South Lake Tahoe Attractions

South Lake Tahoe attractions could be described as Mother Nature’s wonders and the ways you can see them all. Beaches top the list. Eight of them are highlights here, and most are either an easy stroll or a doable hike to reach. The ones you have to hike to are more private, so some of them are clothing-optional. Features of these natural South Lake Tahoe attractions are rock formations that are millions of years old, rocky shorelines, sandy shorelines and towering pine trees. Some, including East Shore attractions, are known as good water sports beaches; others are there for your quiet enjoyment. Those that you hike to are pack in/pack out areas with varying amenities — from none to picnic tables, portable potties and BBQ areas. The Eagle Falls are a duel waterfall zone that’s so worth the easy hike to see.

Experience South Lake Tahoe Attractions

Including East Shore Attractions

Exploring the history of the area provides other points of interest in South Lake Tahoe attractions as well as East Shore attractions. At the Tallac Historic Site, visitors can envision life in the area from the early settlement days through a museum, a real-life version of 1920s Tahoe and through art and theater productions. The Lake Tahoe Historical Society Museum continues this education, bringing awareness of the Washoe Natives and their ways of life as well as insight into early settlers’ lives.

Means to experience the lake — clearly the biggest attraction — give us other attractions in East Shore and South Lake Tahoe. Ever taken a romantic gondola ride? How about a cruise upon a 70-foot luxury yacht complete with a fireplace? The Lake Tahoe Water Trail is a 72-mile attraction that directs paddlers on a self-powered tour around the lake, whether in a kayak or on a standup paddleboard.

Other South Lake Tahoe attractions let you soar high in the sky under balloon power or take helicopter tours.

South Lake Tahoe Attractions by Category

Around Tahoe Tours

889 Tahoe Boulevard, Incline Village, NV
(775) 345-5966

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 when he moved to the area in 1977. With his fun attitude and amusing ways of sharing the tales of Tahoe, the musician and storyteller is able to create an entertaining and...read more

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Benko Art Gallery

South Lake Tahoe Attraction
3979 Lake Tahoe Boulevard #2, South Lake Tahoe, CA
(530) 600-3264

There are many art galleries at Tahoe where visitors can find beautiful images of the scenic landscape. But now there is a gallery with a bit more of a contemporary edge in South Lake Tahoe; its pieces are every bit as beautiful but a tad out of the ordinary. Benko Art Gallery carries works from artists who see things with a fresh eye and convey...read more

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Bleu Wave Cruises

South Lake Tahoe Attraction
2435 Venice Drive, South Lake Tahoe, CA
(775) 588-9283

Bleu Wave Cruises is a luxurious way to see Lake Tahoe from the water.  From its home base in the Tahoe Keys Marina, the boat fits 49 people and is fully decked out to host a grand wedding or extravagant get-together. Complete with a stocked bar, fireplace, private lounge, stateroom, fly-bridge, gigantic party bow, restrooms and full climate controlled indoor facilities, Bleu Wave Cruises has all...read more

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Hang Gliding Tahoe

2640 E. College Parkway, Carson City, NV
(775) 772-8232

You love Lake Tahoe, and you feel as if you’ve seen all the sights it has to offer. But as the old saying goes, you ain’t seen nothing yet ... not until you’ve seen it from the air, piloting your own aircraft over the Carson Range and into the Tahoe Basin. With Hang Gliding Tahoe, you fly a powered hang glider with an instructor along...read more

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Hard Rock Hotel & Casino

Hard Rock Hotel & Casino
Stateline, NV 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

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Lake Tahoe Balloons

South 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

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Lake Tahoe Sightseeing Cruises

South 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

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Sierra State Parks Foundation

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

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Tahoe Amore

South 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

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The Loft Theatre

Shops at Heavenly Village
South Lake Tahoe Attraction
1001 Heavenly Village Way, South Lake Tahoe, CA
(530) 523-8024

A combination of live theater, high-end lounge and tapas-style dining, The Loft Theatre offers the full package for a fun night out. The nightly entertainment includes world-class magicians and theatrical acts performing in an intimate, 107-seat, stadium-style theater. The lineup of performances includes a full slate of all-ages, family-friendly shows as well as a more limited selection of adult-oriented offerings. In addition to entertainment, The Loft Theatre's restaurant, TASTE...read more

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