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“Fun time at Silverwood”

Silverwood Theme Park
Ranked #2 of 4 things to do in Athol
Certificate of Excellence
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Recommended length of visit: More than 3 hours
Owner description: Located in beautiful North Idaho, Silverwood Theme Park has over 65 rides, slides, shows and attractions, including four roller coasters, Boulder Beach Water Park, a steam engine train, live entertainment, restaurants, and more...
Reviewed July 26, 2010

We were at Silverwood theme park Fri July 23 and Sat July 24. The weather was perfect and the crowds were not too bad on the Friday. It was much busier on the Sat especially the water park. We where there with our 5 year old and another family with a 5 year old. The kids didn't like the water park too much except for the lazy river where I think they could have floated all day. They loved the kiddie rides and the kiddie roller coaster was a huge hit. The magic show was very good and the ice dancing show was a hit. The kids were fascinated by this show. It's a fun place to visit and even has the feel of a very small disneyland.. The park is super clean and the food prices are pretty reasonable. Locker rentals were a bit steep but we only used them for the water park. We stayed at The Red Lion which was about a 30 minute drive to the park. Costco sells one day passes which will save you money but buying a two day pass at the gate was actually cheaper. We had only purchased a one day pass at Costco and inquired about buying a second day discounted pass at the park. It turned out to be a one dollar cheaper per adult (no difference for kids) buying it at the park instead of Costco. There is a Costco right off of Hwy 95 on the way to Silverwood.

2  Thank bothelldeb
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Reviewed July 21, 2010

If you're travelling with kids, this place will please. Both an amusement park - with roller coasters, carnival rides & games and western town theme - and a water park.

There's about 6 different waterslides to choose from, as well as 2 pretty cool wave pools and a "lazy river" ride. Expect crowds and waits.

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Reviewed July 19, 2010

NOTE: This review is about the RV PARK / CAMPGROUND across the highway from Silverwood Theme Park. It is NOT about the Theme Park itself.

I booked a 3-night stay at the Silverwood RV Park / Campground, and it was our worse camping experience ever! I should have done my homework to find a more appropriate campground; instead, I chose the one suggested on the Silverwood website. The ONLY advantage of the campground is its close proximity to the theme park, but even then it might be not be a short hike to the park itself (see details below).

Our party consisted of 2 adults and 4 children. We booked a tent site, where we planned to put up two tents, one for 6 people and the other for 4 people ("official" capacities, as per tents' specifications). We were assigned a site in the T1-T22 area, and here is a long laundry list of problems that we encountered:

1. The tenting sites are literally ON the highway. 20 steps from our tent, and we were on the highway's edge. There is a very thin row of small trees supposedly "separating" the sites from the highway, but it is simply a single row of trees, each a couple of feet apart from another, so even our 2-year old daughter walked through the "tree barrier" within seconds when we were not looking. Management could have put at least a steel-net fence around the sites, to ensure children cannot get on the highway so easily and also to increase security around the sites, which are otherwise accessible to anyone from any direction (including highway and nearby forested area).

2. Noise from the highway is TERRIBLE, especially from passing trucks using engine brakes. It took us hours to fall asleep, and even then we woke up every hour when a noisy vehicle was passing by.

3. The T1-T22 sites are at the very end of the campground. It is a good 5-minute walk to the showers and a 10-15 minute walk to the Theme Park itself. If you are trying to get from a far corner of the Theme Park (say, the Aftershock coaster) to your tenting site and back (say, for lunch) - it is a good 45-minute round trip hike (at a leasurely pace, of course).

4. The site itself is TINY. We could hardly put up two tents and make sure our tent stakes did not infringe on other people's territory.

5. All tent sites in T1-T22 are on a small hill, which makes most sites in that area uneven, which makes sleeping uncomfortable, as you keep sliding to one side in your tent.

6. The water valves, although marked "for tent sites use only", are actually the same type as for RV sites. Those are good for connecting to an RV, but inconvenient to use for washing dishes, etc - as you have to lift the hanle, wait for a while, get a huge stream of water, regulate it back to a reasonable flow, and only then you can use it. Do this every time you need to use water.

7. There are fewer tables than tent sites, so arriving people often have to pull tables to their site from another empty site (if there are empty sites that is).

8. There was no hot water in the shower on a couple of occasions (the water was hardly warm -- more like outside air temperature).

Overall, management should make a lot of improvements to the campground. Their brochure states that the campground is "privately owned, and management reserves the right to refuse service to anyone". They should surely also reserve the right to make the campground a nicer place to stay instead of relying on the close proximity to the Theme Park as being the campground's main advantage.

55  Thank Raincouverite
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Reviewed July 11, 2010

Silverwood Theme Park & Boulder Beacfh Water Park are worth doing at least once. This place isn't as big as Disney, but it definitely has charm and something to offer everyone. The park was very clean and well-maintained. The landscaping is really nice. There are several grassy areas and hanging flower baskets in many areas. And even the bathrooms were pretty clean. The lines for the rides weren't terribly long. We were there on a Wed. & Thursday, so midweek, and the longest line we waited in was 25 minutes for the Tremors roller coaster. The roller coasters all had the longest lines, but the other rides had shorter lines. The magic show was very entertaining and it's a great place to get out of the hot sun for awhile. There's a train ride that takes you all the way around the park that is fun to do, and they even do a mock robbery on the train. They also have a few carnival games you can play to win prizes. The water park was also clean and very enjoyable. With regard to the water park, you can either rent tubes for the day, which will allow you to use an express line on several slides, or the water park offers free tubes at each slide, but you have to stand in line and wait for a tube to become available. Lockers are $5.00 or $7.00,depending on the size of the locker, and you can access the locker as often as you like throughout the day. Food at both parks was decent, but a little over-priced. And you can't bring food into the park. A bottle of water was $3.00, for example. They have plenty of parking, but it costs $4.00 a day to park, and there really is no other place to park, so they get you there. My bottom line opinion is this is a nice theme park and fun to visit at least once, but be realistic in your expectations. It's clean, well-maintained, and fun for the family, but your wallet will definitely be lighter at the end of the day.

7  Thank piegirl64
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Reviewed July 11, 2010

Silverwood Theme/Water Park ~ entertainment for the entire family. We started our day off by riding the train through the park because our grandson loves trains. The train does stop for approx 5-7 minutes, as they do a skit and donations are welcome. You do not have to donate if you do not wish to.

We stayed at the RV park walking distance to Silverwood. The RV Park has 125 sites and was full, so we stayed in the overflow. Nice because you can leave the park, eat lunch or put the little ones down for a nap and return to the park later.

The tickets cost $40.99 at the gate but you have access to both water and theme park. Purchase tickets at Costco in Idaho and save money. Food prices and clothing were cheaper than most water/theme parks. A bottle of water was $2, elephant ear cheaper and better than most places. There were discounts if you went on a Wednesday. Kids under 3 are FREE, which is a nice deal. Prices after 5pm cost $20.99.

Ride Aftershock, the scariest rollercoaster ever and the Avalanche Raft ride was awesome, as well. The log ride and Thunder Canyon fun, fun.

Pro’s- theme/water park in one, go to both once you enter the gate, food inexpensive, not so crowded, nice friendly people, and clean. Clothing very cheap and made well.

Con’s- need to open earlier, don’t charge for the tubes for the lazy river (even though you can float w/o tube), better structure on the old car ride and you have to pay to get people wet on the log, thunder canyon and bumper boat rides.
I enjoyed Silverwood more than Disney land. Lines less crowded, people are nice, and inexpensive.

5  Thank Smiley02
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