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  • Writer's pictureJenna King


Lucky Peak

Lucky Peak State Park is a great place for a swim and a picnic with the family. The best spots, like Sandy Point and Discovery Park, are just a 10-minute drive from downtown Boise or a 30-minute bike ride on the Boise River Greenbelt.

Sandy Point is widely known for its beach and cool water. Sandy Point features a large swimming area with water toys and two beach volleyball courts. There is also a lot of grass and shady trees to sit under.

The only cost for Lucky Peak is a $7 per vehicle Motor Vehicle Entry Fee!

Natatorium Pool and Hydrotube

The City of Boise has several pools, but the Natatorium on Warm Springs is on our list because of the Hydrotube. Kids will love going down the slide on the hottest days this year.

There is an admission cost ranging from $2.50 to $8.50 for a family. There is also a family swim on the weekends for a set price of $11.

If you have younger kids, you can advantage of a special time for preschoolers to enjoy swimming in the wading pool during morning hours. The time is available at regular admission prices and is open to children six and under with a parent.

Bernadine Quinn Riverside Park

This Boise park is home to Quinn’s Pond, a popular spot for swimming, paddleboarding and kayaking. Idaho River Sports uses the pond for stand-up paddleboard classes, yoga, paddling events and other water classes.

Quinn’s Pond connects to Esther Simplot Park and other ponds and the Boise River. There are also fishing docks, beach areas and picnic shelters.

The waterway between Quinn’s Pond and the two ponds at Esther Simplot Park improves the water quality and wildlife habitat. It’s a great place to get out on the water and watch the sunset in Boise!

Boise River

Arguably the most popular spot in Boise during the summer, the Boise River has a lot to offer in terms of keeping cool.

Starting around the first week of July, you’ll see thousands of people floating down the river in a variety of tubes. The float officially starts at Barber Park and ends at Ann

Morrison Park, going through the Boise State University Campus and part of downtown.

People will also gather at various spots alongside the river with hammocks and chairs to dip their feet in the water.

Eagle Island State Park

Eagle Island State Park is located west of Boise and borders the Boise River. Eagle Island has a swimming beach, picnic area and five miles of trails for a variety of activities. The waterslide opened on Memorial Day weekend and will stay open until Labor Day. The park is open to only non-motorized boats. Paddleboard rentals are available at the visitor center.

Like Lucky Peak, there is a $7 per vehicle Motor Vehicle Entry Fee. The water slide is $1 per ride or $12 for an all-day bracelet.

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