Garden City is a strip of land that cuts through other Treasure Valley cities, but don’t let its close proximity to Boise and Eagle confuse you — it has an identity all its own. This town has a long, historic past: Its thoroughfare, Chinden Boulevard, is a mashup of the words “Chinese” and “gardens” and reflects the city’s agricultural background. Now, Garden City is known for its vibrant mix of arts and makers and its access to the Boise River.
Ask a Treasure Valley resident about Garden City and they’ll start talking about their favorite beverage. That’s because Garden City is home to some of the most inventive wineries, breweries, and cideries in the state. The city’s craft beverage corridor is full of award winners like Cinder Wines, Meriwether Cider, Coiled Winery, Telaya, Split Rail Winery, Bella Brewing, Crooked Fence Brewing, and so many more. The drinking opportunities here make Garden City an ideal spot for a staycation (or just be sure to use a designated driver!).
Garden City is only four square miles, but it boasts an impressive collection of artists and makers. While you’re in town, look for the large, colorful signs that mark the Garden City Artisans Pathway.
Or go river surfing at the Boise Whitewater Park, featuring one of the first adjustable river waves in the world. Kayakers love this unusual feature, too, and use it to test their skills before hitting bigger waves on the Payette. Try stand up paddleboarding on Quinn’s Pond. Or just stroll the Greenbelt, a riverside path that winds its way through Boise, Garden City, and Eagle – it’s one of the most popular things to do in town. On any given day, in any weather, you’ll find walkers, runners, and cyclists taking advantage of this beautiful thoroughfare. Live In the ‘Village’ Garden City residents refer to the town as a “village,” and it can definitely feel like one.
You’ll find housing options ranging from gorgeous riverside condos to affordable single-family homes. Garden City is an ideal spot for people or families who want to experience vibrant, mixed-use neighborhoods that are unlike anything else available in the Treasure Valley. With plenty of access to the outdoors, and just minutes away from Downtown Boise, it’s no wonder that this city is one to watch.