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“Still beautiful over 20 years later” 5 of 5 bubbles
Review of Boise Train Depot

Boise Train Depot
Ranked #15 of 123 things to do in Boise
Certificate of Excellence
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Denver, Colorado
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79 reviews
20 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 37 helpful votes
“Still beautiful over 20 years later”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 February 2012

My parents were married here more than 20 years ago and this venue is still truly beautiful.

The Depot includes a fabulous Koi pond & large expanses of green grass; both of which make it a great venue for a photography shoot.

I've been to the Koi festival here, the Bonsai tree symposium & on many days just for a walk in the park or to have a picnic.

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English first
Boise, Idaho
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14 reviews
8 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
“What a View”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 31 January 2012

The Depot is lovely and you can have your weddings and events there. The little garden is well kept and the view of Boise and the fall colors from the Depot is beautiful.

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Boise, Idaho ~ Providence, Rhode Island
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121 reviews
37 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 63 helpful votes
“Great City View & Picture Opportunities”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 January 2012

Great straight shot view of the Capitol building. The grounds are well maintained to walk around and some gardens/waterfalls are around. The actual depot has limited hours so make sure to check it is open before going if you want to see the inside. There is an observation tower that you can take an elevator up to. The inside of the depot is cool, they discovered a cool old wooden storefront while doing renovations and left it. Many people rent out the depot to do weddings/functions. There is a engine car on sight as well that you can look at, as well as a cool Boise sign near the tracks.

Visited December 2011
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Honolulu, Hawaii
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117 reviews
36 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 45 helpful votes
“Is The Sun Setting Yet?”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 21 December 2011

Favorite place to go and watch the sunset. Usually only in the summer as I hate the cold and flea the state for the winter.

Don't get caught there late at night or the police will question you. Learned last time it's considered a park? Didn't know... thankfully no citations were given

Visited April 2011
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Central Coast, CA
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61 reviews
6 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 51 helpful votes
“Fun Any Time of Year”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 December 2011

My husband and I enjoy photographing historical subjects, so first visited the Boise Depot a few summers ago, primarily to photograph the train, old tracks, etc. We were surprised that the depot had been beautifully restored inside and out, and that we were welcome to visit and photograph all parts of the inside, at no charge. In addition to the massive architecture, old lighting fixtures, carved gargoyle detailing, and polished woodwork ticket counter, there are displays of old photos and memorabilia from train travel in years past. In the summer, you can take a guided tour of the bell tower as well, where you can see the old bells and get the best-ever view of the Capitol building and downtown.

We just returned to the Depot last week, and it is almost as popular in winter as summer. In summer, the lush gardens surrounding the Depot are home to flowers, leafy plants, and koi. In winter all that, including the koi, are gone, but the stark beauty of the waterfalls, ponds, and rock sculpture remain, as does the view down the hill to the Capitol building, framed by mountains in the distance. In fact, many locals were having photo sessions (for Christmas cards?) near the falls and rock sculptures, or with the view of the Capitol and mountains in the background. A group of young people was even filming parts of a vampire mini-series for youtube!

This is a very peaceful place to wander, even when others are around. It’s away from traffic and city noises, and the running water is calming. I recommend it for any time it’s not raining (that would be most of the time in Boise), especially for photographers and those wanting a little break from city life. Note that the Depot itself is air conditioned in summer and heated in winter, providing welcome relief when elements outside get too extreme.

Visited December 2011
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