Plan You Next Family Adventure With These Insider Secrets

January 12, 2021.Bridget Axtell.3 Likes.34 Comments

I can’t even begin to guess how many times we have gone to Silverwood Theme Park and Boulder Beach over the years… I know that we went 20+ times last summer! Regardless, I guarantee you that no matter how many times you go to Silverwood Theme Park or Boulder Beach Water Park, you are going to have FUN! It is an entirely different experience EVERY single time you go! There is something fun and exciting to do for every member of your family, no matter what their age!

Over the years, I have figured out some tips and tricks that help make our trips more comfortable and successful! With everyone on the hunt for something to look forward to this year, I’m going to share my top secrets for a successful day at the Northwest’s best and largest theme park!


You will ALWAYS save money by purchasing your tickets online! There are one day, two day, and three 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.

Right now, you can still qualify for the early bird discount. If you plan to possibly go to the park this summer, purchase tickets while Silverwood offers discounts. Once the park is open for the season, there aren’t many discounts available.


After you park, be sure to check the sign on the nearest light post (ex. Tremors B) so that you can easily find your vehicle after a fun-filled day in the park! The last thing you want to happen at the end of the day is not being able to find your vehicle!


On your drive there, talk about what rides and attractions are on your must-do list for the day and the ones that are at the top of your list! Go on your “most wanted” rides first! The lines for the most popular rides, especially the roller coasters, get longer as the day goes on… the earlier in the day you get there – the less time you have to stand in line!


For under $10, you can buy a fun, colorful, reusable souvenir sports bottle. On the day of purchase, you get FREE REFILLS all day long! How cool is that!! Anytime you visit the park after that, you can have them refilled with the fountain 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, and we bought it the summer our son was 1 1/2.


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)!


The train leaves every hour on the hour and takes you on an adventure around the park and into the scenic back forest. I suggest arriving at the train depot to board 15-20 minutes prior to departure! The 30-minute journey aboard Engine #7 features comedy, stunts, guest interaction, and fun facts about Silverwood and the surrounding area. Be sure to have some spare change handy, just in case a team of pesky backwoods bandits boards the train. (Any “loot” collected is donated to a local children’s charity.)


We all know how quick children can be. If you’re worried that you and your kiddos might become separated, you can stop by the Information Center to get a wristband with your cell phone number to give your child. If your child becomes separated during your visit, the crew members can quickly call you and give you your child’s location.


Check the weather forecast and plan accordingly! We are in North Idaho after all, and we know how quickly the weather can change! It doesn’t hurt to bring a light jacket or sweatshirt just to be on the safe side! Oh, be sure to wear comfortable shoes!!


The most important secret… HAVE FUN and ENJOY your day! Your day at Silverwood is something your kids are going to talk about and remember for years to come!!


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 (34)

  • Monica . January 12, 2021 . Reply

    I highly recommend the Silverwood cups too! We have ours from about 6 years ago and still use them!

  • Milana . January 12, 2021 . Reply

    Planning ahead of time on what rides you will want to ride is definitely a must but so is have your child know your information because it is certainly scary getting lost in a big crowd so I would suggest writing your phone number on your child’s arm therefor you will know that even if your child gets lost there is a way to contact you.

  • Leslie Stockdale . January 12, 2021 . Reply

    Love the thought of the wristband for the kids… Thanks Bridget!

  • Mellissa reyes . January 12, 2021 . Reply

    I love Silverwood! Thanks for the tips!

  • Sienna . January 12, 2021 . Reply

    I love silverwood! We just got season passes because they just made sense with how much we go!!

  • amy pewdo prey . January 12, 2021 . Reply

    Thanks for all the great tips!!

  • Hannah . January 12, 2021 . Reply

    These are great tips to know!!!! Definitely gonna use them this summer

  • Jessica Stafford . January 12, 2021 . Reply

    I’ve been trying to get free tickets for years please let it be this time!

  • Kylie . January 12, 2021 . Reply

    Such great advice! Thank you!

  • Beau Jones . January 12, 2021 . Reply

    Great place for family fun!

  • Brittney Johnston . January 12, 2021 . Reply

    Great tips! We’ve been going for years and I still learned a thing or two from this blog post!

  • Andrea Vickers . January 12, 2021 . Reply

    We always plan what we are doing when so that we get everything in at least once then go back to what we want to do again.

  • Jennie Wasche . January 12, 2021 . Reply

    We love Silverwood! Plan early. Buy tickets online during their “early bird specials “

  • Lee Hays . January 12, 2021 . Reply

    Our family visited for the 1st time last year, we will be back as much as possible.

  • Christine . January 12, 2021 . Reply

    The funnel cakes are my favorite! Silverwood is one of my favorite summer trips

  • Susanne Kolb . January 12, 2021 . Reply

    I can’t wait to come visit this summer with my kids.

  • Liane . January 12, 2021 . Reply

    We love silverwood! Can’t wait to go back this summer!!

  • mary christensen . January 12, 2021 . Reply

    I love silverwood we live in Montana, so it’s right next to us which is really convenient

  • Steve C . January 13, 2021 . Reply

    Great post, been aching to make it to Silverwood. 2021 is the year!

  • Kendri Lengkeek . January 15, 2021 . Reply

    Thanks for the tips

  • Cassie W . January 15, 2021 . Reply

    Thanks for the tips!

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    I stop first thing at the info center and grab free wrist bands they have. You can use a sharpie marker and write your phone number on them, then place them on your kids wrists. They stay on through the sweat and water. If your child gets lost, someone can call you.

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