Aquarium of Boise

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64 North Cole Road, Boise, ID, USA
1 (208) 375-1932

AQUARIUM OF BOISE

Your Underwater adventure starts here.


About Us

The Aquarium of Boise is a registered 501 (c)3 non profit organization. The Aquarium of Boise is operated and governed by our Board of Directors, Executive Director, Staff Biologists and Aquarists, Reptile Specialists and supported by community volunteers.

The Aquarium of Boise is open to the public Monday – Saturday from 10am to 5pm, and Sunday from 12pm to 5pm.


We strive to enhance the quality of life for all terrestrial and aquatic animals by teaching and inspiring people of all ages to better understand, care for, and conserve all life on our planet to ensure a greater future for us all.

The Aquarium of Boise is compliant with regulatory agencies, which include the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Idaho Fish and Game, Idaho Department of Agriculture, U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (APHIS program) and the Idaho Humane Society.


Our 10,000 square foot facility houses over 35,000 gallons of saltwater and over 250 different species of animals and marine life. Our collection includes animals that do not live in the ocean, but have come from local donations from the community. These animals include iguanas, freshwater turtles and fish, snakes and lizards. We do accept animals, but only within the guidelines and rules of the Idaho Department of Fish and Game.


Our Mission

OUR MISSION IS TO EDUCATE AND INSPIRE THE CONSERVATION AND ENHANCEMENT OF TERRESTRIAL AND AQUATIC ECOSYSTEMS THROUGH HANDS-ON INTERACTION.     Learn More


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Our Exhibits

Our facility houses over 250 species of animals and marine life. We encourage the community to visit the Aquarium of Boise to help raise awareness of the benefits conservation provides. Come see our Reptiles on display in their newly expanded exhibit!


Plan Your Visit

We have developed educational curriculum, exhibits, tours and programs that highlight our educational mission. Aquarium of Boise currently features 38 exhibits with room for growing thanks to your support!

BUY TICKETS ONLINE

Want to save even more? Purchase a season pass for yourself or the whole family! Passes available here.


ADMISSIONS

REGULAR ADMISSION PRICING

*Please call (208) 375-1932 or email to book school groups and parties. Click here to download Tour Booking sheet.


SEASON PASSES PRICING

*Season Passes are valid one calendar year from the date of pass purchase.


PARTY & EVENT PRICING

*Please call (208) 375-1932 or email to book school groups and parties. Click here to download Birthday Booking sheet


SPECIALTY ADD-ONS

*Scheduled appointment required. Please call (208) 375-1932 or email to book.


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Contact Us

Aquarium of Boise

64 N. Cole Road
Boise, Idaho 83704

Ph: (208) 375-1932

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Executive Director: Joni Sullivan

Office Manager: Lyla Workman

Reptile Manager: Mike Rosales

Marine Biologist: Nathan Hall

Front Desk (Book field trips, birthday parties, events and general questions)

Volunteers: [email protected]

Volunteer Coordinator: Joe Shull


Hours Of Operation

Monday: 10:00 am – 5:00 pm

Tuesday: 10:00 am – 5:00 pm

Wednesday: 10:00 am – 5:00 pm

Thursday: 10:00 am – 5:00 pm

Friday: 10:00 am – 5:00 pm

Saturday: 10:00 am – 5:00 pm

Sunday: 12:00 pm – 5:00 pm

Aquarium of Boise will be closed on Easter, Thanksgiving and Christmas.

Shark and Ray Week at the Aquarium of Boise

Here is a look back at Shark Week 2018! Come and visit with the sharks and rays during and after Shark Week! More info at www.AquariumBoise.net

Posted by Aquarium Of Boise on Saturday, July 28, 2018

Posted by Aquarium Of Boise on Thursday, November 7, 2019


Hanging out with the rays at the Aquarium of Boise during #sharkweek. Leave a question about the rays below. Thanks for watching! #aquariumofboise #boiseaquarium

Posted by Aquarium Of Boise on Sunday, July 28, 2019



Good morning from Houdini! He loves his morning swims and pets! Come down and see him today from noon-5pm! #aquariumofboise #boiseidaho #boise #idaho #monitorlizard #yellowquincemonitor #houdini #goodmorning #lizard #lizardsofinstagram @simantstaylor

Posted by Aquarium Of Boise on Sunday, June 30, 2019

Out with the old, in with the new! Our Anemone Crab decided to ditch his old digs and molt in plain sight for all of our guests and staff to see! What a rare sight! ??Video credit: @kaitlinn_mr #crustacean #anemomecrab #aquariumofboise #ocean #conservation #crab #marineconservation #marineinvertebrates #invertsofinstagram #discoverboise #explore

Posted by Aquarium Of Boise on Saturday, June 22, 2019

Cold Water Anemone Dive

One of our Staff members, Angelita, went above and beyond to move a couple of giant green sea anemones in our North Pacific exhibit. Diving in 53 degree water is not for the faint-of-heart to move these amazing invertebrates. Way to go girl!

