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

Ponderosa Golf Course

Truckee-Donner Recreation & Park District
Lake Tahoe Thing to Do
10040 Reynold Way, Truckee, CA
(530) 587-3501
Ponderosa Golf Course is a quintessential Truckee story. The 9-hole public course will be 60 years old in the spring of 2021 and was built by the residents of the town. The course was family owned for most of that half-century but was kept from being turned into a subdivision when the Truckee Airport District purchased it in 2008. Now Ponderosa is managed by Truckee...read more
Ponderosa Golf Course is a quintessential Truckee story. The 9-hole public course will be 60...read more

Spa Edgewood

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

Spa Edgewood at Edgewood Tahoe Resort expertly balances the personalized service and curated design of a boutique spa with the services, facilities and top-notch products expected of a world-class resort. Awarded four stars in 2021 by Forbes Travel Guide, the spa features an ever-expanding range of quality wellness offerings for those seeking all-encompassing relaxation and rejuvenation in a luxurious mountain-modern atmosphere.

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Spa Edgewood at Edgewood Tahoe Resort expertly balances the personalized service and curated design of...read more

Stillwater Spa

Hyatt Regency Lake Tahoe Resort, Spa and Casino
Lake Tahoe Thing to Do
111 Country Club Drive, Incline Village, NV
(775) 886-6745

Are you ready for a little pampering? Get yourself down to the Stillwater Spa at the Hyatt Lake Tahoe and prepare to relax. The philosophy of the spa reflects the tranquility of the natural surroundings, incorporating the clear waters of the lake and the pure mountain air balanced with the elements of earth and fire in treating your body, mind and soul. Massage styles include...read more

Are you ready for a little pampering? Get yourself down to the Stillwater Spa at...read more

Sunnyside Marina & Watersports

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

Sunnyside Marina & Watersport is all about boat, pontoon, Jet Ski, kayak and standup paddleboard rentals on the beautiful West Shore of Lake Tahoe. Enjoy a relaxing day on the lake with one of their premium rental options such as Cobalt boats, an ideal choice for a boat on Lake Tahoe. Additional offerings include chartered boat rentals and watersport lessons with a certified captain. Have...read more

Sunnyside Marina & Watersport is all about boat, pontoon, Jet Ski, kayak and standup paddleboard...read more

Tahoe Art Haus & Cinema

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

Tahoe Art Haus & Cinema is not a regular movie theater. With overstuffed leather rocking seats and comfy couches in the theater and a bar serving beer and wine in the lobby, this hip space takes going to a movie to a whole new level of fun. The Art Haus hosts independent films, ski flicks, locally created masterpieces, major motion pictures and environmental films. The Art Haus...read more

Tahoe Art Haus & Cinema is not a regular movie theater. With overstuffed leather rocking...read more

Tahoe Boat & RV Rents

Lake Tahoe Thing to Do
1064 Tomahawk Trail, Incline Village, NV
(775) 240-6448

Tahoe Boat & RV Rents makes having fun in Lake Tahoe a breeze. This is a family-run business providing the tools needed to access the water and the great outdoors. Offering rentals of both RV motorhomes and water-ski boats, they take the fuss out of enjoying Lake Tahoe. They offer different power boats that seat between eight and 12 people. For sleeping accommodations they provide...read more

Tahoe Boat & RV Rents makes having fun in Lake Tahoe a breeze. This is...read more

Tahoe City Kayak

Lake Tahoe Thing to Do
521 North Lake Boulevard, Tahoe City, CA
(530) 581-4336
2005 Highway 28, Incline Village, NV
(530) 581-4336

Through their retail location in Tahoe City and rental beach-side location at Commons Beach, Tahoe City Kayak offers everything you could need if you desire to go kayaking or standup paddleboarding on Lake Tahoe. Ready to outfit you from head to toe with new gear or rentals, Tahoe City Kayak prides itself on being the trusted North Tahoe source on all things kayak (in a...read more

Through their retail location in Tahoe City and rental beach-side location at Commons Beach, Tahoe...read more

Tahoe City Marina

Lake Tahoe Thing to Do
700 North Lake Boulevard, Tahoe City, CA
(530) 583-1039

Tahoe City Marina is a collection of stores and the longest-standing marina on Lake Tahoe. Beginning its days in the 1940s, the marina is not only a historical aspect to Tahoe City, but also one of the largest marinas on the lake itself. In addition to shopping, the marina is also home to Moe's BBQ, a delightful restaurant serving tasty BBQ fare. Assisting with all...read more

Tahoe City Marina is a collection of stores and the longest-standing marina on Lake Tahoe....read more

Tahoe Donner Association

Lake Tahoe Thing to Do
11509 Northwoods Boulevard, Truckee, CA
(530) 587-9400

The sprawling Tahoe Donner subdivision and its 6,000-plus homes above Truckee is many things to lots of people. For some it is their home neighborhood; for others it’s where they rent a house for a few days in winter or summer. Locals and visitors all take advantage of the Tahoe Donner Association’s 7,000 acres and equally vast amenities available to homeowners as well as to...read more

The sprawling Tahoe Donner subdivision and its 6,000-plus homes above Truckee is many things to...read more

Tahoe Donner Cross Country Ski Area

Tahoe Donner Association
Lake Tahoe Thing to Do
15275 Alder Creek Road, Truckee, CA
(530) 587-9484

Tahoe Donner Cross Country Ski Area is one of the most extensive and scenic Nordic ski centers in the West. It includes Alder Creek Adventure Center and a cafe/bar as well as a ski rental center. From lung-busting climbs to flat meadows, Tahoe Donner has more than 100 kilometers of trails groomed for skate skiing and traditional cross-country striding as well as snowshoeing. Alder Creek...read more

Tahoe Donner Cross Country Ski Area is one of the most extensive and scenic Nordic...read more

Tahoe Donner Downhill Ski Area

Tahoe Donner Association
Lake Tahoe Thing to Do
11603 Snowpeak Way, Truckee, CA
(530) 587-9444

One of the many hidden gems of Truckee is Tahoe Donner Downhill Ski Resort. Compared to the many large, corporate ski resorts in the Truckee-North Tahoe area, Tahoe Donner Downhill is small. But then again, that’s like comparing apples to oranges. Ask locals where their kids learned to ski, and there’s a very good chance it was on the slopes at Tahoe Donner. The ski area prides itself...read more

One of the many hidden gems of Truckee is Tahoe Donner Downhill Ski Resort. Compared to...read more

Tahoe Donner Golf Course

Tahoe Donner Association
Lake Tahoe Thing to Do
12850 Northwoods Boulevard, Truckee, CA
(530) 587-9443

Tahoe Donner offers scores of amenities to its homeowner members, and the crown jewel is its 18-hole championship golf course. What makes this mountain course even more special is that it’s also open to the public. Set on 200 acres of high-elevation, pine-shrouded beauty, the 7002-yard, par 72 course is open from early summer to fall. Tahoe Donner has a driving range and offers group and private lessons from...read more

Tahoe Donner offers scores of amenities to its homeowner members, and the crown jewel is...read more