Family vacations! I can remember back to the days of being a kid, packing up the car and hitting the road. I have to say every time we head it I get a little nostalgic. Once thing I remember about road trips is there was always a set plan, whether it was going to visit family or heading out camping, we never had the opportunity to explore and just have fun. That’s one habit I have always tried my hardest to break and get a little out of my own comfort zone and find the fun stuff that the locals do with their kids. This time we packed our bags and hit the road for Coeur d’Alene, Idaho!
In order to find some fun for the kids I headed to the Coeur d’Alene Convention & Visitors Bureau which is right in the heart of downtown. They had an amazing staff who were more than willing to help me out with what to do with the kids while we were visiting. We decided to do the Mudgy & Millie walk! It was a self-guided walk that starts at the base of Tubbs Hill and ends at Independence Point. The trail follows a 2 1/4 mile route to the Coeur d’Alene Library, through the Downtown area, around the Resort’s framed boardwalk and through the City Park before ending at Independence Point overlooking the lake! The park was under construction as they have an amazing new facility being built that is going to be a fun place to take the kids – more on that later. The well-signed trail is free and open year ’round. There is a map in the book or an easy to follow brochure, both of which you can pick up at the visitors center or the library.
Since it was snowing out we decided to head to the library and check out the Mudgy statue there! The library was really neat they had a special section for kids as well as a community meeting room. They also had free wifi for visitors to use! Next time you’re in the area stop in their book selection is great and the staff were really friendly. The statue, which was created by internationally recognized sculptor and pointer Terry Lee, was located outside by the back doors in the basement. You will find a plaque telling you where you are on the trail as well as the page of the book that features the location you’re at!
Luckily we are used to the snow and I was able to talk Cheyenne into getting her photo taken by the statue! We’re already planning our next trip back so we can do the whole trail as a family. There is still a lot of family fun to be had in Coeur d’Alene so stay tuned you won’t want to miss it.