Things to Do in Winter

Chilly winter can make you want to hunker down on the couch for the season, but fortunately, there are lots of fun things to do to keep boredom at bay. Winter sports such as skiing, tubing and ice skating are all great ways to enjoy the elements. If you’d rather be indoors, try a romantic date night such as a cooking class, a weekend spa getaway or a cozy dinner with wine by the fire. The kids will love visiting an indoor water park, and the whole family can enjoy a day at the museum.

  1. Bogus Basin Recreational Association


    Bogus Basin - a favorite for Boise residents, this ski lodge welcomes everyone to their slopes for a speedy day overlooking the Treasure Valley.


  2. Childrens Museum Of Idaho


    Children’s Museum of Idaho - fun for the whole family, this museum offers children a place to learn through play and exploration with interactive exhibits.

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    Season and Taste Cooking School


    Season + Taste Cooking School – find the cook in you and register for cooking classes at this recreational venue in the historic Idahna building.


  4. Washington Trust Bank


    Washington Trust Bank - experience the history and hustle of downtown with a festive horse-and-carriage ride. Departures leave from the bank's location on Bannock street.


  5. Julius M. Kleiner Memorial Park


    Sledding at Julius M. Kleiner Park - as soon as there’s snow, grab your sled and your scarf and go sledding in this large park.

  6. Emmeli's


    Emmeli's Cakes - if you enjoy the snowy weather inside, watch it with your family while decorating cupcakes at this baking workshop.


  7. Majestic Cinema


    Majestic Cinema - perfect for a winter evening out without needing to bundle up too much, there’s always a rotating selection of movies to enjoy.

  8. Idaho Ice World


    Idaho Ice World - choose from two indoor ice rinks or tiptoe over to the arcade area in your skates for a wonderland of fun.


  9. The Village at Meridian


    Ice-Skating in the Village - come with friends or with family and visit this outdoor ice-skating rink to practice your skating.

  10. Camels Back Park


    Camel’s Back Park - With its many slopes to choose from, spend the day sledding with your family in the glittering snow.


  11. JK Quilts


    JK Quilts - find quilting supplies or take a quilting class and learn how to make various projects at this specialty shop.


  12. Ceramica


    Ceramica - make a reservation at this locally-owned ceramic shop to paint a variety of sculptures. Paints and other resources are included with sculpture purchase.


  13. Gateway Parks


    Gateway Parks - if you can't keep on your feet for skiing, take a trip down their tracks in an inflatable tube at this resort.


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    James Castle House


    James Castle House Site Tour - take a tour of this historic house that inspired the art of James Castle and see his artwork.

  15. Edwards Greenhouse


    Edwards Greenhouse - peek into this family-owned Boise nursery during the holiday season and see their collection of winter decor and holiday pieces.

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    The Springs - Hot Springs Retreat


    The Springs - take a day trip, or an overnight trip, to visit and soak in these natural hot spring pools in Idaho City.

  17. Egyptian Theatre Company


    Egyptian Theater - keep a lookout for some of your favorite Christmas and holiday movies on the marquee at the oldest theater in the city.


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    Kirkham Hot Springs


    Kirkham Hot Springs - for a more rustic hot spring experience, take a day trip to soak in these undeveloped natural hot springs.