Coeur d'Alene is the largest city in Kootenai County, Idaho and in the northern Idaho Panhandle. The city, which also hosts the county seat of Kootenai, is located 30 miles east of Spokane, Washington.
Coeur d'Alene, ID, lies to the north of Lake Coeur d'Alene and is also known as the Lake City. The city is located near two prominent ski resorts, Silver Mountain Resort to the east and Schweitzer Mountain Ski Resort to the north.
1. Coeur d'Alene City Park and Independence Point
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This magnificent park is located near the Coeur d'Alene Resort and downtown area. The park includes a beautiful beach, swim area, benches, and water features. There are some fabulous facilities to experience, such as tour boats, seaplanes, parasailing, and other aquatic activities that ensure a captivating adventure.
Several celebratory events take place in the park for visitors' entertainment, such as the Bike to Work Week, Earth Day Fair, Movie in the Park, and Summer Concert Series. Several sports are also on offer in the park, including baseball, basketball, dodge ball, football, and golf. You don’t need to leave your costumes behind.
710 E. Mullan Ave., Coeur d'Alene, Idaho 83814, Phone: 208-769-2252
2. Coeur d'Alene Lake
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Lake Coeur d'Alene is a wonderfully diverse area with many beautiful spots and facilities to enjoy. There are several exciting activities to choose from, such as kayaking and sailing, scenic flights, parasailing, watersports, and swimming.
For the more peaceful adventurer, there are also fishing and golf opportunities as well as bike trekking on the Coeur d'Alene Trail. Renting a boat is a good way to explore the lake, take in the scene, and feel the warmth of the sun while lounging on a vessel. There are many rooms and picturesque cabins to choose from, making your experience a memorable one. More romantic weekend getaways in Idaho
Lake Coeur d'Alene, Idaho, Phone: 855 999-7998
3. Kootenai County Farmers' Market
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Kootenai County Farmers’ Market boasts a wide array of best quality fresh fruits and vegetables. Exotic summer fruits such as cherries and strawberries adorn the benches, but winter fruits such as juicy apples, oranges, and bananas are just waiting to be added to your cart.
There are also many fresh and high-quality dairy products to choose from, including milk and cheese, as well as a wide variety of bread and other grain-based foods. You will also find plants to decorate your home, freshly cut flowers, and intriguing arts and crafts made by the very finest local artists.
PO Box 781 Hayden, Idaho 83835, Phone: 208-659-8330
4. Brooks Seaplane Service Tours
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There are three types of flights at Brooks Sea Plane. The Lake Coeur d'Alene Loop Flight is a 40-mile, 20-minute flight covering the 25 miles along Lake Coeur d'Alene. You will enjoy the aerial view of Coeur d'Alene city, shores, and river as well as the St. Joe and Spokane rivers and the Bitterroot Mountains, Washington Palouse, and Fernan Lake.
The Pend Orielle /Hayden Flight cover 80 miles in 40 minutes, starting off to the north of Lake Coeur d'Alene, going over Hayden Lake, Pend Orielle, and Farragut State Park. A charter service is offered for flights over Idaho, Montana, and Washington.
North Idaho Centennial Trail, Coeur d'Alene, 83814, Phone: 208-664-2842
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5. CDA Parasail
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Parasailing over the Coeur d'Alene River, Idaho, is a thrilling experience and one you will never forget. The beauty of the region is spread out beneath you as you float up to 600 feet above the water, enjoying a tranquil and unique experience.
Parasailing offers an unprecedented proximity to the air, wind, and water and CDA Parasail is the best place for some parasailing fun. Their staff consists of qualified and well-trained professionals and their equipment is up-to-date and inspected daily. As an international hub for parasailing, CDA Parasail enjoy meeting people from all over the world. Try this place, you’re sure to like it!
110 S. 1st. Street, Coeur d Alene, 83815, Phone: 208-765-2999
6. Lake Coeur d'Alene Cruises
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The family cruise service on Lake Coeur d'Alene takes you along the amazing shores of the lake. You will also have the opportunity to view the spectacular celebrity homes, see the world's only great island golf green, and enjoy the sunset dinners and Sunday brunches, all while learning about the local history.
