We're declaring it now, Idaho.

Summer is here!

It's fair to say that Idahoans have been waiting for this moment--blue skies, warm temperatures, and lots to do in the great outdoors. For many, this time of year means NO SCHOOL, as well.

For just over a year, many outdoor and summertime enthusiasts have been counting down the days until a major grand opening: the expansion of an Idaho water park that includes the nation's longest water coaster-- and the FIRST water coaster on the west coast.

Here's a look at what has water park lovers jealous of Idaho!

Meet Idaho's Massive 'Eagle Hunt' Water Coaster

Who says size doesn't matter?

Gallery Credit: Credit: Mateo, 103.5 KISS FM

Do you think you'll make the visit to Silverwood in North Idaho to zip down this monster!? 

It has been awesome to see this expansion take place--originally, all we had were digital renderings. Now, we have real photos!

The entire expansion takes up about 4-acres, which is huge. The project and addition, which consist mostly of this massive, nationally recognized water slide, is being titled "Emerald Forest".

When it comes to this big slide-you can expect to be speeding along a slide that is 925 feet in length! The ride includes going through three "flying saucers", going up four hills, and a final splash that goes down an unmatched slope.

It's time to road trip, Idaho. This slide is OPEN FOR BUSINESS!

In a release from the water park, their excitement was clear:

With this water coaster having two lanes, not only will you be able to race against your friends, but we are setting up a truly unique time trials experience where you will be able to pick your prey and race down the slide like an eagle in pursuit of its prey. If you get to the bottom in the specified time, you will have "caught" your prey. If you don't make it in time, the prey will have got away. We are excited to finally bring a water coaster to the Pacific Northwest and give our guests the opportunity to experience one of these amazing attractions.

Idaho's 2 Incredible Indoor Waterparks Must Be On Your Winter Bucket List

Did you know Idaho is home to not one but TWO incredible indoor water parks? They each offer something a little bit different, so scroll through to learn more about what makes them an incredible place to beat the winter blahs.

Gallery Credit: Michelle Heart

Amazing Home With Indoor Water Park Is Less Than 6 Hours From Boise

Gallery Credit: Marco

This Old Idaho Waterpark Looks Like a Dystopian Future

When Boise's Wild Waters waterpark closed to make way for the Flying Y, the abandoned park didn't sit there very long. The one in Coeur d'Alene? That's a different story. It closed for "renovations" in 2009 but never reopened. It sat there decaying until it was finally demolished in 2018. YouTuber "adamthewoo" explored the park and shot video of it in 2016. These are some of the best images from that video!

Gallery Credit: Michelle Heart

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