My Boise Bucket List

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20 Things All Boiseans Should Try at Least Once

Boise State Public Radio recently published the Idaho Bucket List: The 75 Things All Idahoans Should Try (At Least Once). Wow, I’ve got a lot to do! But, it got me thinking about my own bucket list nearer to home – what are the things that I love and want to do in and around Boise?

Sometimes, when we live in a place for a long time, we get into our everyday routine and forget to appreciate what’s around us and experience new things. Boise and surrounding areas offer so many fun and unique opportunities, so here’s a list to get you started:

  1. Sit at the classic counter at Moon’s Kitchen and enjoy a hearty breakfast and one of their delicious milkshakes. Image from

    Breakfast at Moon’s Cafe, followed by a stroll through the Farmer’s Market.

  2. Volunteer at one of the community gardens.
  3. Stand up paddle boarding at Quinn’s Pond.
  4. Lunch at Chang Mai.
  5. Dinner and freshly brewed beer at Highland’s Hollow (We walked about 1.5 miles from our house in a snow storm one evening!)
  6. Riding bikes downtown.
  7. Mountain bike or take a hike in the foothills.
  8. Find your favorite water hole on the Boise River for summer relaxation – mine is near Veterans Memorial Park.
  9. Picnic on the hillside behind the Botanical Gardens while listening to an outdoor concert at Outlaw Field or hit their Great Garden Escape Concert series.
  10. Get a great view of Boise from the numerous foothill trails. Photo courtesy of Boise Guest House. (Boise Guest House is a great place to stay for visiting family and friends!)

    Be a kid again at Boise Jump Time.

  11. Movie and wine at the Flicks Theatre.
  12. Tuesday afternoon movie at the dollar theater (less than $5 gets you in with a drink and a popcorn), followed by gourmet pizza buffet at Flying Pie – kids under 5 are free that night!
  13. Go digging for deals at local thrift stores.
  14. Try women’s hockey at Ice World (there’s intro clinic sign-ups for women and men right now).
  15. Tour de coop – a great way to see people’s urban chicken coops.
  16. Depending on the season – head up to Bogus Basin, or down the Payette river.
  17. Wax and Beer at Sockeye Brewery – $10 gets you a fresh coat of wax and a FREE pint of Sockeye, benefitting the Bogus Ski Patrol.
  18. Eat a gooey, freshly baked Cinnamon roll from Boise’s Bakery, locally owned by master baker, 14 year old Isabelle.
  19. Tuesday Night at the Jordan Street Garden – meet the farmers, neighbors, and see how this community garden is flooded once a week.
  20. Go ice blocking down Simplot hill.

Thank you for reading and I hope you will join me in trying all-things local and fostering the finest things our Boise community has to offer.

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3 Responses to “My Boise Bucket List”

  1. Micki Says:

    Nice list – good to see you are still at the Garden – what time do you flood these days? I’ll catch up with you one of these Tues.

  2. Shana Says:

    Thank you for your feedback Micki! We’ll likely be flooding on Tuesday nights again, although our schedule is TBD.

  3. Foster Boise Local Real Estate Blog » Blog Archive » Boise—Best Place to Move in 2014 Says:

    [...] I love this city for so many reasons, many of which can’t be quantified by a series of lists (although there are plenty more). We are just minutes from the river, an ever-expanding foothills trail system, community gardens, outdoor markets, and a thriving downtown scene, complete with food truck rallies and pop-up shops. And that’s just the beginning. Check out my Bucket List for 20 things all Boiseans should try at least once. [...]

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