Hayden, located north of Coeur d’Alene is a young city surrounded with amazing natural scenery. It also offers a wealth family-friendly attractions.
Hayden is bordered with large areas of prairie. In almost every direction, the peaks of Spokane and Coeur d’Alene Mountains can be seen.
Both of Idaho’s largest lakes are only minutes away. Hayden also has a beautiful beachfront park on its lake east.
You won’t need to travel far to visit a local tourism destination such as Coeur d’Alene to enjoy the many attractions, water parks, and other unforgettable recreational experiences.
Hayden also offers a variety of indoor and outdoor attractions, including a waterpark, indoor family entertainment centers, and a petting-zoo.
1. Triple Play Family Fun Park
A family activity center is located just around the corner of Hayden City Hall. It is attached to Holiday In Express and Suites.
Triple Play Family Fun Park has an 18-hole indoor miniature golf course, a bowling alley and laser tag. It also features a climbing wall, ropes course and a climbing wall. There is also an arcade, bumper cars, VR gaming, and an interactive dark ride.
Summer is a great time to have some fun outdoors, including bumper boats and go-karts. Raptor Reef Indoor Water Park is also part of this complex, which we’ll discuss next.
2. Raptor Reef Indoor Water Park
Triple Play has a 25,000-square-foot water park, which is open no matter what the temperature outside drops.
Raptor Reef Water Park maintains an average temperature of 86 degrees F and offers plenty of entertainment for all ages, including toddlers and teens.
For larger children, the main focus will be on the new waterslide, the Constrictor which drops 350 feet at high speed through three curves.
This slide is Raptor Reef’s fastest. The park also features a wave pool with three foot waves, indoor/outdoor hot bathtubs, and a play area with two stories for younger children with a tipping bucket, water jets, and an outdoor play area with hot tubs.
3. Bird Aviation Museum and Invention Center
Forrest Bird (1921-1915), an inventor and aviator from North Idaho, was a fascinating figure who lived near Sagle.
After becoming a technical training officer during WWII, Bird began a career inventing ventilators and respirators for the medical industry. He had found a German oxygen regulator during wartime and worked out how to make it more functional.
Bird Aviation Museum and Invention Center are located in a hangar at Coeur d’Alene Airport. It has a rotating fleet aircraft from the past to the present.
A 1947 Republic RC-7 “Sea Bee” and a North American AT-6 similar in design to the one Forrest flew during WWII are just a few of the items that you’ll find. There’s also a 1927 WACO model GXE-10 from WACO, the same one where he flew his first solo flight at age 14.
These aircraft will be accompanied by exhibits about Bird’s medical inventions as well as other famous innovations, such as Ruth Handler’s Barbie and the Mac II, mainly by Steve Wozniak.
4. Hayden City Park (McIntire family park)
This charming park is located right next to Hayden City Hall and was renamed after Ronald B. McIntire, the former mayor.
Hayden holds a special place in Hayden’s history because the land was given to Hayden in the middle of 20th century for its City Hall and fire station.
This area has a lot of green space and is home to a basketball court, a baseball field, and sandbox.
The bandstand serves as an anchor for the Thursday Night Concerts in July and August as well as Hayden Days every July.
5. Hayden Lake
Hayden’s east side is bordered with a stunning natural lake that has a heavily indented and mountainous shoreline.
Hayden Lake’s parts are quite deep. They descend 800 feet to the bottom, while the mountains on the other side of Hayden Lake, which is the only exception, rise up to 6,000 feet.
Honeysuckle Beach offers a unique opportunity to spend the day on the water. It also has one of three boat launch options.
You can also drive the scenic road around the lakeshore on land for up to 40 miles. It takes you through pine forest and past historic summer homes.
6. Honeysuckle Beach
A public park is managed by the City of Hayden, one of three public access points in Hayden Hayden.
Honeysuckle Beach can be found on the lake’s west side in a small nook. It was established in the 1990s through community fundraising.
A welcoming area of golden sand is found next to a shallow swimming pool, backed by high evergreen trees. A wooden fishing dock is located on the water’s edge.
Lifeguards are on duty from mid-June to late-August from noon to 6pm. There is always a concession stand available and you can have a picnic in the shaded grassy area behind.
7. Big Red’s Barn Indoor Animal Experience
This indoor petting zoo, located just south of Hayden, is fully licensed by USDA and offers hands-on animal experiences to children throughout the year.
Big Red’s Barn welcomes you with a variety of species and breeds.
These animals can be kept in spacious and clean enclosures and are accustomed to social interaction with humans. You can buy fresh vegetables to feed them most of the time. Children can also ride “unicorn” and camel rides outdoors, depending on the weather.
