Things to Do in Tahoe City

A common denominator of things to do in Tahoe City and the West Shore is the great outdoors. Leaning over Tahoe City’s Fanny Bridge staring at the Truckee River’s water as it feeds Lake Tahoe, holding ski poles in anticipation of a downhill mountain run, tromping around under the pines on winding trails ... well, Mother Nature is the key to all of the invigoration things to do in Tahoe City! And even though Olympic athletes put this place on the map, you don’t have to be a pro at any sport to enjoy every one that’s found here. Anyone with a sense of adventure will have fun with all the things to do in Tahoe City.

Ward Creek Park and Paige Meadows are places to enjoy simple and natural Tahoe City activities. Snowshoe or simply build snow people with your kids during winter, and walk your dog past warm weather floral displays when the temperatures edge toward warmer.

Have you checked out things to do in Tahoe City that will nourish your well-being, such as yoga classes and other mind, body and soul classes held at area studios? Visitors, whatever the length of their stay, are always warmly welcomed. Another great resource for Tahoe City things to do is the public library at the Boatworks Complex. Kid and adult events occur frequently.

Outdoors Things to Do in Tahoe City

Hiking remains a favorite thing to do in Tahoe City with the many trailheads that lead into the Desolation Wilderness. Be sure to get your trail pass at Forest Service Ranger Stations, and bring plenty of drinking water. Biking is also big here thanks to a paved path from Tahoe City and along the West Shore.

Speaking of water, have you been to it yet? Public beaches and marinas offer plenty of ways to appreciate Lake Tahoe. Swim, kayak, rent paddleboards or charter a boat and go fishing. Standing or moving, sitting or meditating, the diversity of Tahoe City things to do will bring out the best in every Lake Tahoe stay.

Things to Do in Tahoe City by Category

All Fired Up! Creative Studio & Gift Shop

Tahoe City Thing to Do
475 North Lake Boulevard, #106, Tahoe City, CA
(530) 584-2828

If you are looking for a place to express your creative side, All Fired Up! Creative Studio & Gift Shop can help. A sanctuary for creation in the form of pottery painting, candle making, mosaics, succulent gardens, canvas painting and even slime making, All Fired Up! offers the space to let your imagination shine. All ages and artistic abilities are invited to play. Come alone or...read more

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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 Tahoe area. Created by Chris and Darin Talbot, the tour agency is a culmination of their knowledge that began when they moved to the area in 1977. Tours range from in-person, private tours to group tours to self-guided audio tours. The tours focus on all of the various areas of...read more

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D.L. Bliss State Park

West Shore Thing to Do
CA Highway 89, South Lake Tahoe, CA
(530) 525-7277

DL Bliss State Park is a culmination of absolute Tahoe beauty in the form of stunning turquoise water, old-growth forests and giant cartoon-like granite boulders that balance themselves like toys in amazing ways. There are multiple hiking trails that lead from the park, giving plenty of opportunities to enjoy the splendor that outdoor Tahoe has to offer, and you'll find several good dive spots here...read more

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Ed Z'Berg Sugar Pine Point State Park

West Shore Thing to Do
CA State Park Road, Tahoma, CA
(530) 525-7982

Ed Z'Berg Sugar Pine Point State Park is your best bet for winter camping. Also open with a larger selection of sites in the summer, the park is positioned to take advantage of both the beautiful natural setting of Lake Tahoe and the historic aspects. Within the park is access to the Hellman-Ehrmann Mansion that was built in 1905. The property is still exquisitely maintained...read more

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Emerald Bay State Park

West Shore Thing to Do
11001 CA Highway 89, South Lake Tahoe, CA
(530) 541-3030

If visiting Lake Tahoe in the summer, a great place to camp is Emerald Bay State Park. The park includes two campgrounds: the Boat-In Camp (accessible by boat and foot only) and Eagle Point Campground. Within the park are various treasures including Tahoe's hidden castle, Vikingsholm, the scenic Rubicon foot trail that connects Eagle Point Campground with Vikingsholm and DL Bliss State Park. The park...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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Mile High Fishing Charters

2435 Venice Drive E., South Lake Tahoe, CA
(530) 541-5312

Lake Tahoe and world-class fishing go hand in hand. If you're ready to catch the biggest fish possible, then a sure bet is organizing a fishing excursion with Mile High Fishing Charters. This is a local company owned and operated by Tahoe natives who know the secret fishing spots in Lake Tahoe, and they guarantee their clients an exceptional fishing trip. Their boats are the state-of-the-art KingFisher Offshore...read more

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Nevada Museum of Art

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

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Obexer's Boat Company & Obexer's Water Sports

Tahoe City Thing to Do
5300 West Lake Boulevard, Homewood, CA
(530) 525-7962

Obexer's is a quick way to get out on the water of Lake Tahoe through their rental of full-powered personal Jet Skis and the Ski-Doo GTS 300 plus water ski, wakeboard, wake surf and wake skate lessons. Jet Ski rentals come with all the equipment needed such as life preservers. You must be 18 to rent a Jet Ski. Their lessons aren't limited to the...read more

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River Ranch Lodge & Restaurant

2285 River Road, Tahoe City, CA
(530) 583-4264

River Ranch is a landmark destination and locals' favorite year-round, but it really comes alive in the summer. Nestled on the banks of the Truckee River, River Ranch has a perfect position to catch people tubing down the mellow rapids during the heat of the summer. They have an open patio that frames the last rapids that tubers ride before disembarking. The patio is home to an outdoor bar...read more

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Sierra State Parks Foundation

Tahoe City Thing to Do
1295 North Lake Boulevard, 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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Sunnyside Marina Water Sports

West Shore Thing to Do
1850 West Lake Boulevard, Tahoe City, CA
(530) 583-7201

One of the greatest pleasures of Lake Tahoe is experiencing her beauty from the water. If you are looking to rent a safe, reliable boat or enjoy a guided tour of the lake, Sunnyside Marina Water Sports is worth checking out. Stocked with impressive premium Cobalt boats, they have the inventory needed to match a successful and fun day out on the water. If managing...read more

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