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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 65 Attractions in Boise
Type: Gardens, Outdoors
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Type: Gardens, Outdoors
Mon - Fri 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
Sat - Sun 10:00 am - 6:00 pm

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Boise, Idaho
5 reviews 5 reviews
3 attraction reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 2, 2014

Loved visiting this place, you get some great views and scenery from up here. the only downfall was that when we arrived there they were 15 minutes from closing and we were rushed by the lady working there (they were closing at 7PM due to winter times). I heard that this is the place to be during the winter, as... More 

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Boise, Idaho
4 reviews 4 reviews
3 attraction reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 26, 2014

Gorgeous variety of species, well planned for a leisure stroll - something is always blooming. Plenty of sitting areas to stop and enjoy being within its beauty.

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Albuquerque, New Mexico
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22 reviews 22 reviews
6 attraction reviews
18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 6, 2014

If you like well kept and designed gardens, this gem is worth a visit. Be sure to take the time to walk the labyrinth before you enter to calm and center yourself. We visited in early November but there was still enough to entertain. A lot of beauty in a small space.

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Boise, Idaho
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37 reviews 37 reviews
15 attraction reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 4, 2014

From Spring to Fall, this is a place to see. Beautiful and very colorful. There is a fee but worth it. If you looking for a place to get married here it is, awesome place. Highly Recommend this beautiful area.

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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 Contributor
24 reviews 24 reviews
9 attraction reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
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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99 reviews 99 reviews
25 attraction reviews
47 helpful votes 47 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
15 helpful votes 15 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
8 helpful votes 8 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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173 reviews 173 reviews
20 attraction reviews
112 helpful votes 112 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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