Things To Do in Idaho

Eight Swim Lessons or a Two-Hour Pool Party for Up to 20 or 50 at Boise Racquet & Swim Club (Up to 50% Off)

Boise Racquet & Swim Club

Boise Racquet & Swim Club

$56.50 $29

Swim lessons divided by skill level helps kids feel comfortable and safe in the pool; get exclusive use of the pool for a party

All-Day Visit for Two, Four, or Six at Miracle Hot Springs (Up to 50% Off)

Miracle Hot Springs

Buhl

$20 $12

Unwind in soothing, naturally heated hot-spring pools

$89 for a Two-Hour Handgun 101 Class with Two Hours of Range Time at Safe, Sound and Ready ($325 Value)

Safe, Sound and Ready

Northeast Meridian

$325 $89

Class covers subjects such as firearm safety and proper stances, grip, maintenance, and storage and is a prerequisite for advanced classes

$129 for a 60-Minute Instructional Discovery Trike Flight from U.S Airborne ($220 Value)

U.S Airborne

Asotin

$220 $129

Passengers climb aboard a trike helmed by an FAA Sport Pilot CFI for a soaring instructional discovery flight

Two-Hour Nerf Darts for Two or Four at StrikeZone Arena (Up to 56% Off)

StrikeZone Arena

Dalton Gardens

$56 $25

Amid a wide-open multicolored arena, players duck and cover as they hurl suction-cupped missiles at their friends

Glass-Blowing Class for Two or Four at Zion Warne Studios (Up to 49% Off)

Zion Warne Studios

Garden City

$160 $84

Experienced glass blowers teach students to safely create delicate vases or bowls from molten glass

$29 for The Amazing Couples Race Plus Meal at Bodies in Motion ($59 Value)

Bodies in Motion

Southeast Boise

$59 $29

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Couples test their collective skill in a challenge that includes the rope course, trivia, trust challenges, problem solving, and more

One Improv Comedy Class for Two or Four or a 90-Minute Improv Party at Improvolution (Half Off)

Improvolution

On Location

$40 $20

Experienced improv players lead groups of about 10 students in the basic principles and techniques of improvised comedy

$49 for a Two-Hour Standup-Paddleboard Lesson and a Two-Hour Rental from ROW Adventure Center ($104 Value)

ROW Adventure Center

Downtown

$104 $49

Students learn to balance on and steer the paddleboard before going on a brief nature tour and exploring during a two-hour rental period

$22 for $50 Groupon — TEKK Golf

Tekk Golf

Grover

$50 $22

Local businesses like this one promote thriving, distinctive communities by offering a rich array of goods and services to locals like you

Nine-Week Dance Course or Four-Week Introductory Dance Course at Echo School of Dance (Up to 61% Off)

ECHO School of Dance

Meridian

$126 $49

Dance instructor with over 20 years of experience teaches classes in styles from ballet to break dancing in her new school opened in 2011

Boat Tour for Two or Pirate Cruise for One Adult and One Child from Lake Coeur d'Alene Cruises (Up to 32% Value)

Lake Coeur d'Alene Cruises

Independence Point Dock

$45.50 $31

90-minute narrated sightseeing tour or family-friendly pirate-themed tour of Lake Coeur d’Alene

Eight On-Ramp Sessions, One Month of Unlimited CrossFit Classes, or Both at Bronco CrossFit (Up to 77% Off)

Bronco CrossFit

Northeast Meridian

$120 $39

During group fitness classes, participants perform constantly varied, functional movements at a high intensity

Short-Track Racing Experience or Ride-Along at Rusty Wallace Racing Experience (Up to 60% Off)

Rusty Wallace Racing Experience

Meridian Speedway

$99 $49

Professional drivers sate passengers' need for speed in stock cars during exciting ride-alongs and racing experiences

5- or 10-Admisison Punch Card, or Roller-Skating Package for Four at The Nampa Rollerdrome (Up to 57% Off)

The Nampa Rollerdrome

Nampa

$35 $15

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Friends and family speed around oblong skating rink flanked by snack bar, party room, arcade games, and ample hangout space

Two Beginning or Intermediate Knitting Classes with Materials for One Person at Alpaca Direct (52% Off)

Alpaca Direct

Hayden

$60 $29

Newbies learn how to knit a scarf and choose yarn and needles; advanced students learn more difficult methods and make a hat

$43 for $80 Worth of Swimming — New Wave Pools and Spas

New Wave Pools And Spas

Redeem from Home

$80 $43

A technician removes winterization plugs, checks pool chemicals, and starts up equipment in order to open your pool for the season

All-Day Paintball Package for Up to 4, 6, or 12 & Equipment Rental from Paintball International (Up to 78% Off)

Paintball International

True Paintball

$84 $19

Equipped with rental paintball markers and masks, groups vie for supremacy over outdoor fields

Three-Hour Paintball Game with Masks, Markers, Air, and Paintballs for One or Two at Pyrrhic Paintball (Up to Half Off)

Pyrrhic Paintball

Nampa

$35 $19

On a dusty field populated by paint-splattered barricades, teams trade paint as they attempt to capture a flag or defend a VIP

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Pick up a copy of Boise Weekly, flip open the Idaho Statesman, or tune in to Boise State Public Radio, and you might catch Ophidia Studio’s owner, Allison Holley, spreading the gospel of pole dancing. "It feels fun," she told Boise State Public Radio's Scott Ki. "It's kind of like playing on a jungle gym, and adults don't get that chance." Along with a coterie of experienced instructors, Allison casts off the bad rap of an activity that she says some see as "demeaning or degrading" in pole-dancing classes that build fitness and self-confidence in a playful atmosphere. Inside a hot-pink studio peppered with stationary and spinning poles, Allison and her crew walk students of all levels through a number of creative pole-dancing moves, beginning with spins and working up to inversions, choreography routines, and ceiling-fan impersonations.

