South Lake Tahoe Things to Do

South Lake Tahoe is the place for anyone who wants a summer visit to the picture-perfect lake. In the summer, South Lake Tahoe things to do put you in the midst of Lake Tahoe and its beaches. Water sports are a commodity here, so if you want to try SUPing, Jet skiing, waterskiing, parasailing, kayaking or sailing, now’s your chance. You can even spend the day on a charter fishing trip or a yacht excursion. In between all of the action from your South Lake Tahoe things to do, you can take a break on one of many beaches where you can just kick back and enjoy the sun and sand. Some beaches are known for their offerings and garner quite a crowd; others are a bit more secluded … some are even known for their sans suits bathing!  

However, you don’t need access to a beach to enjoy all warm weather South Lake Tahoe activities. South Lake Tahoe things to do include bus tours that give you an informative way to see the area. Lake Tahoe is also rich with history and culture, so a summer South Lake Tahoe activity like a visit to a local library or museum may increase your appreciation for the area. If you’re itching to surround yourself with nature, a biking trip or hike in the protected parks and trails will fill your lungs with fresh air and give you excellent opportunities for photos you can later add to your scrapbook.

South Lake Tahoe Activities in Summer

Get out on the street and explore the summer South Lake Tahoe activities that don’t require athletic shoes and rash guards (though you’re always welcome to wear them!). Check out regional artists’ work at art studios and maybe create some of your own. Give your body and spirit a little rest and relaxation at a tranquil spa. Pretend you’re in Venice as you and your sweetie take a romantic gondola ride. If you’re feeling lucky, a trip to a casino on the Nevada side of adjoining Stateline might prove invaluable. Summertime fun in South Lake Tahoe has so much in store – check out the listings below to learn more!

Summer Activities 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

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

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

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

Tahoe Sport Fishing

900 Ski Run Boulevard, Suite 102, South Lake Tahoe, CA
(530) 541-5448
760 NV Highway 50, Zephyr Cove, NV
(775) 586-9338

Tahoe Sport Fishing is one of the most complete fishing-charter operations at the south end of the lake. Experienced crew and a fleet of more than a half-dozen boats put you right where the fish are biting for year-round adventure. The boats leave from both Zephyr Cove Marina and Ski Run Marina for public and private charters. Check with your captain as to the appropriate... read more

Tahoe Whitewater Tours

10015 Palisades Drive, Truckee, CA
(530) 587-5777

If finding some adrenaline fun via flowing rivers is your cup of tea, then you must check out Tahoe Whitewater Tours. A highly reputable company that offers guided trips down Truckee River as well as other rivers that surround the Lake Tahoe basin, Tahoe Whitewater Tours is gifted in creating a trip that fits the wants and needs of the group. From basic Class I... read more

Zephyr Cove Stables

Zephyr Cove Resort
760 U.S. Highway 50, Zephyr Cove, NV
(775) 588-5664

Between the snow sports, the water sports and the casino fun, one aspect of Tahoe's recreational offerings that gets overlooked is horseback trail riding, despite the area's strong roots in this activity. Seasonal rides are still available out of the Zephyr Cove Stables, however, with one- or two-hour excursions through woods and mountains overlooking the lake. There is even the option to... read more