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Things to do in Athol

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The top 2 attractions in Athol

Theme Parks in Athol
Silverwood Theme Park
Silverwood Theme Park is an Idaho classic for old-fashioned family fun. It's not far from Spokane, Washington or Coeur d'Alene and is really worth the trip up there. Originally, Silverwood was more of a carnival-style park with the usual tilt-a-whorls but over the past years they've built it up with more adventurous rides and rollercoasters and now it's a full-blown amusement park to rival the likes of Six Flags. Another undeniably point in Silverwood's favor is that the Boulder Beach Water Park is right next door so you can have a morning on the rides and cool off on the slides and wave pools in the afternoon. So, let's talk about the rides: one of the best is the Panic Plunge, a great free-fall ride that gets everyone screaming! The Aftershock hanging ride is another personal favorite. In fact, I believe it was voted as one of the best rollercoaters in 2012. Of course, there are tons of smaller rides fit for kids and a few log ride and rafting rides to cool off in summer. The price of admission is $45 for adults and senior and kids get in for around $22. Also, if you visit the park after 5pm in the afternoon, the admission is 50% off. All and all, I'd say it's a great place to spend the day. Don't forget to bring your swimsuit for Boulder Beach!
Nature Reserves in Athol
Farragut State Park
Farragut State Park is a scenic nature reserve right off Lake Pend Orielle near Athol, Idaho and the Silverwood Theme Park. Thanks to its location on the lake and variety of sandy beaches, Farragut State Park is one of the best places to spend a summer afternoon in the Idaho Panhandle. The park was actually once a WWII Navy training facility and there's actually a Navy museum within the park, something unusual in a beautiful but landlocked state like Idaho. Anyways, the park itself is huge and there are tons of marked trails that'll take you around the lake and give you a chance at stopping whitetail deer and mountain goats. If you're looking to do some camping, I'd suggest renting a cabin in one of the Whitetail campsites. They have clean bathrooms and barbecue grills and is a perfect way to spend a weekend out in Mother Nature without having to go full-on camping in the woods. Do be careful, though, as there are tons of mosquitoes and wasps in the springtime. The Eagle Boat Launch is located at the south end of the lake if you're looking to do some bass fishing. I think a better plan is going to Beaver Bay Beach, one of the many nice beaches on the lake, and spend a sunny day swimming and having a picnic.