Coeur d'Alene

The Big List of Things to Do in Coeur d’Alene

All the things to do in Coeur d’Alene. Boats, shops, beaches, art, cellars, hiking, and more. This is a mega list to spark ideas for your vacation.

We’ve compiled a complete guide to the worth wild activities and things to do in Coeur d’Alene, Idaho.

Whether it’s indoor or outdoor, active or relaxed, winter or summer, family or friends, you’ll find what you need from this mountain city of the North Idaho Panhandle.

Things to Do in Coeur d’Alene, Idaho

Tubbs Hill

Tubbs Hill | Coeur d'Alene

Best for families looking for a short hike or runners in need of a hillside trail. Tubbs Hill is a beautiful lakeside park located right on the water’s edge. Hikers can access its high vantage point for great views of Lake Coeur d’Alene. While the views are good, you will be looking at the lake through a forest of trees. 

Tubbs Hill has a lot to offer! Use the button below to learn more.

Lake Coeur d’Alene 

Lake Coeur d'Alene Sail Boat

We mention Lake Coeur d’Alene alot in this list of things to do in CDA. That’s because the lake offers river cruises, boat rentals, jet ski rentals, beaches, sunsets, and so much more. 

McEuen Park and Dog Park

McEuen Park Playground | CDA

As the gateway to Tubbs Hill, McEuen Park has a lot going on. Right in the heart of downtown Coeur d’Alene, you’ll get a tennis court, off-leash dog park, concessions, a kids’ splash pad, and more. 

Want more details? Check out our full guide to McEuen Park by pressing the link button below!

Timberline Adventures

Timberline Adventures is a zipline company in CDA. Glide across Rocky Mountain valleys and brave a picturesque sky bridge walk. They have various packages to meet your needs. 

Coeur d’Alene City Park & Beach

Coeur d'Alene City Park

This park, near downtown Coeur d’Alene, is action-packed with a great playground for the family. You’ll also get basketball courts, picnic tables, and a nice but busy beach. 

Museum of North Idaho

Museum of North Idaho

You’ll find the Museum of North Idaho located adjacent to Coeur d’Alene city park. You can learn a great deal of the town’s history, but its also a great last-minute stop for souvenirs. 

North Idaho Centennial Trail

North Idaho Centennial Trail Ironman Sign

This 24-mile trail is wide and well-paved with stunning views of Lake Coeur d’Alene. Hugging the water’s edge, the Centennial Trail is perfect for a beautiful walk, run, or bike ride. 

Coeur d’Alene Cellars

This local winery hosts live music, paint nights, winemaking, and more. They also produce over 3000 cases of wine annually. A perfect stop for some vino and even a bite to eat. 

Independence Point

Independence Point Coeur d'Alene

Connected to the Coeur d’Alene City Park, Independence Point contains yet another option for beachgoers. Besides that, there’s not a lot going on here unless you count Mudgy & Millie (and we do). 

Mudgy & Millie Trail

Mudgy Moose Trail

Step 1: Take the kids to Figpickels Toy Emporium to pick up the Mudgy & Millie book. Step 2: Head to the base of Tubbs hill to join Mudgy in his search for Millie.

Fort Sherman Playground

Fort Sherman Playground Coeur d'Alene City Park

We mentioned a great playground in the Coeur d’Alene City Park section. Well, it has a name. Fort Sherman Playground is a child’s dream and is near the park’s beach.

Cherry Hill Park

North of downtown CDA, Cherry Hill Park features disc golf, BMX, and sledding in the winter. While it’s not right in the town’s center, it may still be worth checking out if those activities interest you.

For more winter activities, check out the below post for more fun ideas during the holiday seasons.

Canfield Mountain Natural Trail

Get out of downtown and experience some mild hiking with views fo the city at the Canfield Mountain Natural Trail. The trail is also used for mountain biking so make sure to use proper trail etiquette. 

Sanders Beach

Located on the east side of Tubbs Hill, Sanders Beach is another busy beach. However, if you time it right during a weekday the tourists might be sparse. 

Tubbs Hill Beach

If you’re looking for a quiet beach then Tubbs Hill Beach is a great option. But the good things in life don’t come easy. This beach requires a bit of a walk to get to. 

Adventure Sport Rentals

Whether you want to get out 4-wheeling on your own or prefer a tour, Adventure Sport Rentals will have what you need. Their ATV and UTV rentals and tours make for a great outing. 

