Things to Do in Lake Tahoe

With an environment like this, it would almost be criminal if the majority of the things to do in Lake Tahoe weren’t outdoors ... and of course they are! For Lake Tahoe activities in the summer, you can enjoy kayaking, SUPing and other water sports that take the lead. If you’d prefer to frolic in the snow, things to do in Lake Tahoe during the winter include ice skating, Nordic skiing and sliding down a snowy mountain any way you can. Of course all the towns in this part of the woods are known for that, but what about dog sledding? Bet you might not have done that! It’s a popular Lake Tahoe activity in Squaw Valley, so get on it! Lace up your shoes and head out on some of Tahoe’s City’s hiking trails that take you on a scenic tour of the beaches and mountains on the West Shore. Several give you amazing views of one of the most beautiful things to do in Tahoe City – exploring Emerald Bay. You can almost imagine you're in the Caribbean watching this water. Now, if those summertime water temps will just rise about 20 more degrees....

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There are other things to do in Lake Tahoe that may interest you if you’re not looking for an athletic vacation. Going sightseeing on bus tours that cart you over the entire Tahoe Basin or checking out fascinating exhibits in museums are part of the offerings of the many South Lake Tahoe activities. Vacation is also the ideal time to take care of yourself, and a visit to one of the spas in Incline Village’s things to do has you feeling pampered and polished in no time. Lake Tahoe also hosts an array of festivals during the warmer months that will appeal to craftspeople, artists, nerds or those celebrating Independence Day.

Check out the listings below to see what's in store for you during the winter and summer with things to do in Lake Tahoe.

Things to Do in Lake Tahoe by Area

South Lake Tahoe | Truckee | Tahoe City & West Shore | Squaw Valley & Alpine Meadows
Kings Beach & North Shore Incline Village & Crystal Bay

Things to Do in Lake Tahoe by Category

Championship Golf Course

Lake Tahoe Thing to Do
955 Fairway Boulevard, Incline Village, NV
(775) 832-1146

The Championship Golf Course at Incline Village is a par 72, with six sets of tees that range from 4324 yards to 7106 yards. This pristine golf course flows through various elevation changes working gently back toward beautiful Lake Tahoe, providing majestic views and challenging shots. The front nine are cut out of the forest with tight fairways requiring accuracy and distance, and the back nine are a little more forgiving...read more

The Championship Golf Course at Incline Village is a par 72, with six sets of tees...read more

Clair Tappaan Lodge

Lake Tahoe Thing to Do
19940 Donner Pass Road, Norden, CA
(530) 426-3632

One of Truckee’s hidden gems sits atop Donner Summit at 7,000 feet. Clair Tappaan Lodge was constructed in 1934 by Sierra Club volunteers, and, just like Donner Summit itself, the rest is history. The stunningly rustic mountain lodge offers accommodations for up to 145 guests, many of whom are cross-country skiers and snowshoers in winter and hikers, rock climbers and cyclists in summer. The lodge...read more

One of Truckee’s hidden gems sits atop Donner Summit at 7,000 feet. Clair Tappaan Lodge...read more

D.L. Bliss State Park

Lake Tahoe 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

DL Bliss State Park is a culmination of absolute Tahoe beauty in the form of...read more

Diamond Peak Ski Resort

Lake Tahoe Thing to Do
1210 Ski Way, Incline Village, NV
(775) 832-1177

Diamond Peak opened in November of 1966 at the forefront of snow technology, being the first resort in the West to have a snow-making system. It is known for being affordable, family-friendly, uncrowded and – most of all – for its breathtaking views of Lake Tahoe. With 655 acres of skiable terrain, it’s got a good mix of beginner, intermediate and advanced terrain. It’s also...read more

Diamond Peak opened in November of 1966 at the forefront of snow technology, being the...read more

Donner Memorial State Park

Lake Tahoe Thing to Do
12593 Donner Pass Road, Truckee, CA
(530) 582-7892

History buffs, campers, cyclists, hikers and those who love their water sports will find Donner Memorial State Park the perfect place for either a visit or an extended stay. The Donner name may not ring a bell for those who didn’t excel in their Western United States history class, but throw in the word “cannibalism” and the story of the snow-stranded emigrants and their ill-fated...read more

History buffs, campers, cyclists, hikers and those who love their water sports will find Donner...read more

EarthWise Pet Nutrition Center & Wellness Spa

Lake Tahoe Thing to Do
2060 Lake Tahoe Boulevard, South Lake Tahoe, CA
(530) 725-0770

When it comes to giving your pet the healthiest life possible, EarthWise Pet Nutrition Center & Wellness Spa is here to help. A boutique shop made just for furry friends, the store is packed full of natural pet foods, raw foods, treats, toys, kitty litter, leashes and collars. Each member of the staff is trained in pet nutrition and raw-food feeding and is excited to help...read more

When it comes to giving your pet the healthiest life possible, EarthWise Pet Nutrition Center &...read more

Ed Z'Berg Sugar Pine Point State Park

Lake Tahoe 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

Ed Z'Berg Sugar Pine Point State Park is your best bet for winter camping. Also...read more

Edgewood Golf Course

Edgewood Tahoe
Lake Tahoe Thing to Do
180 Lake Parkway, Stateline, NV
(844) 207-9179

Edgewood Tahoe is the definition of a painstakingly crafted golf experience. From the first hole to the last, every moment has been designed to provide golfers with one-of-a-kind challenges, natural marvels and championship-caliber memories. Home to the American Century Celebrity Golf Championship Tournament, Edgewood Tahoe’s golf course has challenged the skill of golfers since 1968. Visitors can expect four sets of tees ranging in length from...read more

Edgewood Tahoe is the definition of a painstakingly crafted golf experience. From the first hole...read more

Emerald Bay State Park

Lake Tahoe 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

If visiting Lake Tahoe in the summer, a great place to camp is Emerald Bay...read more

Fifth Element Healing Center

Lake Tahoe Thing to Do
8611 North Lake Boulevard, Kings Beach, CA
(530) 448-4220

Fifth Element Healing Center is a place of wellness through the means of Reiki and energy healing. Their motto is to offer a place where relaxation, healing and rejuvenation of your mind, body, emotional and spiritual needs are met in a personalized session. With years of experience and wisdom offered by their practitioners, a session at this sanctuary will leave you feeling restored and grounded....read more

Fifth Element Healing Center is a place of wellness through the means of Reiki and...read more

Grand Lodge Casino at the Hyatt

Hyatt Regency Lake Tahoe Resort, Spa and Casino
Lake Tahoe Thing to Do
111 Country Club Drive, Incline Village, NV
(800) 327-3910

Grand Lodge Casino is located inside the Hyatt Regency Lake Tahoe in Incline Village. The casino boasts 20,000 square feet of gaming floor with more than 100 video poker machines ranging from 1 cent to $25. After you check out the slot machines on the floor, be sure to take note of the promotions calendar to get in on the events and tournaments that take...read more

Grand Lodge Casino is located inside the Hyatt Regency Lake Tahoe in Incline Village. The...read more

Hang Gliding Tahoe

Lake Tahoe Thing to Do
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

You love Lake Tahoe, and you feel as if you’ve seen all the sights it...read more