Looking for some ideas of fun things to do in Sandpoint this summer ? You’ve come to the right place! This blog post will give you a rundown of the best activities to enjoy in our beautiful corner of the world. Whether you’re looking for something adventurous or relaxing, we’ve got you covered. So what are you waiting for? Start planning your summer bucket list today!

Without further ado, here are the top things to do in Sandpoint this summer:

Go for a hike

With so many beautiful trails to choose from, it’s no wonder hiking is one of the most popular activities in Sandpoint. From easy nature walks to more challenging treks, there’s something for everyone. So get out there and explore!


No Sandpoint summer is complete without a trek up the popular Mickinnick trail. Not ready to do the whole thing? No worries! Even just 20 minutes into the hike, you will see spectacular views of Sandpoint and Lake Pend Oreille.

Scotchman Peak

For those who are looking for a more challenging hike, Scotchman Peak is a great option. This strenuous hike is not for the faint of heart. But the views from the top are more than worth it. Scotchman Peak is the highest mountain in Bonner County, so be prepared for some amazing views!

How to find the best hiking trails in North Idaho

If they’re not on your bookshelf yet, we highly recommend Trails of the Wild Sekirks and Trails of the Wild Cabinets. They are excellent guides to the many, many hikes in the area.

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Fun on Lake Pend Oreille

Take a dip in the lake

There’s nothing more refreshing than a dip in the water on a hot summer day. And Lake Pend Oreille is the perfect place to do just that. Whether you’re swimming, kayaking, or just relaxing on the shore, you’re sure to have a great time. Sandpoint City Beach is a great place to go swimming, but there are also many remote beaches around the lake, including Green Bay, Sunnyside and more.

Kayaking on Lake Pend Oreille

As one of the largest and deepest freshwater lakes in the West, Lake Pend Oreille is a kayaker’s paradise. With so many beautiful beaches to explore, you could spend all summer on the water and never get bored.

Stand Up Paddleboarding

Another great way to enjoy the lake is on a stand up paddleboard. This activity is perfect for those who want to get a workout in while taking in the stunning scenery. If you don’t have a SUP (Stand Up Paddleboard), they can easily be rented from several boat rental places in Sandpoint.

Visit a local winery

Whether you’re a wine lover or just looking for a new experience, be sure to add this to your summer bucket list. Pend d’Oreille Winery not only has wonderful wine, they also have a wonderful location with indoor and outdoor seating. Cheers!

Visit Schweitzer Mountain

No matter what time of year it is, a visit to Schweitzer Mountain is always a good idea. In the summer, you can enjoy hiking, mountain biking, and scenic chairlift rides.

If you haven’t been yet, visiting the Sky House is a must! Being located on the summit, the Sky House has fantastic 360-degree views that will never get old.

Blueberry Picking at Shingle Mill Blueberry Farm

One of the best things about summer is all the fresh fruit that’s available. And there’s no better place to get your fill of blueberries than at Shingle Mill Blueberry Farm. Be sure to stop by and pick some up for your next batch of muffins or pancakes.

Shingle Mill Blueberry Farm in Sandpoint
Pick different kinds of blueberries at the Shingle Mill Blueberry Farm!

Float the Pack River

There’s no better way to relax on a hot summer day than floating down the river. The Pack River is a great place to do just that. So grab your raft or inner tube and get ready for a leisurely float through the Idaho wilderness.

Get a scoop of ice cream at Panhandle Cone and Coffee

No summer bucket list would be complete without ice cream. And Panhandle Cone and Coffee is the perfect place to get your fix. With so many delicious flavors to choose from, you’ll want to come back again and again.

Pick Huckleberries

Huckleberry picking is a quintessential summer activity. And there’s no better place to do it than in the Sandpoint area. But good luck finding some! Most locals keep their favorite huckleberry spots a well-kept secret. Thankfully, Schweitzer Mountain offers huckleberry picking activities.

Mountain bike at Pine Street Woods

Pine Street Woods is a great place to go mountain biking. With over 16 miles of trails, it’s perfect for both beginner and experienced riders.

Festival at Sandpoint

The Festival at Sandpoint is one of the most popular events of the summer. With music styles for just about everyone, the Festival can be enjoyed by the whole family. Bring a blanket, some chairs and sit under the stars as musicians and bands play under the famous Festival tent.


As you can see, there’s no shortage of things to do in Sandpoint this summer. So what are you waiting for? Get out there and start exploring! We can’t wait to see what you get up to!