True and False: Idaho isn't the best place for water activities

If you're into water sports that involve swimming, Idaho is probably one of the best places you can live. Idaho has a seemingly endless supply of lakes, rivers, pools, and waterparks within easy driving distance regardless of where you live, or your destination. But there's a downside; unless polar plunges are your thing, winter in Idaho limits the number of months you can enjoy a dip. Hot springs aside, Idaho's water features are generally cold, and only enjoyable during our hottest summer months.

Idaho's Indoor Water Park might be just what you need for a getaway

If the winter blues have you missing summer swimming, Idaho is home to an indoor water park that might be your answer. Silver Mountain Resort in Kellogg, Idaho is a popular winter destination for avid skiers. But it also comes equipped with an indoor water park that's open year-round and has all the features you'd expect to find in a water park that'll make driving to Kellogg worth it.

All the things you'd expect to find at a fun waterpark

Silver Rapids at Silver Mountain Resort features a lazy river, slides, a wave rider, a kid's area, activity pools, hot tubs, and areas for swimming.

Silver Rapids at Silver Mountain is open year-round

Silver Rapids water park is indoors so it's open all year. There are some months during the fall and spring when its days of operation are limited to the weekends, but during the peak months of summer and winter, the park is open seven days a week. Important note: Silver Rapids doesn't sell walk-up passes, so you'll need to plan your trip and book your passes ahead of time online or by phone.

It's a bit of a drive, so you'll want to stay a while

A trip to Silver Mountain is a bit more than a day trip, so you might want to plan to stay a few days to get the most out of it. And since winters in Idaho come with driving challenges, you'll want to keep an eye on the forecast and road reports and try to plan your trip around any bad weather.

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