Dates and Nightlife
Old Idaho Penitentiary
Old Idaho Penitentiary has quite the history. Opened in 1872, the penitentiary has housed some of the West’s most infamous felons. Test your nerves in Solitary Confinement or walk the cell blocks and view the gallows. Old Idaho Penitentiary also offers real, live paranormal investigations for the curious at heart. It’s a historical hotspot saturated with death, life stories, crime and wonder.
Ha' Penny Bridge Pub
Experience Irish Pub entertainment featuring live music, sporting events on plasma screens and casual dining in downtown Boise, Idaho. At Ha' Penny Bridge Pub they bring Ireland to Boise by providing great food, drinks and a lively pub atmosphere to meet new people or socialize with good friends. Ha' Penny is a gathering place in BoDo which is the entertainment district located in downtown Boise.
This trendy unique late-night venue offers a full bar with nightly live indie bands in a laid-back atmosphere. Great to just hang out with friends or take a special someone to a show. Come dance or just have a few drinks!
With great music and amazing service the Knitting Factory is the go to concert house of Idaho. The vibe and atmosphere is amazing! The Knitting Factory offers a much more intimate experience for all it's visitors and great drinks and food as well. The venue is always current with it's musical acts and performers. Make sure to check to their event calendar for more information.
Northwest Inspired Cuisine in a Stunning Riverfront Setting
Downtown Boise, along the beautiful Boise River at the corner of 9th and River Street, is the memorable Cottonwood Grille. The restaurant specializes in fresh, local ingredients that capture the unique flavors of Idaho and the Pacific Northwest. Enjoy fresh seafood, Double R Ranch premium Northwest beef and local game in a friendly, relaxed dining room setting, or out on our scenic patio overlooking the Boise River and Greenbelt. With the addition of the River Room, the Cottonwood Grille an ideal location for meetings, banquets, wedding receptions, and private parties. The restaurant is open daily for lunch, dinner and Sunday brunch, with a popular Happy Hour everyday from 3 -6 p.m.
Idaho Botanical Garden
The Idaho Botanical Garden is located in the Historic District of the Old State Penitentiary. The Garden is dedicated to instilling intellectual curiosity and a genuine love of nature. It makes for the perfect escape into a world of natural beauty and refreshing atmosphere. The Mission of the Idaho Botanical Garden is to provide a full garden experience for everyone that enhances community quality of life through plant collections, entertainment, cultural and community events. Make sure to check the events calender's for special events and concerts.
The MK Nature Center
This FREE attraction boasts opportunities for exploration and education! Here you will have the chance to walk through the visitor center which is packed full of information from the Idaho Fish and Game Department about our state and the wildlife it contains. The visitor center has a handful of life-size animals that have been preserved for your enjoyment. The grizzly bear is sure to catch your eye and astonish as you stand right next to it! Outside of the visitor center is a lovely nature walk. The path will take you over bridges where the fish below are easily seen in their natural habitat. The rest of the walk has designated learning spots, where you can stop and read about the different stages of a fish's life, while also getting to see it first hand. Take the time to try out this hidden gem in the middle of our wonderful city .
World Center for Birds of Prey
The World Center for Birds of Prey is a conservation for raptors that houses the Peregrine Fund, an organization that dedicates its time and money to the preservation of birds of prey. You can visit the birds, take part in hands-on activities and sit in on presentations.