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Splash Into Summer at one of Idaho’s Top Waterparks

Along with the sun comes a whole lot of fun, certainly in the Pacific Northwest where we have plenty of water attractions to choose from.

Idaho, specifically, has many known spots for cooling off, but we’ve rounded it out to the top 8. At these well-known attractions, you will find all that your family is looking for, whether it’s epic water slides, a variety of good food, or more to offer for younger children so mom and dad can relax.

Stay for a day, or more, at one of the top water parks in Idaho.

Roaring Springs Water Park in Meridian, Idaho

400 W Overland Rd., Meridian, Idaho 83642

Roaring Springs Water Park in Meridian, Idaho (close to Boise) celebrates 25 years serving the community, this year. With its diverse water attractions, cabanas and dining options, it stands out as a premier summer destination for families and singles alike. From thrilling water slides to relaxing lazy rivers, it offers something for everyone seeking a refreshing escape from the heat, or just a good time. It’s surrounded by a picturesque setting and has an abundance of amenities. Visitors can make the most of their summer days at Roaring Springs. Explore the excitement firsthand at roaringsprings.com and discover why it’s a favorite among those in search of summer fun.

Silverwood Water Park Expansion – Emerald Forest

27843 US-95, Athol, Idaho 83801

Our team had the pleasure of visiting the grand opening of Emerald Forest, Silverwood Theme Park’s nearly 4 acre expansion of Boulder Beach. “We had an absolute BLAST,” Trending Northwest’s graphic designer, Petra Klint, shared. “The kid-sized water slides were great for our kids. We felt safe letting them go by themselves down the rides since we had the perfect view of all the slides from where we sat! This meant hubby and I could relax while the kids played, which is a HUGE plus.”

New attractions to the park include: Eagle Hunt, the first dueling water coaster in the west and the longest dueling water coaster in the United States, according to Silverwood’s website, Salmon Run, the park’s new kiddie area, Rapids Grill and Northern Flights, where families can grab food and drinks, and new private cabanas.

For more information on the expansion, and for ticket prices, visit Silverwood’s website today!

Silver Rapids Indoor Water Park at Silver Mountain

610 Bunker Ave, Kellogg, Idaho 83837

Silver Rapids Water Park at Silver Mountain in Kellogg, Idaho

My kids and I visit Silver Rapids indoor water park at Silver Mountain in Kellogg, Idaho at least once a year, if not twice. It’s one of our favorite water attractions in the Pacific Northwest (and we’ve tried out a lot!). As a mother of two neurodivergent kids, I feel this is an optimal setting for the unique needs we have as a family: a little less chaos than outdoor water parks bring, cabanas located where parents of multiple kids can see the entire park at once, and a lazy river great for a relaxing, family float.

Silver Rapids is open year-round and is included in your stay at Silver Mountain Resort. Whether you’re there for biking, or skiing, the water park is available for you to enjoy at no extra cost. Cub Cove is a smaller park within the larger at a centered location— the perfect place for kids to play. There is a family hot tub and an adult hot tub, an upper deck with food and beer and a place to learn to surf, called the Flow Rider attraction.

Book a stay at the resort and enjoy the park for multiple days, or book single tickets for a day trip here.

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Raptor Reef Indoor Water Park in Hayden, Idaho

175 W Orchard Ave, Hayden, Idaho 83835

Raptor Reef Indoor Water Park inside of Triple Play located in Hayden, Idaho is a family fun spot with all sorts of things to do. Attractions at Triple Play include the Nebula Drop, the Soaring Eagle Zip Ride, bumper boats, bumper carts, go karts, laser tag, a laser maze, mini golf, rope courses, bowling and so much more. That’s not including the incredible indoor water park Triple Play has to offer.

My kids and I have visited Raptor Reef, specifically, half a dozen times. It was our go-to spot when my kids were younger. It’s one of Idaho’s smaller indoor water parks, making it easy to keep an eye on kids. It features a wave pool, Toddler Lagoon, four adult-size water slides and a hot tub where guests can choose indoor or outdoor relaxation.

Book your stay at triple play today or purchase tickets to Raptor Reef alone.

Rexburg Rapids in Rexburg, Idaho

50 W 2nd N, Rexburg, Idaho 83440

Rexburg Rapids in Rexburg, Idaho features two water slides, a splash park, lazy river, lap pool, rock wall and plenty of food and drinks. Guests say it’s affordable and family-friendly with a thoughtful staff.

Purchase your tickets today for a great time out with the family, relaxing and having fun. Admission is $8 a person, so it’s super affordable! The park is open every day but Sunday.

Lakeview Water Park in Nampa, Idaho

1304 7th St N, Nampa, Idaho 83687

Lakeview is a notch up from your neighborhood splash pad with water spray features, a pool, a super fast water slide and cabanas available for rent. Of course there is food and drink available too for those staying more than a couple of hours.

Stop by on a hot summer day any time from around noon to 8 p.m. Entrance fees are between $2 and $5 dollars, only! Check out all Lakeview has to offer on its website.

World Famous Lava Hot Springs and Olympic Swimming Complex

195 N Center St, Lava Hot Springs, Idaho 83246

The Olympic Swimming Complex and Water Park Vacation Resort located in Lava Hot Springs, Idaho is world-famous for its natural hot springs which range from 102˚ to 112˚ and are open year-round. The resort offers outdoor water attractions as well as indoor water attractions.

The resort’s Olympic-size pool holds nearly a million gallons of warm, crystal clear water, its website reads. It is 50 meters long by 8 lanes wide with full diving set up above a 17′ deep end with an Aqua Zip. In its shallow end, are toys and slides for younger swimmers, and its Kiddie Cove for toddlers is the perfect place for mom and dad to relax while their little ones play, away from all the rest of the attractions. There are water slides and cabanas for rent as well as all sorts of food and beverages.

Book your stay today on the resort’s webpage.

Ross Park Aquatic Complex in Pocatello, Idaho

2901 S 2nd Avenue Pocatello, Idaho 83204

Ross Park Aquatic Complex may be the only water park in Idaho offering sensory-friendly swimming hours, which makes a mom like me, very happy. It can be tough bringing our autistic or neurodivergent kids to crowded pools. This service offers a solution for more inclusive fun.

Some of the features of Ross Park Aquatic Complex include a main pool with lap swim times available, an activity pool with cargo nets, lily pads, a basketball hoop and more, a zero-depth pool with a playground, and a lazy pool. Also in the park, are concession stands, dressing rooms, lockers and open deck and turf areas.

Purchase tickets today by visiting the park’s website.

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