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Northern Idaho is a wonderful family destination with plenty of fun-filled activities for kids. Here are five things that stand out among all there is to do:
1. Silverwood Theme Park. This first-class family amusement park is just 20 minutes north of Coeur d’Alene on Highway 95. There are giant waterslides, rollercoasters, magic shows and many other top-of-the-line rides and amusements. What sets Silverwood apart from other amusement parks is that it features delightful Victorian architecture with actors and musicians in period costumes. Open from May through September, Silverwood will entertain the entire family.
2. Tubbs Hill. Just a few blocks from Sherman Avenue in downtown Coeur d’Alene, Tubbs Hill is a gentle and scenic footpath that accommodates hikers of all ages and abilities. The 2.2-mile circuit trail along the perimeter of the 120-acre natural area has spectacular views of the lake, suspension bridges, rock outcroppings and secluded beaches that are ideal for picnics.
3. The Kroc Center. Spend an afternoon at The Kroc Center, a fitness and community facility on Ramsey Road in Coeur d’Alene, which is open to the public. You and your kids can purchase day passes which allow you full use of the giant indoor pool and water slides, climbing wall, teen activities center and game room, and the sports training and recreation center.
4. Triple Play Family Play Fun Park. This park is a great place for energetic kids. Triple Play has a go-cart track, bumper boats, laser tag, a climbing wall, mini golf and bowling. Triple Play is located just five minutes north of Coeur d’Alene on Highway 95.
5. Schweitzer Mountain. Schweitzer looms high above the beautiful lakeside town of Sandpoint, Idaho. It is one of the finest family ski resorts in the West. Schweitzer has a wonderful ski school program for kids and a beginner hill with its own lift to help ensure the safety of the younger kids and beginner skiers. The atmosphere at Schweitzer is relaxed and friendly. The base lodge has an incredible view of the sounding mountains and Lake Pend Oreille. An hour and a half drive from Coeur d’Alene north on Hwy 95, Schweitzer Mountain has lodging on the mountain and there is also a great selection of accommodations in Sandpoint.