Location: Athol, Idaho
Years Active: 1988 – Active
Silverwood Theme Park is an amusement park located in the city of Athol in northern Idaho, United States, near the town of Coeur d’Alene, approximately 47 mi from Spokane, Washington on US 95. Owner Gary Norton opened the park on June 20, 1988.
Originally, the park included a small assortment of carnival rides, a “main street” with shops and eateries, and an authentic steam train that traveled in a 30-minute loop around the owner’s property. From 1973 to 1988, the land, along with a fully functioning airstrip, was operated as the Henley Aerodrome, named after the family whom Norton bought it from in 1981.
Over the years, Silverwood has grown in both size and popularity, transforming from a small local amusement park to a regional theme park destination.
In 2003, an adjacent waterpark named Boulder Beach Water Park was opened. Entrance to Boulder Beach is included with admission to Silverwood. In 2009, Silverwood began an annual Halloween event called Scarywood, held during evenings in the month of October.
Today, Silverwood is the largest theme and water park in the American Northwest on 413-acre and boasting more than 70 rides, slides, shows. and attractions. It is also the northernmost theme park in the United States. In 2019, Silverwood co-hosted (along with Rocky Mountain Construction) the Golden Ticket Awards.