Situated in northern Idaho, Coeur d'Alene is a scenic, family-friendly destination that has long attracted tourists to its waterways and wilderness. Named after a tribe of Native Americans, the Coeur (heart) d’Alene People who lived along the region’s rivers and lakes, Coeur d’Alene is located about 30 miles east of Spokane, WA. The main attraction is Lake Coeur d’Alene, a natural body of water that spans 25 miles and has about 120 miles of shoreline. Things to do with kids at Lake Coeur d'Alene include boating, fishing, kayaking, sailing and swimming in crystal clear waters. Families can rent jet skis, ski boats, pontoon boats, kayaks and paddleboards from area outfitters. Aside from water sports, family-friendly recreational activities include camping, bicycling and hiking. There are also golf courses around the lake. The 17-acre Coeur d'Alene City Park is an excellent option for families who want to be on a swim beach, but have access to a playground, volleyball and basketball courts, outdoor showers and restrooms. In downtown Coeur d’Alene, visitors will find an array of shopping and dining options. In addition, families will find museums and historic sites to round out their visit. While summer is peak season, the Coeur d’Alene region offers spectacular sightseeing opportunities year-round. Fall’s changing leaves, winter’s snowy scenes and spring’s wildflowers make Coeur d’Alene, ID an ideal family-friendly destination any time of year.
While Coeur d’Alene, ID is an outdoor enthusiast’s paradise, there are plenty of indoor attractions and historic sites to round out a family-friendly vacation. Therefore, it is recommended that families pack for both indoor and outdoor activities. Also, be sure to check attraction websites prior to travel to book any desired tours.