Lake Tahoe Attractions

While the lake is a sight to see in and of itself, Lake Tahoe attractions go beyond just the water. The area’s rich environment influences the majority of Lake Tahoe attractions like hiking, camping, skiing, snowboarding, sunbathing, paddleboarding and more. Enjoy the great outdoors by visiting South Lake Tahoe’s attractions, including state parks, campgrounds suitable for both summer and winter weather or historic homes. Or let the famous Christmas carol come alive as you go on a sleigh ride through the snow. While the area’s attractions encourage a sense of athleticism, you don’t have to be planning your next 5K to appreciate them. You’ll find the area’s museums, visual arts and beaches are the kind of relaxed fun some visitors hope to find during vacations.

Lake Tahoe Attractions in Town

Lake Tahoe attractions also embrace the area’s history. Visit the Truckee attraction where the infamous Donner party is rumored to have fallen to cannibalism. You can also check out one of Squaw Valley’s attractions, the site of the 1960 Winter Olympics, and view the same slopes that welcomed the world’s great athletes decades ago. It might inspire you to channel your inner Heidi Beibl (the 1960 Winter Olympic Women’s Downhill Skiing gold medalist) as you swoosh down nearby mountains.

If you’re in the mood for some visual entertainment, you can attend festivals in Incline Village that will delight the English and history nerds in your group. Tahoe City’s attractions also feature a variety of fun on the beach, including concerts and movies.

The summer seasons are prime time to take advantage of the main attraction: Lake Tahoe! All the towns offer tours for different areas in the Tahoe Basin. After being educated about the lake, dive in — we mean quite literally too — to all it has to offer. Kings Beach attractions let you sign up for a fishing excursion to hook some trout or explore every beach.

Check out the listings below to see what Lake Tahoe attractions will pique your interest during your visit.

Lake Tahoe Attractions by Area

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

Lake Tahoe Attractions by Category

Hard Rock Hotel & Casino

Hard Rock Hotel & Casino
Lake Tahoe Attraction
50 U.S. Highway 50, Stateline, NV
(775) 588-1010

In the 1960s and '70s, South Shore had the Sahara Tahoe, and Elvis Presley was a regular performer there. In the '80s, it became the High Sierra, and in the '90s it was known as the Horizon. Fast-forward to the present and we now have the Hard Rock Hotel & Casino, the newest of the Stateline resorts. The showroom is now known as Vinyl, an... read more

In the 1960s and '70s, South Shore had the Sahara Tahoe, and Elvis Presley was... read more

IRIE Rafting Company

Lake Tahoe Attraction
11253 Brockway Road, Suite 103, Truckee, CA
(530) 582-4900

Lake Tahoe has only one outflow — the Truckee River. And for 20 years IRIE Rafting Company has given visitors a close-up view of the waterway as well as the region's north and middle forks of the American River and the Carson River. For those wanting to stay closer to Truckee, IRIE offers half- and full-day trips on the Truckee River after it flows past... read more

Lake Tahoe has only one outflow — the Truckee River. And for 20 years IRIE... read more

KidZone Museum

Lake Tahoe Attraction
11711 Donner Pass Road, Truckee, CA
(530) 587-5437

KidZone is a hands-on children's museum in the heart of the High Sierra. The space is designed for kids under 8 years old to learn and share experiences with the special adults in their lives through open-ended play. KidZone is open all year long and the site has an indoor space as well as an outdoor nature play area during the spring, summer and fall.... read more

KidZone is a hands-on children's museum in the heart of the High Sierra. The space... read more

Kings Beach State Recreation Area

Lake Tahoe Attraction
Bear Street and CA Highway 28, Kings Beach, CA
(530) 583-3074

With its easy location in the center of town, Kings Beach State Recreation Area makes enjoying the sandy shoreline of Lake Tahoe simple. The park itself is free and offers day use of a few miles of sandy beach, public bathrooms, a children's play area and barbecue grills. There are boat, Jet Ski and paddleboard rentals available as well. Parking costs $10 for both cars and... read more

With its easy location in the center of town, Kings Beach State Recreation Area makes enjoying... read more

Lake Tahoe Balloons

Lake Tahoe Attraction
2435 Venice Drive East, South Lake Tahoe, CA
(530) 544-1221
(800) 872-9294

Lake Tahoe Balloons lets you see the Lake Tahoe region from a very unique perspective. Imagine flying with the golden eagles and osprey while gliding with the currents of wind in your own hot-air balloon. Below you spreads the immense green forests and granite landscapes of the Sierra Mountains framing the turquoise and azure blues of Lake Tahoe and other smaller alpine lakes. The only... read more

