Boise’s East End has a lot to offer a variety of people moving to the area, including college students, health professionals thanks to the close proximity of St. Luke’s, and people who just want to live in an area of Boise with lots of outdoor activities. Arguably the best part of the East End is the walking distance to downtown, the Greenbelt, and the Military Reserve area for a nice hike or bike ride at the J.A. and Kathryn Albertsons Family Foundation Bike Park.
In the warmer months, you can head out to the Natatorium Pool (and the super popular Hydrotube), catch a concert at Outlaw Field, check out the flowers at the Idaho Botanical Garden or sit in and around the Boise River. The MK Nature Center, just off the Boise River Greenbelt, is also a cool place to check out year-round. It offers a unique wildlife experience and the StreamWalk and Visitor Center provides a glimpse of Idaho’s landscapes and wildlife. There are underwater viewing windows along the StreamWalk to give people a fish-eye view. The grounds are open every day from dawn to dusk, and the visitor center is open Tuesday through Sunday from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.
There are also two iconic places to shop and eat in the East End. The Trolley House was originally the end of the line for the Boise Transit System’s street car. When the company went bankrupt in the 1920s, a restaurant named the Avenue Inn was established and later became the Trolley House. The building is on the National Historic Register and is currently closed for renovations, but the website says it will be opening again in spring 2023. The Roosevelt Market first opened in 1900, according to a sign that used to hang above the door, as reported by BoiseDev. The Market sells sandwiches, salads, candies, groceries and coffee in the morning.
And if you are wanting to learn more about the history of the area and of Idaho, the Old Idaho Penitentiary and the Bishops’ House are both located in the East End and are close to each other, making for a good history day trip. The Old Idaho Pen was built in 1870 and is one of four territorial prisons open to the public today. The prison saw escapes, scandals and the effects of Boise’s transition from the “wild west” to a capital city. The Bishops’ House was once home to a succession of the Episcopal Bishops of Idaho. The original house was built in the late 1880s and was remodeled to its current state in 1899.
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