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Time to celebrate summer in Boise

Take a quick float down the Boise River

A summer trip down the Boise River should be on everyone's bucket list. In most conditions, the journey from Barber Park to Ann Morrison Park takes at least a couple of hours. Don't have that kind of time? Here's the trip in 170 seconds.
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A summer trip down the Boise River should be on everyone's bucket list. In most conditions, the journey from Barber Park to Ann Morrison Park takes at least a couple of hours. Don't have that kind of time? Here's the trip in 170 seconds.

Sure, we’ve had soaring temperatures, blooming flowers and children heading to camp instead of school, but Monday marks the official start to summer.

There’s no shortage of fun to be had in Boise during this time of year, so we rounded up the need-to-know activities to get your summer off to a good start.

Take a hike: Enjoy Idaho’s outdoors

Yes, this is obvious, but it’s also probably one of the reasons you live here. Boise is one of those magical, rare cities where you hardly need to worry about traffic jams or a commute to get on a trail. The Boise Foothills are almost 200 miles worth of well-maintained trails, and we have guides to get you moving.

Make a splash: At the pools (No, the Boise River is not open for floating yet.)

We’re well into water-wings season. The city of Boise’s public pools have been open since the start of June, and are a fantastic way to drain your kids of energy. Excuse me: A great place for your kids to have fun.

Outdoor concerts

Music sounds better outside (except when it doesn’t, but we have ideas to get you through that too.) And Boise has so many options for outside tunes all summer long. Of course, we also have Alive After Five, which is on the Basque Block this season.

Catch a game

Grab a hotdog, bring the kids and enjoy one of America’s traditional pastimes: baseball. Here’s the guide to enjoying a Boise Hawks game.

Eat outside: There are so many patios in Boise

Boise is getting recognized for its ever-expanding food scene. You can eat indoors, sure, but why? There are patios all over town.

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