Best Local Family Friendly Attraction

Zoo Boise

If it were just a place where kids could look at and learn about animals, the zoo would be a great place to spend a summer day, but Boise's has a special mission: It's a leader in international conservation efforts through the Zoo Boise Conservation Fund, which collects 50 cents from the price of each ticket for projects in Boise and around the world. zooboise.org

2nd Place: Roaring Springs—On the side of the freeway on the Boise/Meridian city line is Roaring Springs Water Park, where thousands go every year to beat the summer heat by flying down water slides, swimming in pools or just hanging out. Escaping the relentless heat of the sun is no sweat: Inside, the kids will find laser tag, video games, an arcade and food. roaringsprings.com

3rd Place: Boise Escape—The sport of breaking out of locked rooms has broken into Boise's heart. The activity gained traction after the crew of Good Morning America shared their own escape from a New York City puzzle room. Soon thereafter, Boise Escape opened (or, rather, closed) its doors. It's a place where families, friends, businesses and even dates solve puzzles and sidestep traps in order to leave, building a sense of camaraderie and teamwork along the way. boiseescape.com

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