1315 Industrial Rd.
Nampa, ID 83687
Phone: (208) 463-6300
Fax: (208) 475-1434
Dating back to 1903, Canyon County's first train depot now houses an eclectic historical collection. Located in revitalized downtown Nampa, about 20 minutes west of Boise, the museum offers a walk down memory lane, including 18th-century quilts, farm tools, mustache cups and an undertaker's table. Typical historical museum fare can also be found, such as railroad and Canyon County memorabilia. The building itself is also considered to be an outstanding example of Baroque architecture.
This library offers a large selection of titles, a media center, and many special events. Children's literature and programs are also offered.
With more than 200 bird species on record and over 11,000 acres of space, this refuge is a wildlife lovers' dream. A 45-minute drive from Boise, the Deer Flat National Wildlife Refuge includes Lake Lowell, which is a popular spot for boating, swimming and fishing. Annual bird migrations make the lake an enchanting place for bird watching. Low water during late August exposes muddy areas that are particularly popular with water birds. From October 1 through April 14 the lake and islands are closed to boats. Check website for more details.
This small tree-lined campus gives visitors an Ivy League feeling. Old buildings nestle up to modern architecture at Idaho's oldest four-year college, founded in 1891. The college hosts about 750 students each year and visitors can stroll through the pretty campus. While you're here, be sure to explore the Orma J. Smith Museum of Natural History, Glen L. and Ruth Evans Gem and Mineral Collection, the Rosenthal Gallery of Art or the Whittenberger Planetarium.
Located just off Interstate 84 in Meridian, about 10 miles west of Boise, this family fun center is packed with entertainment options for all ages. Attractions include bumper boats, mini golf, batting cages, go-karts, arcades and more. A snack bar and restaurant serves pizza, sandwiches, and cold drinks. Check website for more information.
This nicely-groomed, four-acre (1.6-hectare) city park in Meridian is a great place to take kids on a sunny day. There are picnic tables, as well as a parking lot, playground, and plenty of green open space.
Double Trouble, White Water Bay, Pipe Line Mines and Racing Ridge are names that water-lovers will soon learn at Roaring Springs Water Park. Located a few miles west of Boise off Interstate 84, this water park provides relief from the relentless heat of a typical Idaho summer day. Bright yellow slides twist and turn high above the park. Complete with volleyball courts and food court, this is a popular water park for the whole family.
A picnic area stretches out from this winery, the perfect place to relax with an outstanding red or white Pinot Noir, the winery's signature wine. Although the Pinot Noir is their most successful wine, the winery has also won awards for their Chardonnay. Opened in 1987, owners Bill and Mui Stowe's regularly share their love of wine personally with visitors. The winery also hosts special events, such as birthday parties and weddings.
This winery, nestled in Canyon County's fertile Sunnyslope area, sits higher than any other winery in the Northwest. At 2,800 feet the winery gives a commanding view of the surrounding Owyhee Mountains and scenic Snake River. Opened since 1981, the family-owned winery offers the River Runner label, which honors Idaho's wild waters and the owner's history as a river guide. Tours and tastings are by appointment only.
Retaliate against those hot, dry Boise summer days and head off to this nearby state park. Located in the town of Eagle, only eight miles west of the city, the park offers swimming, picnic spots, a waterslide, disc golf course, horseshoe pits and a sandy beach on which to stretch out. On warm summer days, smiling children disappear in and out of the bright blue waterslide's winding tunnels.
The views are endless from this winery, with its surrounding vineyards and the rugged Owhyee Mountains in the distance. The Sawtooth Winery offers a variety of wines, including Riesling, Pinot Noir, Merlot and Cabernet Sauvignon. The family decided to try their hand at grapes, with their efforts coming to fruition in 1987. Originally named Pintler Cellars, the winery is now part of the Corus Northwest Wineries, along with Ste. Chappelle Winery. Special events include Mother's Day and Thanksgiving weekend open houses.
A sprawling winery located in Snake River Valley, Huston Vineyards remains popular for its delectable wines. A visit here is incomplete without tasting the Chicken Dinner White and Chicken Dinner Red wines.