Tuesday, May 19, 2009

MK Nature Center, Municipal Park, and the Boise River Greenbelt

We had so much fun at Municipal Park, The MK Nature Center, and the Boise River Greenbelt.  It's a trip we make often in the spring time.  If that sounds like a lot to do, don't be overwhelmed.  It's all in one spot. You just have to do a little walking.  Having done this trip many times, here's what I recommend.  I like to park in the parking lot of Municipal Park and enter the MK Nature Center through the north entrance.   Here are the driving directions to Municipal Park.  Here's a map and driving directions to the MK Nature Center. 

Municipal Park is a beautiful 28 acre park next to the Boise River and adjacent to the MK Nature Center.  It has huge shade trees, a large grassy area, bathrooms, a shelter, a little sandbox, and a great play structure.  Dogs, however, are not allowed.  After you park in the Municipal parking lot, stroll over to the entrance to the MK Nature Center.  There's not a big sign, just look for a path and an opening in the fence.  Go ahead an walk in.  It's totally free.  Check out the underwater viewing windows along the stream walk to see the stages of the fish cycle and some really cool fresh water fish.  The education building has stuffed wildlife, a room to observe birds and other creatures outside of the building, and plenty of activities for the kids to keep their little hands busy.  We usually spend about 30 minutes at the MK Nature Center depending on the weather. 

Then we stroll over to the Boise River Greenbelt which is a step away from the Nature Center.  We usually spend another 30 minutes walking the path and exploring the river banks.  There's a few places along the banks to stop and put your feet in.  Then we head back to Municipal Park and play on the play structures before coming home.   So fun!

What to bring:  water bottles, sunscreen, stroller and /or bikes for the greenbelt, snacks.  See all links for directions, hours of operation, and more info.  My family loves this trip.****Four out of four stars.

*A word of caution.  This area is prime for school field trips.  If you are thinking about going to The MK Nature and/or Municipal Park in May, be sure to avoid the area between the peak field trip hours of 10 am to 2 pm.

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