Rodeway Inn Airport
2799 Airport Way
Boise, ID 83705
Phone: (208) 336-7377
Fax: (208) 336-2035
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.
Want to push yourself in the field of aviation? Well, Aviation Specialties Unlimited will help you spread your wings. The professionals at Aviation Specialties Unlimited provide FAA-approved instruction for private pilots, flight instructors, mountain flying and more. Charter rental and leasing is also available.
Though it's located in a residential area not particularly known for it's water, this fly fishing shop offers one of the best fishing and guide services in Boise. Known for having the largest fishing tackle selection in Idaho, the store also offers fly-tying services, fishing trips and classes on almost every topic of fly fishing imaginable. Guided tours include day trips exploring local rivers and longer excursions to Idaho's famous Salmon River.
The Ivywild Pool is a great place to take kids on a sunny day. During the summer it's open daily and features a main pool with three water slides, along with a wading pool for younger kids. There's also a cafe serving up smoothies and wraps. Swimming classes and Red Cross classes are available. Please check the website for up-to-date schedules.
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.
Trees line the paths at this public course, designed for all golfing levels. Surrounded by mountain views, golfers enjoy well-maintained greens on a naturally hilly course. After a full day of golf, the Pub & Grill offers cool food and beverages, including wine and beer, homemade soups, hearty sandwiches and omelettes. Overheated golfers can escape the hot Boise sun by taking a dip in the club's pool. A pro shop, lessons and banquet facilities fill out the club's offerings. Check online for current deals.
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.
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.
Stretching from the Boise River to the Boise Ridge, the Ridge to Rivers Trail System offers hikers and mountain-bikers 75,000 acres of trails. Through the cooperative efforts of several government agencies, private landowners and other organizations, the trail system was created to preserve Boise's foothills. The old roads and trails allow for outdoor exploration conveniently from downtown Boise. Maps are available from the Boise Parks and Recreation, U.S. Forest Service, Bureau of Land Management and Boise outdoor stores. Some of the easier trails to hike include #27 Cottonwood Creek, #28 Crestline Trail and #31 Corrals Trail.
Following the Boise River, the Warm Springs Golf Course offers city golfing close to downtown and most of the major hotels. Attractive homes line the course and the Boise River Greenbelt twists along next to it. Sensibly laid out, the course poses few problems except for the occasional tree. Facilities include a putting green, driving range, practice bunker, golf shop, cafe and lessons.
Stretching more than 20 miles from Eagle Island State Park eastward to Discovery State Park at the base of Lucky Peak Dam, this paved pathway offers inline skaters, joggers, walkers and cyclists a year-round paved pathway. The well-marked trail meanders through downtown Boise, Veterans Memorial Park, and Julia Davis Park following the serpentine Boise River. Trailside restaurants offer refreshments and people watching opportunities. Once you leave Boise's boundaries, the pathway provides views of rolling brown mountains and wildlife, including herons and bald eagles.
Geese and ducks boldly march past a cascading fountain, while children swing high into the air at Boise's largest park. Ann Mprrison Park is a bucolic place to spend an afternoon. Named after Ann Daly, who is more famous under her married name of Morrison (as in Morrison-Knudson Company), this 153-acre park opened in 1959. Today, visitors can play tennis, softball, football and soccer or relax next to the Boise River for a picnic.