Top 10 Family Outings!

Map of IdahoWhether you’re heading out for the July 4th holiday or looking ahead to the family vacation, here are some popular activities from around the Idaho.


Silverwood Theme Park, minutes north of Coeur d’Alene in Athol, is the Pacific Northwest’s largest theme park. Experience earth-shaking roller coasters, dazzling entertainment, Victorian charm and the fun-filled Boulder Beach Water Park.

Bicycle the Route of the Hiawatha Trail, trailhead is 48 minutes SE of Coeur d’Alene in Wallace. The route winds over 15 miles through the Bitterroot Mountains between Idaho and Montana through 10 tunnels, over seven high trestles and past natural waterfalls.

North Central

Jet boat through North America’s deepest gorge – Hells Canyon. Lewiston, gateway to Hells Canyon National Recreation Area, is an outdoor mecca for families seeking new adventures.


Star Gazing at Bruneau Dunes Bruneau Dunes is home to the tallest single-structured dune in North America and home to Idaho’s largest public access telescope at the Bruneau Dunes Observatory. Friday and Saturday nights at sundown the wonders of the universe are revealed through solar observation and night-sky viewing.

Kayak at Idaho’s First Whitewater Park Idaho brings families together one splash at a time. Kelly’s Whitewater Park is located 45 minutes north of Boise in Cascade. Watch the action or rent a tube and get wet!

MK Nature Center is a one-of-a-kind fish and wildlife experience on a 4.6-acre site along the Boise River Greenbelt near downtown Boise. The Nature Center’s stream walk and education building provide a glimpse of Idaho’s many landscapes and abundant wildlife. The underwater viewing windows along the stream walk give visitors a fish-eye view of the world.


Take a Sawtooth Mountain Trail Ride. Experience the Sawtooth Mountains with knowledgable guides and gentle mountain horses. Half day and full day rides from Redfish Lake, one hour north of Sun Valley.

South Central

Idaho has hot springs located throughout the state. Banbury Hot Springs along the Snake River offers a pool with a slide and diving board along with campground facilities, a picnic area and a boat ramp.


No vacation to the Yellowstone National Park or Grand Teton National Park region is complete without an adventure into the wild at Yellowstone Bear World. During your visit you will be surrounded by free-roaming wildlife as your drive your personal vehicle through the park.


The “Caribbean of the Rockies,” Bear Lake is for families! This sparkling turquoise lake on the Idaho-Utah border offers swimming, boating, waterskiing, sailing, fishing and miles of sandy beach.

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