The Boise Metropolitan Area’s Eagle is a rapidly growing suburb northwest of Idaho’s capital.

Eagle has seen a tenfold increase in population since 1990. The city has made every effort to offer ample recreation space. Since the 2000s, amenities and attractions such as golf courses, wineries and upscale malls, as well the largest waterpark in the region, have been built.

Downtown Boise can be reached in 15 minutes by car. This puts Idaho’s best culture and dining, as well as the most important historical sites and zoos within easy reach.

Eagle is a place where nature and fresh air are part of everyday life. There are many hiking and biking trails that lead to the Boise Range’s foothills or along the Boise River.

1. Eagle Island State Park

Eagle Island State Park

Just minutes west of downtown, 545 acres of beautiful greenery are bound to the north by the Boise River.

Eagle Island State Park, a popular destination in summer for its riverfront beach and waterslide that is open between Memorial Day weekend and Labor Day weekend, is Eagle Island State Park.

In summer, you can rent a paddleboard or ride ziplines. In winter, there is a terrain park as well as tubing hills. We’ll discuss these in greater detail later in the list.

Two disc golf courses are available in the park, one in summer and one winter. There are also over five miles worth of trails that can be used for horseback riding, walking with dogs, or hiking.

2. Boise River Greenbelt

Boise River Greenbelt

This trail, which follows the Boise River for over 20 miles, is a great asset to the Boise Metropolitan Area.

Eagle Island State Park, which is located in the northwest terminus of the route, is the great news. You can cycle or walk all the way through Eagle and Boise, as well as its suburbs, to Lucky Peak Dam.

You won’t even have to worry about traffic.

The Boise River Greenbelt runs along the route connecting a series of parks and undeveloped natural areas. It covers more than 850 acres. You’ll always find a place to stop, take a rest, and enjoy the view as the river rolls past.

3. 3 Horse Ranch Vineyards

Idaho’s wine scene is growing with every new season. One of the most recent American Viticultural Areas in the country, located in the Boise Mountains near Eagle, has just emerged.

Eagle Foothills AVA covers approximately 50,000 acres and is home of many growers. The 3 Horse Vineyards is the best place to start if you are looking for the ultimate winery experience.

The first vines planted at 3 Horse Vineyards in 2000 give you an idea of the rapid growth of winegrowing locally.

Long, hot summers make rich red wines like Cabernet Franc and Merlot, Syrah or Malbec, Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Sauvignon, Mourvedre, Syrah and Malbec possible.

The tasting room is open from Wednesday through Sunday. There’s a lovely deck on the deck that allows you to find a spot in either the sun or shade.

The cafe also offers a variety of delicious snacks, including cheese, salami and smoked wild salmon, as well as truffle potato chips. There are also more substantial options such as tri-tip or jumbo tail-on shrimp.

4. Heritage Park

Heritage Park, Eagle

This little plaza is the hub of community life in downtown Eagle. If there is an outdoor event taking place downtown on summer evenings, it’s likely to be at the gazebo.

Heritage Park hosts Eagle’s Christmas tree during the holiday season. The gazebo is lit up with beautiful lights.

The park can be used as a place to take out food on warm summer days. There are many restaurants nearby.

You may also find a food truck parked nearby. Children will enjoy playing in the fountain.

5. Eagle Saturday Market

Eagle Saturday Market

The Parks and Recreation Department organizes a farmers’ market every Saturday at Heritage Park, 9am – 2pm.

Since 2002, the Eagle Saturday Market has grown steadily with the city. It runs from May through October.

You can find super-fresh produce from local farms, as well as delicious fresh-prepared foods, herbs, and flowers.

There are also a variety of vendors that sell unique arts and crafts. On Saturdays, live music will be available.

6. Boise

Boise

It is easy to find a variety of experiences and attractions in Idaho, as it is close to the state capital and largest city.

Let’s sum it up: Zoo Boise is home to the haunted Old Idaho Penitentiary and the Boise Towne Square Mall. The Anne Frank Human Rights Memorial is also nearby.

The historic Hyde Park District is a great place to get out of your car and explore the area. It’s just a few blocks from downtown.

Hyde Park is a place that fosters a sense of community. There are many events throughout the summer. On the main drag of 13th Street, there are a few sidewalk cafes and restaurants. The streets are lined by preserved architecture dating back to the turn of 20th century.

The North Side is home to unfettered nature. From here, you can explore the trails that lead into the Boise foothills.

7. Idaho State Capitol Building

Idaho State Capitol Building

You can find the magnificent State Capitol Building in Idaho, which was built between 1905 & 1920. It is located just 15 minutes away from downtown Eagle.

This Classical Revival monument, which is clad in sandstone from Table Rock, has a Baroque-style dome. It was modeled after the U.S. Capitol, St Peter’s Basilica, and St Paul’s Cathedral.

The dome is crowned by a magnificent rotunda that is elevated by Corinthian columns. You can explore the Capitol’s rich interiors on a self-guided tour. It is lined with marble and scagliola (a fine plaster made from marble dust).

