Boise Downtown Walking Tour (Self Guided), Boise

The bustling Boise Downtown has theaters, music venues, and a diverse dining and nightlife scene, ranging from seafood spots and steakhouses to nightclubs and whiskey bars. Along the Boise River, expansive Julia Davis Park is home to Zoo Boise, the Boise Art Museum, and the Idaho State Museum. Other landmarks include the restored State Capitol Building and the Idaho Anne Frank Human Rights Memorial, a peaceful educational park. Discover these venues by checking out our self-guided tour.
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Boise Downtown Walking Tour Map

Guide Name: Boise Downtown Walking Tour
Guide Location: USA » Boise (See other walking tours in Boise)
Guide Type: Self-guided Walking Tour (Sightseeing)
# of Attractions: 10
Tour Duration: 2 Hour(s)
Travel Distance: 3.6 Km or 2.2 Miles
Author: Linda
Sight(s) Featured in This Guide:
  • Idaho Capitol Building
  • Egyptian Theatre
  • Basque Museum and Cultural Center
  • Idaho Anne Frank Human Rights Memorial
  • Morrison Center for the Performing Arts
  • Boise Art Museum
  • Idaho State Historical Museum
  • Idaho Black History Museum
  • Zoo Boise
  • Discovery Center of Idaho
Idaho Capitol Building

1) Idaho Capitol Building (must see)

The Idaho State Capitol in Boise is the seat of the Idaho state government. Its construction started in 1905, 15 years after Idaho became a state, and lasted another 15 years until 1920, totaling in cost slightly over $2 million. The project was run by two architects, John E. Tourtellotte and Charles Hummel, and featured Classical design. In 1998, a decision was taken to restore the building, which by that time started to fade. The renovation project took years to generate funding, and was completed in 2010. Attractions inside the Statehouse include a gilded equestrian statue of George Washington and information about the trees planted by Presidents Benjamin Harrison, Teddy Roosevelt and William Taft around the building prior to the grounds being cleared for underground construction. The latter – underground tunnels – link the Capitol to the Supreme Court and other government buildings nearby. They are used by government officials on a daily basis and are not open to the public. If needed, they can even serve as bomb shelters. A large bell right in front of the Capitol is a scale replica of the Liberty Bell and can be rung by passers-by at will.
Sight description based on wikipedia
Egyptian Theatre

2) Egyptian Theatre (must see)

The Egyptian Theatre, also known as the Ada Theater, at 700 West Main Street in Boise is a movie theater that opened in 1927.

The Egyptian Theatre is surrounded by urban legend and Boise history that makes this building a tour of Boise history and a cornerstone of the society scene. It was first opened in 1927. The building was built in the model of the newly discovered King Tut's tomb. Over time it was changed repeatedly. Then in 1999, it was remodeled once again after the original building. Now, it mainly runs movies and concerts. The theater is architecturally significant as one of the few surviving theaters from the grand cinema and movie palace era in Boise. The Bourne Identity, The Bourne Supremacy, and The Bourne Ultimatum, starring Matt Damon, premieres were all hosted at The Egyptian Theater. It is also said to be one of the more haunted buildings in Boise, and was featured on the Travel Channel show Ghost Stories in 2009.
Sight description based on wikipedia
Basque Museum and Cultural Center

3) Basque Museum and Cultural Center (must see)

At its beginnings in 1985, The Basque Museum and Cultural Center was a small venue with a big purpose, to promote and preserve the historical and cultural heritage of the Basque people. With much effort and support, the museum developed and enriched its collections, which include records, photography, artifacts, manuscripts and more. The museum also takes pride in its oral history archives, the library and the store. The museum is open Tuesday through Friday, from 10 am to 5 pm and Saturdays, from 11 am to 4 pm.
Idaho Anne Frank Human Rights Memorial

4) Idaho Anne Frank Human Rights Memorial (must see)

Idaho Anne Frank Human Rights Memorial is an outdoor, educational park, oriented towards teachings about humanity, principles and rights. Its goal of providing ethical and moral education is accomplished through the presentation of the declaration of Human Rights on public display, over 60 quotes about humanity from the world's humanitarian leaders and the possibility of discussions. The memorial can be visited daily from sunrise to sunset.
Morrison Center for the Performing Arts

