Biking Tips for Boise, ID

Boise is Idaho's capitol city and a beautiful destination to tour by bike.

This "choose your adventure" style day trip will take you along the city's beginner-friendly bike paths and routes to several favorite local restaurants and attractions. At just 7.5 total miles, this day trip is bike-able with kids. So enjoy as a family or make it a date!

Start at: McU Sports

Start your journey at McU Sports at 822 W. Jefferson Street. Here you can rent bikes, or have your bikes looked over and your tires pumped up before your embark on your journey. It's also a good idea to pick up some snacks in case you need a bite between meals. Remember to get a refresher about bike parking and how to lock up your bike before heading out.

Zoo Boise

Must-Eat: Goldy's Breakfast Bistro

Goldy's Breakfast Bistro is a local favorite that you simply must try for a delicious breakfast to fuel your bike tour. From classics to specials like buckwheat pancakes and artisan omelets, you are in for a treat! And, of course, really good coffee. Once you've had your fill, it's time to ride on to your next stop.

Must-See: Idaho Botanical Gardens

The lush 15-acre Idaho Botanical Gardens boasts a variety of gardens, including a contemporary English Garden, a Meditation Garden, a Children’s Adventure Garden, an Heirloom Rose Garden, and a Lewis and Clark Native Plant Garden! Improve your green thumb with gardening tips from the experts, or simply enjoy the peaceful serenity of this green paradise. Admission is $7 for adults, $5 for seniors 65+ and youth 5-12 years old, and free for members and children under 4.

Must-Do: Old Idaho Penitentiary

The Old Idaho Penitentiary opened its doors in 1872 and housed its last prisoners in 1973. The historical landmark is a division of the Idaho State Historical Society. Whether you're intrigued by the tumultuous history of the penitentiary's inmates, or curious about the site's alleged haunted past, a fascinating tour is in store! Admission is $6 for adults, $4 for seniors 60+, and $3 for children age 6-12. NOTE: Children under the age of 12 must be accompanied by an adult.

Must-Do: Morrison Knudsen Nature Center

The MK Nature Center is a treasure within the city limits filled with unique and interactive wildlife and nature experiences. While just 4.6 acres, this destination is bustling with wildlife viewing from water to sky. Call ahead to (208) 287-2906 for a self-guided group tour, or to schedule a signature StreamWalk Program.

Must-Eat: Full Steam Bistro

Get ready for one incredible sandwich! Inspired by the industrial age, Full Steam Bistro is has quirky "steampunk-related art and decor" and a lineup of unforgettable gourmet eats. Try the "PB&J Bacon" for a sweet and savory sandwich your taste buds won't soon forget. Full Steam Bistro also has gourmet vegetarian options, soups, salads, and all day breakfast.

Must-Do: Discovery Center of Idaho

The Discovery Center of Idaho is a playground of science, technology, engineering and math. "Idaho's Hands-on Science Center" is the place where you can let your curiosity run free with interactive exhibits that cover topics from machines to the inter-workings of the mind. Admission is $10 for adults and children over the age of 2.

Must-See: Zoo Boise

If the animal kingdom is your preference Zoo Boise is a must. Visit with more than 201 animals big and small - from the Amur tiger to the anteater, butterflies to bald eagles. Learn about animals from around the world and how people can help conserve the environments where they roam in the wild! Don't miss interactive opportunities like the giraffe and sloth bear encounters to get up close and personal with these special Boise residents. Admission is $7 for adults and kids 12 and older, and $4.25 for kids 2-11 years old. Kids 2 and under get in free.

Must-See: Boise Art Museum

The Boise Art Museum or BAM is a spectacular visual experience of 2D and 3D art. BAM houses permanent collections and seasonal exhibits that range from folk art to contemporary fine art to site-specific installations and a sculpture court. Visitors can get hands-on in the ARTexperienceGallery and learn about the history and technique of each unique piece with exhibition guides. General admission is $6, or $3 for children 7-12 years old, and free for children under 6 years old.

Must-Eat: Juniper

This stylish eatery will be the perfect end to a perfect day of bike touring. Creative and absolutely delectable, Juniper prefers locally sourced ingredients, organic produce, cage-free chicken and grass-fed beef! With entrees like pear-fig grilled cheese, Idaho sturgeon tacos or the lava lakes lamb reuben - good luck picking just one meal!

Boise Art Museum

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