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Things To Do In the Treasure Valley: Fall/ Winter Edition

Fall in Boise is considered to be one of the most beautiful times for the city. Boise is known as the ‘City of Trees.’ So the fall is when the City of Trees lives up to the nickname and gets to show its true colors. Winter is a dreary season throughout most of the United States, but not in Boise! There are so many opportunities to make the most of the Treasure Valley in Winter! Even though Boise doesn’t get significant snow accumulation (averages 18 inches of snow per year), it is surrounded by beautiful snow-capped mountains from November to February. To help you make the most of your Fall and Winter, we’ve come up with a list of the best things to do in the Treasure Valley!

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Enjoy the many parks available

Have a picnic and enjoy one of the many beautifully maintained parks in the area. Fall is a wonderful time because the weather starts to cool down and the days become even more enjoyable!

First Thursdays

Businesses around downtown Boise hold small events every month on the first Thursday with locally made items and possibly special deals and discounts. Sometimes there is even live music!

See Fall from Camel's Back Park

Camel's Back Park's lookout offers a perfect vantage point to view all the colorful trees in the Treasure Valley, as well as the city's skyline.

Boise Pumpkin Patches

Go out to one of the many farms in the area and pick your own pumpkin, take the kids for a hay bail ride and enjoy some delicious seasonal cider.

Boise State Football Games

In Boise, fall means football season. If you're not a Bronco fan, that's alright! Albertsons Stadium's blue turf field and the atmosphere of the Bronco fans are both a blast and worth checking out.

Boise Farmers Markets

Boise Farmers Market is the place to go to check out and support the local vendors. Fresh produce, delicious food, and handcrafted products are what the market is all about.

Spooktacular Evenings at the Zoo

Throughout the month of October, the Boise Zoo hosts Spooktacular, a fun-filled Halloween event for the whole family. Halloween displays and kid-friendly activities will be featured.

Fall Harvest Festival

At the Idaho Botanical Gardens, there will be wagon rides, live music, and a local artist market where you can browse and also purchase items. All you have to do is bring with you some great company!

Art in the Park

The Boise Art Museum is bringing more than 200 artists, food, and live entertainment to Julia Davis for a three-day weekend of fun.

Old Boise Oktoberfest

Celebrate Oktoberfest with authentic German beers, food, games, and giveaways throughout Downtown Boise! Bring the whole family for a day of celebration.

Apple Picking

The nearby town of Emmett offers apple picking opportunities. Candy Apple Orchard, Tyler's Rocky Point Orchard, and Williams Fruit Ranch are some of the local places.

Bogus Basin Ski Resort

The Mountain is full of endless winter fun! At the ski resort there is skiing, tubing, nordic and snowshoe trails as well the Glade Runner Mountain Coaster. It is about 40 minutes from downtown Boise.

Idaho Steelheads Hockey

It is a great place to take the family and spend some time together. Bring extra warm clothing if you go to the games. The Idaho Steelheads are a professional minor league hockey team based in Boise. Their season typically runs from the beginning of December through the end of March.

Christmas Lights

Christmas lights can be seen at many places in Boise, Idaho during the winter. Our favorites are Scentsy Commons in Meridian, Winter Garden aGlow at the Boise Botanical Gardens, and Indian Creek Plaza in Caldwell.

The Nutcracker

Ballet Idaho presents The Nutcracker in Boise at the Morrison Center the week leading up to Christmas. Over 100 children from the Ballet Idaho Academy participate in the performance. There are evening and midday performances available.

McCall Winter Carnival

About two hours north of Boise, where the McCall Winter Carnival is held at the end of January. There are beautiful snow sculptures, a parade, fireworks over Payette Lake, and live entertainment.

The Village at Meridian

The perfect gathering place for you and your loved ones this winter! During the holiday season, you can visit Santa, go ice skating and enjoy the Magic of the Holidays Light Show. The light show alternates with the fountain show.

Visit Local Hot Springs

With its convenient location just one hour outside of Boise and a wide variety of amenities, the Springs at Idaho City have become a favorite winter getaway destination. You can spend the whole day soaking, drinking, eating, and relaxing here. . There are also showers, towels, lockers, and a sauna in addition to a hot spring pool and extra-warm hot tub.

Take a Trip to Sun Valley

Three hours away, you can plan the perfect weekend getaway in Sun Valley. The original 1936 Sun Valley Lodge still stands but has been remodeled for today's travelers. There is also outstanding skiing in Sun Valley, and Forbes Magazine named it one of the best ski resorts in the world.

The Treasure Valley is a unique area with numerous local events and festivals.  Be sure to check out local news for other ideas.

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