5 socially distanced outdoor activities in Boise

Posted at 10:34 AM, Sep 01, 2020
and last updated 2020-09-01 12:35:23-04

BOISE, Idaho — Are you feeling a little bored in the house? Some entertainment options, like movie theaters, are starting to reopen but for those who do not want to sit indoors, here are some outdoor activities for you.

Boise Foothills

The Boise Foothills are a great option to get some easy exercise in, whether you are a hiker or mountain biker. The skies might be a little smoky this week and it is expected to be in the 90s through the weekend. Ridge to Rivers asks trail users to use the trash cans at trailheads and carry out anything you bring in. They also remind users in small groups to step off the trail if you need to stop. This allows other users to pass and maintain some social distance.

Boise Parks

Boise has a wide variety of parks available for use. A lot of the parks in the City of Trees have access to the Boise River Greenbelt as well, providing an opportunity for a nice walk or bike ride. The parks offer a nice option to pick up food from your favorite restaurant and have a picnic. Boise is in a modified version of stage three of Idaho Rebounds, so remember to practice social distancing and adhere to group size limitations.

Zoo Boise

Zoo Boise is open daily from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., but you have to buy your tickets in advance due to a timed entry process. All visitors, including members, must reserve a ticket for a specific time slot to enter the zoo before arrival. Face coverings that cover the nose and mouth are required at the zoo. Indoor exhibits, play areas and encounters are closed and there is a one-way path going through the entirety of the zoo.

Boise River

The end to float season is coming up on September 7 and all services at Barber Park, including equipment rental, shuttle service, and the snack shack will close for the year. According to Boise Parks and Waterways, over 125,000 people float down the Boise River every year. The float takes around two to three hours, but there are plenty of spots to stop and sit in the water on the way to Ann Morrison Park. The air station at Barber Park is closed this year due to COVID-19, so make sure to bring your own air pump or come to the park ready to float.

Drive-in Movies

The Terrace Drive-In Theater in Caldwell is showing movies on the weekends. The box office opens at 7:45 p.m. and admission prices for adults are $8, senior citizens are $7 and children ages 3 to 11 are $3. No checks are accepted at this drive-in theater.

Parma Motor-Vu is also open for business. Admission prices for adults are $8, senior citizens are $7, kids 3-11 are $3 and children under three are free. Credit, debit, Apple and Google Pay and cash are accepted. Dogs are welcome and you are asked to limit outside food. There is a full snack bar available like all movie theaters.