Comfort Suites Airport
2906 Vista Avenue
Boise, ID 83705
Phone: (208) 472-1222
Fax: (208) 472-1210
Idaho is often ravaged by summer forest fires. Luckily though, the National Interagency Fire Center is located in Boise. Founded in 1965, the facility houses equipment that helps firefighters across the western United States, including Alaska. During the free tours, visitors learn about special equipment for detecting lightning storms and the role of smokejumpers. The Wildland Firefighters Monument pays homage to firefighters with poetry along the pathway and statues by Larry Nowlan. Public tours take place Tuesdays and Thursdays at 9a.
Looking out over downtown Boise and the Boise River, this glass-fronted train depot has welcomed visitors since 1925. Union Pacific stopped using the depot in 1971, resulting in a dilapidated building. Luckily, the Morrison-Kundsen Company financed a restoration based on old photographs and plans. Today visitors can view the valley from the bell tower or wander through the manicured Platt Gardens that surround the building. The depot is also available for special events, including weddings. Admission is free.
Hugging the Boise River, Boise's only university opened its doors in 1932 as a small private college. Today, it hosts more than 15,000 students on a 100-acre complex. Conveniently located across the river from Julia Davis Park, the university is home to the Morrison Center for the Performing Arts, and Bronco Stadium. Other campus highlights include the 1866 Christ Chapel, Idaho's oldest Protestant church and the Hemingway Western Studies Center, housing a variety of Hemingway papers and other artifacts.
This university stadium looks like any other until you see the turf - it's blue! Located on the campus of Boise State University and home to the BSU Bronco Football Team, this popular stadium is also used by many other athletic teams. In the fall football dominates, but come spring nimble tracksters sprint around the track. In June the stadium becomes the focal point for local high school graduations. The 30,000-seat stadium was dedicated to Lyle Smith, a former BSU football coach with a history for winning teams.
This tiny white church with its soaring bell tower looks out of place on the modern Boise State University campus. Built in 1866, it's Boise's first church and was formerly called St. Michael's Episcopal Church. Restored in 1963 by the Christ Chapel Historic Society, the chapel is now at the Boise Junior College campus and is popular for weddings.
This Moorish-style synagogue is small in size but dripping in history. Built in 1896, it has the honor of being the nation's oldest continually-used temple on the western side of the Mississippi. Former Idaho Governor Moses Alexander, the first Jewish governor in the United States, was instrumental in the temple's founding. The architects tried to copy a Toledo, Spain temple, and their success is obvious with a distinctively Spanish feel in the synagogue.
Established in 1916, this open-air zoo hosts about 235 animals from around the world. Located in the Julia Davis Park, the zoo is a perfect outing for children and adults of all ages. Featuring otters, zebras and a variety of native Idaho animals, the zoo offers a special discounted admission price on Thursdays. Bring a picnic lunch and spend some time with your favorite animal friends.
Offering a view of the Boise River's underwater world, this unique and interesting center allows visitors to see what happens under the rippling surface of a river. Hands-on computers help visitors understand and learn about the complex world of a living river. This learning center is a must for both tourists and residents, especially if you are a science buff. You will leave the center with a new appreciation for science and river habitats. Student tours are also available.
Located in historic St. Paul Baptist Church, the Idaho Black History Museum celebrates Idaho's black culture. Open since 1995, the museum offers visitors many interesting historical tidbits, such as a look at Idaho's black cowboys and miners, and Idaho's contribution to the Civil Rights Movement. The building itself also has an interesting historical legacy as one of the first African-American churches in the Boise area, founded in 1909. Activities include storytelling, workshops, lectures and musical performances.
Arching dramatically over the Boise River, this picturesque bridge displays colorful ceramic panels. The concrete arch is a sturdy memorial to the Oregon Trail pioneers that crossed the Boise River close to where the bridge stands. Built by the Boise construction company Morrison Knudsen, the bridge offers views of the Boise Train Depot on one side and the Idaho State Capitol Building on the other. Couple with the nearby Julia Davis Park, and The Cabin for an interesting tour.
Rescued by the Sons and Daughters of Idaho Pioneers, this complex of original Boise dwellings is located in the Julia Davis Park, next to the Idaho State Historical Museum. While wandering through two 1863 cabins, visitors can imagine the life of Isaac Coston, who slept under his cabin's roof for 50 years. The other cabin housed a blacksmith and later a Chinese family. Other structures include an adobe house from 1865 and a homesteader's shack from 1909.
Sitting next to the Boise River and its old, gnarly trees, this popular park offers year-round access. Picnicking is what the Municipal Park does best and is often listed in the local media as the best place for birthday parties. Providing 10 picnic areas, including a large shelter with electricity, the park has a constant party atmosphere. Spandex-clad cyclists and inline skaters cruise by on the Boise River Greenbelt while groups cook food on the grill. Located adjacent to the Morrison-Knudsen Nature Center, the park offers a full day of activities. Dogs are not allowed.