One of our favorite things to do when we come to Northern Idaho is a day at Silverwood Theme Park! Just 17 miles north of Coeur d’Alene, Silverwood Theme Park is both an amusement park and a water park (Boulder Beach) – and admission gets you all day access to BOTH parks!
Reviewing the map before the park opens, picking our first stop!
We usually get to the park about 30 minutes before it opens. Parking is $5 for the day and is an easy walk into the park. Getting to the park a few minutes early allows us to get our tickets (if you do Will Call) and allows us time to get into the park and get into line. We apply sunblock while we wait to get into the park and we fill up our empty water bottles at nearby water fountains.
As soon as the park opens – the toughest thing will be to choose what to do first! Because temperatures would reach in the mid-90s the day of our visit, we opted to do the theme park rides first and then head over to the water park during the heat of the day.
We went straight for the roller coasters! If you’re a thrill seeker, Silverwood has some amazing roller coasters and thrill rides to choose from. My 7-year-old loves these types of rides as much as I do – so we spent lots of time in this area. We loved the Cork Screw!
On the Tilt-A-Whirl ride. It was one of my favorites (the kids loved it too!)
In addition to roller coasters, they have other Fun-For-All Rides such as the Ferris Wheel, Paratrooper, Scrambler, Tilt-A-Whirl, Carousel and more.
My husband and daughter on the Paratrooper ride – sort of like a Ferris Wheel, you’ll get a great view of the park with the added bonus of some shade thanks to the umbrella over your seat.
I went on the Scrambler with my son a few times – he loved it! It reminded me of a ride I used to love at the Alaska State Fair when I was his age.
The Ferris Wheel has a great view of the park and it is a nice, easy ride.
Up in the Ferris Wheel – checking out the views. . . so much to see . . .
. . . as long as you don’t mind heights. . . .
My 4-year-old daughter loves the smaller kid’s rides and went on many of them over-and-over. The Butterflyer was her favorite. She probably went on it a dozen times – it’s a just a huge swing ride covered in flowers and butterflies.
And even my 7-year-old found some of the smaller kid rides to be fun.
My daughter was SO excited to be able to drive an antique car. On a track that . . .well, keeps you on track – you don’t need to know how to drive for this ride. I asked to take a photo but she said, “I have to watch the road, mom!” and I got only a very quick smile. 🙂
I love the variety of rides they have – really there is something for everyone regardless of your age, height or thrill-seeking-level.
Right in the middle of all the fun rides you’ll find a bunch of games to play. Ranging from $1 – $5 a play, they have games for all ages and skill levels. I like the games that guarantee a prize, like this Ducky game. They also have a Retro Arcade in the area if you want to get out of the heat and play some arcade games.
Be on the lookout throughout the park for Garfield and Odie! Give them a high-five and get your photo taken with them.
After a few hours of rides and fun, we stopped to have lunch at one of the restaurants in the park. They have a LOT of restaurants to choose from and everytime we’ve dined in Silverwood we’ve been really pleased with the quality and the price.
We ALWAYS seem to buy the Silverwood refillable cup – it costs about $8.95 and comes with unlimited refills all day – including lemonade and all the soft drinks. There are locations all over the park to refill your cup. We always feel like we get our money’s worth with this cup – plus it’s a souvenir to take home at the end of the day!
Our favorite restaurant in the park is Kool Cactus – the taco salad, nachos and burritos are really delicious. We ate dinner for just a little over $20 for our family of four and were all stuffed! See a full list of restaurant options here.
By mid-afternoon the temperatures were at their highest, so we headed over to the water park, Boulder Beach. You’ll need to change out of your regular clothes and into your swim gear (swim clothing can’t be worn on the rides) – but there are spacious changing rooms and lockers for storing your clothing.
My daughter loves all the water features. . .
And the slides are fun – for both kids and adults.
You’ll find life vests all throughout the park, free of charge. The different colors denote different sizes.
You’ll find lounge chairs and tables (some shaded) around the Polliwog Park and the wave pools. We pick a few chairs and camp out in one spot. This works especially well if you have a big party and want to have a central meeting location.
The Boulder Beach Bay wave pools were my sons FAVORITE – he could jump into the waves for hours. The water doesn’t get too deep and the waves come on about every five minutes. Most of the wave pool is 3 feet deep and then gets deeper when the waves start.
Grab an inner tube and float down the Lazy River – with multiple entrances and exits, it’s an easy family-friendly activity!
We took the kids down Avalanche Mountain and what fun that was! You all pile into a raft and go down a 650 foot slide, swinging high up the sides of the slide for a thrilling ride.
For the younger kids, the Toddler Spray park is fun – and I love that the ground is textured (reduces slipping!) and padded. My 4-year-old even loved this area.
If you’re headed to Silverwood, here are a few tips based on our experience:
Admission – Tickets can be purchased at the entrance of the park or pre-purchased online, at Costco (big savings), RV parks and local businesses. If you are staying in a local hotel – check for ticket discounts at the front desk.
Basic packing list for Silverwood – Sunblock (lots of sunblock!), snacks, empty water bottle, comfortable shoes, and swimsuit and towel (for Boulder Beach water park). Would you recommend anything else? Leave a comment and let us know!
Lockers – We try to pack as minimally as possible. For example, I leave my purse at home and pack just the necessities in a small bag. Instead of lugging your swim gear/street clothes, sunblock and other stuff around the park, consider getting an all-day use locker for $5. We got a locker in a central location and would stop by often to reapply sunblock and get snacks, if needed.
Park Map – This place is huge. Pick up a park map at the front entrance (free) and use it often as reference. It will save a lot of time and energy from just meandering around without a map!
Group Discounts – If you have a party of 20 or more you could save using a Silverwood group discount!
Height Guide – All the rides in the park have height requirements. I love that they put these height requirements online – so you can plan ahead and have an idea of how much your child can do based on their height.
RV Park – Silverwood does have it’s very own RV park – if you want to stay close to the park. I recommend booking these spots early in the season – as they go fast.
We really do LOVE going to Silverwood – we go every chance we get. For the price of admission you get a full 8-9 hours of unlimited rides, slides, entertainment and fun – we always leave exhausted and happy.
Now for the fun part – a giveaway! Silverwood is providing a Family 4-pack of tickets, valued at $188 for one lucky Take That Exit reader! The tickets are for the 2015 season – expiring 9/27/15.
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Sponsored post – Silverwood provided admission for my family in exchange for sharing our experience with you. Silverwood is also providing the set of four (4) tickets for the giveaway (isn’t that awesome!?!). All thoughts, opinions, ramblings and photographs are my own.