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  • Writer's pictureJenna King


The summer heat has most definitely arrive in the Treasure Valley, and there are lots of options to cool down and stay safe from the heat. It’s important to remember to drink lots of water, put on your sunscreen and find shade while out and about, but here are some ideal areas that are family friendly and fun.

The Boise River

This one may seem a little obvious, but the Boise River is one of the best (and free!) places to go to cool down. The River is open now through Labor Day weekend. The official float goes from Barber Park in east Boise to Ann Morrison Park, but you don’t necessarily have to float to have a good time. There are a variety of beaches and other places to stop along the river where you can splash in the water, read a book or just enjoy the sunshine.

Roaring Springs

Roaring Springs is the Treasure Valley’s only waterpark and is one of the largest waterparks in the Northwest. It offers over 20 different water attractions for all ages, including thrill rides, an endless river and a special area just for kids. Roaring Springs recently opened up a new expansion and has night slides every Friday and Saturday from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. You can really make a full day at Roaring Springs, as there are many different food and drink options to keep everyone happy.

Another good thing about living in Boise is there are many different splash pads and fountains that you are encouraged to play in. Most recently, the City of Boise opened the Ann Morrison Interactive Fountain, which has a 70 foot water tunnel and includes multiple water jets and LED lights. The fountain is open daily from sunrise to susnet through Labor Day.

The Borah Park Spray Pad has many different water features for kids of all ages. This splash pad is free and open on a drop in bsais. The pad is located inside of Borah Park, just north of the main Borah Pool entrance.

Most notably, the Grove Plaza in downtown Boise has an interactive splash fountain that is open daily from 8 a.m. to 11 p.m. You can take a run through to cool down while exploring downtown Boise, or grab a bite to eat and sit in the plaza and watch all the kids have the time of their lives. The fountain is very popular on hot summer days in Boise.

Finally, the Molenaar Park splash pad is located next to the accessible playground. It offers a variety of different spouts, fountains and spray features. There is a flora spout and bloom burst, ripple run and jets that create a variety of fun features to keep kids occupied for hours.

What is your favorite way to cool down in the summer? Let us know in the comments!

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