6 Reasons Why Boulder Beach Is Our Favorite Water Park in the PNW

June 27, 2022.Jen Dotson.2 Likes.20 Comments

After visiting indoor & outdoor waterparks all over the Northwest, we can assure you – Boulder Beach is by far our favorite waterpark in the Northwest for a multitude of reasons! Here are just 6 of the reasons why we think Boulder Beach at Silverwood Theme Park can’t be beat for the ultimate waterpark the whole family will love!

One of the Largest Pacific Northwest Water Parks

Silverwood’s Boulder Beach waterpark is definitely one of the biggest, if not the biggest, waterpark in the Northwest! With over 16 acres, it has not just one but TWO large wave pools. We love that having 2 wave pools spreads out the people so it’s more enjoyable while you can ride the big waves. Plus, it has a huge lazy river that both kids AND parents will love as a place to relax & unwind after a busy day at the theme park or the waterpark.

There are multiple areas for younger kids to play as well as a number of thrill-seeking rides that your older kids & teens will love too. We love that even though it’s a large waterpark, lifeguards are well stationed all around the park, too, so it feels very safe for all ages of kids.

Proximity to Amusement Park Rides

We love that Boulder Beach is right next to an amazing amusement park, so you can go back & forth between the rollercoasters & rides & water slides. In the summertime heat in North Idaho, it’s the perfect way to cool down & take a break from the heat with a trip to the lazy river or wave pool to get cooled off. Visit the theme park for a few hours, then when rides are busy & you need a break, head to Boulder Beach for a chance to cool off on one of the many water attractions. Then you can head back to the rollercoasters for the evening. It makes for a perfect day! Or we like to split it up with one day at the amusement park & one day at Boulder Beach & then head over to end our time at the theme park for the later evening after Boulder Beach closes.

Wide Variety of Waterpark Options

Boulder Beach definitely has something that everyone will enjoy – whether you love the thrill-seeking waterpark rides or you’d rather just have a chill afternoon. Spend time relaxing on the Elkhorn Creek lazy river, a mile-long float with a swim-up bar midway thru (with alcoholic & non-alcoholic drinks) to enjoy while you’re relaxing. {This is the only PNW waterpark where I’ve seen the swim-up bar on the lazy river – a fun perk to make you feel like you’re at a tropical resort!}

Thrill-seekers will love Velocity Peak, the high-speed water slide tower, where you’ll hit 55mph on one of 3 slides speeding to the bottom. Or try Riptide Racers, a mat racing waterslide at almost 60 feet tall, with side-by-side racing lanes perfect for you & your friends to see who will make it down first.

Want to hang out with your friends or the family – try one of the multi-person raft rides such as Ricochet Rapids or Avalanche Mountain. You’ll love the feeling of rafting down one of Idaho’s rivers on Avalanche Mountain, while Ricochet Rapids will drop you down into an enclosed huge tube similar to a half-pipe for some extra thrills.

Toddler Friendly 

Use Toddler Springs as a base camp while at Boulder Beach – it sits back from the rest of the park & is easy to let your kids play while you watch them. Thanks to fewer crowds, you can meet up with the rest of your family easily while keeping an eye on your younger kids. Polliwog Park is another spot that tots & preschoolers will love as there are smaller slides as well as a dump bucket to splash around. Overall, the multiple elements of water play, as well as the ease of keeping track of younger kids, makes this waterpark a favorite for families of littles!

Clean & Well Kept Grounds

One of the most important aspects to me of visiting a water park is how clean the grounds are, especially the locker rooms and bathrooms (as we have definitely seen quite the opposite at other waterparks, which has kept me from visiting again). Silverwood works hard to keep its entire park very clean & Boulder Beach is no exception. It’s so nice not to have to worry about cleanliness when you’re enjoying all of the water rides. And that’s one of the biggest reasons I will visit Boulder Beach again & again!

Everything You Need without Leaving the Park

It never fails – we always seem to forget something at home when we head to the water park. So, I love that Boulder Beach has all the amenities you could think of right on-site if you forgot anything at home. You’ll find life jackets for younger kids, plenty of lockers around the park for safe storage of your belongings & you can even rent towels if you left yours at home. Plus, the Boulder Beach Trading Co store has everything from sunglasses, hats, sunscreen & even swimwear if you need anything while at the park.

These are just a few of the many reasons we love Boulder Beach & we think you will, too! Let us know your favorite reason you love visiting Boulder Beach water park!


Meet The Conductor

Jen Dotson is the co-owner of Thrifty Northwest Mom with her business partner, Sia Hills, where she’s been blogging for over 12 years. She lives in the south Puget Sound area of Washington with her husband and 12 & 15-year-old daughters. She was a military kid who grew up living all over the US, but her favorite destination has always been the  Northwest. She & her family love to travel & explore around the PNW & they love outdoor adventures such as hiking, kayaking, snowshoeing, & more. She loves to share ways for families to make memories together exploring the beautiful PNW & all it has to offer!


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Comments (20)

  • Carrie Jess . June 28, 2022 . Reply

    ❤️ Boulder beach !!! My happy place as often as possible every summer!

  • Latosha mcgaffee . June 28, 2022 . Reply

    I love silverwood I haven’t been since 2015 though I think it would cool to win tickets I have family coming in August Maybe i can go then and take them they aren’t from here

  • Cass W . June 28, 2022 . Reply

    Love the Lazy River!

  • Naomi . June 28, 2022 . Reply


  • Michelle Scott . June 28, 2022 . Reply

    Thank you for this article!

  • Brittney . June 28, 2022 . Reply

    Boulder Beach is a great place to relax and float or just soak in the sun while the kids go wild on the rides.

  • Justin George . June 28, 2022 . Reply

    Going this weekend can not wait

  • Brenda Keevy . June 29, 2022 . Reply

    Hoping to visit this summer!

  • Kim G . June 29, 2022 . Reply

    Always go to the Magic show and eat pizza. Best value at the park for a larger group.

  • Jennifer Bailey . June 30, 2022 . Reply

    Love Silverwood & BB. We have family coming from CA and would love to win tickets to take them!

  • Carey B . June 30, 2022 . Reply

    I’ve never been but would love to go! This place looks amazing!

  • Cindy Brooks . June 30, 2022 . Reply

    Add to the fun by spending the night at the Silverwood campground right across the road! (Be sure to reserve your spot in advance.)

  • Wendy Bjerke . July 1, 2022 . Reply

    Camping at Silverwood all set for our August week with friends

  • Olivia . July 1, 2022 . Reply

    Can’t wait for my first trip this month!!!

  • Brooke Broehl . July 4, 2022 . Reply

    I love silverwood! My whole family always had season passes growing up and we spent so much of our summer there! My grandma loved the log ride and always had her little wagon and blanket set up right by it in the grass so we could always find her! I would love to win tickets and visit silverwood again, it has been a long time since I’ve gone! 🙂

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  • Daralyn . April 3, 2023 . Reply

    As a gramma, I love how they have set up shady places to rest, dangle feet in the water, while my littlest grandchildren play and explore!

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