Silverwood Theme Park is a town unto itself with over 65 rides and attractions including live entertainment, a country carnival, midway arcade, thrill-seeking amusement rides and a spectacular water park. Be sure to ride the narrow gauge steam train and two of the largest wooden roller coasters in the west. Tempt fate on the hair raising, 55 mph TimberTerror. Then, if you dare, climb aboard Tremors. Plummet 103 feet into the first of four underground tunnels, then burst through the floor and roof of the gift shop. Don’t miss Panic Plunge, an adrenaline rush is guaranteed as you speed towards the ground at 47 mph, or Aftershock which boasts a 177 foot drop at 65 mph into 3 inversions – once forward and then backward. New in 2013 is SpinCycle, the first of its kind in the world. A 104 foot tall ride with a cylindrical-shaped vehicle that seats 24 people facing outward, with legs dangling and wearing only a harness. The vehicle rotates 360 degrees at 13 revolutions per minute while at the same time swings like a giant pendulum all the way upside down 104 feet above the ground bringing riders all the way around over and over again at three and a half times the normal gravitational pull. Will you be able to handle it? Located 15 minutes north of Coeur d’Alene on US Highway 95. 683-3400 or www.silverwoodthemepark.com
Triple Play Family Fun Park is open for year ‘round adventure. Featuring bowling, miniature golf, go-carts, bumper boats, laser tag, a climbing wall, arcade, indoor water park and more, you’re sure to find something that everyone in the family will enjoy. Just a few minutes north of Coeur d’Alene on US Highway 95 at Orchard in Hayden. (208) 762-7529, www.3play.com
Silver Mountain Resort in Kellogg features the Silver Rapids Indoor Water Park. The park includes Gold Rush and Prospector Plunge tube slides, North Fork lazy river and Moose Sluice family raft slide. Hoop Lagoon is an activity pool complete with basketball hoops and a watery 84º degree court. For the younger set, Cub Cove and Pollywog Pond are just right. Don’t miss the ultimate in aquatic attractions – a FlowRider Surf Wave! The FlowRider provides a perfect wave that can be body boarded or surfed. Over 60,000 gallons of water per minute moves you at 35 mph. Time to wind down? Enjoy Trestles Surfside Grill and Hot Tubs which overlooks the water park. Cabana rentals complete with lounge chairs, a refrigerator and TV are available. www.silvermt.com or 800-204-6428
Cool off at Silverwood’s Boulder Beach Water Park. Float the 1,000 ft. long Elkhorn Creek. Enjoy Avalanche Mountain Family Raft Ride, Boulder Beach Bay (two wave pools) or Rumble Falls with 4 exciting slides. Not for the faint of heart is Velocity Peak, a high-speed 62 ft., pitch dark, vertical drop water slide! For little ones, there’s Polliwog Park and Toddler Springs Kid’s area. Cabana Island is the perfect headquarters for a day of fun in the sun. (208) 683-3400.
Raptor Reef indoor water park is part of the Triple Play and Holiday Inn complex on US Hwy 95 in Hayden with year ‘round family water fun. Featuring three water slides, a wave pool, children’s lagoon and hot tubs, the youngest and oldest members of the family will find just what they’re looking for when they want to get wet. (208) 762-7529, www.3play.com