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Best Family-Friendly Spots in Downtown Boise

Updated: Sep 18, 2022

We have a pretty phenomenal downtown. It's vibrant, active, clean, safe and fun! Our family loves to go downtown and enjoy all that it has to offer. Let me tell you a little about some of the best family-friendly spots.

What To Do

-We usually start around 8th Street since it's so walkable and there's always so much happenin!

We ALWAYS take a picture here!

Freak Alley


-be sure to print our interactive scavenger hunt before you go!

Grove Plaza

-great place to let the kids run around

-fun to play in the water features if they're on!

"The Climber"


-kids of all ages love "the Climber" - the big rope pyramid thing

-the slides are both fun and famous but hours are limited

-always lots of fun, colorful things to see like big blow up balloons

We love these swings!

Cherie Buckner-Webb Park

-you've probably driven past the landmark pink metal tree with swings

-green space to run around, kick a ball, set up a picnic

-follow @downtownboise on Instagram to see if there is a "DT Plays" happening when you're there!

The Capitol Building

-kids love running up and down the big steps or around Cecil D. Andrus Park right in front

-check out the beautiful inside! Hours are Monday – Friday, 8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m., Saturdays and Holidays’, 9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. and closed on Sundays

Where to Eat

-We don't always love going out to eat as a family because our kids are picky and hate sitting in one place for too long. But here are some of our favorites that are easy and kid-friendly!

The Warehouse

-think mall food court but waaaaaay yummier

-lots of open seating and something for everyone

See! Kid approved.

The Stil Ice Cream

-world's greatest flavor = Deja Vu (thank me later)

-unique and fun flavors with lots of sizes

Pie Hole Pizza

-crowd pleaser!

-single slices are easy to grab and go

Worth the sticky mess!

Tupelo Honey

-love their upstairs patio

-great waffles for kids and Southern faves for adults

Lemon Tree Co.

-legit sandwiches and salads!

-easy to grab and take to a green space (see above for ideas) for a picnic