8. Lake Coeur d’Alene
Lake Coeur d’Alene is a regional honeypot in the summer. It is located just five miles from Hayden.
The lake was formed at the end the last Ice Age and has over 100 miles of picturesque shoreline. It is surrounded by steep slopes with enormous Ponderosa pines.
This natural wonder is worth seeing on boat cruises departing from Coeur d’Alene or the north shore, along the paved North Idaho Centennial Trail, or Tubbs Hill.
Coeur d’Alene boasts beautiful waterside public spaces like McEuen Park, which is loved by families for its splashpad.
There will be endless ideas for day trips, including fishing trips, paragliding trips, kayak and paddle-boarding trips along Spokane River, and visits to open farm.
9. Silverwood Theme Park
Silverwood Theme Park boasts more than 70 attractions, slides, and rides. It is the largest of its kind in the Pacific Northwest.
Hayden is only ten miles away from enough entertainment to last a full day. There are many rides to choose from, with Aftershock being the most intense. It will send you forwards and backwards in a cobra roll, inverted loop and then through an aftershock.
This is one of six Silverwood roller coasters. There are also many carnival-style amusements, thrilling stunt and magic shows, and crowd-pleasing water rides.
Boulder Beach is included in your admission. It has two wave pools, lazy rivers, and slides that increase in intensity up to the 55mph Velocity Peak.
10. Croffoot Park
25 acres are set aside for outdoor recreation north of the airport. Croffoot Park is a beautiful location that offers unbroken views across the flat prairie, the Bitterroot Mountains to the east, and the Spokane Mountains west.
A large portion of the park is occupied by a sports complex that includes two softball fields and two little league baseball pitches, two basketball courts as well as two soccer courts, two horseshoe pits, and a tot lot.
Pawfoot Park is a dog park that’s fenced on the east side for those who have four-legged friends.
11. Farragut State Park
Lake Pend Oreille, which is the largest body water in the state, can be reached within 20 minute of Hayden if you are looking for more wilderness.
Farragut State Park is located at the southwest shore. It has its own story. This was the location of a WWII naval training facility, which provided basic training for close to 300,000. It took only 30 months.
The park covers 4,000 acres and is home to some spectacular views of Lake Pend Oreille. Bernard Peak is one of many scenic overlooks that are connected by 40 miles of trails.
There’s also a disc golf course, horseback riding and mountain biking facilities, hundreds of campsites and ten camping cabins. The visitor center explores the park’s history and the flora, fauna, and provides information about the park.
12. Mad Bomber Brewing Company
Hayden’s craft brewery is named after three veterans of the United States Army who were part of the bomb squad in Afghanistan.
The taproom features tables made from old munitions containers crates and references to historical explosives events or famous weapons.
The 1605 Rye (year-of-the Gunpowder Plot), Fatman IPA and Marksman India Brown are just a few examples. There are eight beers available at all times, six flagship beers and six seasonals. In winter, you can sit by the warm fireside.
13. The Clark House
A historic property stands in a prominent spot at Clark Point, Hayden Lake Road. It has an interesting story. This is the Clark House. It was built in 1912 to be the summer home of Francis Lewis Clark (1861-18?). This is the Clark House.
Two years later, Clark vanished on a Santa Barbara trip in 1914. The circumstances of this disappearance have never been confirmed.
The Clark House is culturally important. It was designed in American Colonial style by Kirtland Cutter (1860-1939), and has been listed on the National Register of Historic Places ever since 1978.
The building was used by Clark after his disappearance as a convalescent center for boys, a resort, and a restaurant before it fell into neglect until the 1990s. The building was restored and has been used as a bed & breakfast.
14. Timberline Adventures
A zip line suspended high in the forest canopy is the best way to see Lake Coeur d’Alene’s beauty.
Timberline Adventures has a location in the city that will take you on an open-air UTV ride to the massive property at Beauty Bay on the lake’s northeast side.
You have seven options. You can choose to ride all seven, or a shorter tour that zooms from one treetop platform onto the next.
Timberline also has a treehouse that you can visit for s’mores over an open fire.
15. Avondale Golf Course
Avondale Golf Course is a membership club that is open to the public. It’s located right next to Hayden Lake and has a beautiful location.
You can see some of the most stunning wooded areas in North Idaho. This provides tricky OB at a challenging but fun Par 72 18-hole course, covering 6,600 yards.
Between the towering pines, the Bitterroot Mountains peaks will occasionally be visible.
The course features a beautifully groomed putting range and a natural grass driving range. Dan Porter, PGA pro, also runs the pro shop.