Coeur D’Alene is a very popular summer resort area. The homes styles are a combination of unique beautiful old homes and properties that need major renovation. The area seems to be going through a revitalization. We visited Coeur D’Alene twice over the past 4 years, and each time we found different activities to keep us entertained.
Here are 5 things to do in Coeur d’Alene with the family:
1. Recreation at Lake Coeur D’Alene
Coeur D’Alene Lake itself is a picture perfect place, gorgeous blue, surrounded by pine-covered mountains. The beach is packed during the summer months with vacationers – swimming, boating, paddle boarding, floating on inner tubes, and even para gliding. The boardwalk is perfect for walking and biking while enjoying lake views.
2. Tubbs Hill
There is a fantastic walk/hike right next to the Resort hotel, Tubbs Hill, where a 2.4 mile trail treats you to views all around the lake. Private little beach areas are scattered along the lake, allowing swimmers to dive from the cliffs into the lake. We even spotted some deer and walked across the suspended bridge.
Two fabulous playgrounds are located near the Resort.
McEuen Park is located right between the Resort and Tubbs Hill. It’s a modern playground that offers a splash pad, walking trails, biking, hiking trails, and beautiful water views.
Behind the large beach area and boardwalk lies City Park and Fort Sherman Playground. This was our favorite, with a wooden fort structure sure to entertain your little ones for hours.
4. Mineral Ridge Scenic Trail
If you’re looking for a trail in Coeur D’Alene, Mineral Ridge Scenic Trail is just a short drive from town. It’s only about 3 miles total, but beware that the first half has you climbing 650 feet in elevation. This is a great hike with rewarding views at the top.
5. Route of the Hiawatha
If you’re up for a day trip, biking the Route of the Hiawatha is an awesome adventure for the whole family! This Rail-to-Trails ride is located just on the border of Idaho and Montana. A leisurely 15 mile bike excursion leads you down 1,000 feet of scenic forest trail in the Bitterroot Mountains. You will experience 10 train tunnels and 7 sky-high trestle bridges along the way. Check out my post, Biking the Route of the Hiawatha for more details!
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