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?

We’re aware that these uncertain times are limiting many aspects of life as we all practice social and physical distancing. While we’re continuing to feature destinations that make our state wonderful, we don’t expect or encourage you to go check them out immediately. We believe that supporting local attractions is important now more than ever and we hope our articles inspire your future adventures! And on that note, please nominate your favorite local business that could use some love right now: https://www.onlyinyourstate.com/nominate/

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.