Our 4th amusement park in 4 years doesn't sound like much - but theme parks are becoming an addiction. Following our visit to Disneyland in California during Halloween., we've visited Disneyland Paris at Christmas, Europapark (2nd biggest park in Europe), and now Silverwood.
With over 65 rides and attractions, we were ready to get our ride on.
In early June on a weekday, the park was pretty empty. Perfect. We have no interest in waiting in lines and are making it our specialty to go to parks during the off times.
|Ian found these glasses for $6. SOLD!|
(Paired with this shirt of Washington State from Spokane and the America shirt he wore all over Coeur d'Alene - Ian returned triumphantly 'Merican to Berlin.)
Let's talk rides, shall we?
Rides at Silverwood
Originally opened in 1988 with a few carnival rides, main street, and an authentic steam train that traveled in a 30-minute loop - the park has developed nicely since then. It is fairly small - especially since half the park is rides and half a water park (formally known as Boulder Beach and included in your admission). Still family-owned and operated, there are kiddie rides, the steam train runs, carnival rides and a few thrill rides/roller coasters. There was less than I expected, but enough to keep us excited. It didn't help that the most threatening ride, Corkscrew, was closed during our visit. Hmph. (Although I think Ian was relieved. Wussy.)
However, it is the best that we got as Seattlites since it is the largest theme and water park in the American Northwest. The biggest plus for us was that our visits to other amusement parks have been bereft of wooden roller coasters. Silverwood has 2 - Tremor and Timber Terror. Charming and old-timey, the park was high in Americana which is just what we wanted.
|Wooden Roller Coaster - Tremors|
Note that one special idiot stood up on the ride above. Not cool. They had to stop it, with everyone in the car waiting in the sun, and escort them off. Don't be that guy.
I bully Ian frequently, especially in regards to his former aversion to amusement park rides. (Considering the amount of parks we've been to recently - I'm winning.) Through my systematic challenges and nagging I've forced him onto almost every ride, but he refused to get on the Panic Plunge. Not surprising, considering he hates the sphincter pull from even riding in a car over a big hill. Refusing to be intimidated by a ride, I got on.
Which was embarrassing.
....especially when I really did scream when it dropped.
We had already been soaked once that morning on Thunder Canyon (pro tip - don't get on the water ride - even if there is no line!- first thing in the morning), but by the early afternoon it was hot and we were ready to get wet once again.
Enter the bumper boats.
I annihilated Ian. Soaked him. Covered him in oily gasoline water from his huge head all the way to his birkenstock-clad toes. He claims that he was heavier so his stream shot straight into the air unless I was further away. Whatever sir. You know I own you.
By midday we had made it through the park and had happily chomped down on some tex-mex, sharing a burritos and some mexi fries (aka spicy tater tots) with ranch. Germans - get on replicating this kind of greasy delicacy immeaditly.
Silverwood's Water Park: Boulder Beach
Finished with rides, we headed to the water park. We were immeaditly left with a dilemma - where to leave our stuff? We could head back out to the car and drop our clothes, camera, etc. or use one of their lockers (accessible by locker jockey for $5). I can be extraordinarily cheap, but Ian convinced me to fork over the dough for the locker.
First up was the lazy river where your relaxing ride on an inner tube is repeatedly interrupted by squealing teens, thuggy children, and surprise waterfalls trying to drown you. We were still happy to cool off, and tossed our tubes to the next saps as we made our way for the slides.
I felt extra naked, more than even just being in a bikini, without my camera. I'm sorry, but you will have to use your imagination. The size of the water park matches that of the rides and along with the lazy river includes:
- Ricochet Rapids
- Avalanche Mountain
- Boulder Beach Bay
- Velocity Peak
- Rumble Falls
- Elkhorn Creek
- Polliwog Park
- Toddler Springs
- Cabana Island
I loved it.
Tips for Silverwood
- $5 parking fee - I hate these little clinger fees, and this is just one you have to let go. The place is in the middle of nowhere, yet you have to pay parking. (Also the aforementioned locker fee at the water park.)
- Bring sunscreen! The place gets hot and if you have skin like me you will burn a little no matter what. Minimize the damage.
- Teenagers run the rides. This makes sense as it is a summer job, but some of the operators were obviously bored and amused themselves by "entertaining" us. Do your best not to strangle them.
- No drinks, food or ice chests can be brought into the park. Not surprising, but boo! Food options are numerous and fair enough (our giant burrito & side was around $5.50)
- If you've got little ones, note the height requirement.
- Swimsuit Dress code? We didn't have any issue with this, but signs are posted about "swim wear must be modest in design. No revealing or thong swimsuits allowed. Swim wear with exposed zippers, buckles, denim fabric, rivets or metal ornamentation is not permitted." The metal makes sense (those slides could tear you up), but the modesty clause seems a bit Idaho-y (read- conservative).
- Lodging - This is the boonies so camping is a good option in the vicinity, or you can go to the closet city, Coeur d'Alene. Spokane is also not too far from here. We left Spokane that morning, stayed at the park for the day, and then made our way on to our destination camping at Flathead lake in Montana.
Silverwood Theme Park Information
Address: 27843 U.S. 95 Athol, ID 83801
Season: The park is primarily open in the summer from June-August with bordering months (May & September) only open on the weekends. Note there is a special Halloween schedule in October.
Hours: The Park is open from 11-9pm most days, 10pm on weekends; Waterpark is open 11-7pm
Students & Seniors: $29.99
* buying on-line offers discounts (i.e. $39.99 for an adult). We've also heard about discounts on tickets sold at Costco in Spokane.
2013 Road Trip to Montana & Visit Home to Seattle
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- I'm Going to Miss this Place...
- Seattle Brewery Tour - Love from Afar
- Offbeat Seattle Attraction: Alki Beach
- Seattle Offbeat Attraction: Dick's
- Offbeat Seattle Attraction: Archie McPhee
- Offbeat Seattle Attraction: Salumi Artisan Cured Meats
- Offbeat Washington: San Juan Islands
- Offbeat Washington: Spokane
- Offbeat Washington: Leavenworth - A German Village in America
- DBall Peanut Butter Cookies