The lake resort town of Coeur d'Alene 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. Here are my recommendations for fun things to do during your Coeur d'Alene, Idaho, getaway.
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Get Outdoors and PlayThe 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. Hiking, biking, fishing, boating, rafting, paddling, and wildlife watching are among your outdoor recreation options in Coeur d'Alene.
02 of 06Operating 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.
03 of 06Located 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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Shops and Art Galleries in Coeur d'Alene
Your CdA 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. Here is a sample of the fun shopping you'll experience:
Figpickels Toy Emporium
There's something for the child in everyone at this grand toy store.
210 E. Sherman Avenue
Coeur d'Alene Chocolates
Handmade truffles, toffees, caramels, brittles, and other candies.
412 E. Sherman Ave
This high-end gallery features work in such media as paintings, sculpture, jewelry, and glass.
507 E. Sherman Avenue
Finan McDonald Clothing Company
High-quality casual clothing, footwear, and accessories for men and women.
210 Sherman Avenue
Make or buy glass art and jewelry at this working studio.
211 Sherman AvenueContinue to 5 of 6 below.
05 of 06Following 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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Special Events & Festivals in Coeur d'AleneIn 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.
- Coeur d'Alene Marathon (May)
- Car d'Lane Cruise, Car Show, and Street Dance (June)
- Ironman Coeur d'Alene Triathlon (June)
- CdA Downtown Street Fair (August)
- Wooden Boat Show (August)
- Tour des Lacs (September)
- Coeur d'Alene Fall Festival (September)
- Christmas at the Lake Holiday Light Show (December)