Things to do in Coeur d’Alene in the Winter
Winter inspires cozy daydreams of spending the days indoors under blankets by a warm fireplace. Here in North Idaho, our winters can range from lots of snow to tons of snow. Just the thought of trudging outside can feel like way too much effort. However, this doesn’t mean you have to lock yourself inside all winter long. Coeur d’Alene offers year-round experiences that don’t stop when the snow starts falling. With cold weather making up nearly half the year, our local businesses ensure that you always have something to do no matter the weather. Check out some of our recommendations for winter activities here in Coeur d’Alene.
Ride the world’s longest gondola into a world of world-class skiing and boarding. With short lines and long runs, Silver Mountain is one of the most prized gems here in North Idaho. Take a lift up one side of the mountain in Idaho and ski down the other side into Montana! Be sure to check out this unique and beautiful winter wonderland this season.
Explore the fascinating history of beautiful Coeur d’Alene with exhibits featuring railroads, steamboats, recreation, forest service, and Coeur d’Alene Indian tribes. When it’s too cold for outdoor activities, warm up and get educated at our museum for only $1 admission for children and $4 for adults.
In February every year, Coeur d’Alene offers an event that seems like a dream to comfort food lovers like me. And what’s better than mac and cheese? Beer, of course! The Mac and Cheese festival celebrates your favorite childhood food by featuring tastes from Coeur d’Alene chefs along with craft beers from local breweries. Several restaurants compete for the Golden Noodle Award, voted on by you! Check out their website for the full list of local restaurants, chefs, and breweries.
Lake Coeur d’Alene Cruises offers an eagle-watching tour unlike any other. Every year, hundreds of American Bald Eagles stop at Lake Coeur d’Alene along their annual migration route. From December to January, these fantastic birds collect to feed on salmon, and you can watch them! Learn about the eagles and conservation during this special 2-hour cruise that you will remember forever.
This one-of-a-kind getaway features 300,000 acres with guided adventures, western hospitality, and a famous Kid’s Program for ages 3 and up. The Ranch also provides massages, whitewater rafting, archery, zip lines, yoga, kayaking, bike tours, mountain biking, boat tours, swimming, and fly fishing. However, they are best known for their guided tours on horseback. Start a new family tradition at a place where there is an adventure for everyone!
When you step into this gallery, you are met with one-of-a-kid pieces of art that define America’s rugged west. The collection is diverse and expansive. It includes historic artifacts like basketry, pottery, weapons, jewelry, taxidermy, guns, bronzes, furs, and weavings. Also shown are antiques, fine arts, and western furnishings. Located in Coeur d’Alene, the gallery is loaded with unique pieces that spark romance and tales from the Western frontier. Grab a local coffee or hot chocolate and spend a few hours here getting lost in the history and beauty of our state.
This world-famous spa offers soothing encounters drawn from the nature of North Idaho. The Coeur d’Alene Resort spa has been ranked one of the top resort spas in America for 4 consecutive years. MSNBC even named it one of the world’s most romantic spas. Come see for yourself what all the hype is about, and come out feeling like a brand new person.
We describe living in North Idaho as a unique experience and a blessing. Blessed with 4 beautiful seasons and some of the friendliest neighbors in the country, we know the worth of our area. Nestled between the mountains, safe from super-extreme weather and natural disasters, we welcome travelers from all over the world. Our little slice of paradise is filled with fun things to do year-round. You just have to know where to find them!