Idaho is home to a lot of area attractions. From outdoor recreational pursuits to waterparks to auto racing, there’s something for everyone here in Idaho. We’ve compiled a list of area attractions for the Treasure Valley and beyond that you’ll hopefully find useful during your visit and or eventual relocation to Idaho.
Indoor Area Attractions
While Idaho truly has four seasons, it’s important to have access to area attractions that are good during snowy winters, rainy days, or hot summer afternoons to beat the heat.
Big Al’s – Like Wahooz, Big Al’s is also located in Meridian and has a variety of arcade style games. In addition, it has two separate bowling alleys with a restaurant and bar.
Concert and Event Venues
Stadiums and Arenas
Albertsons Stadium – Albertsons Stadium is the home of the Boise State Broncos football team. It has also hosted concerts and other events. In 2019, Garth Brooks played the stadium as part of his stadium tour.
CenturyLink Arena – This arena is the home of the Idaho Steelheads ECHL hockey team. It also hosts MMA and Boxing events as well as concerts.
Extra Mile Arena – Located on the campus of Boise State University, Extra Mile Arena (formerly Taco Bell Arena) has hosted performances by Elton John, Train, KISS, and others.
Ford Idaho Center and Amphitheater – Located in Nampa, the Ford Idaho Center and outdoor Amphitheater host a number of concerts and events throughout the year. The center is also home to the Snake River Stampede Rodeo during the summer.
The Egyptian Theater – The Historic Egyptian Theater in downtown Boise hosts classic movies as well as smaller musical acts and standup comedy.
Expo Idaho – Formerly the home to horse racing, Expo Idaho is the current home for the Western Idaho Fair in August. Additionally, the location hosts the annual Boise Music Festival, as well as other great events throughout the year.
Idaho Botanical Gardens – The Idaho Botanical Gardens is home to the Outlaw Field Concert Series, which features different musical acts during the summer months. Previous performers include the Barenaked Ladies and Josh Groban.
The Knitting Factory – Located in BoDo (Downtown Boise), the Knitting Factory presents a variety of live entertainment annually. Performances include musical acts and comedy.
Morrison Center for the Performing Arts – Located on the campus of Boise State University, the Morrison Center is home to Boise’s Broadway, featuring a season of traveling theatrical productions. It also hosts smaller musical acts, comedians, magic and variety shows during the year.
Bogus Basin Recreation Area – Bogus Basin is the closest area for skiing and snowboarding in the Treasure Valley. During the summer months, though, it offers many hiking and biking trails to use. It also has a mountain roller coaster where patrons can zip through the treetops.
Idaho Shakespeare Festival – An outdoor venue that features theatrical performances.
Meridian Speedway – During race season, you’ll hear the thundering roar of Nascar style racing as racers take to the track.
Roaring Springs Water Park – Adjacent to Wahooz in Meridian, Roaring Springs is the Treasure Valley’s only water park. The park features many different attractions including slides, a lazy river, and a fantastic kids splash play zone.
Silverwood Theme Park – Located in the northern part of the state, Silverwood is the northwest’s largest amusement park. Featuring a variety of roller coasters and water slides, Silverwood has something for everyone.