There are fantastic winter specials over the Thanksgiving and Christmas holidays as well as New Year's Day Celebrations, the Journey to the North Pole cruises, and brilliant light shows. On individual tours, you can even get a glimpse of the North American bald eagle. It is a worthy and refreshing option to visit. Next read: Best Weekend Getaways in Idaho
115 S. 2nd Street Coeur d'Alene, Idaho 83814, Phone: 208-292-5670
7. McEuen Park
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The McEuen Park is home to many excellent and exciting facilities, such as the city's largest playground and a colorful splash pad, as well as an off-leash dog park and basketball and tennis courts. You will be amazed by the park venues, such as the Avista Pavilion, the Rotary Harbor House, and the Veterans Memorial, available for hosting events of up to 5,000 people.
The park boasts excellent boating and mooring facilities and a scenic trail towards Tubbs Hill. The Centennial Trail begins at Nine Mile Falls and ends at Higgins point, running through the middle of the park.
710 E. Mullan Ave.
Coeur d'Alene, Idaho 83814, Phone: 208-769-2252
8. Museum of North Idaho
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The Museum of North Idaho is located just in front of the Coeur d'Alene's City Park. The museum library and offices are open by appointment all year round. This season's exhibit features Ties to the Past: an exhibition on the railroad history of the Coeur d'Alene Region, the development of the region’s railways as well as their impact on trade and local economy.
You can also visit the nearby Fort Sherman Chapel, available for weddings and small events. There is an onsite gift shop where you can purchase souvenirs and gifts.
P.O. Box 812 Coeur d'Alene, Idaho 83816-0812, Phone: 208-664-3448
9. North Idaho Centennial Trail
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When visiting a place, it’s always good to learn about its history. The North Idaho Centennial Trail is a vehicle-free 24-mile trail connecting Higgens Point State Park on Lake Coeur d'Alene to the Idaho–Washington border.
The trail runs along Lake Coeur d'Alene and the Spokane River with a fantastic view of the local scenery. One can also access the Lewis & Clark State College and North Idaho College campuses through the trail as well as the back streets in Coeur d'Alene. There are lovely benches and rest points with breathtaking views, and you will not get lost as there are several signs along the trail.
10. Northwest Outfitters
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If you fancy a shopping experience during your luxury tour, then Northwest Outfitters, Idaho's top fly shop, offers a broad range of excellent fishing equipment and durable sportswear covering most major brands such as Orvis, Simms, Scott, Echo, and Fishpond.
The friendly members of staff are experts in assessing customer needs and will gladly guide you through the wide array of products to suit your adventure needs. They are also highly knowledgeable of the local terrain, rivers, and lakes and can offer you an accurate and timely fishing report as well as guided fishing trips, professional fly fishing lessons, and valuable angling advice.
The Northwest Outfitters
2171 N. Main St. (in Riverstone) Coeur d'Alene, ID 38314, Phone: 208-667-2707
11. ROW Adventure Center
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The Adventure Center on Lake Coeur d'Alene, a pioneer adventure center, has been recognized as one of the best by National Geographic. It offers a broad range of exciting activities such as kayaking, fly fishing, Hiawatha Trail bike rides, and stand-up paddleboard and bike rentals.
You can also enjoy the white water rafting trips on the Lochsa, Clark Fork, Spokane, Moyie, and St. Joe rivers. There are many lodges to choose from that promise a pleasant stay, such as their own River Dance Lodge, or you may book other packages with local hotels, including the Silverwood all-inclusive packages.
418 Coeur D Alene Ave, Coeur d'Alene, ID 83814, Phone: 208 770-2517
12. Coeur d'Alene Parkway State Park
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Every day the Coeur d’Alene Parkway State Park welcomes visitors from near and far to explore its beautiful nature and recreational spaces. At the park, visitors will find 24 miles of mixed-use recreational trails which are great for hikers, cyclists, and even individual who just want to go on a nice relaxing walk. Also found at the park is a beautifully paved parkway which offers tremendous views of the lake and has picnic areas and a boat launch facility for the public to use. In the spring and summer months, the park is a great place to enjoy watersports like sailing, boating, and other paddle sports. Notably, the Coeur d’Alene Parkway State Park also manages a section of the North Idaho Centennial Trail, which is part of the beloved Millennium Legacy trail system.
E. Coeur D’Alene Lake Drive, Idaho 83814, Phone: 208-683-2425
13. St Joe River Cruise
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Cruise boats glide along the wondrous St. Joe River, the highest navigable river in the world. Along the way, you can enjoy Lake Chatcolet and a scenic view of North Idaho. This area is rich in flora, fauna, and wildlife all year round and the trip includes a unique opportunity to see eagles, osprey, deer, and other native wildlife.
