North of Coeur d’Alene, ID – Make memories that last a lifetime! Silverwood Theme Park will open its gates again Saturday, May 6th, beginning a year of family fun and memories.  In 1987, when the Henley Aerodrome & Museum of Transportation was still under construction, Gary Norton wondered whether anyone would actually pay to visit his creation, located in a remote area of North Idaho.

“If nobody shows,” he said, “then I’m just going to have a nice little park to play in with my friends.”

30 years later, people have either shown up in droves, or Norton has around 11 million friends – the number of people who’ve passed through the gates of his theme park, wisely renamed Silverwood before it opened in 1988.

That statistic might be remarkable, but the story of how it happened is even more so.
How did a small showcase of vintage planes, trains and automobiles become a regional tourist destination featuring wood roller coasters and a full water park? Why do over 650,000 people every year journey well off the interstate to a still somewhat remote location in North Idaho? And how are they convinced to do so?

The story is as unique as the park itself.

Silverwood has grown from a local attraction into the largest Theme and Water Park in the Northwest with 221 acres of fun and over 70 rides, slides, shows and attractions in the park.  The park boasts four massive roller coasters, 1 drop tower and countless other family-friendly rides and attractions, Boulder Beach Water Park will open June 10th with two expansive wave pools, numerous water slides, play areas for the kids and VIP cabanas. Introduced in 2016 was Riptide Racer standing nearly 60 feet tall and over 400 feet of slide, the mat racing water slide features 6 side-by-side racing lanes for you and your friends. Silverwood has become synonymous with good family fun and stands as a fixture in the Northwest tourism industry as a must visit vacation destination and the most attended attraction in the state of Idaho.
Upcoming Events in May

• This year’s opening weekend is May 6th & 7th. Everyone gets in for only $19.88 per person, per day, when purchasing a ticket at Silverwood’s front gate or online.
• Celebrate Mother’s Day at Silverwood on May 13th and 14th! When a child buys a ticket, Mom gets in FREE!
• SAVE up to $14 on your admission into the park on May 20th and 21st for our Garfield Special Weekend!
• On May 27th, 28th, & 29th celebrate American Heroes Weekend – All military personnel, veterans, police officers and firefighters (identification required) receive FREE admission to the park on these special event days and their immediate family members (spouse and children) also receive a special discounted rate.

For the lowest priced ticket or more information, visit or call (208) 683-3400. Silverwood will be opening weekends on May 6th with daily operation beginning May 27th.

Posted by Ryan B.

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