Summer is all about having fun, spending time outdoors, and creating family memories that will last a lifetime. One of our family’s favorite summer activities is going to Silverwood Theme Park and Boulder Beach Water Park! Our kids are 19 and 16, and we have been making memories at Silverwood as a family since our oldest was just 4 months old! Our adventures have changed a bit over the years, but our love for going hasn’t!

When my kids were growing up, I was a stay-at-home mom and did everything I could to help stretch our budget by shopping clearance and couponing so that we could still do all the fun things we wanted our children to experience growing up. As a result, I started a frugal blog to share my finds, and it simply became a way of life!

Here are my frugal tips for you while enjoying your time at Silverwood and Boulder Beach!


Parking used to be $5 per vehicle, or free for season pass holders. However, in light of the current pandemic this year… PARKING IS FREE for everyone! After you have parked, be sure to check the sign on the nearest light post (ex. Tremors) so that you can easily find your vehicle after a fun-filled day in the park!


You can save up to $15 by purchasing your tickets online! There are 1 day, 2 day, and 3 day flexible reservation ticket options available. With the purchase of these tickets, you WILL be able to change the date of your visit, as long as there are tickets available. You can either print your tickets at home or send them to your phone.


If you live close to the park, I highly recommend purchasing season passes! As season pass holders for more than 10 years, trust me… it’s 110% worth every penny! Not only do you get unlimited access to Silverwood and Boulder Beach, you also receive some awesome additional benefits. You get 10% discount at all food and retail locations (excludes alcohol) and a 10% discount at the RV Park!

Your pass will actually pay for itself in less than 4 visits! How cool is that!? Plus, you don’t have to feel like you have to stay all day long to “get your money worth!” When our kids were young, we would go for 2 – 3 hours and then go home. We did this a couple days a week, all summer long! It was perfect!


Many park guests may not know this, but you can bring in a small, soft-sided 12 inch cooler with small snacks. This is especially helpful if you have small children that need snacks every time you turn around! You can also bring in factory sealed, non-alcoholic beverages or empty plastic water bottles.

Funnel Cakes are only $5 before 5 pm! You can save up to $2.50 depending on which kind you get! Oh my goodness… they are so delicious and they are big enough to share! My husband, 16 year-old daughter and I all shared one and we were all full by the time we finished!

Remember… if you are a season pass holder, you also receive a 10% discount at all food and retail locations (excludes alcohol)!


For under $10 you can buy a colorful, reusable souvenir sports bottle. The day or purchase, you get FREE refills all day long! Any visit after that, you can have them re-filled with the fountain drink drink of your choice for just 99 cents! It’s a great deal no matter how you look at it. Plus, we LOVE our cups and use them all the time! One of the cups we have is 17 years old, we bought it the summer our son was 1 1/2.


Some tubes are free of charge for use on the Lazy River and Rumble Falls. There are also life jackets that can be found throughout Boulder Beach, typically near both wave pools. Of course, these tubes and life jackets are first-come, first-serve. In all of our years of going, I have never had an issue getting them for our family to use!


Your admission price covers entry into both Silverwood Theme Park and the Boulder Beach Water Park! Enjoy everything there is and then some!

I promise you that no matter how many times you go to Silverwood Theme Park or Boulder Beach Water Park, you are going to have FUN! There is something fun and exciting to do for every member in your family, no matter what their age!


Meet The Conductor

Hello! My name is Bridget Axtell. My husband and I were both born & raised in Idaho and wouldn’t want to love anywhere else. We have two amazing children, (ages 16 and 19) and 3 mastiff’s! We have been enjoying Silverwood as a family for 18 years, but my first experience at was the airshow back in the late 80’s! The thing we love most about Silverwood is that there is something for EVERYONE to enjoy! Our family loves everything about visiting the park and am not sure what we would say is our favorite ride or attraction… but you absolutely MUST visit the Ice Creamery and have a waffle cone! I’ve always been a frugal Mom, so 10 years ago I started my blog Being Frugal and Making It Work, so I could share frugal deals, tips, tricks and even giveaways!

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Comments (51)

  • Robert Axtell . July 14, 2020 . Reply

    Wow, great tips!

  • Samantha Markwort . July 14, 2020 . Reply

    We can’t wait for our annual Silverwood trip!

  • Kaitlyn Sullivan . July 14, 2020 . Reply

    Thank you so much for these awesome tips!!

  • Kaitlyn Sullivan . July 14, 2020 . Reply

    Thank you so much for these amazing tips!

  • lacey . July 14, 2020 . Reply

    awesome blog!!

  • Heather . July 14, 2020 . Reply

    Thank you for all the amazing tips!!

  • Camtu . July 14, 2020 . Reply

    Excited for our trip to SW!

  • Kayla . July 14, 2020 . Reply

    Great tips! We are missing out on our annual trip to Silverwood this year, but looking forward to next year!

  • Marino . July 14, 2020 . Reply

    Family, budget friendly fun! Can’t wait to find time to go this summer!

  • Marino . July 14, 2020 . Reply

    Family, budget friendly fun! Can’t wait to find time to go this summer!