The rotunda can be seen from the public gallery on the 4th floor. From there, you can view the House and Senate Chambers. You also have the opportunity to admire the rich collection which includes a George Washington equestrian statue. Reservations are required for guided tours.

8. BanBury Golf Course

BanBury Golf Course

Eagle boasts a well-respected public golf course that runs along the Boise River’s south channel. BanBury Golf Course is embedded in the river valley. It features flat terrain and a layout by John Harbottle III, a noted course architect.

The tricky par 71, measuring 6,890-yards, has been carefully integrated into the natural habitat and includes plenty of O.B. Water hazards.

A practice area and a restaurant are available for lunch or dinner.

9. Gateway Parks

Gateway Parks

Winter sports are available at Eagle Island State Park, so you don’t need to travel all the way to Bogus Basin to enjoy a taste.

Gateway Parks uses real snow to combine a terrain park and tubing. It is constructed from scratch each season, with additional facilities that are normally unavailable during winter.

The multilane tube hills, which are long and narrow, are the highlight for children. There’s also a magic carpet lift that will take you up to the top. Gateway Parks is usually open from the beginning of January through Washington’s birthday.

10. Ada/Eagle Sports Complex

Ada/Eagle Sports Complex

One of the most important facilities of its type in the country is located on the northeastern side of town, in the Boise foothills.

The Ada/Eagle Sports Complex covers more than 200 acres of rolling terrain. It has basketball courts and a skatepark. There are also restrooms and picnic areas. The complex’s 27 bike trails are a highlight, which suit all types of riders.

For cross-country riding, there are 14 trails in light green, and five blue squares. There are also four black diamond trails that can be used for downhill adventurers. There are three jump trails as well as two challenging tracks for BMXers.

This network connects to the larger Ridge to Rivers trail system in the southeast.

11. The Village at Meridian

The Village at Meridian

Five miles away, ID-55 leads to an upscale outdoor mall which feels like a community.

The Village at Meridian combines European-style architecture, public gathering space, little hedges, street lamps and flower baskets with a children’s playground. It also features brands such as H&M, Urban Outfitters and Gap.

The mall’s bars and restaurants are located on the east side of the complex, which also has a multiplex movie theatre. While the center is a huge show fountain that plays music and lights at all hours, it is home to the giant show fountain.

12. Roaring Springs Family Fun Park

Roaring Springs

Meridian, which is also minutes away, has the Northwest’s largest water park.

The renowned Roaring Springs offers a variety of slides. These include super-fast slides like The Avalanche, Viper’s Vortex, Cliffhanger and Cliffhanger. There are also gentler attractions such as Mammoth Canyon or Thunder Falls. Both have family-sized rafts.

Snake River Run is the crowd-pleasing main attraction. It features two flying saucers as well as a double explosion loop.

Bearfoot Bay is a great place to visit with your little ones. It has a shallow wading pool and six slides.

Roaring Springs is connected to the Wahooz Family Fun Zone via a walkway. This zone offers all indoor and outdoor attractions like laser tag and bowling. It also has an arcade, climbing wall and ropes course.

13. Firebird Raceway

Firebird Raceway

The Firebird Raceway, a quarter-mile hot rod track running parallel to Highway 16, is listed on the National Register of Historic Places.

It hosted its first race in 1968. The venue continues to host 50 events each month between April and October.

The track has remained in the New family for all these years, passing on to the second generation of the founders, Bill New and Ellanor New.

Many annual events such as Fox Hunt, Oldies But Goods, the NAPA Ignitor Opener, and the Nightfire Nationals are now well into their fifth decade.

The season jumps off at Expo Idaho on the second weekend in March with the Boise Roadster Show. This is Idaho’s largest motorsports show.

Food is an integral part of any experience. This includes Nitro Nachos, World Famous Hot Dogs, and breakfast favorites like biscuits and gravy.

14. Arboretum Park

Reading A Book In The Park

This little park is a great place to take a break from the hustle and bustle of downtown Eagle.

Arboretum Park, which is small but well-kept, has 37 native and exotic trees. It also features a variety of roses, perennials, and ground coverings.

Name stakes are used to identify the family, common name, and scientific names of all the important trees and plants. You could easily spend an hour in this beautiful oasis if you bring a book or a picnic.

15. Bogus Basin

Bogus Basin

Eagle is located 25 miles away from the second largest ski area. It can be found at the end a winding mountain road.

Bogus Basin’s uniqueness is its non-profit status. All the money raised by the resort goes back into local communities and improves the facilities on the mountain.

There are 91 runs on 2,600 acres of skiable land. They are almost equally divided between “easiest”, more difficult, and most difficult. Bogus Basin, a mainstay of winter in the Boise area, is where many kids have made their first turns.

All ages are welcome to take lessons. Night skiing is also available seven days per week if you need to relax and do some skiing or snowboarding.

The summer mountain landscape is open for hiking, biking, and horseback riding. Idaho’s only mountain coaster, at 4,300 feet, is an exciting year-round attraction.