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Idaho Botanical Garden

2355 Old Penitentiary Road, Boise, ID 83712
+1 208 343 8649
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Ranked #6 of 87 Attractions in Boise
Type: Gardens
Traveler Description: Set in what was formerly the yard of the Old Penitentiary, this botanical garden features an English garden, gazebo, meditation fountain, tree house... more »
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English first
New York City, New York
12 reviews 12 reviews
3 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 16, 2014

We visited in July, then pre-arranged a paid tour for our October trip. The Lewis and Clarke exhibit is excellent, and in the summer we got to see the children working in a vegetable garden. I like the view from the top of the garden, although if you're a hiker, you'll get more panoramic views elsewhere. The garden hasn't been... More

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Senior Reviewer
9 reviews 9 reviews
3 attraction reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 29, 2014

Whether you are a history buff wanting to know about native plants or Lewis and Clark's voyage or a child wanting to play in a tree house or a lover of roses, you will find fun at Idaho Botanical Garden. Special events like illumination at Christmas and operas on the lawn in August add to the possibilities of your experience.

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Greensboro, North Carolina
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97 reviews 97 reviews
25 attraction reviews
43 helpful votes 43 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 19, 2014

Once a part of and located next to the old penitentiary, this lovely large botanical garden provides a fine place to relax on benches in lovely shaded areas, to stroll among trees, shrubs, and flowers, or to enjoy a picnic. There are many areas to visit: the English garden, the area of plants cataloged by Meriwether Lewis, landscaping for Idaho's... More

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Portland, Oregon
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53 reviews 53 reviews
20 attraction reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 16, 2014

I had no idea that Boise had such a nice garden to visit. Their garden "rooms" are lovely and we enjoyed our visit very much. They do have a nice area for children to explore too. We were not in town for a concert,but they do have a good green space and stage area. The Lewis and Clark plantings are... More

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Cosmopolis, Washington
13 reviews 13 reviews
3 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 14, 2014

What a peaceful place to spend an afternoon! After attending a concert the night before we took advantage of free entry to the gardens. We enjoyed walking through the different gardens and sitting in the shade to enjoy the quiet. The vegetable garden was a fun change up and we spied a small rabbit hiding in the Swiss chard. We'll... More

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Top Contributor
162 reviews 162 reviews
18 attraction reviews
109 helpful votes 109 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 7, 2014

This is a beautiful garden to see in Boise. It is right next to the penitentiary, so you can see both in the same day. It is well kept and maintained. We just wish there were more signage to identify the plants and trees.

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Senior Reviewer
7 reviews 7 reviews
4 attraction reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 3, 2014

I love the gardens. The Thursday concerts are one of my favorite summer activities. A lot to see and photograph in the gardens all year.

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Boise, Idaho
3 reviews 3 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 2, 2014

This is a great garden to visit. My first experience was during the Christmas holiday. Lots of lights and great decorations. We went again in April for my daughter's birthday. Wasn't disappointed at all. Loved the new flowers and trees growing throughout the park. Want to visit again soon to see what else is popping up through the ground.

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Taos, New Mexico, Usa
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24 reviews 24 reviews
8 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 2, 2014

While I've been to several much larger botanical gardens, this one was very good. There are plenty of play areas for children and enough excellent exhibits to please the adults. The use of stone work and the old penitentiary gardens and walls makes this location unique. The succulents area is probably the weakest. A walk to the top of the... More

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Mandeville, Louisiana
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71 reviews 71 reviews
24 attraction reviews
33 helpful votes 33 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 16, 2014

We were pleasanty surprised by Boise overall. My 18 year old son and I were visiting Boise for a Niece's wedding on Friday August 8 and got into town very early on August 7 and did some sightseeing before the wedding. Overall it was a great day outside in Boise. We stayed at the Grove Hotel, a short walk to... More

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