5) Morrison Center for the Performing Arts

One of the most interesting performance venues in the city, which has national rank throughout the country, is Morrison Center for the Performing Arts, situated on the campus of Boise State University. It houses different cultural and educational activities such as ballet, concerts, opera, symphony, musicals and more; its aim is to develop the spiritual taste of people and bring regional, national and international artists to the local community.
Boise Art Museum

6) Boise Art Museum (must see)

The beginning of the Boise Art Museum's history was in 1931, when a group of people, interested in the development and promotion of fine arts in the city, founded the Boise Art Association. Only in 1961, they managed to establish the present organization, which is the only museum in Idaho, accredited by the American Association of Museums. The permanent collection focuses on 20th century American art and is thematically arranged.
Idaho State Historical Museum

7) Idaho State Historical Museum (must see)

The Idaho State Historical Museum, located in Idaho’s capital city of Boise, is the official state historical museum. From its origin as a “cabinet of curiosities,” the Idaho State Historical Museum has become the largest and most visited museum in the state.

Its many interactive programs educate visitors in the historical value of its diverse and comprehensive collections. It is the official repository of artifacts relating to Idaho’s and regional history. The museum’s collection is made up of over 250,000 objects. The collection includes a comprehensive permanent exhibit on Idaho’s history, and exhibits on the state’s varied cultures, occupations, and experiences. The museum also produces and hosts special temporary and traveling exhibits on a wide variety of historical and cultural subjects. The museum developed the J. Curtis Earl Exhibit at the Old Idaho State Penitentiary, featuring one of the nation’s largest collections of historic arms and military memorabilia.

The museum also developed and maintains the adjacent Pioneer Village, which includes some of the oldest buildings in Idaho. The Idaho State Historical Museum was one of the first western institutions, and the first in the state of Idaho, to be accredited by the American Association of Museums (AAM). The museum strictly follows the professional standards and procedures set by the AAM. It hosts over 30,000 visitors each year, including approximately 12,000 schoolchildren. It developed and maintains educational trunks and exhibits that travel to communities statewide.
Sight description based on wikipedia
Idaho Black History Museum

8) Idaho Black History Museum

Idaho Black History Museum was established in 1995 with the purpose of presenting the history and culture of African Americans and keep their values alive and widespread. The museum is housed in the former St. Paul's Baptist Church and provides exhibits and educational programs that include films, lectures, presentations and performances.
Opening hours: Tuesday: 10:00am - 3:00pm; Wednesday- Thursday: 10:00am - 4:00pm; Friday: closed; Saturday: 11:00am - 4:00 pm.
Zoo Boise

9) Zoo Boise

Zoo Boise draws many visitors to Julia Davis Park. In 2008, Zoo Boise opened a $2.8 Million African Plains exhibit which includes a new African Village, three small exhibit areas (housing rock hyrax, weaver birds, and lemurs), and two large exhibit areas (housing African lions, striped hyenas, giraffes, zebras, amur leopard, snow leopard, penguins, red pandas, and tigers). A Primate Building as well as an aviary stands between these two exhibits.
Sight description based on wikipedia
Discovery Center of Idaho

10) Discovery Center of Idaho (must see)

The Discovery Center of Idaho is a non-profit organization that plays a huge role in education and cultural broadening. The exhibits of the center have as their purpose to teach and induce an interest in science, technology, mathematics and engineering, always presenting the most interesting facts. One can visit the discovery Center Monday to Saturday, between 10 am and 5 pm, Sundays - Noon to 5 pm.

Walking Tours in Boise, Idaho

Create Your Own Walk in Boise

Create Your Own Walk in Boise

Creating your own self-guided walk in Boise is easy and fun. Choose the city attractions that you want to see and a walk route map will be created just for you. You can even set your hotel as the start point of the walk.
Galleries Walk

Galleries Walk

The people of Boise are endowed with an aesthetic taste and a conception of beauty that are reflected in the art galleries, where local and regional artists present their works and contribute to the cultural development of the city. This tour will guide you to the most interesting galleries, where you can taste a bit of Boise's heritage.

Tour Duration: 1 Hour(s)
Travel Distance: 2.3 Km or 1.4 Miles
Top Religious Buildings

Top Religious Buildings

Religious institutions in Boise cater to every community's faith and belief, thus offering a place for their services and worshiping. This tour will guide you through the discovery of the most interesting religious spots, both of architectural and spiritual value.

Tour Duration: 1 Hour(s)
Travel Distance: 2.0 Km or 1.2 Miles