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

Tahoe Donner Snowplay

Tahoe Donner Association
Lake Tahoe Thing to Do
12790 Northwoods Boulevard, Truckee, CA
(530) 587-9437

If a day on the slopes is too much for the younger members of your group, then Tahoe Donner Snowplay Recreation Area could be your ticket to winter fun. Open depending on Mother Nature, Snowplay is groomed and rents sleds and tubes for flying down banked turns and berms in a fun and safe environment (no private equipment is allowed). Snowplay is supervised daily

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Tahoe Helicopters

Lake Tahoe Thing to Do
1901 Lisa Maloff Way #106, South Lake Tahoe, CA
(530) 544-2211

There may not be a better way to take in the true beauty of Lake Tahoe than from a helicopter. Tahoe Helicopters offers every style of tour possible to accommodate those who would like a bird's eye view of things. From waterfall excursions to sunset flights, from circumnavigation of the lake to exploring one specific area, there's something for everyone. The flights are perfect for...read more

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Tahoe Whitewater Tours

Lake Tahoe Thing to Do
10015 Palisades Drive, Truckee, CA
(530) 587-5777

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

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The Loft Theatre, Lounge & Dining / Magic Fusion Show

Shops at Heavenly Village
Lake Tahoe Thing to Do
1001 Heavenly Village Way, South Lake Tahoe, CA
(530) 523-8024

A combination of live theater, high-end lounge and tapas-style dining, The Loft Theatre offers the full package for a fun night out. The nightly entertainment includes world-class magicians and theatrical acts performing in an intimate, 107-seat, stadium-style theater. The lineup of performances includes a full slate of all-ages, family-friendly shows as well as a more limited selection of adult-oriented offerings. In addition to entertainment, The Loft Theatre's restaurant, TASTE...read more

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The Village at Palisades Tahoe

The Village at Palisades Tahoe
Lake Tahoe Thing to Do
1750 Village East Road, Olympic Valley, CA
(800) 403-0206

The Village at Palisades Tahoe is northern California's example of a ski hamlet, offering lodging, dining, shopping, activities and events, all close to the slopes of Palisades Tahoe. All lodge rooms have views of the mountains and are only a few steps from the various base area ski lifts. Rooms are situated above the plethora of shops and restaurants with balconies looking out over the...read more

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Trout Creek Outfitters

Lake Tahoe Thing to Do
10115 Donner Pass Road, Truckee, CA
(530) 563-5119

Trout Creek Outfitters ­– Truckee’s local fly fishing hub – has everything you need to get outfitted and ready for your time on the water. They have a friendly and helpful staff with decades of experience fishing the streams and lakes in the Tahoe Truckee region. With a thoughtfully chosen selection of fly-fishing gear and supplies, Trout Creek is stocked up for the summer. Whether you’re eager to try fly...read more

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Truckee Ice Rink

Lake Tahoe Thing to Do
10500 Brockway Road, Truckee, CA
(530) 582-7720

One of the treasures of winter is the pleasure of ice skating. In Truckee there is a fabulous family-focused ice rink that comes with the flurries of snowfall at the Truckee River Regional Park. Although not regulation in size, Truckee Ice Rink offers a great array of activities on the ice. From public ice-skating sessions (complete with rentals) to ice-skating lessons for young and old,...read more

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Truckee River Bikes

Lake Tahoe Thing to Do
3039 Highway 89, Olympic Valley, CA
(530) 581-3399

One of the greatest ways to see Lake Tahoe is via bicycle. With miles of dirt trails, bike routes and paved roads, there is fun to be had no matter what your age or athletic ability. To help make this outdoor activity simple, Truckee River Bikes is conveniently located at the corner of Highway 89 and the entrance to Squaw Valley. From cruisers to high-level...read more

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Truckee Tahoe Airport

Lake Tahoe Thing to Do
10356 Truckee Airport Road, Truckee, CA
(530) 587-4119

Truckee Tahoe Airport plays an active role in the Truckee community serving not only as an aviation resource for pilots and visitors, but also in providing other services such as making meeting space available for community and nonprofit groups and sponsoring guest speakers and lecturers. While the airport provides a wide range of services for those flying in and out of the area, it also...read more

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Truckee-Donner Recreation & Park District

Lake Tahoe Thing to Do
10981 Truckee Way, Truckee, CA
(530) 582-7720

Take a look around and it’s clear that Truckee is a special town: history, mountains, lakes, river and forests. But there are many hidden gems known mostly to locals. Those gems are kept shining by the Truckee-Donner Recreation & Park District for the enjoyment of locals and visitors. Some of the amenities and facilities managed by the district are accessible for free, others for a fee. The...read more

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West End Beach of Donner Lake

Truckee-Donner Recreation & Park District
Lake Tahoe Thing to Do
15962 South Shore Drive, Truckee, CA
(530) 582-7720

Lake Tahoe, 15 minutes away, gets all the attention, but Truckee has a gem of its own: Donner Lake. While not as big and broad as Big Blue, Donner Lake offers up a good bit of watery fun too. One of the best places to access Donner is West End Beach. In summer months, there is a modest admission fee to enter the 10-acre west...read more

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