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Idaho Botanical Garden

2355 Old Penitentiary Rd, Boise, ID 83712
+1 208-343-8649
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Wonderful holiday lights

During Christmas the volunteers light the trees, offer a Santa for kids and a few snacks to... read more

Reviewed 4 weeks ago
Seattle, Washington

The Botanical Gardens are beautiful in the summer and when Winter Garden Aglow is on. Smell all... read more

Reviewed 4 January 2018
Hill City, Idaho
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Cultivate. Educate. Celebrate. Enhance your community and enrich your life. The Idaho Botanical Garden is a lush 15-acre tapestry of dappled shade and vibrant splashes of color. A peaceful haven nestled in the Boise Foothills, located in the heart of Old Penitentiary Historic District. The Garden promotes gardening in the Treasure Valley using native and domestic plants that are adapted to the intermountain region.
  • Excellent65%
  • Very good30%
  • Average3%
  • Poor1%
  • Terrible1%
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Suggested Duration: 2-3 hours
2355 Old Penitentiary Rd, Boise, ID 83712
+1 208-343-8649
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

During Christmas the volunteers light the trees, offer a Santa for kids and a few snacks to purchase, Its a colorful setting to walk around, warm your hands at one of the many fire pits and enjoy the holiday spirit.

Thank Rowerbabe
Reviewed 4 January 2018

The Botanical Gardens are beautiful in the summer and when Winter Garden Aglow is on. Smell all the flowers in the summer and see the pretty lights in winter.

Thank rwjewett
Reviewed 29 December 2017

This is one of the most dazzling display of lights I have seen. refreshments are also served. It is a magical setting.

Thank 451worldtraveler451
Reviewed 27 December 2017

Family took us to this Christmas light show and garden walk on a magical snowy night. We were all bundled up and the trees were all lit with colored lights and covered with natural flocking! so much fun, trails were easy for all ages, hot...More

Thank Jean H
Reviewed 24 December 2017 via mobile

If you have a chance to visit the Idaho Botanical Gardens at Christmas time, do it! It is a beautiful winter wonderland and you won't be disappointed. ...they serve hot chocolate and hot apple cider for you to sip while wondering the trails through the...More

Thank CBunten
Reviewed 9 December 2017

The lights are pretty, but in my opinion, it is over-priced. The additions that were added (Santa, popcorn stand) may be the culprit in driving up prices. Not enough bathrooms! Also, the gift shop is sparse in items. Not like it used to be when...More

Thank craigphilemon7
Reviewed 5 December 2017 via mobile

Beautiful Christmas lighting. Weather was perfect. Trails well marked. Caroling. Hot chocolate and coffee perfect.

Thank 1028jeris
Reviewed 1 December 2017

We went to see the light display that they feature around Christmas time. It was wonderful! There were food vendors and the light displays were beautiful. Seeing all of the dormant plants makes you want to return in the spring and summer also.

Thank dboal
Reviewed 30 November 2017

Even if you've visited the gardens during other parts of the year, it's worth the trip to see the garden lights at Christmas. Idaho Power does a terrific job of lighting the place up, there's a tent with complimentary hot chocolate, apple cider and cookies,...More

Thank CMN14
Reviewed 9 November 2017

The botanical gardens is an amazing learning experience as well as a fun place to visit for concerts, outdoor movies and just walking through the gardens

Thank realtygirl2017
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Questions & Answers
5 June 2017|
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Response from Sowellman | Reviewed this property |
I volunteer at the garden and pets are not allowed inside. If you go to the "policies" page on the IBG website, you will find the answer.
6 December 2016|
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Response from 386richard | Property representative |
Yes! The Garden is open during the holiday season. Mon-Fri: 9-5 pm & Winter Garden aGlow Mon-Sun: 6-9 pm. You can review hours on the website. I hope that helps! -Richard
Judy N
10 July 2016|
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Response from Riley C | Reviewed this property |
Absolutely. There are lots of areas for blanket and bench or table picnicking.