Tahoe City Things to Do in Summer

The people in Tahoe City look forward to the months with warmer air and longer days and with good reason too: Tahoe City things to do offer a hub of outdoor opportunities. Tahoe City activities celebrate the town’s joint beach and mountain environments. Whether you want to spend a summer day basking on a sunny and sandy beach or hiking through picturesque mountain trails, summertime Tahoe City activities keep you in close proximity to both. If you’re visiting, a group or private tour around Lake Tahoe and the towns helps familiarize yourself with the atmosphere and increases your knowledge about it. Or see the area from a different perspective with a Tahoe City activity such as a paddleboat cruise on Lake Tahoe, perfect for a family outing or romantic excursion. In the summer, lots of Tahoe City things to do feature the Lake, and you can explore beaches ranging from popular to secluded and try activities like SUPing, kayaking or exploring the nearby trails. Ever tried water skiing? Water skiing classes can have you zipping around the Lake in no time at all. When the sun goes down, concerts and movie screenings can also be found on the beach.

Explore With Tahoe City Things to Do

Summertime Tahoe City things to do aren’t just beach and water related. The state parks offer a plethora of trails that lead you around some of the best views of Lake Tahoe. And don’t forget to spend time enjoying the laid-back and friendly town itself. Visit farmers markets to check out local fare, or take in the artistic talents in the area while expanding yours with art galleries and art classes. The variety of Tahoe City activities will keep you busy and entertained on land and on lake during the summer.  Check out the listings below to learn more!

Summer Activities 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

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

DL Bliss State Park

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 opportunity to enjoy the splendor that outdoor Tahoe has to offer. To help enjoy the area even more, there... read more

Ed Z'Berg Sugar Pine Point State Park

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

Emerald Bay State Park

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

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

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

Obexer's Boat Company & Obexer's Water Sports

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, the Ski-Doo GTS 300 and 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 beginner.... read more

Olympic Bike Shop

620 North Lake Boulevard, Tahoe City, CA
(530) 581-2500

Olympic Bike Shop is your best bet for the biggest selection of bike rentals and cycling gear whether it be for dirt or road. Olympic Bike Shop opened its doors in 1973 and still continues today because of the owner's and employees' love for cycling in the Lake Tahoe area. With their knowledge about the area's trails and road rides, the entire crew is an... read more

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 in the Lake Tahoe area, then you must thank Sierra State Parks Foundation. Founded in 1973, the foundation is a nonprofit supporting seven different parks around the basin: D.L. Bliss State Park, Donner Memorial State Park, Emerald Bay State Park, Kings Beach State Recreation Area, Sugar Pine Point State Park, Tahoe State Recreation... read more

SWA Watersports

5160 W. Lake Boulevard, Suite A, Homewood, CA
(775) 400-6677

SWA Watersports has two locations offering Jet Ski and boat rentals, fishing charters, guided tours and private charters as well as water-sport rentals and lessons. Boat rentals range from 20 to 27 footers with capacities of up to 14 people. You can also charter a yacht, pontoon boat or wake boat and let a licensed captain guide you around the lake and teach you to... read more

Tahoe Art Haus & Cinema

475 North Lake Boulevard, Tahoe City, CA
(530) 584-2431

Tahoe Art Haus & Cinema is not just your regular movie theater. Recently renovated complete with overstuffed leather rocking chairs and comfy couches in the theater and a full bar with seven beers and cider on tap in the entry area, Tahoe Art Haus takes going to a movie to whole new level of fun. The theater was a little rundown when the new owners... read more