The city of Coeur d’Alene was first popular with fur traders in the 18th century, and the city of 50,000 today derives its name from the tribe of Native Americans, who lived along the rivers and lakes in this area. Set amid a scene of forest, water and rolling hills, Coeur d’Alene offers nature lovers a long list of activities to keep busy all year long.
With a variety of boutiques, restaurants, and souvenir shops, Main Street is the first stop for many tourists. Additionally, a small path leads from Main Street to a small shopping mall that hosts the popular toy store Figpickels Toy Emporium—ideal for a child or the child inside.
On a hot day, take the kids to the Boulder Water Park and have the thrill of a lifetime at the Silverwood Theme Park. The little ones will also enjoy the myriad of activities in the Garfield Summer Camp. Climbing walls, basketball and tennis courts are all available for hours of fun. It’s a perfect place to spend the day as a family.
A two-mile paved (and handicap accessible) path will guide you on a leisurely stroll around the West Lake area. Beach-goers will enjoy swimming and diving under the attentive eyes of lifeguards, and a children’s play area, shaped like a castle, is also worth checking out. Amazingly, the children’s park was created by local workers in just three days.
Coeur d’Alene boasts the longest floating boardwalk in the world. Maintained by the Coeur d’Alene Resort, the 3,300-foot long boardwalk, created by R.G. Nelson, is a great place to see a variety of sailboats and yachts at anchor. At the halfway point, there is a sitting area where you can relax and enjoy the splendid view or at take a seat at a café if you feel a little peckish.
At the end of the boardwalk, boats depart for a lovely two-hour cruise around Lake Coeur d’Alene. Enjoy brunch, dinner or sunset cruises Tickets can be purchased for one of three daily departures during the summer months. There’s also a “Pirates of the Coeur d’Alane” for families and a “Journey to the North Pole” from Thanksgiving to New Year’s.
Rent a Watercraft
Rafts, paddle boats, and kayaks are available to rent for use on the lake. Rates are quite reasonable, and there are several locations along the shore where you can begin your adventure. Before heading out under the hot summer sun, remember your sunscreen! Evening excursions offer a different view of the lake and can be very relaxing.
Explore by Bike
The area around Coeur d’Alene boasts twenty miles of bike paths and bike-friendly streets. Although the area near the resort can have heavier traffic at times, most areas of the city are well-suited for cycling. A ride along the shoreline offers spectacular views and a memorable experience.
Stunning scenery with a small-town atmosphere, charming Coeur d’Alene welcomes its visitors to make the most of the great outdoors.