Be Cool, Boise

Boise is ready for the heat wave, with all kinds of ways to cool down without hunkering down in front of the AC. The locals’ favorite? It has to be floating the Boise River on an innertube right through the middle of town. In recent years, the Boise Parks Department reports that some 125,000 people enjoy a leisurely float down the Boise River. Floaters put in at Barber Park and take out at Ann Morrison Park. The park agency has a raft and tube rental and a shuttle bus service. The float takes approximately 2-3 hours to cover about six river miles. For more information, check out the Ada County website. Looking for a change of temps without a long drive? Consider an outing up to Bogus Basin Mountain Recreation Area, Boise’s community-owned ski area, just 15 miles from downtown. With a base elevation of 5,790 feet and going up from there to 7,590 feet of elevation, Boise’s community-owned ski area can provide you with that cool wave of mountain air you didn’t know you needed so badly

Game On

Game on. That’s the unofficial slogan of the local events once thought to be cancelled. Now many of those events have reconsidered and are back on the docket. Start with Boise’s Twilight Criterium bike race event, which turns our downtown into a race course. Grab a patio seat at one of many of Boise’s bars or restaurants, order a cool cocktail and enjoy the action on July 10. Another sign of summer optimism is the return of the Idaho Shakespeare Festival and its heralded outdoor performance venue. Looking down the road, live music fans rejoiced at the triumphant return of Treefort, Boise’s homegrown music festival, which is staging a stripped-down event this coming September.


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