Things to do in Coeur d’Alene, Idaho

According to our Chamber of Commerce, “Coeur d’Alene offers families and vacationers a wide range of activities, indoor and outdoor. There are a range of things to do in Coeur d’Alene Idaho, some designed to stimulate the urban escapist seeking extreme adventure, other activities bring family members together for a vacation filled with fun and relaxation. A variety of festivals and fairs bridge the spectrum from fun to elegant.

Monthly events such as Art Walk feature seven galleries in a seven block area. Downtown Coeur d’Alene features over 100 merchants in a 6 block area. Owner-operators offer unique, eclectic treasures – truly a shoppers dream. Only 30 minutes from Spokane International Airport, served by 65 non-stop daily flights, Coeur d’Alene is a destination that is easy to get to but hard to leave.

View below to check out some of the best adventures Coeur d’Alene offers:

Whitewater Rafting Full and half days available on the Clark Fork and Spokane Rivers with us

Scenic Rafting Full and half days available on the Coeur d’Alene, Spokane, and Clark Fork Rivers with us

Fishing Trips Full and half days available with us

Timberline Adventures Zipline overlooking Coeur d’Alene from the south east area of Coeur d’Alene

Horseback Riding 20 minutes from Coeur d’Alene with Rider Ranch or Bridle Path Ranch

Bike Rentals Located at Riverstone Area with prior reservation along the bike trail with Electric Adventures

Kayak and Stand Up Paddleboard Rentals Located on the lake near downtown through Kayak CDA

Segway Rentals Available for culinary and town tours through Tour CDA

Day One Itinerary

Book a half day fishing trip or rafting trip on the Coeur d’Alene River or Clark Fork River (if you are driving from Montana, hit this up on your way into town). Then, rent a bike to ride along the Trail of the Coeur d’Alene in the morning and relax on a boat rental in the afternoon with some great take out food from downtown. 

Day Two Itinerary

Rent a Kayak or SUP Board, hike Mineral Ridge, and eat downtown! Horseback Riding (60-70 min.) takes up a half day and is a great way to meander through our famous timber-filled ecosystem. Try a Segway Tour of town for a new experience.

Whitewater Rafting

Looking for a great way to experience one of the true gems of the area, try a rafting trip down one of the many rivers in the area. Idaho is home to the most river miles of any state in the lower 48 with Montana a close second! Lucky you, you’re on the border for both!

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Guided Fishing

Those of us here at CDA Adventures think that there is no better day to spend than with your sweetheart, buddy, or family than floating down a beautiful river, catching fish, and eating wonderful food. CDA Adventures offers two regions in which to have an adventure fishing with some of the most experienced guides in the Northern Idaho and Western Montana areas. Both watersheds provide the opportunity to catch the native cutthroat, rainbow, brown trout, and bull trout. Full days and half days are available for both areas. We are one of the few outfitters that offer an incredible combo trip. Think rapids and catching a 20” trout 30 seconds from each other while meandering through breathtaking scenery. We call it the combo trip!

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Horseback Riding

Venture into the Idaho wilderness with gentle cowboy-trained quarter horses for a 60 minute ride. Guided by a professional wrangler, you’ll explore trails surrounded by ponderosa pines, venture into Coeur d’Alene’s back yard. Our equipment will make your ride as comfortable as can be. So saddle-up and take a trek into the Idaho wilderness, the way it was done for many years.

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Kayaking and Stand Up Paddleboarding Coeur d’Alene Lake

Access Lake Coeur d’Alene spectacular scenery in style and comfort aboard a modern day motorboat/jet ski or navigate the lake by kayaks. National Geographic has honored Lake Coeur d’ Alene, Idaho as one of the five most beautiful lakes in America. Approximately 25 miles long, 1 to 3 miles wide and with over 109 miles of shoreline, the lake is a scenic wonder and a recreational paradise. So whether you want to experience this beautiful lake by motorboat, kayak, or stand up paddleboard, plan at least a day of your vacation intimately close and get a workout to boot!

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Bike Rentals

Coeur d’Alene, Idaho has become the undisputed “world known” for family biking enthusiasts by virtue of its beautiful land scape, views that go on forever and trails that range from beginner to advanced and suit all riding abilities. Whether you want to rent a bike and peddle along the many trails that surrounding Coeur d’Alene or venture down the road to the Hiawathia Bike trail, we have an agenda that will get your heart pumping while taking in the local landscape!

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Local Sights and Sounds

Need a quick fix of the great outdoors? Not only does a lively upbeat community surround Lake Coeur d’Alene, but also quick access to the great outdoors is what makes the Coeur d’Alene area unique. If you’re looking for an easy access to the Rocky Mountains, try one of the local hiking trails or visit one of the local frisbee disc golf courses and see why Coeur d’Alene is a premier outdoor recreation destination.

North Idaho is also a magical playground with a world-class theme park called Silverwood just outside of town and this is at the top of the list for most people with kids as the thing to do in Coeur d’Alene Idaho. Raptor Reef Waterslide Park might be a great spot not to miss with kids! Our favorite HIKE is Mineral Ridge (Click here for more information) by far. Well worth the 15 minute drive from downtown CDA.

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Culture, Eateries, and Shopping

Want to experience the North Idaho way of life? Visit Downtown and Midtown in Coeur d’Alene. Both sections of town provide local taste and style. Observe the breadth of people, music, culinary delights, and unique shopping found only in CDA! Also visit one of the surrounding towns and experience the past of the mining and logging industry. Riverstone Area is beautiful and bustling with food and shopping.

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