho City.
  • Idaho has more hot springs than any other state! Visit one or many!
  • Tube the Boise River, a family-friendly activity.
  • Eat at the Sandbar Patio Bar & Grill, one of the best patios in town, it’s dog-friendly too!
  • Ski Bogus Basin – A great opportunity for kids to learn to ski.
  • Swim in a beautifully landscaped resort-style pool.
  • Tube Bogus Basin – Fun for all ages!
  • Soak up some culture and visit the Boise Art Museum.
  • Raft the Payette River – All levels welcome!
  • Educate yourself on Idaho’s rich past at the History Museum.
  • Hang out on 8th Street and people watch, shop, or eat.
  • Climb the hill at Camel’s Back Park and find your inner child on the large swing set.
  • Hike, bike ride or trail run in the foothills using the Ridge to Rivers Trail System. This area has many off-leash dog options.
  • Fly fish on one of our many rivers.
  • Play frisbee golf at Ann Morrison Park, you can bike there from The Riverside Hotel.
  • Visit the Worlds Center for Birds of Prey.
  • Eat Basque food and learn about their culture on the Basque Block.
  • Walk, bike, roller-blade, skateboard, run or skip on the Boise Greenbelt.
  • Kayak or Surf the Boise River Park. It’s only 200 feet from The Riverside Hotel!
  • Stroll through the Julia Davis Rose Gardens.
  • Get locked up at the Old State Pen.
  • Frolic in the Idaho Botanical Garden.
  • Rent a motor-boat and cool off at Lucky Peak Reservoir.
  • Check out a free concert at Alive After Five.
  • Run through the giant water fountain on the Grove.
  • Buy local fruits, vegetables, flowers, food, and much more at the Saturday Market.
  • Enjoy free samples at Idaho Candy Company.
  • Catch your favorite artist at the Knitting Factory.
  • Take a day trip to McCall.
  • Visit The Anne Frank Human Rights Memorial.
  • Explore the Discovery Center, a family-friendly hands-on Science Center.
  • Feed the animals at Zoo Boise.
  • Feel the wind in your hair as you take a zip line tour in Horseshoe Bend.
  • Ride the train tracks in style with the Thunder Mountain Line.
  • See a movie at the Flicks, Boise’s independent movie theater.
  • Cheer on a hockey or roller derby team at Century Link.
  • The weather is so nice in Boise, you can golf all year round!
  • Watch beauty and grace at the Idaho Ballet.
  • Enjoy local artists during Boise’s First Thursday Art Walk
  • Ice Skate year-round.
  • Listen to live music in The Sapphire Room.
  • Run the Famous Idaho Potato Marathon – Free baked potato when you finish.
  • Catch a variety of performances at the Morrison Center.
  • Watch a Boise State Broncos Game on the blue field.
  • Visit the historic Boise Depot.
  • See quality contemporary live plays at Stage Coach Theatre!
  • Take the kids to Wahooz Family Fun Center for water slides, bowling, go-carts and so much more!
  • Try to catch a baseball at the Boise Hawks Minor League game.
  • Gain bragging rights by beating your friends in Race to Robie Creek—Toughest Half Marathon in the Northwest!
  • Visit Freak Alley, a notable public art venue full of morals and graffiti art, in downtown Boise.