I had an opportunity to visit Boise, Idaho. During our trip, I spent the good part of an afternoon exploring Garden City’s 34th Street Market and the Boise River Greenbelt Parks. Both of these attractions are located along the Boise River. The namesake river is a 102 mile tributary of the Snake River in the Northwestern part of the United States. It’s beautiful shores provide plenty of picturesque terrain and a variety of water activities
I was very fortunate to visit this unique area. There are plenty of amenities that are shared between several parks. This 55 acre recreation haven includes but not limited to several ponds, wetlands – used for wildlife sightings, a small island, play ground and restrooms. The Whitewater Park and Veteran’s Memorial Park are close by as well.
During my visit to the above mentioned attractions, I managed to take some incredible photos and videos. Hopefully you will get an idea of how cool this place really is. So, without further ado, let’s get on with the adventure!
River Surfing is a newly developed water sport that is capturing the interest of surfers from all around the world. Waves are created by adjusting the river’s rate of water flow that rushes over a manmade dam like wall.
There were people of all ages waiting in 50 plus degree water for a chance to “Surf the river’s wave”. You get one ride per-turn and once you fall, you have to swim back to shore and find a place in line. It was very interesting site. There is a steady stream of spectators watching from the pedestrian bridge and the sand beach at the edge of the river.
Who knew that Boise would be a popular surfing destination! You just never know what you will find when venturing out – never mind the terrain! It was time we moved on to see what else the park had to offer.
By the way, if at the last moment you decide to try river surfing or SUP, I am sure you can rent one. Just look for the lady with a bike pulling a trailer filled with the perfect board for you. Enjoy the adventure!
Just within walking distance of the 34th Street Farmers Market is a mix of River Parks. Here is where The Bernardine Quinn Riverside Park, The Veteran’s Memorial Park and The Esther Simplot Park all come together.
Each of these parks share the Boise River’s lush and colorful terrain. Each park has it’s own unique qualities such as little islands, diverted water channels, and family friendly shorelines. Here is where you will find several waterways which provide a great opportunity to paddle board, kayak, and even take a refreshing dip.
This is a perfect way to spend the day with family and friends.
Even though I didn’t spend an extreme amount of time exploring each and every park, I managed to sho0t some great video in and around the area. I am also including some footage of the farmers market as well. Like always, sit back and enjoy the show!
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