Boise, Idaho, has had another year of growth. New restaurants, wineries, breweries and expanding attractions have kept visitors and meeting attendees alike on their toes—or rather, on their feet exploring what’s new. More than 100 shops and restaurants in the downtown core, a number of microbreweries and a lively nightlife scene have given Boise a hip new vibe. From the new zoo exhibit to new hotel properties getting built, Boise is booming.
In its recent $47.5 million expansion, the Boise Centre added 36,000 sq. ft. of all-purpose event space, totaling 86,000 sq. ft. and 31 meeting rooms to the city’s vibrant, urban core. Boise Centre has become an ideal venue for groups of 20 to 1,600 guests and showcases the Boise foothills and city skyline from many of its rooms. In addition to the convention center, Boise has a historic train depot, professional sports arenas, a charming Basque Block and much more.
When it comes to accommodations, Boise meets every need from 4-stars to boutique hotels. The newest property consists of a 134-room Home2Suites by Hilton that will be completed in late 2020.
Boise is booming with new renovations and expansions. Boise has expanded the Anne Frank Human Rights Memorial along the Boise River Greenbelt. The new pavilion adds a covered space to the site as well as meeting space and new artwork. The Idaho State Museum has officially reopened after a four-year closure and $17 million in renovations. The new museum features 18,000 sq. ft. of exhibition and educational space with an overhaul of all exhibits. Zoo Boise’s new Gorongosa National Park Exhibit features animals and interactive exhibits based on the zoo’s conservation work in Mozambique’s Gorongosa National Park. The zoo welcomes new animals including baboons, crocodiles, African otters and wild dogs. The expansion and revamp at the zoo also includes a new amphitheater for private events. Phase 2 of the J.A. and Kathryn Albertson Family Foundation Whitewater Park is now complete, adding a second wave and two new “drop structures” designed to create a rolling wave for beginning and intermediate surfers and kayakers.
Located in the heart of the Western U.S., Boise is convenient from almost anywhere via non-stop service from many major airline hubs along with numerous one-stop options. Once here, the Boise Airport is a short seven-minute drive to/from the downtown epicenter.