Visitors can gain insight into the region's timber industry, while the weather changes provide a variety, depending on the season. This place always offers an enjoyable visitor experience.
14. Timberline Adventures
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Your adventure with a difference starts when you gear and get ready for an amazing experience. Guests are shuttled to the Timberline Adventures zip line property above Beauty Bay, and from there an exciting drive and a 800-foot vertical climb become the prelude to a breathtaking flying experience that includes the rush of soaring from tree to tree.
The course ends with a surprise and after the tour you can check out your zip-line photos, grab a drink, and browse the merchandise for sale at the offices.
210 Shermban Ave., Coeur d’Alene, ID 83814, Phone: 208-820-2080
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15. Tubbs Hill Nature Trails
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Tubbs Hill spreads magnificently over 120 acres and is surrounded by Lake Coeur d'Alene on the western, southern and eastern sides. There are several beautiful miles of hiking trails on the hill that provide amazing scenic views.
Here you can find the trailhead on the west side of Tubbs in the southwestern corner of McEuen Park. It is excellent terrain for hiking and trekking and will leave you and your friends feeling exhilarated. Several maps, guidelines, and directions are available to help you navigate the trails. Don’t forget to bring your best camera.
710 E. Mullan Ave. Coeur d'Alene, Idaho 83814, Phone: 208-769-2252
16. Seven Stars Alpaca Ranch
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An impressive 40-acre property located on a ridge just minutes from beautiful downtown Coeur d’Alene, Idaho, the Seven Stars Alpaca Ranch allows visitors to partake in a broad range of ranch activities. Here you will have the opportunity to meet the ranch animals as well as a plethora of other wild animals, including turkey, deer, elk, and moose.
They also breed these beautiful and magnificent alpacas, which are friendly, calm, and easily approached, giving guests a great family experience.
2885 S. Folsom Ridge Road, Coeur d’Alene, Idaho 83814, Phone: 208-755-4925
17. Coeur d’Alene Cellars
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Dedicated to the fine art of wine, the Coeur d’Alene Cellars is a small but largely creative winery that puts emphasis on producing ultra-premium wines. Producing just 3,000 in a year, each bottle is sure to be made with utter finesse, impeccable balance, nuance, and character. At the tasting room, the Coeur d’Alene Cellars welcomes patrons to try as many of their wines as they desire, whether in flights or individually. They also take great care in pairing their wines with the perfect cheese boards and charcuteries plates, all to enhance the wine tasting experience. To top it all off, the winery often features events through live music, painting nights, and winemaking workshops.
3890 N. Schreiber Way, Coeur d’Alene, Idaho 83815,; Phone: 208-664-2336
18. The Art Spirit Gallery
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Find original works of high quality by talented regional artists at The Art Spirit Gallery. The Art Spirit Gallery was founded in 1997 and, since its inception, had been dedicated to showcasing artists and their unique artistic voices from within a 4,000 square-foot gallery. From paintings to sculptures, photographs to carvings, the Art Spirit Gallery has played host to nearly 200 exhibits, each of which have been frequented by prolific art collectors and art enthusiasts alike. The gallery was founded by Steve Gibbs, who was an influential force in the promotion of art education in collaboration with other organization.
415 Sherman Avenue, Coeur d’Alene Cellars, Idaho 83814, Phone: 208-765-6006
19. Northwest Tattoo Museum and Tattooing
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Whether you’re a tattoo enthusiast or simply know how to appreciate various mediums of art, the Northwest Tattoo Museum and Tattooing is a unique and incredibly interesting attraction to visit while in Coeur d’Alene. The museum is home to a growing collection of tattoo related items like stencils, tattoo machines, and the like dating back from 1910 up until the present. Works and paraphernalia from tattoo greats like J.F. Barber, Cap Coleman, Sailor Jerry Collins, and Ernie Carafa, among others, can be seen as the museum which operates as a non-profit. Additionally, tattoo legends like Jay Brown, Robert McNeil, Richard Brockway, and Tracey Jones actively tattoo in the museum.
