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5 1/2 Things to Explore in Boise This Summer

There’s always something to do 24/7, sunrise to sunset, or times in between. Some free, some for a fee, but always fun!

1) Freak Alley

Graffiti art displayed all down the walls of Freak Alley
Photo by Louis Ruth

Check out the largest outdoor gallery in the northwest  — Freak Alley. Enjoy murals, graffiti and public art created on buildings and doorways extending from an alley into a gravel parking lot. Lots of great backdrops for selfies.

Free and open to the public 24/7.

210 N 9th Street


2) Float the Boise River

People float in tubes down the Boise River

The river is open just in time for the heat wave. Sunrise to sunset, drift down six miles of the Boise River from Barber Park to Ann Morrison Park. It typically takes two hours. Rent your gear from the Campus Recreation Rental Center. There’s also a shuttle bus to get you from point A to point B. Here’s a Floater Guide with more information.


3) Check, Check. 1-2-1-2. Check.

Garth Brooks sings and plays guitar on stage

Prior to his two sold-out Albertsons Stadium shows, which are expected to be the highest-attended events in venue history, Garth Brooks will open his sound check to faculty, staff and students at Boise State the day before.

Show your student ID at the truck bays on the west side of the stadium for FREE entry.

  • Thursday, July 18
  • Gates open at 6:15 p.m. Sound check begins at 7 p.m.
  • Boise State University


4) Bring-Your-Own-Computer LAN Party

people playing computer games

BoiseLAN brings gamers from all over the northwest together for a weekend-long computer gaming event.

There will be gaming tournaments, contests, raffles, and of course lots of video gaming. Check here for their LAN’s details and say hi on their active Discord.  Tickets are available here.

  • July 19, 20, 21
  • Boise Centre
  • 850 W Front Street


5) Zoo Boise Expansion Grand Opening

Collage image of a nile crocodile, vervet monkey, otter, hyena, warthog, and a nyala

The new 2.5 acre exhibit will feature a variety of animals that can be seen in Gorongosa National Park, including African wild dogs, baboons, Nile crocodiles, vervet monkeys, otters, hyenas, warthogs, and nyala. Check out the Grand Opening here.

  • July 17
  • 10 a.m.- 5 p.m.
  • Zoo Boise
  • 355 Julia Davis Dr


½) Watch the new “Blue” being installed