Silverwood Theme Park is an amusement park located in northern Idaho, United States, near the town of Coeur d'Alene, approximately 47 miles from Spokane, Washington on U.S. Route 95. Owner Gary Norton opened the park in June 20, 1988. Originally, the park included a small assortment of carnival rides, a "main street" with shops and eateries, and an authentic steam train that traveled in a 30-minute loop around the owner's property. From 1973 to 1988, the land, along with a fully functioning airstrip, was operated as the Henley Aerodrome, named after the family whom Norton bought it from in 1981.
Over the years, Silverwood has grown in both size and popularity, transforming from a small local amusement park to a regional theme park destination. In 2003, an adjacent waterpark named Boulder Beach Water Park was opened. Entrance to Boulder Beach is included with admission to Silverwood Theme Park. In 2009, Silverwood began an annual Halloween event called Scarywood, held during the month of October.
Comic characters Garfield and Odie are the official mascots of the park.
Today, Silverwood is the largest theme and water park in the American Northwest on 413-acre (1,670,000 m2) and boasting more than 65 rides, slides, shows and attractions. It is the northernmost theme Park in the United States.
Gary Norton buys Henley Aerodrome from the heirs of the Henley estate and lengthening and other improvements are done to the airstrip. Hangar is turned into an air museum. Old English type inn is built.
Norton outbids Disney and others for a narrow gauge locomotive for use at the Aerodrome.
Walter Deptula, with skills and background operating visitor attractions in Hawaii is hired by Gary Norton as first General Manager to assure the park's opening on schedule
Silverwood opens to the public with the 3 ft (914 mm) narrow gauge Silverwood Central Railway, and Main Street shops (including a movie theater).
In 2009, Silverwood opened Scarywood Haunted Nights, a nighttime fright fest filled with scare zones and mazes. In 2010, Scarywood returned on a larger, grander scale with more to do. The main attractions for Scarywood are the Terror Canyon Trail, a maze and walkthrough built in the Thunder Canyon ride flume; Blood Bayou, an indoor haunted attraction; the Zombiewood Express, the park's train ride transformed into a haunt and show in the woods where Nick Norton and Elvis hunt zombies; as well as the Timber Terror: Backwards.
A steel roller coaster, relocated from Knott's Berry Farm in 1990. When Corkscrew first opened at Knott's Berry Farm, it achieved two things of historical significance. Corkscrew was not only the first modern inverting coaster in the world, but it also was the first roller coaster to take riders upside down twice.
A wooden roller coaster with a classic out-and-back layout. The ride uses rolling stock from the Philadelphia Toboggan Coasters company. The train utilizes "buzz bars" which allow for a less restrictive ride and greater airtime. Formerly known as the Grizzly until a potential lawsuit from the former Paramount Parks prompted the name change. Since 2010, the train has been reversed for the park's Scarywood Haunted Nights events every October.
A powered roller coaster themed to a mine train for young children and parents as well. Ride is driven by a rear wheel that runs along a central tread that runs along the middle of the track. Ride has an oval layout and runs over a small manmade creek.
30 minute, 3 ft (914 mm) narrow gauge, steam engine-pulled train ride around park property
SBF/VISA Group Maxi Dance Party 360
Super Round Up
White water raft ride
Classic tilt-a-whirl ride
Current Boulder Beach Water Park slides & attractions
6-Person Raft Slide
Boulder Beach Bay
Set of 2 side-by-side wave pools
Water play complex featuring hoses, slides, shallow water pools, rope bridges, and a giant water bucket above
4-Person enclosed raft slide
4-tube slide complex, featuring four slides, each with their own unique layout, with two enclosed, one fully open, and the fourth half-enclosed, half-open
Toddler play complex
3-speed slide complex, featuring three speed slides side-by-side, each with their own unique layout, with one enclosed spiraling slide, one open slide, and one half-enclosed, half-open slide with recorded speeds of up to 55 mph
A 6 person racing waterslide. 55.8 feet tall with 405.9 feet of slide.