Although country-western music still reigns in Idaho, the Philharmonic soothes classical music fans with a rich selection of concerts throughout the year. Performing in the Morrison Center for the Performing Arts or Swayne Auditorium in nearby Nampa, the area's best musicians perform everything from Berlioz to Beethoven, often attracting international artists. The repertoire includes Handel's Messiah in December and a free family concert in May.
Stretching more than 32 kilometers (20 miles) from Eagle Island State Park eastward towards Discovery State Park at the base of Lucky Peak Dam, this sleek asphalt pavement offers inline skaters, joggers, walkers and cyclists with a dependable facility that can be accessed anytime around the year. The well-marked trail meanders through downtown Boise, Veterans Memorial Park and Julia Davis Park following the serpentine Boise River. The Idaho Anne Frank Human Rights Memorial, the Baybrook Court Pedestrian Bridge, and the Boise Public Library are just a few of the attractions to be found while traversing the greenbelt.
Idaho's largest cathedral stretches across an entire city block and has ceilings that soar up to 50 feet, but its size does not detract from its simple elegance. Warm, rich tones light the interior and intricate paintings climb the walls. Opening in 1921, the sandstone cathedral follows a Romanesque design, based on a Mainz, Germany cathedral. Even though the cathedral underwent a restoration in 1979, it retains an old-world feeling. Be sure to check out the impressive narrative stained-glass windows.
Responsible for housing more than 200 birds of prey, this wood and glass interpretive center stands out against Boise's flat southwestern fields. Visitors to the World Center for Birds of Prey can admire peregrine falcons, eagles, owls and California condors, or stroll through the grounds, crossing over a rocky creek on a wooden bridge. The 7,200-square feet (668.90 square meters) interpretive center features soaring wooden beams and colorful wildlife art. Volunteers answer questions and provide informational programs and workshops.
Situated on the Boise River near the Boise Public Library, Anne Frank Human Rights Memorial is part of the Boise Greenbelt. Stopping by this memorial featuring a statue of Anne Frank, a well-maintained garden. a small amphitheater and water fountains is a must while in the neighborhood. This educational park also features a quote wall inscribed with quotes of different famous personalities from around the globe. Here, you will also find an plaque reading the Universal Declaration of Human Rights.
Offering a view of the Boise River's underwater world, this unique and interesting center allows visitors to see what happens under the rippling surface of a river. Hands-on computers help visitors understand and learn about the complex world of a living river. This learning center is a must for both tourists and residents, especially if you are a science buff. You will leave the center with a new appreciation for science and river habitats. Student tours are also available.
This 32,000-square-foot temple sits next to Interstate 84, but its soaring spires can be seen from even farther away. Reaching 112 feet into the sky, the tallest spire stands in front of the church, and a bubbling fountain is nearby on the well-kept grounds. Opened in 1984, the Temple's speckled walls surround the building. Be sure to walk to the eastern side of the building where you will find a hidden door, a characteristic of many Mormon temples. According to Mormon beliefs, Jesus Christ will return through this door. Unfortunately, the interior of the temple is only open to church members.
Antiques spill out of this turn-of-the-century home, located about 30 minutes from Boise. Recreating a bygone era, the home offers a vintage kitchen, pantry, parlor, bedrooms and other rooms. Furnished with late 1800s and early 1900s items, the Indian Creek Museum allows visitors to explore a different time.
This massive building, built in 1929, is 11 stories tall. Noted for its solid structure of reinforced concrete, the Hoff Building was remodeled with the intention of including it in the Statehouse Square. The circular glass top was added in 1979 and offers a spectacular panoramic view of Boise and the nearby mountains. It is also home to the Crystal Ballroom, which is available for hosting events.
Arching dramatically over the Boise River, this picturesque bridge displays colorful ceramic panels. The concrete arch is a sturdy memorial to the Oregon Trail pioneers that crossed the Boise River close to where the bridge stands. Built by the Boise construction company Morrison Knudsen, the bridge offers views of the Boise Train Depot on one side and the Idaho State Capitol Building on the other. Couple with the nearby Julia Davis Park, and The Cabin for an interesting tour.
Pamphlets, maps, booklets and friendly faces stuff this small visitor's center, located in the Boise Centre on the Grove Plaza. Helpful employees at the Boise Convention and Visitors Bureau quickly answer questions and recommend local restaurants, accommodation and entertainment. Visitors wanting to venture outside of Boise's boundaries will find useful information here about attractions within a three-hour drive from the city limits.
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