Their expertise doesn’t stop there, though. The instructors also offer an arsenal of other sensual classes such as belly-dancing, hoop dancing, poi fire dancing, and Curvesque, which helps whittle waists and define the feminine form through fluid, dance-inspired movements. They also offer the more-traditional fitness classes of Zumba and body blast, along with yoga and its elevated counterpart—aerial yoga, which suspends students in a fabric sling hung from the ceiling.

2615 Kootenai St.
Boise,
ID
US

Snakes slither in glass display cases, and lizards wriggle in the hands of trained handlers as they're held up in full view of a curious crowd. This is the scene as one of Repticon's presenters educates attendees on the biology, behavior, and typing speeds of exotic cold-blooded creatures at one of the year-round shows held in cities across the country. Reptile and amphibian breeders, scholars, and handlers engage audiences in lectures and demonstrations in the midst of live reptile exhibits, family activities, and displays for exotic-pet supplies. Presentations may focus on the genetics of large snake species, the specifics of exotic-pet care, and the effect that tiny hats have on the image of arachnids such as tarantulas, scorpions, and spiders.

311 3rd St. S
Nampa,
ID
US

Through displays of both native and cultivated flora across several regional gardens, Sawtooth Botanical Garden celebrates and educates the community about the plants and flowers that flourish at high altitudes. Trek through the alpine garden to spy plants that normally grow above the tree line, or wander through the riparian garden to get a close-up view of cottonwoods, willows, and other plants that make their homes near rivers and streams. Nearby, a children's garden hosts educational classes and a spray pool for summer fun. For a more inward journey, visit the Garden of Infinite Compassion. It was established in honor of the Dalai Lama's visit to the Wood River Valley as a place where people can calm their minds in the serenity of nature.

11 Gimlet Road
Hailey,
ID
US

Whitewater Pizza & Pasta?s chefs know how to build a unique pie. They first roll out a regular, sourdough, or gluten-free crust, which adds a unique personal touch to classic pizzas simply topped with pepperoni or cheese. But it's the specialty pies that really reflect the culinary team's creativity?the Maui pizza, for example, swaps out traditional sauce for a sweet chili base, creating a sweet-yet-tangy flavor profile that's matched by toppings like chicken, pineapple, red onion, and bacon. Meanwhile, the taco pie forgoes a sauce base altogether. Instead, it derives flavor from a layer of refried beans, a perfect foundation for the toppings that follow: ground beef, olives, crumbled corn chips, cheese, and a side of salsa. Other pizzas include ingredients like garlic alfredo sauce, slivered almonds, and even Thai peanut-ginger sauce.

But despite the uniqueness of its pizzas, Whitewater's pastas aren't to be overlooked. Homemade alfredo and fresh basil add an extra-layer of richness to plates of cheese tortellini, while baked penne arrives with a medley of sun-dried tomatoes, garlic, and artichoke hearts. And the dining room is just as vibrant as the cuisine: a pinball machine and dart boards provide plenty of entertainment and can also settle disputes over who gets the last slice and who has to be content eating the napkins.

3223 E Louise Dr.
Meridian,
ID
US

We spoke with KC Bess—operations manager and river guide for Mad River Boat Trips—about what to expect on your trip and why you want to get splashed.

On the Snake River

"It's a great river for your first trip," says KC. The relatively high volume of water and the lack of rocks mean that the runs are straightforward—and exciting. Tall, clean waves are common, and the rapids are "kind of like riding a roller coaster while getting buckets of water dumped on you."

On braving whitewater rapids

If passengers are a bit apprehensive about the rapids, KC suggests sitting near the guide at the back of the raft, where the ride is a bit more gentle. Once people are comfortable, he usually encourages them to move up a bit — where they can enjoy the thrill of hitting the waves. "Sit up front. Go all the way and have fun with your first time," he says. "It's worth it."

On nature

Every trip is different, but KC always likes getting out onto the water, experiencing how intricately connected the natural world is. "It's fascinating how it all works together," he says. He keeps an eye out for ospreys, eagerly explaining how the birds are the perfect hunters: hovering above the river, plunging five feet beneath the water, and then emerging with a fish dangling between their talons.

On bringing the whole family

Most of the whitewater trips are suitable for children as young as 6, and KC loves when parents bring kids along. Younger passengers tend to relish the adventure almost more than the adults; but, more importantly, KC sees whitewater runs as an immersive way to introduce children to the natural world. "Kids don't get that kind of experience very often," he says.

1255 S Hwy 89
Jackson,
WY
US

On the outdoor tactical playing field at True Paintball Adventure Park, players skulk behind burned-out cars and plan evasive routes to safety while under fire from paint-splattering combatants. That?s at just one of the facility?s outdoor fields. There?s also a hyperball field peppered with plastic barrels. Indoors, teams take to towers and take cover behind wooden sheds set up under a weather-neutralizing roof and overhead lighting. It?s an ideal spot for creating memorable birthdays, bachelor parties, corporate events, and Supreme Court confirmation hearings.

3131 W Harvard St
Boise,
ID
US