Garden City Moving Guide

Thank you to Alana McCarraher for bringing us this Garden City Moving Guide.


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General Neighborhood Info

Garden City, Idaho, is small city of about 12,000 people surrounded on the north, east, and south by Boise and on the west by Eagle, Idaho. Within its 4.2 square miles, it boasts entertainment, restaurants, breweries, coffee shops, and the Greenbelt.

While driving around Boise, you may pass through this little city without even realizing it! If you live in the area, there are a ton of do-not-miss activities that you will have to partake in. Although we live in Boise, we live right on the border and spend most of our time in Garden City. Both of our kids go to school here, and the majority of our kids’ activities are in Garden City as well.

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Since Garden City is surrounded by Boise and Eagle, it does not have anywhere to grow. The neighborhoods tend to be well-maintained, older houses on decent-sized lots. You aren’t going to find as many cookie-cutter neighborhoods in Garden City as you would in a city with new developments.

Parks, Recreation, and Family Fun

What it lacks in size, it makes up for in fantastic things to do! My kids have participated in rock climbing, aerials, flying trapeze, and jujitsu all in Garden City, Idaho, in the last year. This city has no shortage of things to do in a small area.

Kids’ Sports in Garden City

Aerials at Circus Vision in Garden City Idaho


When looking for a free and easy way to get into nature, the Greenbelt is the place to go. The Boise River (and along with it, the Greenbelt) runs through Garden City, so you are never far from a peaceful walk.

Garden City Library

From the Greenbelt (or off of Marigold and Glenwood) is the Garden City Library. This library has plenty of things to borrow and great children’s programming, including a summer reading program and Holiday story-writing contest in December. To add to an inexpensive day out, when you leave the Garden City Library, you can check out the pollinator garden which is just a few steps away toward the Boise River. This free and public pollinator habitat provides the public with information about the importance of pollinators in a beautiful setting.

Hawks Stadium

You can enjoy a Hawks game at our local stadium. The Boise Hawks are an independent baseball team in the Pioneer League. The stadium has a Kids Club that offers special perks including free entry to certain games, fun run after home games, and extra entertainment. Pretty much all seats provide a great view to these fun games.

Hawks Stadium in Garden City Idaho

Expo Idaho

There is a huge variety of events at the Ada County Expo Idaho Grounds, including the state fair in August, concerts, markets, and much more.

State fair in Garden City, Idaho

We particularly love all of the concerts, especially in the summer.


When you are looking for a date night or adults night out, Garden City has no shortage of breweries. Many of these are pet-friendly as well.

  • Meriwether Cider Co
  • Powderhaus Brewing Company
  • The Yardarm
  • Telaya Wine Co.
  • Coiled Wines
  • Potter Wines
  • Split Rail Winery
  • Barbarian Wine
  • Western Collective
  • Cinder Wines
  • Clairvoyant Brewing Company


Public Schools

While Garden City is split between Boise School District and West Ada School District, it doesn’t have any public schools within its boundaries.

Charter Schools

Garden City does have two charter schools which are located blocks away from each other on 42nd and 43rd Streets.

Future Public School is a K-6 school with a focus on creating leaders who will succeed in our world.

Anser Charter School is a K-8 school with a focus on expeditions, community, and service.

Note: Mosely Boys and Girls Club of Ada County offers before and after school care for these schools. They also offer summer programming at an affordable price.

Private Schools

Garden City does not have any private schools within its borders.


Garden City’s south border runs along Chinden Road. While there is plenty to do there as you saw above, the speed limit is 35 mph and that is heavily enforced. In the sense that people should be following the speed limit, this is not really a drawback. In the sense that it’s easy to go over 35 mph, make sure you pay attention to your speed.

Why I Love It Here

If you didn’t know it was there, you might miss Garden City. With the Greenbelt running through it and its many activities and places for food and drink, this is a small city with big city amenities. This area is the perfect place for a family who loves to stay very local. There are a ton of activities in a small area that can keep everyone happy. If you are looking for a property with well-established charm close to the Greenbelt with plenty to do nearby, Garden City may be the place for you!

Greenbelt in Garden City Idaho

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Erin Rodriguez
Erin and her husband have two kids (2012 and 2013) who keep them very busy. Her family moved to Boise in 2020 from Phoenix and love the four seasons and the many outdoor activities. When she's not driving her kids around to multiple sports, you can find her practicing aerial arts or simply reading a book. Erin loves to travel with her family as often as possible. She is delighted to be a part of Boise Mom and can't wait to share her experiences with moms in the Treasure Valley.


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