Triple Play Family Fun Park

You’ll find lots of fun for the family at this amusement park. Triple Play has everything from go-carts to laser tag, minigolf, bumper boats, and best of all an indoor water park!

Silverwood Theme Park

If you’re looking for things to do in Coeur d’Alene with a bit more thrill, then Silverwood Theme Park won’t disappoint. It will, however, take about a 30-minute drive from Coeur d’Alene to get there. 

Cougar Bay Nature Preserve

Ready to see a real moose? The Cougar Bay Nature Preserve is a 240-acre plot of land attracting a plethora of wildlife. The John Pointer trail is a 2.7-mile hiking opportunity through this nature preserve.

Coeur d’Alene Casino

Don’t let the name fool you because there’s more to do at the CDA Casino than just slots and blackjack. Take your winnings and spend them on a relaxing spa day or shoot a round on their golf course.  

Mineral Ridge Trail

Mineral Ridge Trail Views

This trail is a 3.3-mile scenic loop through the Mineral Ridge Scenic Area. Expect heavy traffic, but the views of Lake Coeur d’Alene are worth it. 

Need more info? Press the button below to see our experience on this great hike!

Higgens Point

Marking the eastern end of the Centennial Trail, Higgens Point is a scenic outlook and short hike with views of Lake Coeur d’Alene. If traveling in the winter, this is a good spot to witness bald eagles fishing for salmon. 

Coeur d'Alene Idaho Winter

Coeur d’Alene Parkway State Park

In itself, this park is mostly just a boat launch and picnic area located on the shores of Lake CDA. However, the Centennial Trail and Higgens Point are what make this park special. 

Kootenai County Farmers Market

This farmers market operates in both Coeur d’Alene and Hayden so if you miss one, catch the other. From May to October, you can catch the market for some fresh produce, jams, a cup of coffee, live music, and a nice stroll. 

Seven Stars Alpaca Ranch

Head to Seven Stars Alpaca Ranch for cozy alpaca fiber products like socks and sweaters from their Country Store. The ranch also has goats, lamas, horses, donkeys, and gives guided educational tours.

Coeur d’Alene Public Library

This beautiful facility is right downtown next to McEuen Park. Stop in to browse or even attend one of their events like Monday night concerts or reading with therapy dogs. 

The Rider Ranch

If you’re looking for an alpine western experience for the family, the Rider Ranch is the place. They offer wagon rides, dinners, and campfires all with a cowboy touch. 

The Saint Joe River

Flowing into Lake Coeur d’Alene from high in the mountains, shadowy St. Joe is renowned for fly fishing and river rafting. Along this river basin exists prime camping spots, picnic tables, and hiking trails. 

Coeur d’Alene Summer Theater

Starting in June and ending in August, the Coeur d’Alene Summer Theater performs Broadway Musicals at the Schuler Performing Arts Center. 

Downtown Shopping

Downtown CDA Corner Store

Downtown shopping in a charming mountain town like Coeur d’Alene is a great thing to do after a day at the beach or hike in the mountains. After that, enjoy a cold beer and a great dinner. 

You could even grab a cup of joe for some morning shopping. But before you go, check out our list of the Best Coffee Shops in CDA. We tried every location!

Brooks Seaplane Service Tours

If you think Coeur d’Alene is beautiful from the ground, you should see it from the air. Do just that with a charter flight tour from Brooks Seaplane Service Tours. 

Coeur d’Alene Parasail

For a more unique experience on Lake Coeur d’Alene, parasail behind a boat with the CDA Parasail company. And no, you don’t even have to get wet. 

Northwest Outfitters

This top fly fishing shop in Coeur d’Alene is perfect for anglers to browse, buy some flys, or even book a guided fly fishing trip. 

ROW Adventure Center

Recognized by National Geographic as literally one of the best adventure travel companies on Earth, ROW Adventure Center can’t be missed. Experience guided rafting, kayaking, biking, fishing, and more. 

Other Things to Do in Coeur d’Alene

From restaurants to places to stay, Vacation Victory strives to be your once stop shop for planning the perfect Coeur d’Alene experience. 

Try another article to find out more about this mountain town and its beautiful lake. 

While this mega list of things to do and companies to try is fairly comprehensive, Coeur d’Alene still has more to offer.