In the foothills of the Pacific Northwest is Boise, find the cozy yet vibrant capital of Idaho. Tourists may be pleasantly surprised by the abundance of museums and galleries that showcase the unique history of the city. The following includes some of the best to visit.
The Old Idaho State Penitentiary
Opened in 1872, the Old Idaho Penitentiary was a functioning prison for over a 100 years. The “Ol Pen” housed some of the hardest criminals in the West, who were often subjected to harsh treatment. Now a museum, a walk through the complex allows visitors to see artifacts of the prison and learn about the living conditions of the the inmates and guards who lived here.
2445 Old Penitentiary Rd, Boise, ID 83712, United States
The Morrison Knudsen Nature Center
On the Boise River GreenBelt is the MK Nature Center. Open daily, MK has a variety of spots to explore among the water, such as a beaver dam exhibit, wetlands and underwater viewing windows. The MK Nature Center also offers educational tours year round for students and provides options for self guided tours as well.
600 S Walnut St, Boise, ID 83712, United States
The World Center for Birds of Prey
Located at the end of the appropriately named West Flying Hawk Lane, The World Center for Birds of Prey is a 580 acre campus of business offices, archives and breeding centers for birds of prey. The research facilities on campus are used to repopulate and reintroduce endangered species into their natural environments. The center also houses the world’s largest flock of California Condors in captivity. Live bird presentations, nature trails and archives on falconry are just a few options a visitor has during his or her stop at this center.
5668 W Flying Hawk Ln, Boise, ID 83709, United States
Freak Alley Gallery
Off 9th Street is the Freak Alley Gallery, free and open 24/7 to the public. Local artists can submit sketches of their work and if accepted, they can have their own large mural added to the wall that stays up in the open air alley for one year. Operating since 2002, this hidden gem is an edgy favorite to locals and tourists who have either heard about it or just happen to stumble into Freak Alley.
210 N 9th St, Boise, ID 83702, United States
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