Posted by Aquarium Of Boise on Monday, March 11, 2019

The look that your kids give you when you ask "did you clean your room?" #blankstare #crestedgecko #didyoucleanyourroom #aquariumofboise #boiseaquarium

Posted by Aquarium Of Boise on Wednesday, May 1, 2019

Terrific Turtle Tuesday

Having a terrific Tuesday with these two yellow bellied slider turtles at the @Aquarium Of Boise! #AqauriumofBoise #TurtleTuesday

Posted by Aquarium Of Boise on Tuesday, February 19, 2019

We are 1 week away from our Trick Or Treat By The Sea at the Aquarium Of Boise. Some of our little friends would like to hang out with you! Are you willing to handle one of them?

Posted by Aquarium Of Boise on Wednesday, October 24, 2018

Stingray Steve movin and groovin to some awesome music at The Flat 16 today! Thanks for hanging out with us this afternoon and our Mountain West Bank Outreach team!

Posted by Aquarium Of Boise on Saturday, August 25, 2018

Stingray Steve movin and groovin to some awesome music at The Flat 16 today! Thanks for hanging out with us this afternoon and our Mountain West Bank Outreach team!

Posted by Aquarium Of Boise on Saturday, August 25, 2018

Shark Week Challenge Winner

Posted by Aquarium Of Boise on Saturday, July 28, 2018

Shark Week: Shark and Puffer Exhibit Feeding

As a wrap up for Shark Week, we are going behind the scenes for a special feeding session with our sharks, ray and puffer. Enjoy!

Posted by Aquarium Of Boise on Saturday, July 28, 2018

Shark Tank Feeding! ?

Posted by Aquarium Of Boise on Tuesday, July 17, 2018

Enrichment session with the CA Bat Rays.

Posted by Aquarium Of Boise on Thursday, June 28, 2018

He has finally arrived.. ???Sound on for the full experience of our new and improved mascot. Enjoy his hype video!#stingray #mascot #newandimproved #boise #aquariumlife #aquariumofboise #boiseaquarium #thisisboise #discoverboise #itsaboisething

Posted by Aquarium Of Boise on Tuesday, June 26, 2018

Posted by Aquarium Of Boise on Thursday, May 3, 2018

Stingray Sand Shuffle

Watch our California Roundray getting tucked under their sand blanket. These animals are able to breathe under the sand due to their spiracles, located behind their eyes, that pump water down to their gills below. Enjoy!

Posted by Aquarium Of Boise on Wednesday, May 2, 2018

Rise and “Brine” ☀️ Our seahorses have already had their breakfast of frozen brine this morning, are you going to make it before their lunch? We’ll see you soon! ?

Posted by Aquarium Of Boise on Friday, March 16, 2018

Posted by Aquarium Of Boise on Monday, November 6, 2017

Playing with a creepy crawly brittle star at the Aquarium of Boise!

Posted by Aquarium Of Boise on Thursday, October 19, 2017

Bamboo Shark Mating (Gone Wrong)

Warning: Explicit Content! Shark mating behavior is not always pretty (or perfect). Bamboo sharks at the Aquarium of Boise are no different.Note: We monitored the sharks to make sure that they were not injured in the process.

Posted by Aquarium Of Boise on Wednesday, September 6, 2017

Pistol Shrimp

At the Aquarium of Boise, we have a special partnership between a Back-Ray Goby and a pistol shrimp (Alpheus sp.). It provides a watchful eye while the shrimp digs a burrow for them to share. Just watch out for the pistol shrimp, which can shoot a "bubble bullet" that reaches speeds of 100 km/h (62 mph) and releases a sound reaching 218 decibels.The snap can also produce sonoluminescence from the collapsing cavitation bubble. As it collapses, the cavitation bubble reaches temperatures of over 5,000 K (4,700 °C). The snapping is used for hunting (hence the alternative name "pistol shrimp"), as well as for communication.

Posted by Aquarium Of Boise on Wednesday, August 23, 2017

Stingray

Sometimes stingrays get a bit of a bad rap . . . because of the whole "sting" part. However, the stingray uses its venomous barb to defend itself when it feels threatened by other predators. Stingrays were not usually vicious and rarely attack and kill humans. Our stingrays are often quite sociable, like our Southern Atlantic Stingray "Ms. Piggy," who regularly comes up to get hand fed and head rubs at the side of the pool. #SharkWeek #Stingray Note: the stingrays barbs at the Aquarium of Boise are regularly clipped.

Posted by Aquarium Of Boise on Tuesday, July 25, 2017

Porcupine Pufferfish

Get up close and personal with a porcupine pufferfish at the Aquarium of Boise!

Posted by Aquarium Of Boise on Monday, May 1, 2017

Take a break from the gray and hang out with some clowns in the blue.

Posted by Aquarium Of Boise on Wednesday, February 1, 2017