Zip-a-dee doo da: Zipping Around Boise

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Last weekend, my brother and I had the chance to ride a scooter around Boise. I initially connected with Veronica’s Scooters a few months back to discuss possible collaborations — one of which was the giveaway for 2 scooter riders.

Thankfully, my work schedule did not consist of weekend travels so I was able to try out Veronica’s Scooters myself. I’m blessed that the weather held up, because I was worried it was going to rain all weekend!


Here is our ENTIRE DAY  in a nutshell:

1PM: Arrive to Veronica’s Scooters and meet with Dave (co-owner). Dave teaches you how to safely ride the scooter, including giving you some time to balance yourself, test out the gas & breaks, and adjust your mirrors. So if you’re worried you  can’t ride a scooter because you don’t know how — Dave is here to help! Me and my brother have NEVER (repeat – never!) been on a scooter before. That time with Dave truly helped us out.

1:30PM: After practicing and getting the hang of the gas & breaks, we were OFF! With the construction on Vista, Dave suggested we take the back streets to lead us to Protest Street. That way, we can take it straight into BSU.

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Perfect idea, Dave!

That hill on Protest was that wind-in-your-face all speed ahead thrilling feeling. I know I wasn’t going fast, but dang — that wind in my face at 25 MPH was AWESOME!

2PM-6PM: We did nothing but explore Boise.

List of Stops:

If you want to coordinate your own mini Boise tour, here are some of my stops. I highly suggest you include some of these stops when you drive your scooter around Boise:


Stop 1: Boise State University “B” Sculpture

Where: In front of the BSU State Administrative Plaza

Why: why not take a photo in front of a 12-foot “B” sculpture? Plus, it’s a great photo op

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Stop 2: Albertson’s Stadium; the famous “Smurf Turf”

Where: East end of Boise State University (corner of Broadway and University)

Why:

  • Site of the famous “smurf turf” (blue playing surface)
  • First ever non -green playing surface in football history
  • Site of the Famous Idaho Potato Bowl

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Stop 3: Opaline School House & Excellence Bell

Where: East End of Boise State University

Why:

  • Preserved one-room schoolhouse
  • Used as classroom for mining community’s children in Opaline, ID (no longer in existence)
  • Refurbished in 1084
  • Can actually see old desks and classroom setting inside windows

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Stop 4: Christ Chapel

Where: BSU Campus, Broadway at Campus Drive

Why:

  • Constructed in 1866
  • Used as schoolhouse for St. Margaret’s School (founded in 1892)
  • Added to National Register of Historical Places in 1974

Stop 5: Friendship Bridge

Where: Near Ann Morrison Theater  on BSU Campus

Why:

  • Beautiful view of the Boise River
  • Peaceful place to meditate , take a solo walk or with someone special, or with your family
  • Connects Boise State to Julia Davis Park

Stop 6: Centennial Amphitheater

Where: Greenbelt east of the Friendship Bridge

Why:

  • Popular outdoor venue for concerts and other events
  • Easily accessible
  • Great choice for outdoor picnic, lunch date, or quiet place to read & think

 


Stop 7: Idaho Black History Museum

Where: Julia Davis Park

Why:

  • Oldest Black History Museum in Pacific Northwest
  • Host of activities, events, and information
  • Free admission

 


 

Stop 8: Abraham Lincoln Bronze Statue

Where: Julia Davis Park (near Idaho Black History Museum

Why:

  • Chance to sit near larger-than-life statue of Abe Lincoln
  • Enlarged version of one of most famous image of Lincoln when seated at a bench
  • Wonderful photo-op
  • Usually Abe has something new in his hand, depending on the season (during my tour, it was beautiful flowers)

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Stop 9: Rose Garden

Where: Julia Davis Park

Why:

  • Site of gorgeous roses
  • Place where families create memorials
  • Nationally recognized Rose Garden in 1992
  • Site of many wedding ceremonies

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Stop 10: Tin Roof Tacos (for some GRUB!)

Where: 115 South Broadway Ave, Boise ID

Why:

  • Delicious and yummy tacos including: Baja Shrimp, Fried Chicken, and BBQ Pulled Pork
  • Great outdoor patio to grab some fresh air as you grub

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Stop 11: Idaho Historical Center

Where: 2205 Old Penitentiary Road Boise

Why:

  • Home of the Idaho State Historical Society
  • When opened, good place to visit to learn ways to explore Idaho’s history, including visiting various Idaho landmarks

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Stop 12: Idaho Botanical Gardens

Where: 2355 North Old Penitentiary Road, Boise

Why:

  • One of the oldest botanical gardens in Idaho
  • 15-acres of lush gardens
  • 13+ gardens including the Children’s Aventure Garden, vegetable garden, and the meditation garden
  • various outdoor and entertaining events including outdoor concerts (depending on season)

 


Stop 13: Idaho Old State Penitentiary

Where: 2445 Old Penitentiary Road

Why:

  • formerly a functional prison in Idaho from 1872 -1973
  • Home to personal collections from prisoners, historical arms & military memorabilia
  • Hosts tours throughout the day
  • entertaining and thrilling (if you go at night)

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Stop 14: Goody’s Soda Fountain

Where: 1502 North 13th Street Boise (Hyde Park)

Why:

  • Home of soda fountain, homemade ice cream, decadent chocolate, and candy for that sweet tooth
  • Hip and trendy location (converted bungalow house)
  • Seating inside and outside
  • Great place to stop for that sweet dessert during your tour

 

Stop 15: Camel’s Back Park

Where: 1200 West Heron Street

Why:

  • Lots of open space  – perfect for picnic
  • Outdoor gym (burn off those sweets!)
  • Large hill you can climb for a beautiful view of Boise
  • Photo Op!

Stop 16: State Capitol Building

Where: 700 West Jefferson Street

Why:

  • Home of the government  of the State of Idaho
  • Historical site (free tours if during the day)
  • Large scale replica of Liberty Bell in front
  • Perfect photo-op!

 


 

Boise Bucket List Review: Veronica’s Scooters

I can’t describe how much fun this experience was! I mean, talk about a thrill ride. Yes, you can drive around Boise to see the sites I listed above, but it’s a completely different experience when you go on scooter. It’s a holistic experience: breathing in fresh air, sounds of the scooter’ engine roaring away, power of the wind in my face, easy access to certain sights, and being able to do with friends & family!

Plus, Veronica’s Scooters is a locally owned business and right here as part of the Boise community. I’ll say that the prices and fares to rent a scooter is truly affordable (trust me – I’m from south Florida where hourly rentals are significantly higher; makes sense because it’s a touristy things to do near the beach).

Some feature I’d like to highlight:

You can explore so much on these scooters. There are some places I wish I went to visit (honorable mentions):

  • Anne Frank Memorial
  • Zoo Boise
  • Freak Alley Gallery
  • Boise Art Museum

 

Definitely checkout Veronica’s Scooters! I look forward to building a relationship with them because it’s an activity you should cross off your IMG_0251Boise Bucket LIst!

I also encourage you to join my Facebook groups (Boise Bucketlisters & Girls Night Boise) to learn about group outing, including riding around Boise on a scooter!

 

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