Things To Do in Lake Tahoe

With an environment like Lake Tahoe has, it would almost be criminal if the majority of things to do weren’t outdoors.. . . and of course they are! For Lake Tahoe summer activities, you can enjoy the kayaking, SUPing and other water sports that take the lead in Kings Beach things to do. If you’d prefer to frolic in the snow, Lake Tahoe winter activities include ice skating, Nordic skiing and sliding down a snowy mountain in any way you can. Of course all the towns in this part of the woods are known for that, but what about dog sledding? Bet you’ve never done that! It’s a popular Squaw Valley thing to do, so get on it! Lace up your shoes and head out on some of Tahoe’s CIty’s hiking trails that take you on a scenic tour of the beaches and mountains on the West Shore. Several give you amazing views of one of the most beautiful Tahoe City thing to do -- exploring Emerald Bay. You can almost imagine you're in the Caribbean watching this water. Now, if the temps will just rise about 20 more degrees....

Lake Tahoe Things to Do Run the Gamut

If you’re not looking for an athletic vacation, Lake Tahoe things to do provide various other activities that may interest you. Going sight seeing on bus tours that cart you over the entire Tahoe Basin or checking out fascinating exhibits in museums are part of the offerings of the many South Lake Tahoe things to do. Vacation is also the ideal time to take care of yourself, and a visit to one of the spas in Incline Village’s things to do has you feeling pampered and polished in no time. Lake Tahoe also hosts an array of festivals during the warmer months that will appeal to craftsmen, artists, nerds or those celebrating Independence Day.

Check out the listings below to see what summer and winter activities Lake Tahoe things to do has in store for you.

Lake Tahoe Things To Do by Area

South Lake Tahoe | Truckee | Tahoe City & West Shore | Squaw Valley & Alpine Meadows
Kings Beach & North Shore Incline Village & Crystal Bay

Lake Tahoe Things To Do by Category

Action Watersports

3411 Lake Tahoe Boulevard, South Lake Tahoe, CA
(530) 544-5387
4041 Lakeshore Boulevard, South Lake Tahoe, CA
(530) 541-9800
7901 West Lake Boulevard, Tahoma, CA
(530) 525-5588

Action Watersports offers a full spectrum of rentable power toys for the water and more. Giving choices for every type of speed option possible for playing on water, these water outfitters give access to water ski boats, cigarette boats, Jet skis and parasailing. They also have large sailboat yachts for charter as well as pedal boats and aqua cycles for rent. They offer a variety... read more

Alder Creek Adventure Center

Tahoe Donner
15275 Alder Creek Road, Truckee, CA
(530) 587-9484

The Alder Creek Adventure Center in Tahoe Donner is brand new with its grand opening in November 2015. And while its centerpiece activity is cross-country skiing, the state-of-the-art lodge is set to be open throughout every season. As the hub for Nordic skiing, the center offers ski rentals, wax and tuning services and lockers. There is also a shop selling Nordic gear and accessories. Non-skiers... read more

Around Tahoe Tours

P.O. Box 5285, Incline Village, NV
(775) 560-5629

Around Tahoe Tours is your best bet for getting a true feel and knowledge of the local area. Created by Darin Talbot, the tour agency is a culmination of his knowledge that began in 1977 when he moved to the area with his fun attitude and amusing ways of sharing the tales of Tahoe. A musician and storyteller by heart, Talbot is able to create... read more

Big Blue Adventure

P.O. Box 2720, Kings Beach, CA
(530) 546-1019

For more than a dozen years, Big Blue Adventure has hosted a variety of sporting events around Lake Tahoe and Truckee. When summer arrives, Big Blue Adventure’s events start rolling so they are perfect for those visiting the area and who want to try out their competitiveness. That said, Big Blue Adventure races are great for people who just want to get out and move... read more

Bowl Incline

920 Southwood Boulevard, Incline Village, NV
(775) 831-1900

Bowl Incline is your one-stop destination for family fun and recreation. The bowling alley sports sixteen natural wood lanes with automatic scoring. For kids they’ve got bumpers and lightweight balls. It’s a great place to host a birthday or other party and lessons are available. Their billiard room contains six tournament-size tables rented by the hour. If it’s snowing outside and you’re dying to golf,... read more

Flume Trail Mountain Bikes

1115 Tunnel Creek Road, Incline Village, NV
(775) 298-2501

The Flume Trail above Lake Tahoe is a mountain biking trail with a well-earned reputation. Between its historical significance and the incredible views that it offers, it is a route that practically everyone in the basin knows about, even people who have never once touched tire to trail. But for those who actually do like to get out and explore the back country on wheels... read more

Homewood Mountain Resort

5145 West Lake Boulevard, Homewood, CA
(530) 525-2992

Homewood Mountain Resort is a fabulous ski hill for beginners, intermediates and those who enjoy smooth groomers. Although Homewood may be small, it has some of the best views of Lake Tahoe, as it is located directly across the street from the lake. The airy view from the ski runs and lifts are unlike any other ski area in Lake Tahoe. Its tiny stature lends... read more

Lake Tahoe Shakespeare Festival

Sand Harbor
2005 Nevada State Highway 28, Incline Village, NV
(775) 832-1616

Begun in 1972 at Sugar Pine Point on the west shore, the Lake Tahoe Shakespeare Festival moved to Sand Harbor in 1976 and has remained a standard there ever since. It ranks as one of the top Shakespeare Festivals in the country – not just for the quality of the performances but for the entirety of the experience, from the gourmet food to the environment... read more

Lakeside Casino

Lakeside Inn and Casino
168 U.S. Highway 50, Stateline, NV
(775) 589-2313

The Lakeside Casino offers everything you could want in a gaming establishment, from poker and blackjack and roulette to slots and craps and a sports book. Look for the 3-to-2 odds on all blackjacks and the 10-times odds on all numbers at the craps table. In line with the philosophy of being the friendliest spot in town, there is the University of Lakeside, a weekly... read more

Painted Vine

10770 Donner Pass Road #103, Truckee, CA
(530) 214-8935

Not sure if you swing toward realism or more toward the abstract? The folks at Painted Vine are more than happy to coax out your inner Rembrandt or Picasso — with a little help from Bacchus, god of vino, if you so choose. The Painted Vine is a combination wine bar/painting studio. It’s a well-appointed space where beginner and more advanced painters can take brush... read more

Ponderosa Golf Course

Truckee-Donner Recreation & Park District
10040 Reynold Way, Truckee, CA
(530) 587-3501
Ponderosa Golf Course is a quintessential Truckee story. The nine-hole public course was built more than 50 years ago by the residents of town. The course was family owned for most of that half-century but was kept from being turned into a subdivision when the Truckee Airport District purchased it in 2008. Now Ponderosa is managed by the Truckee Donner Recreation and Park District with... read more

Stillwater Spa

Hyatt Regency Lake Tahoe Resort, Spa and Casino
111 Country Club Drive, Incline Village, NV
(775) 886-6745

Are you ready for a little pampering? Get yourself down to the Stillwater Spa at the Hyatt Lake Tahoe and prepare to relax. The philosophy of the spa reflects the tranquility of the natural surroundings, incorporating the clear waters of the lake and the pure mountain air balanced with the elements of earth and fire in treating your body, mind and soul. Massage styles include... read more