Looking for summer activities? Camping with your family is a relaxing way to enjoy the great outdoors and spend some time together. We love camping because it’s inexpensive and we can fill our schedule with hiking, swimming and playing. We live close to Farragut State Park near Coeur d’Alene, Idaho, which offers many camping areas, hiking trails and places to access the lake. These fun camping activities are great ways to enjoy your local camp ground.
Bringing bikes on a camping trip is a great idea. Bike riding is at the top of our list of things to do with kids at Farragut State Park. When we stay at a traditional camp ground with paved roads, our kids love biking around the camp sites and riding in loops. Also, our family can go on a longer bike ride together along a bike path or a forest trail. Riding bikes is an easy way to fill an afternoon while camping. Conveniently, bikes are pretty easy to bring along on a camping trip if you have a truck or bike rack on your vehicle.
Kids and adults will enjoy competing against each other in a lively game of disc golf. This game helps you burn energy as you trek through the forest and take turns throwing small Frisbees to hit the disc golf targets. Some Frisbee golf courses are quite sprawling, with 9 or 18 “targets” throughout the woods that can be par 3 to par 6 or more. Disc golf rules are typically similar to traditional golf rules, except players throw discs at a basket-like target. Farragut State Park has several disc golf courses, including a shorter course for kids.
Families of all ages can enjoy a short hike up to a ridge or down to the waterfront. We’ve been hiking with our kids since they were babies. Farragut State Park near Coeur d’Alene has lots of easy hiking trails with lake views and paths that go down to the lake’s edge. Farragut is one of our favorite places to go on a family hike because the scenery is gorgeous and the paths are well maintained. You can enjoy a short 30 minute hike or spend a few hours traversing the forested trails. Farragut used to be a Naval outpost and some of the trails lead to stone “ruins” of outbuildings and barracks. Hiking and exploring the trails are adventurous yet simple things to do with kids at Farragut State Park. Many benches and logs along the trail offer places to rest or stop for a snack. In spring, the paths are littered with wild flowers and vibrant greenery.
Hiding Painted Rocks
Painting colorful designs on rocks and hiding them for others to find is a popular community activity in Coeur d’Alene, Idaho. Similar to geocaching, you can find the work of local artists hiding among tree roots and along forest trails. Some local groups get very artsy with their rock designs and even label them with hashtags. If you find a painted rock out in nature, you can either keep it or hide it again for someone else to discover.
My kids painted a colorful collection of rocks with craft paint and we sprayed them with a protective coat of clear spray. The finished rocks had been sitting around our house for a few months. Our camping trip to Farragut State Park was the perfect opportunity to go on a family hike and “hide” our collection of colorful rocks for others to find. On other hiking trips, we’ve found a pretty rock left by someone else!
Playgrounds & Swings
Farragut State Park, like many local camping destinations, has a great playground with swings, play structures and a rock climbing wall. The playground offers many things to do with kids at Farragut State Park. You can play tag, compete to scale the rock wall and get up to 4 kids swinging at the same time. My kids especially love the swings, which are situated with a serene view of Lake Pend Oreille. At the end of our hike, we stopped by the swing set for a few minutes before heading back to our camp site.
Lake Pend Oreille
Lake Pend Oreille in Idaho is a beautiful lake for boating, kayaking, fishing and swimming. It’s usually less busy than Hayden Lake or the downtown Lake Coeur d’Alene. You can easily launch your boat or kayak at the Farragut public boat launch, which also has plenty of parking. We’ve enjoyed many sunny afternoons out on the lake. Tubing, fishing and swimming are popular lake activities. The lake does grow some algae near the shore but it’s not as noticeable once you are out in the deeper water. Lake Pend Oreille is a huge lake surrounded by plenty of parks, boat launches, picnic sites and other facilities. It’s no surprise that Lake Pend Oreille is the largest lake in Idaho, located in the northern Idaho Panhandle.
A family camping trip offers the chance to get away and enjoy some activities you may not normally do with your family. It’s always revitalizing to get some exercise and enjoy the fresh air of the forest. Hiking, biking, playing disc golf, fishing and swimming are just a few of the fun activities you can enjoy on a camping trip. We feel so privileged to live in the local Coeur d’Alene, Idaho area with convenient access to so many great summer activities.
Hi, I’m Katie! I live with my husband and 3 kids in beautiful Coeur d’Alane, Idaho. I love Jesus, coffee, DIY projects, photography, homeschooling my kids, traveling, and serving people. I’ve previously worked as a graphic designer, web designer, journalist and barista. I started Create. Play. Travel. to share some of our creative projects and family adventures. I hope you enjoy the highlights of our creative family life!