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The Remnants Of This Abandoned Water Park In Idaho Are Hauntingly Beautiful

What was once a vibrant, rushing family getaway in Northern Idaho came to an abrupt end less than a decade ago as competition swelled from all sides. Wild Waters in Coeur d’Alene was the Northwest’s largest water park – a behemoth attraction that dominated the summer market for years. After decades in business, come 2010, the park didn’t open at all, and very little remains of its former glory. Today, huge and desolate, teeming with brackish water, the sun-faded empty slides that still stand resemble stark bones in a desert wasteland of cracking concrete, skeletal remains of once-colorful umbrellas, and graffiti.

See for yourself and decide: hauntingly beautiful, or a visage of urban decay?

A special thank you to adamthewoo for the tip about this abandoned Idaho location. Be sure to check out his channel on YouTube!

Did you ever visit Wild Waters in its prime? What did you think and how do you feel about it now? Regardless, there’s still something to be said for the unique beauty of urban ruins – although perhaps like all things, they too must come to an end.

Jennifer
Super-rad musician, scholar, and cat enthusiast who digs Idaho sunsets and spontaneous nature walks. When not basking in Idaho's awesomeness for Only In Your State, you can find me lovingly concocting environmental goodness at TheBlueReview.org.