2934 North Government Way, Coeur d’Alene, Idaho 83815, Phone: 208-665-6565
20. Coeur d’Alene Resort Golf Course
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Highly praised and recognized by the international golfing community, the Coeur d’Alene Resort Golf Course has been described by Golf Digest to as “not just upscale, [but also] posh”. They describe it as such with good reason, as trips to this golf course while spoil any golfer with its upscale experience and unique course layout. The Coeur d’Alene Resort Golf Course is best known for being home to world’s only Floating Green. This engineering marvel is a movable green that is controlled electronically to have different distances daily. Golfers will make their way to the island by ferry after making the tee shot to the 14th hole. While the course itself is enough to earn this golf resort its acclaim, the Coeur d’Alene Golf Course is also praised and celebrated for exceptional service like its personal forecaddie services and their luxury custom golf cart services.
900 S Floating Green Drive, Coeur d’Alene, Idaho 83814; Phone: 855-999-7998
21. The Coeur d’Alene Resort Spa
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Take some time to relax, rest, and recuperate from the wear and tear of everyday life at the Coeur d’Alene Resort Spa. Inspired by the landscape of water and cedars that surround it, everything that the resort offers and incorporates into its treatments is inspired by the elements of the Northwest. From the water to the stones, the glaciers, valleys, and alpine lakes, all of it can be experienced in a way that rejuvenates with the resort’s incredible treatments. Regarded as one of the nation’s top spas, the Coeur d’Alene Resort Spa offers a wide range of treatments from spa treatments like scrubs and massages, to salon services like manicures and pedicures.
115 S. 2nd Street, Coeur d’Alene, Idaho 83814, Phone: 855-703-4648
22. Big Red’s Barn
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Animal lovers will adore a trip to Big Red’s Barn, a great family destination for indoor animal experiences and educational encounters for children. Open year round, the Big Red Barn is home to all kinds of animals. Exotic animals, farm animals, reptiles, and even miniature animals call the barn home, all of them ready to meet guests of all ages. In addition to petting experiences, the team behind Big Red’s Barn makes sure to offer information and knowledge to youngsters in an easy to understand and digestible way. Special experiences like camel and unicorn rides are also held at the barn.
7397 N Government Way, Coeur d’Alene, Idaho 83815, Phone: 208-719-9047
23. Coeur d’Alene Carousel
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The Coeur d’Alene Carousel is many things, but perhaps one of the best ways to describe it would be to call it a historical gem of the city. Originally built in New York in 1922, the carousel was originally called the Spillman Junior carousel and was created by the Herschell-Spillman Engineering Company. It was created for the use of a traveling carnival and featured 20 ponies in addition to 2 chariots. Eventually, the carousel found its permanent home on the Playland Pier of Coeur d’Alene where it amused and entertained thousands of guests from 19422 to 1974. After the pier’s amusement park was closed, the carousel disappeared into obscurity until it was rediscovered in Washington in 1986 and returned to Coeur d’Alene in 2010 thanks to the efforts of local history buffs and John and Pat Foote.
439 W Fort Grounds Drive, Coeur d’Alene, Idaho 83814, Phone: 208-666-4879
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24. Meltz Extreme Grilled Cheese
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Just how fancy can a grilled cheese sandwich get? At Meltz Extreme Grilled Cheese, they can get pretty darn fancy. Awarded as the best of sandwiches by the Business Journal from 2018 to 2020, Meltz specializes in the science of savory, cheesy combinations. These combinations come together to create mouthwatering sandwiches that deliver punches of unbeatable flavor with every bite. Sink your teeth into award-winning sandwiches like the Ultimate Metlz, which is packed with white cheddar, mozzarella, fontina, goat cheese, provolone, and gorgonzola cheese. Another award winner to sample is the Potsticker Melts which has provolone and pepper jack cheese as well as pork, petter garlic, ginger, soy, scallions, sesame, and even a fried wonton, plus an incredible sriracha-chili aioli dipping sauce.
1735 W Kathleen Avenue, Coeur d’Alene, Idaho 83815, Phone: 208-664-1717
25. Escape Game Coeur d'Alene
Teamwork and brain power are absolute necessities when it comes to Escape Game Coeur d’Alene. Home to mind boggling escape rooms of various difficulties and themes, this facility on E Sherman Avenue is a great place to visit for a date night, bonding time with friends and family, team building exercises, and even for special occasions. Each room will force teams to think hard and work against the clock which is set for 60 minutes. Within that time, a number of puzzles need to be solved and codes cracked in order to escape on time and beat the game. Do you have what it takes? Book your experience to find out!
202 E Sherman Avenue, Coeur d’Alene, Idaho 83814, Phone: 208-770-0973
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