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  • Writer's pictureJenna King


Southeast Boise covers a wide expanse of the city, and if you have ever been to Barber Park to float the river or around Boise State, you’ve experienced some of what it has to offer. With tight knit communities and some of the best local eateries Boise has to offer, this is definitely an area worth checking out.

Bown Crossing, located in the heart of Southeast Boise offers a wide array of dining options. We look forward to the new ramen restaurant coming this Summer. For now, enjoy a margarita pizza at Flatbread, a carne asada salad at The Tavern, a delicious margarita at the newly opened Barrio, then finish the night with gelato and sweet treats from Cravins Candy Emporium. If you are looking for a day to pamper and take care of yourself enjoy a massage at Elements Massage, a class at Club Pilates, or treatments at Restore Hyper Wellness. Followed by a clean product skin care facial at Skinowl, one of our favorites!

Moving to the great expanse that is Broadway Avenue, you’re mostly likely to start at Boise State University and move your way toward the Interstate. During football season, Boise State is a great place to spend your time and get into the college spirit by attending a football or basketball game, while checking out all the different tailgates and celebrations. The first football home game this year is on September 9th versus UCF. The James, Burger Belly and Pie Hole are good locally owned spots to sit and eat on Game Day, or take it to go and feed your tailgating crowd.

Southeast Boise is also home to the Simplot Sports Complex, a 161-acre special use area. It is located near Columbia Village and the park features little league fields. The Complex is also used for sports like baseball and soccer, but there is also a playground and dogs are allowed off-leash during November through February. The playground at the complex now has a bonded rubber surface, so kids with mobility devices can use the playground with ease!

We all know about the Boise River and Barber Park, but Lucky Peak State Park is also included in Southeast Boise. Lucky Peak is the place to go for swimming, picnicking, fishing, boating or biking. Sandy Point and Discovery Park are a short 10-minute drive from Downtown Boise or you could take a 30-minute bike ride down the Boise River Greenbelt. If you are wanting to rent equipment to spend a day on the water, Spring Shores is where you want to end up as there are two boat ramps, parking, a marina, watercraft rentals and a convenience store. We personally have had great experiences with Redline Rentals. Other activities you can do at Lucky Peak include disc golf, bird watching, hiking, horseshoe pits and sand volleyball.

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