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  • Writer's pictureJenna King


Boise’s North End is a great place to eat, shop, explore and live. The neighborhood is adjacent to downtown Boise and became Boise’s first suburb in the late 19th century with a mature canopy of trees on most streets.

The neighborhood is home to a variety of parks, hiking spots and Hyde Park. It is also the gateway to the Boise foothills and Bogus Basin. Let’s break down all there is to experience in the North End.

Hyde Park, which is on the National Historic Register, has unique architecture, fun eateries and a variety of other businesses and specialty shops. The area has access to the Boise foothills trails and Hill Road. The Hyde Park Street Fair also happens every September in Camel’s Back Park, benefiting the North End Neighborhood Association and local artisans who come to sell their goods.

If you have lived in Boise for any amount of time, you’ve heard of Harrison Boulevard, especially around Halloween. The street has lampstands at every intersection and a center strip full of beautiful trees. The street is named for President Benjamin Harrison, who signed the Admissions Act that made Idaho a state. In 1980, the Harrison Boulevard Historic District was listed on the National Register of Historic Places and in 1989 it was designated as a local historic district.

If you are looking to burn off some energy, Camel’s Back Park is the perfect place. It’s a great place for kite flying and is one of the favorite sledding areas in Boise when there is snow. You can play tennis, beach volleyball and utilize the outdoor workout center. The real attraction in the area is the trails at Camel’s Back. Once you get past the hill and stairs, you can expect an easy walk with great views from the top. It is muddy trail season, so check the Ridge to Rivers Facebook page for information before heading out.

Popular places to chow down in the North End are 13th Street Pub and Grill, Hyde Park Pub and Grill and Parilla Grill. All of these places are family-friendly and offer a great place to relax after a long hike or checking out all the sights the North End has to offer. Goody’s Soda Fountain is the place to stop by after dinner for handmade ice cream and chocolates, a favorite of both adults and kids.

Finally, if you are looking for something fun to do that is in the holiday spirit, the North End Neighborhood Association is holding the Annual North End Children’s Candle Lantern Parade on December 15th starting at 6:30 p.m. The event starts at Goody’s in Hyde Park and includes a visit with Santa and hot chocolate. Then, kids of all ages will carry hand-crafted candle lanterns through Hyde Park. Families can pick up a free lantern kit through December 14th at Goody’s and put them together at home.

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