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

Anderson's Bicycle Rental

645 Emerald Bay Road, South Lake Tahoe, CA
(530) 541-0500

One of the true treasures of Lake Tahoe is the lush and serene forest that borders her shorelines. To take advantage of this beautiful setting, use Anderson's Bicycle Rental. Set up right on the edge of miles of forested bike path, Anderson's Bicycle Rental is ideally located to help you and your family feel the love that comes from the natural setting by offering high... 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

Camp Richardson

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

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

Heavenly Mountain Resort

Heavenly Mountain Resort
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

Kirkwood Mountain Resort

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

Lake Tahoe Sightseeing Cruises

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

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

Matt Heron Fly Fishing

Resort at Squaw Creek
400 Squaw Creek Road, Olympic Valley, CA
(518) 225-6587

Based out of the Resort at Squaw Creek, Matt Heron Fly Fishing is a great summer day excursion for those ready to try their hand at flipping the wrist and casting a line. Heron, a guide with more than 26 years of experience and a Federation of Fly Fishers Certified Casting Instructor, is the only fly fishing instructor in Squaw Valley. He offers a variety... read more

Snowmobile Circle Tracks

Sierra Mountain Sports
3021 U.S. Highway 50, South Lake Tahoe, CA
(530) 542-3294
2500 Emerald Bay Road, South Lake Tahoe, CA
(530) 542-3294
50 U.S. Highway 50, Stateline, NV
(530) 542-3294

Snowshoe Thompson was a local legend, skiing over the mountains to deliver mail between Placerville, California, and Genoa, Nevada, in the mid-1800s. He never had the chance to experience the winter from atop a snowmobile, but you can, and at not one but three different circle tracks on the South Shore. On the California side, you can choose from the track in Meyers at the... read more

Tahoe Brew Tours

4143 Cedar Avenue, South Lake Tahoe, CA
(775) 375-0526

Tahoe has some great breweries, and one of the best ways to experience them is with Tahoe Brew Tours. This service provides a knowledgeable guide and tour bus to shuttle you on an exploration of some of the craft beer breweries in the basin. Choose either the standard six-hour tour with pick-up and drop-off locations on both the North and South Shores, or the afternoon... read more