If you’re looking for a great day out, Silverwood Theme Park is the place to be! There’s something for everyone at Silverwood, from exciting roller coasters to family-friendly rides. But there are some things about Silverwood that even the most dedicated fans don’t know about. In this article, we’ll take a look at five of the most interesting facts about Silverwood Theme Park!

Silverwood Theme Park has been open since 1988. While it’s a must-visit spot for most North Idaho families every year , there may be a thing or two you didn’t know…

1. Silverwood used to be an airport

The plot of land that now houses Silverwood used to be a general aviation airport. It wasn’t until 1988 that the theme park opened. Now the closest major airport to Silverwood is the Spokane International Airport (GEG), which is 49 miles away.

2. Knott’s Berry Farm’s Corkscrew

The park’s Corkscrew roller coaster came from Knott’s Berry Farm. The ride opened in 1975 at the California theme park. This isn’t the only ride that has been purchased from another theme park, as Aftershock was purchased from Six Flags.

3. That’s an old Steam Engine Train

The Steam Engine Train was originally built in 1915. Take this historic train for a trip around the theme park on the 3.2-mile track. This is a fun ride, where you get to fully enjoy the park if you want to still go on a ride, but want to relax a little bit.

4. Aftershock is fast!

Aftershock has a top speed of 65.6 MPH. That’s almost as fast as the cars driving by the park on Highway 95!

5. Silverwood has Internet!

Silverwood’s RV Park and Campground have free WiFi. As well as 126 full hook-ups, 41 tent-only sites and is within walking distance to Silverwood through the underground tunnel.

SpinCycle Ride at Silverwood Theme Park in North Idaho
The SpinCycle was added to Silverwood’s line-up in 2013. [Photo Courtesy of Silverwood Theme Park]

How far is Silverwood from Spokane, Sandpoint, or Coeur d’Alene?

Silverwood is right in North Idaho! It is 43.6 miles from Spokane which houses quite a few larger shopping malls, and the closest airport. If you want to go somewhere a bit closer, Coeur d’Alene is always an awesome place to visit is only 18.8 miles away.

Finally, if you want a small-town feel to stay, Silverwood is only 30.5 miles from Sandpoint Idaho. This town borders Lake Pend Oreille and has many other great things to do in your off-time from the theme park.

How much does it cost for Silverwood?

Gaining access to Silverwood ranges from $19.88 to up to $129 depending on when and where you buy the ticket, and how long you plan on staying.

You can also purchase a season pass for prices ranging from $162 to $645 for a range of in-park benefits depending on which one you opt for. If you want to learn more about their pricing, make sure to visit their site here.

Is Silverwood owned by Six Flags?

Silverwood is owned by Norton Family Corporation, of which Gary Norton was the original founder and owner of Silverwood. This is in contrast to some people’s belief that Silverwood is owned by Six Flags. The only real connection to Six Flags that Silverwood has, is that Silverwood’s Aftershock was originally at the other theme park.

What is the fastest roller coaster at Silverwood?

The fastest roller coaster at Silverwood is Aftershock, which reaches 65.6 miles an hour. This is followed up with Tremors at 63 miles an hour, Timber Terror at 55 miles an hour, and the Corkscrew with 46 miles an hour.

Why is it called Silverwood?

The Silverwood name came from the combination of two different resources that are well known in the North Idaho region. The silver mines, and of course the timber industry. These two things together created the name “Silverwood”.

What were the first rides at Silverwood?

The first main rides to come to Silverwood were Roaring Creek Log Flume, Corkscrew, and the Country Carnival. Thunder Canyon and Timber Terror followed up over the next six years to add to the fun.

What is the best day to go to Silverwood?

According to this article here by Silverwood, the best days to come to the park to get the easiest access to the rides would be Thursdays, Sundays, and Wednesdays. Wednesday and Thursday though seem to be the better of the three days to join in the fun!

How tall is panic plunge at Silverwood?

You can easily see the Panic Plunge alongside the road when you drive by, but how tall is it? The panic Plunge is 140 feet tall at the highest, and the drop is 120 feet. It opened up in 2006, and has been a favorite of many visitors since!

Can you bring food and drink to Silverwood Theme park?

According to Silverwood, you are able to bring small snacks and personal lunches with you, and factory-sealed non-alcoholic beverages. However, it would need to be stored in a soft-sided 12″ by 12″ by 12″ cooler.

How fast does stunt pilot go at Silverwood?

Stunt Pilot is Silverwood’s newest ride, and it is able to go all the way up to 52 miles per hour.

How big is Silverwood?

To fit all of the rides, attractions, and Boulder Beach, Silverwood spans 221 acres of land. Thankfully, since this used to be an airstrip, they have the land to make it happen!


Silverwood is a great place to visit for those who want to get away from the hustle and bustle of city life for a bit. Silverwood Theme Park has been around since 1988 and continues to grow as new rides are added.

If you are looking for a ton of fun, this should be on your short list to visit!