Families love traveling to Coeur d’Alene. The natural setting makes for a giant outdoor playground complete with the lakefront, rivers, beaches, trails, and tree-lined parkways.
- The Downtown waterfront area offers a number of exciting options such as seaplane rides over the lake; parasail rides high above the water, jet skis, kayaks, paddleboats and canoes for rent. It is also where you will find the world’s longest floating boardwalk, located at the Coeur d’Alene Resort. Built in 1986, the boardwalk is over ¾ of a mile long and offers rest stops with benches for those who want to savor the amazing lake views, or keep a watch out for osprey or bald eagles.
- The Coeur d’Alene City Park is only a couple of minutes from Downtown. It adjoins the City Beach area and is home to huge trees, basketball courts, picnic areas, chainsaw art from local artists, and a 14,000 square-foot wooden play-ground modeled after the real Fort Sherman, which used to stand near the site.
- Running adjacent to the park is the Centennial Trail. This Trail stretches in either direction with 23 miles of paved surfaces perfect for bike riding, roller-blading, strollers, or simply striding along.
- On the southeastern side of the Coeur d’Alene Resort you will find Tubbs Hill, 122 acres of natural beauty which has been untouched except for the trail system which leads under Ponderosa pines through basalt rock outcroppings. A favorite walking spot for visitors and locals alike.
- Lake Coeur d’Alene Cruises explore the bays and inlets of one of the world’s most beautiful lakes. The cruises, which leave from Independence Point just west of the Coeur d’Alene Resort, depart on a regular basis for daily cruises, Shadowy St. Joe River Cruises, Sunset Dinner Cruises and Sunday Brunch Cruises. The West Coast River Queen on the Spokane River offers daily summer cruises, dinner trips, and fall foliage weekend cruises.