Lake Tahoe Balloons lets you see the Lake Tahoe region from a very unique perspective.... read more

Lake Tahoe Sightseeing Cruises

Lake Tahoe Attraction
MS Dixie Departure, 760 U.S. Highway 50, Zephyr Cove, NV
(800) 987-9852
Bleu Wave Departure, 2435 Venice Dr, South Lake Tahoe, CA
(800) 987-9852

Lake Tahoe Sightseeing Cruises makes it easy to book the perfect sightseeing cruise on the water, whether you are interested in seeing the lake from a luxury yacht or aboard a classic paddle wheeler, whether you want a mid-day excursion or an evening dinner cruise. Emerald Bay, the historic Vikingsholm lodge and Fannette Island feature in the voyages offered by Lake Tahoe Sightseeing Cruises, and... read more

Lake Tahoe Sightseeing Cruises makes it easy to book the perfect sightseeing cruise on the... read more

Nevada Museum of Art

Lake Tahoe Attraction
160 W. Liberty Street, Reno, NV
(775) 329-3333

As the only accredited art museum in the state, Nevada Museum of Art is a beacon of culture in the High Sierra. The museum is in Reno, about an hour's drive from the Tahoe area. The permanent collections are extensive and stunning, and the changing exhibitions keep things fresh, even for regular visitors. The museum offers three floors of exhibits, usually with varying themes and styles. Most exhibits... read more

As the only accredited art museum in the state, Nevada Museum of Art is a beacon of... read more

Northstar California Resort

Northstar California Resort
Village at Northstar
Lake Tahoe Attraction
5001 Northstar Drive, Truckee, CA
(530) 562-1010

Since 1972, the Northstar California Resort has drawn winter sports enthusiasts to the area. Twenty different lifts provide access to some 100 trails on more than 3,000 acres of skiable terrain. The majority of the trails are designed for intermediate level skiers, while about a quarter of them are for advanced skiers and the remainder are just right for beginners. Speaking of beginners, Northstar offers... read more

Since 1972, the Northstar California Resort has drawn winter sports enthusiasts to the area. Twenty... read more

Round Hill Pines Beach Resort

Lake Tahoe Attraction
300 U.S. Highway 50, Zephyr Cove, NV
(775) 588-3055

Round Pines is a great beach for those who like a lot going on but also like a beach that is tucked away. Not only does it have a deli and a bar, but it also has a wonderful selection of available water-activity rentals, including boats, Jet Skis, kayaks, paddleboards and pedal boats. Visitors can also choose to go parasailing, play volleyball, swim in the... read more

Round Pines is a great beach for those who like a lot going on but... read more

Sierra State Parks Foundation

Lake Tahoe Attraction
P.O. Box 28, Tahoe City, CA
(530) 583-9911

If you enjoy the serenity and fun that the state parks provide on the California side of the Lake Tahoe area, then you can thank Sierra State Parks Foundation. Founded in 1973, the foundation is a nonprofit supporting seven different parks around the western side of the region: D.L. Bliss State Park, Donner Memorial State Park, Emerald Bay State Park, Kings Beach State Recreation Area,... read more

If you enjoy the serenity and fun that the state parks provide on the California... read more

Sugar Bowl Resort

Lake Tahoe Attraction
629 Sugar Bowl Road, Norden, CA
(530) 426-9000

Privately owned and operated by the homeowners in the Village at Sugar Bowl, Sugar Bowl Resort has attracted skiers and snowboarders to the top of Donner Summit for nearly 75 years. As a Tahoe-area resort that consistently collects great stashes of snow, Sugar Bowl boasts four distinct peaks and an open-boundary policy for backcountry access. Other unique features include a scenic gondola ride into the car-free... read more

Privately owned and operated by the homeowners in the Village at Sugar Bowl, Sugar Bowl Resort... read more

Tahoe Amore

Lake Tahoe Attraction
2435 Venice Drive East, South Lake Tahoe, CA
(530) 314-8866

Bring love into your Lake Tahoe vacation with excursion in the gondolas of Tahoe Amore. Built on the concept of intertwining the romance of Venice, Italy, and their water gondolas with the stunning beauty seen from South Lake Tahoe's Tahoe Keys, it creates a spectacular experience. It truly is a boat tour that inspires a feeling of love. Perfect at sunset or anytime of day... read more

Bring love into your Lake Tahoe vacation with excursion in the gondolas of Tahoe Amore.... read more