South Lake Tahoe Things to Do

Oh, to be in a place where you can visit museums, get a healing massage or take a yoga class during the day then spend the nights gambling in a casino, drinking and dancing your shoes off in its nightclub. There you have the full spectrum of South Lake Tahoe things to do: Life in its glorious fullness. 

Looking for a middle ground? Yes, balance is important, and you get that from South Lake Tahoe things to do. Spend the day on one of the many beaches that circle the lake here. It creates a great playground for popular South Lake Tahoe activities like kayaking, boating, SUP, swimming (if you can take the cold!), Jet skiing, fishing or just sitting with a good book. There are rental places within easy access of wherever you are where you can rent any of the apparatus you need to do any of these sports. Want to move between South Lake Tahoe activities on dry land? Try a hot air balloon or helicopter ride, take off on one of the many hiking trails, hop on a scenic bus tour, rent an ATV and hit the trails or go hang gliding. For South Lake Tahoe things to do that are a little different — and tasty! — join a Northern California wine tour that takes you into the countryside of the Northern California wine country, up your game with a tour of a moonshine distillery or go on a Rum Runner boat cruise into the awe-inspiring Emerald Bay.

Wintertime in South Lake Tahoe

The wintertime South Lake Tahoe things to do put you on top of a Heavenly mountain with views that will stay in your mind’s eye forever and snow sports that will challenge your agility and skill. But when you get off the verticals, treat yourself to a sleigh ride through open countryside and along the historic Pony Express Trails. Talk about a sensory experience that will stay with you!

And, after all the fun, let one of the many area spas soothe your muscles and ease you into sleep until you’re ready to start again tomorrow.

Things To Do by Category

Around Tahoe Tours

889 Tahoe Blvd., 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 in 1977 when he moved to the area. 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 Thing to Do
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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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

For more than a dozen years, Big Blue Adventure has hosted a variety of sporting... read more

Camp Richardson

South Lake Tahoe Thing to Do
1900 Jameson Beach Road, South Lake Tahoe, CA
(530) 541-1801

For more than a century, the Camp Richardson location has been a place for people to escape from the hectic urban life and rejuvenate their spirits in the natural beauty of Lake Tahoe. Operated today under a U.S. Forest Service special use permit (except for the marina, which is privately owned), the "Camp Rich" resort honors its storied history and continues to provide a vacation... 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 Casino Gaming

Hard Rock Hotel & Casino
Stateline, NV Thing to Do
50 U.S. Highway 50, Stateline, NV
(775) 588-1010

As one of the most recently refurnished resorts at South Shore, the casino floor of the Hard Rock is a feast for the senses. Rich and vibrant without being garish, buzzing with activity without being overwhelming, the gaming area offers some 500 video poker and slot machines as well as two dozen table games including blackjack, craps, roulette and pokers such as... read more

As one of the most recently refurnished resorts at South Shore, the... read more

Hard Rock Hotel & Casino

Hard Rock Hotel & Casino
Stateline, NV Thing to Do
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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Heavenly Mountain Resort

Heavenly Mountain Resort
South Lake Tahoe Thing to Do
4080 Lake Tahoe Boulevard, South Lake Tahoe, CA
(775) 586-7000

Heavenly Resort is omnipresent at South Tahoe. Along with the casinos on the Nevada side of South Shore, the ski resort drives the economy of this small Sierra community. Heavenly’s California Lodge was the resort’s original mountain base area, located nearly a straight shot up the hill from the lakeside Ski Run Marina. Appropriate for skiers of all skill levels, just about all ski services... read more

Heavenly Resort is omnipresent at South Tahoe. Along with the casinos on the Nevada side... read more

Kirkwood Mountain Resort

South Lake Tahoe Thing to Do
1501 Kirkwood Meadows Drive, Kirkwood, CA
(209) 258-6000

Kirkwood Mountain is a South Lake Tahoe ski area tucked a little out of the way of the hustle and bustle that is seen in town. Kirkwood is about a 45-minute drive from the center of South Lake. This small distance creates positives: crowds are smaller and attention to personal service is higher. The ski area itself is great for all levels of skiers with... read more

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Lake Tahoe Sightseeing Cruises

South Lake Tahoe Thing to Do
MS Dixie Departure, 760 U.S. Highway 50, Zephyr Cove, NV
(800) 987-9852
Bleu Wave Departure, 760 U.S. Highway 50, Zephyr Cove, NV
(800) 987-9852

Lake Tahoe Sightseeing Cruises makes it easy to book just the right 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,... read more

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Lakeside Casino

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

Lakeside Casino offers everything you could want in a gaming establishment, from poker, blackjack and roulette to slots, craps and a sportsbook. 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 class that teaches the... read more

Lakeside Casino offers everything you could want in a gaming establishment, from poker, blackjack and... read more

Powder House Ski & Snowboard

South Lake Tahoe Thing to Do
4215 Lake Tahoe Boulevard, Unit K, South Lake Tahoe, CA
(530) 600-3660
1001 Heavenly Village Way, #15, South Lake Tahoe, CA
(530) 541-3649
1 Lake Parkway, South Lake Tahoe, CA
(530) 541-6655
3535 Lake Tahoe Boulevard, South Lake Tahoe, CA
(530) 544-1685
3668 Lake Tahoe Boulevard, South Lake Tahoe, CA
(530) 542-1031
3930 Lake Tahoe Boulevard, South Lake Tahoe, CA
(530) 541-6622
1133 Skl Run Boulevard, South Lake Tahoe, CA
(530) 541-7470
4045 Lake Tahoe Boulevard, South Lake Tahoe, CA
(530) 542-6222
1001 Heavenly Village Way, #20, South Lake Tahoe, CA
(530) 541-6422

Powder House has been around since 1994 and has grown into a ski and snowboard rental shop empire at South Shore. They carry all the latest clothing and apparel and also have sister stores in a wide range of resort town retail lines. There are nine affiliated locations for snow sports equipment and clothing, so there’s one close to you no matter where you are... read more

Powder House has been around since 1994 and has grown into a ski and snowboard... read more