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“Hike before imprisonment”

Old Idaho Penitentiary
Ranked #3 of 124 things to do in Boise
Certificate of Excellence
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Owner description: In 1872 the Idaho Territorial Prison opened its doors to some of the most desperate and mean criminals the West could offer. In 1973 the Idaho State Penitentiary closed to inmates. Now our doors are open for visitors to explore over 100 years of Idaho's unique prison history. Open year-round, visitors of the Old Idaho Penitentiary can walk through solitary confinement, cell blocks, and the gallows. Visit today and relive the Old Pen's exciting past of daring escapes, scandals, and executions. Call for more details about special events, educational programs and guided tours.
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“Hike before imprisonment”
Reviewed September 14, 2012

There lies a network of hikes (Table top hiking trail), connected to the same gravel parking lot, in the general vacinity as the penitentiary museum. It's worth taking a quick hike for an areal view of the Museum as well as the skyline of downtown Boise.

Thank Kwimbat
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“Very interesting”
Reviewed September 2, 2012

Self-guided tours, it took us a couple of hours to see everything, including the weapons museum. There are some informational signs on the wall, but we had a lot more questions and think it would have been neat to have a guide with us, or maybe a handout with more information on it.

Visited August 2012
1 Thank KLH2000
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Billings, Montana
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30 reviews
13 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
“Really cool!”
Reviewed August 20, 2012

Really cool and right next door to the botanical gardens, which was amazing! Parts of it were being restored while we were there, but it was not too disruptive. There were many displays to see throughout the penitentiary as well as an impressive weapons collection from around the globe.

Visited June 2012
2 Thank Gailsgmom
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Toledo, Washington
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52 reviews
17 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
Reviewed August 19, 2012

It was fun exploring the grounds and being inside the actual prison. We got there kind of late so the only thing I would recommend would be to get there at a minimum of an hour and a half before closing. We were kind of rushed and they start closing down some of the exhibits at 4:30 even though they say they are open until 5:00. So that was the only bad thing. Other then that, a great experience for the whole family. Make sure you also go into the room across from the admissions and get a picture of the kids (or your spouse) in jail garb with prisoner signs that are there to use and free to take pictures of with your own camera.

Visited August 2012
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Lake Forest, California
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17 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 39 helpful votes
“Hike to Table Rock above”
Reviewed August 18, 2012

We did not actually tour the penitentiary but there is a great trail to hike up to Table Rock for an excellent view of the Boise Basin, including the city--remember to bring water and SUNSCREEN!

Visited August 2012
1 Thank Chris M
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