  • Audrey . July 14, 2020 . Reply

    One of my all-time favorite amusement parks!

  • Brian . July 14, 2020 . Reply

    Thank you for the information

  • LeeAnne Pomeroy . July 14, 2020 . Reply

    Thanks for this, we will be coming soon and want to save some money!

  • Roxanne Reyes . July 14, 2020 . Reply

    Does anyone live in Washington? Do you have any tips on how to save money on hotels near by?

  • Kim Walker . July 14, 2020 . Reply

    These are great ways to save money!

  • Rachelle . July 14, 2020 . Reply

    Great tips!

  • JENNIFER REPIN . July 14, 2020 . Reply

    My family tries to go every couple of years. We’ve been going since mid 2000s. We’ve used the same souvenir cup for the last 4 trips and it’s definitely helped same some money.

  • Brandy Heakin . July 14, 2020 . Reply

    Thank b uou for the tips. I love this place for my family.

  • Jana Potter . July 14, 2020 . Reply

    We used to bring water bottles and get free ice water and I like soda I bring my old silverwood cup and get ice there and fill up with soda I bring from home… We love silverwood

  • Michele Ireland . July 14, 2020 . Reply

    Great tips! We have never been, but are hoping to make a trip out there next month.

  • Rebekah Johnson . July 14, 2020 . Reply

    Thank you for all those great tips! I will be using some of those

  • Lindsey . July 14, 2020 . Reply

    I want to win 💕 I’d love to take the kids thanks for the tips

  • Amanda Sapp . July 14, 2020 . Reply

    Cant wait to take my husband for the first time!

  • Gary . July 14, 2020 . Reply

    Great tips!

  • Teresa . July 14, 2020 . Reply

    Thanks for the tips!

  • Casy . July 14, 2020 . Reply

    I hope I can go!

  • Colby . July 14, 2020 . Reply

    Looks like fun!

  • Kristyl Riddle . July 14, 2020 . Reply

    Thanks for the tips! 🙂

  • Tami . July 14, 2020 . Reply

    Great tips!

  • Pam Miears-Ennis . July 14, 2020 . Reply

    Truly hoping to go this summer, and any hints are appreciated!

  • Leslie Stockdale . July 14, 2020 . Reply

    We are really looking forward to our family outing to Silverwood with the kids and grandkids this summer!

  • Logan Taelor Luna . July 14, 2020 . Reply

    We were so pleasantly surprised with how affordable and delicious food was in the park. It is a really great value for the price and quality of experience

  • Larisa shiro . July 14, 2020 . Reply

    Would love to win 🤩

  • Cassie W . July 14, 2020 . Reply

    Great tips!

  • Jackie . July 14, 2020 . Reply

    $5 funnels after 5 pm!! Life changing tip 🙌

    • Bridget Axtell . July 17, 2020 . Reply

      I don’t want you to miss out… Funnel Cakes are only $5 BEFORE 5 pm!

  • Roni . July 14, 2020 . Reply

    I love this place!

  • Amy . July 15, 2020 . Reply

    Thank you for the tips and ideas!!

  • Barbi . July 16, 2020 . Reply

    Bridget thanks so much for tge great tips! By the way you barely look 19 so don’t know how you can have a 16 and 19 years old kids!

    • Bridget Axtell . July 16, 2020 . Reply


      You TOTALLY made my day! Oh my goodness! That photo was taken in March and I turned 45 last week! 🙂

  • Danielle C . July 16, 2020 . Reply

    Woohoo! Parking is free! That $5 is going towards that funnel cake! hahaha

  • Jessica . July 17, 2020 . Reply

    We can’t wait to take our little guy!

  • Jessica Vickers . July 17, 2020 . Reply

    I love Silberwood so much. It has been an annual tradition to go for the past 13 years. My kids always got season passes for Christmas and it wasn’t until last summer that I found out you can get 10% off at food places with the pass!

  • PugSoul . July 18, 2020 . Reply

    Great tips! Appreciate them.

  • Torres542 . July 19, 2020 . Reply

    Going this week and the boyfriend likes to save money so this blog helps!

  • Brandy Schwab . July 21, 2020 . Reply

    These are great tips!! We love going to Silverwood each year and saving money along the way is just another perk!!

  • Maria Zamudio . July 21, 2020 . Reply


  • Shannon . July 21, 2020 . Reply

    We love silverwood. We go every year.

  • Leanne . July 21, 2020 . Reply

    I love these tips we have been pass holders and had no idea about someof these things!!

  • Ellen . August 10, 2020 . Reply

    I was thinking about going for my birthday (Monday), would you recommend a one or two day ticket for our first time going?
    We live about 4 hours away so we will have to get a hotel.

    • Stephanie Sampson . August 11, 2020 . Reply

      Hi Ellen! We recommend purchasing our 2 day ticket in order to experience everything we have to offer. Based on feedback, our guests can easily spend a whole day in the water park and a whole day on the theme park side. Please let me know of any additional questions I can answer about your upcoming trip!

      Stephanie Sampson
      Public Relations Manager
      Silverwood Theme Park

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