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Idaho Botanical Garden

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Address: 2355 Old Penitentiary Rd, Boise, ID 83712
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+1 208-343-8649
10:00 - 18:00
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Mon - Fri 09:00 - 17:00
Sat - Sun 10:00 - 18:00

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This is located on the old penatencuary lot. It was so beautiful to walk around. Price is so reasonable at $7.00 there's hiking by trails and children's garden. Wonderful... read more

Reviewed 4 days ago
Cassie M
South Portland, Maine, United States
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South Portland, Maine, United States
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37 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 days ago NEW via mobile

This is located on the old penatencuary lot. It was so beautiful to walk around. Price is so reasonable at $7.00 there's hiking by trails and children's garden. Wonderful sculptures. We talked with some of the gardeners. Really nice way to spend a few hours

Thank Cassie M
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
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113 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 44 helpful votes
Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

It was a beautiful sunny April day and we walked for hours reading the names of all of the varieties of vegetation and on some , the history, origins and use of the plants. The sculptures that have are placed all over the grounds are incredible. Children's areas are fun even for adults. The pond with Koi is a very... More 

Thank Deby R
Boise, Idaho
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28 reviews
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

The gardens are spectacular now with almost everything in bloom. They have really increased in size and maturity of plants over the last fifteen years, so if it's been a while, or you've never been there, definitely take a few hours and enjoy the scenery. Along with all the variety of plants, trees, and flowers, there are a lot of... More 

1 Thank Jennifer P
San Jose, California
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16 reviews
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Reviewed 1 week ago

Took a leisurely walk through the gardens. Photo ops with the family. Quaint and lovely. Not a huge place, but enough for an hour or two of flower gazing.

1 Thank Stefani1220
Fallbrook, California
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141 reviews
51 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 40 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

While not huge, the Idaho Botanical Garden is a really beautiful spot. Located next to the Old Idaho Penitentiary (also worth a visit), the gardens are perfectly kept, the buildings are spotless, and the volunteers are very friendly and know a lot about the plants. School tours can be organized. Entrance rates are cheap.

1 Thank Frank O
Shreveport, Louisiana, United States
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 36 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

The Botanical Garden has expansive grounds. There is a wide variety on display. We were there on a beautiful Spring day during early May. Very few of the plants were in bloom. Perhaps in a few weeks, there will be much more to see. Pictured below from the pond are some of the largest Koi that I've ever seen.

1 Thank David T
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Things were not quite in bloom yet. Looks like they are adding on and getting ready for summer. Went on a weekday.

Thank Michelle L
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Looking for something to do make sure you stop at these gorgeous Botanical Gardens. The walking is easy to get around and there is a lot of history about all the flowers and plants.

Thank Valerie M
Boise, United States
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27 reviews
9 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Took my elementary school-aged grandkids for a visit a couple weeks ago. This is favorite spot for us. They love getting to meander around the garden, hike up to the top and look over Boise. No matter how many times we go, it never gets old. This Botanical Garden is always updating and expanding. Well kept.

1 Thank Cindy K
Weiser, Idaho, United States
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27 reviews
8 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
Reviewed 14 April 2017 via mobile

We attended several concerts here and loves them. Bring your own picnic, kick back and enjoy a great evening outside.

Thank Margaret J

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