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12 really fun things to do in Boise

Boise, the largest metropolitan area for nearly 400 miles, boasts no shortage of things to do. If your mind immediately goes to potatoes when thinking “Idaho,” you might want to start retraining it after we teach you about all the Gem State’s hidden, well, gems. There are no potatoes on this list of best things to do in town (although visiting all the top local restaurants is definitely a must-try activity), because spuds don’t have much to do with river cruising, botanical gardens, historical museums and all the other activities we highlight below. Ready to properly discover the capital of Idaho? Let’s get going. Done something on this list and loved it? Share it with the hashtag #TimeOutDoList and tag @TimeOutEverywhere. Find out more about how Time Out selects the very best things to do all over the world.

The 11 best restaurants in Boise

Think Idaho’s food scene is all about potatoes? Think again. Boise, the biggest city in the area, is home to a burgeoning food scene that will have you trading in your spuds for everything from street food to fine dining. Offering locals and tourists a wide variety of things to do, alongside some really delicious restaurants, it's no surprise that the City of Trees has become a destination in and of itself. All that exploring, dancing and recreating you’ve got planned will make you hungry, so make sure to keep this list of the best restaurants in Boise handy.