10 Best Things to Do in Coeur d'Alene, Idaho

The lake resort town of Coeur d'Alene, Idaho is located near the point where grand Lake Coeur d'Alene empties into the Spokane River. Surrounded by forested hills and mountains, the charming town offers its visitors warm hospitality along with a long list of activities and attractions.

Whether you spend a day, a weekend, or an extended vacation in Coeur d'Alene, you're sure to leave feeling refreshed and with fond memories.

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Get Outdoors and Play

Boats docked in a lake

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Lake Coeur d'Alene, Idaho, USA

The huge lake, the rushing rivers, the forested hills, the nearby mountains, and the hot sunny weather make Coeur d'Alene a wonderful base for an active getaway. You can relax and enjoy a boardwalk stroll or a scenic float trip. If you're looking for more of a physical challenge, there are miles of recreation trails, including the popular North Idaho Centennial Trail, a 22-mile paved trail, and Tubbs Hill Nature Trail, a self-guided two-mile loop located near downtown. If you want to get out on the water, Coeur d'Alene Lake is a 30-mile lake where you can boat, sail, or jet ski. Local company Harrison Boat Rentals will even deliver your watercraft of choice to your lakefront resort.

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Take a Scenic Lake Coeur d'Alene Boat Cruise

A scenic cruise boat on the lake

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115 S 2nd St, Coeur d'Alene, ID 83814, USA
Phone +1 208-292-5670

Operating from the Coeur d'Alene Resort Boardwalk Marina, Lake Coeur d'Alene Cruises offers a variety of fun, festive, and interesting tours. The shorter tours loop around the upper part of the lake, while the longer six-hour cruises go down to the St. Joe River at the lake's south end. Regularly scheduled scenic Sunday brunch and sunset dinner cruises are offered each season. Special holiday cruises, including the Holiday Light Show Cruise, are scheduled throughout the year. The Lake Coeur d'Alene cruise boats are also available for private events.

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Swim or Picnic at the Coeur d'Alene City Park

A playground on the water at City Park

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504 E Front Ave, Coeur d'Alene, ID 83814, USA
Phone +1 208-769-2252

Located just west of downtown, Coeur d'Alene City Park offers plenty of space to play or to relax. The sandy swimming beach is popular with families and teenagers. The bulk of the park is covered in grass and trees, offering a cool escape from the heat and sun. Park facilities include a whimsical wooden playground, a bandshell used for their Summer Concert Series, and open and sheltered picnic areas. A stroll along the North Idaho Centennial Trail will take you through this park.

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Go Shopping Along Sherman Avenue

People walking down a sidewalk on Sherman Ave

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210 Sherman Ave, Coeur d'Alene, ID 83814, USA
Phone +1 208-667-2800

Your Coeur d'Alene wanderings will surely take you through the charming downtown area filled with shops, art galleries, and places to eat and drink. The main shopping area in Coeur d'Alene runs along Sherman Ave. between the Coeur d'Alene Resort and 5th Street. Our top picks include Figpickels Toy Emporium, Finan McDonald Clothing Company, and Summer's Glass, a working studio.

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Drive the Lake Coeur d'Alene Scenic Byway

People lying on the grass and a man running down the path on the scenic byway

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Following Idaho Highway 97 on the east side of the lake, the Lake Coeur d'Alene Scenic Byway offers scenery, wildlife, and a few places to get out and stretch your legs. The Mineral Ridge Scenic Area at Wolf Lodge Bay, the Thompson Lake birding station, and Trail of the Coeur d'Alenes at Harrison are popular stops along this scenic byway.

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Run a Marathon or Triathlon

People running

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In case you need that one more excuse to visit this gorgeous lake town, Coeur d'Alene hosts a variety of special events and festivals each year—including a marathon and an Ironman triathlon. There are few better place to get outdoors, so if you're the sporting type plan a visit to the Coeur d'Alene Marathon in May and the Ironman Coeur d'Alene Triathlon in June.

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Shop at a Local Farmers Market

The Kootenai County Farmers Market boasts a wide variety of fruit, vegetables, and other items from farmers in the area. Depending on when you visit, you can expect to see cherries, strawberries, and delectable summer fruit or hearty winter root vegetables. There are also crafts and other goods for sale.

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Take a Seaplane Flight

If you want to get a bird's eye view of the lake, what better way than a seaplane? Brooks Sea Plane offers various seaplane flights, including the 25-minute Lake Coeur d'Alene Loop flight. This 40-mile trip will showcase aerial views of Coeur d'Alene city, shores, and river, as well as the Bitterroot Mountains, Washington Palouse, and nearby Fernan Lake.

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Splash Around at McEuen Park

Grassy fields in McEuen Park

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The city's McEuen Park is one of the most popular parks, with good reason. It's home to a colorful splash pad that's popular with kids, as well as a large playground, an off-leash dog park, and basketball and tennis courts. The park venues can be used to host private events.

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Learn About the Region's History

A red church at the Museum of Northern Idaho

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The Museum of North Idaho is a small, but interesting, museum located near the city park. It's open by appointment but features ever-changing exhibits that highlight the history of the Coeur d'Alene region. A recent exhibit focused on the development of the region's railways, including their impact on trade and local economy.

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