Silverwood Campground and Other Places to Stay When Visiting Silverwood Theme Park!
There are many budget friendly options for a family getaway to Silverwood! These include tent camping, RV parks, hotels and motels, and more! We generally choose to camp every year, to keep our visit as budget friendly as possible. It can be tough to decide where to stay when visiting Silverwood if you have not been to the area before. We have done a handful of trips to Silverwood, and wanted to share some insights on spots to stay.
We have stayed at a handful of places over the years, and I will share some experiences below, but a couple of resources to check out if you’re trying to decide where to stay include:
Visit Idaho Site (this is a great planning resource, as you can select Northern Idaho as your region and then look for places to stay based on the type of accommodations you are interested in (hotel, RV, etc). You can also see what activities are in your area, if you want to do more in Northern Idaho in addition to visiting Silverwood.
Silverwood Theme Park Lodging Resources Page – Find hotels near Silverwood on their site, or stay right on site at their RV park (see review below from our stay)
Some Ideas on Places to Stay When Visiting Silverwood
Camping is our favorite way to visit Silverwood. Well, actually we like to camp most of the time and break it up with a night or two at a hotel/motel in the Northern Idaho or Spokane area. The reason we prefer camping for this area is that: a) it makes the vacation very budget friendly (can camp for as low as $20 + tax per night in the area) and b) the weather is so nice in the summer, and the area beautiful. Here are a couple of our preferred spots when visiting Silverwood.
The General Store at Silverwood Campground
We have stayed at the Silverwood Campground & RV Park twice now. It’s the most convenient spot in terms of location. You can simply walk right into the park from your campground…no driving or parking fees!
The majority of this campground is for RVs, but they have recently expanded their tent sites available so there are now more options. In past years, the tent sites were only at the very back of the park, but this year we got one right up front, which saved us lots of walking time! Spots are $30 for tent sites and $39 for RVs. There are full hook ups for RVs, drive through sites and all!
There are a couple of things to know about the Silverwood Campground when deciding if its a good spot for your family to stay:
Our tent site at Silverwood (we stayed in number 1, and it was one of the bigger sites for tents)
Looking into the campground from the parking circle area
Easy walk from Silverwood RV park to the Theme Park (walk down through a tunnel and up the stairs (or ramp) and you’re at the front gates!
We had some beautiful sunsets at the Silverwood campground!
- Proximity to the park. You can walk back and forth between campground and the Silverwood Theme Park, which can be very convenient. It saves you parking fees, plus you can easily leave the park and come back for lunch or dinner, saving money on food (or if you have young kids, come back for nap time). We found this to be particularly useful, as our kids span across different age groups. We made one trip when we had toddlers and teens, and this allowed the bigger kids to enjoy the park longer rather then having to come home early when the little ones got tired.
- Discount for park tickets! Not only will you save on parking, but you also can get a discount on park tickets. See below for details.
- There is also a convenience store right on site at Silverwood that you can get everything from Lattes in the morning to basic camp supplies. My kids loved having a little store to walk to when we were not in the park. It also came in very handy to be able to stock up on ice on those hot days.
- No Fires allowed at this campground. Fires are my favorite part of the end of an evening when camping, and it also means you have to carry some kind of cook stove with you if you want to eat at your site
- Not much shade. This probably won’t bother you if you’re in an RV, but something to consider if you are in a tent.
- Noise. This park sits right on the highway so there is the noise from the road. It did not bother me much, but it something to take into consideration when planning your trip.
Our campsite at Farrugut State Park before setting up the tent
Outside of the convenience that Silverwood Camground offers, Farrugut State Park was our favorite spot to camp at near Silverwood. I just loved the beauty of the campsite here (and the coolness the shade offered). Plus, there are many activities for the kids on the campground itself that made us look forward to spending time there outside of the park.
Campsite easily held our three room tent, and provided nice shade!
This campground is huge and there is plenty to do including trails, some scheduled shows in the summer, play grounds for the kids, day use are with larger park, swimming lake, 3 frisbee disk fields and more. The camp sites were very nice, and shower and bathroom facilities nice too. There is ice and firewood available on site, but other then that you will want to have the rest of your supplies with you. It is about an 8 minute drive to Silverwood’s parking lot (which is the same location as the Silverwood RV park, so you are not adding much time to your commute to Silverwood when you stay here).
Great fire pits at Farrugut. My husband is getting it ready for coffee in the morning!
There is a firepit in each camp site with a built in grill top to cook on. Very convenient. Grounds were clean, and quiet in the evening. I loved camping here, and since Silverwood does not even open until 11:00 am its nice to have something to do in the morning with the kids. It cost us $29 for a campsite after taxes and fees (per night).
The one thing you will want to consider with this campground is that it is very popular. It can book up early. I recommend making your reservations ahead of time to make sure you can get a spot!
Resorts / Hotels –
There are a number of hotels and motels in the area. Silverwood opens later, so there is plenty of time in the morning to stay offsite and still easily get to the park at opening. Here are three options from budget friendly to high end to consider in the area.
One of the more affordable options is the Days Inn in Coeur d’Alene (room pictured above). They are a partner of Visit Idaho, and had some of the most affordable rates in the area the week we were there. We thought it was a great value for the price in this area. We stayed for one night to visit Coeur d’Alene, and it was clean plus offered free snacks (popcorn, cookies etc) and a free breakfast in the morning. Our favorite part is that it’s in walking distance to a local outdoor mall area with theater, restaurants, the river and a park! And its a very short drive down to Coeur d’Alene, and not too far from Silverwood either. There were many families staying there who were visiting Silverwood, so its a great budget option for folks who want to visit the theme park and take in some of the fun that Coeur d’Alene has to offer too! Because it is one of the lower cost lodging options in the area, it does book up. It was fully booked the two days we were there, so you may want to reserve ahead of time.
Coeur d’Alene Resort will offer Silverwood packages from time to time in the family package section! There are many high end amenities here, but it is also located adjacent to the Lake Coeur d’Alene park. We spend a FREE afternoon here with our kids and loved it. There are two swimming areas, and a kids wading area that looks like a small creek/pond. There is also a castle themed park, play fields and more to enjoy, as well as Knob Hill near by. If you like higher end hotels, this is a good option as you could visit the theme park but also enjoy everything that the Coeur d’Alene area has to offer.
If you want to maximize the Theme Park experience, there is a Triple Play Holiday Inn resort near Silverwood (about 10 minutes away), that includes lots of fun. They have an indoor waterpark, putt putt golf, go karts and more. They are pricier then some of these options, but may be worth it for you. They are the closest hotel to the park, and you can continue to enjoy the waterpark fun and theme park fun after you leave Silverwood.