Coeur d'Alene is one of the few spots in America that has a huge amount of INDEPENDENT Coffee shops with special blends unique to them exclusively. There isn't enough days in the month to try them all!
Walk The Floating Boardwalk.
Coeur d'Alene is famous for many things but one thing that remains extremely fun is walking on top of our lake via the floating boardwalk. Enjoy the cool breeze of the lake on a hot day while you walk ontop of a boardwalk that extends over the lake!
A Slice of real americana is Coeur d'Alene's Farmers market! With over 100 venders every wednsday at 4pm taking over a huge sprawl of the downtown area.
Make sure to try out plenty of the locally grown food + baked goods that will be sure to knock your socks off
Live Music (Live After 5 Downtown Coeur d'Alene)
Live After 5 is a well established weekly summer concert series that features National Regional touring artists at an affordable cost.
This all ages family friendly event runs annually from mid June through early September and offers a variety of local food and beverage options for everyone.
Live After 5 has become the Northwest’s Premiere Summer Concert Series and attracts people from all over region as a result!
Skiing (Stay In Coeur d'Alene, Closeby Skiing Spots)
This World famous ski resort and summer time adventure land is an easy 1 hour and 20-minute drive from Coeur d’Alene Idaho. Pack up the family and have a blast. There are many fun things to do in Coeur d’Alene. And Schweitzer Mountain is one of them. I hear from many of our great students in CDA how they love to go shred the white powder at Schweitzer Mountain. READ OUR FULL POST ABOUT SCHWITZER HERE
Fishing In Coeur d'Alene
The lake contains some excellent fishing spots if you’re a keen angler, with a variety of fish available year-round. If you visit in Spring or Summer, you can visit the Coeur d`Alene city beach or the chain lakes to catch some challenging bass while year-round you can find some delicious Chinook Salmon.
In spring stop by the Southern end of the lake at Rockford bay and Powderhorn, in Summer your fishing spots are the Eastern part of the lake and the main body, in Fall, look at Midlake, lofts bay, or Carlin bay, finally, in Winter, stop by Midlake to catch your salmon.
Hiking (In and Around Coeur d'Alene)
Of course, while you are there, you have to visit The Coeur d`Alene National Forest. The beautiful forest has lots of hiking options, camping, and thick forest.
Just across the way from Gozzer ranch are some wonderful hiking trails known as Tubbs Hill Nature Trails. The trails offer great views around the lake and a chance to recharge in nature. At just 2 miles, it is a very accessible trail that hikers with weak knees or a lower level of fitness can also enjoy, the loop will only take an hour or so.
If you like you can make your hike more strenuous and head to the summit. While hiking Tubbs Hill, stop to watch the Eagles diving and scooping up fish or time it right and you can enjoy the sunset as it goes down on the lake.
Just around the corner you also have Mineral Ridge National recreation trail, this one-way loop takes 2-3 hours and offers stunning views of the western part of the lake. This narrow trail takes you on a moderate level hike, like Tubbs Hill you can enjoy a beautiful sunset here.
BONUS | Extra CDA Activites
If you prefer city life over nature, there are still plenty of options in this hidden gem in Idaho. McEuen Park sits next to the trail start of Tubbs Hill along the beach of the lake and is perfect for a family day of outdoor city fun; a dog run, water features, and plains of grassy green, this cozy park is perfect for a sunny stroll. If indoor fun is more your deal; The Art Spirit Gallery features the work of some excellent regional artists.
If you are a reader, the Coeur d`Alene Public Library adjoins a beautiful park and features a grand building with plenty of fun activities for your children. Finally, if museums are for you, the Museum of North Idaho allows you to investigate the history of the areas. It also holds a selection of regional books, while not large, it is filled to the brim and gives you a glimpse into the history of Coeur d`Alene.
We couldn't begin to explain all the amazing things to do in Coeur d'Alene in such a short time SO make sure to check out more of our posts to find out all the other fun things you could be doing here!
There are things to do in Coeur d`Alene for everyone, you can embrace nature or explore the city, regardless of what you prefer, there will be something for you in Coeur d`Alene.