CULTURE & RECREATION

Newcomers to Idaho will discover a rare quality of life that seems to grow richer and more endearing with every passing year. Whether you prefer to cheer on professional athletes and collegiate teams or challenge yourself in extreme sports from jet boating to snowboarding, Ada County has the ideal setting for every imaginable activity. Highly rated golf courses, tennis courts, lush parks, miles of multi-purpose trails, river and lakefront water sports, and a world of winter sports are just a few of the first-class recreational attractions. Idaho has more groomed snowmobile trails than any state in the nation, and boasts some of the most breathtaking natural beauty. Special events dot the calendar, including an unusual line up that includes rodeos, cross-country ski races, certified marathons, horse races, and dog sled races. Youngsters of all ages enjoy participating in leagues for a wide range of sports. Boise State University is the proud home of the Boise State Broncos, selling out every game at the spectacular Bronco Stadium. The Taco Bell Arena is another Boise State gem, seating as many as 12,000 for sports and entertainment events.

Those who appreciate culture and the arts will delight in the array of attractions, headlined by jazz and theatre. Boise is home to several popular theatre groups, while the Nampa Civic Center hosts a lively variety of performances and special events around the calendar year. Wonderful museums showcase everything from fine art to priceless artifacts in venues like the Boise Art Museum, the Idaho Historical Museum, the Basque Museum and Cultural Center, the Idaho Black History Museum, the Discover Center of Idaho.

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