Things To Do in Truckee

If diversity is what you’re looking for, the things to do in Truckee will give you that in full measure. From hitting a little white ball into an unreasonably small hole to barreling down a snow-covered hill on whatever slides to hoisting onto the back of an amiable horse, you’ve got lots of choices for activities here. And we didn’t even mention biking, hiking, shopping and bar hopping!

All four seasons present their own selection of things to do in Truckee. Winter sports reign supreme, and the ski resorts here are super. Long, groomed runs with a laid-back style are the keystones of the Northstar California resort. No matter if you’re a beginner starting out at the Burton Progression Center or are already jumping the Straits, your ability is celebrated. Other snowy Truckee activities include tubing, Telemark skiing and snowshoeing. At the top of Donner Summit, Boreal Mountain Resort is great for families on a budget and anyone wanting to heighten their amateur ski and board status at a quieter location. You can also enjoy the night skiing. Nearby Tahoe Donner Downhill Ski Area is another choice for a low-key Truckee activity.

Things to Do in Truckee Year-Round

As the snow melts, things to do in Truckee center on being outside to experience the landscape as it comes back to color. Bike trails beckon, and there are lots of them around town that are good for beginners and seasoned cyclers. Or, seeing the beauty of the mountains and Donner Lake from atop a noble steed offers an unforgettable memory. When the Lake beckons, get as close to the water by renting boats, kayaks, SUPs and canoes.

During summer Truckee Thursdays street festivals open up downtown for exploration, great bargains and meeting the locals. Then, get your tickets early for the annual ghost tours in October. Costumed volunteers take on spirited personas to tell tales of old Truckee.

Things to Do in Truckee by Category

Art Truckee

Truckee Thing to Do
10072 Donner Pass Road, Truckee, CA
(530) 448-3423

This gallery and wine bar gathers a wide range of local arts under one roof in the historic Capitol Building, the oldest building in the town of Truckee. Featuring the art of Erskine Photography and Glasforms Glassblowing and relocating the many works of the Arts Obsessions collection, the gallery also has weekly live music and other community-building gatherings on the schedule, taking advantage of the...read more

This gallery and wine bar gathers a wide range of local arts under one roof...read more

Bluestone Jewelry & Wine

Truckee Thing to Do
10046 Donner Pass Road, #3, Truckee, CA
(530) 582-0429

Some things just go perfectly together: wine and roses, wine and cheese, wining and dining. Well, a Truckee business has discovered another ideal pairing – wine and jewelry. It would be easy to pass by Bluestone Jewelry in downtown Truckee if one wasn’t in the market for a ring or bracelet. But don’t let that stop you from popping into the jewelry store for the...read more

Some things just go perfectly together: wine and roses, wine and cheese, wining and dining....read more

Boys & Girls Club of North Lake Tahoe

8125 Steelhead Avenue, Kings Beach, CA
(530) 546-4324

When it comes to helping youth learn skills, find empowerment and make something of themselves, the Boys & Girls Club of North Lake Tahoe (BGCNLT) is a longstanding place of action. With the mission of inspiring and enabling all youth, especially those in need, to reach their full potential as productive, caring and responsible citizens, BGCNLT brings hope to the Tahoe area. It's a nonprofit...read more

When it comes to helping youth learn skills, find empowerment and make something of themselves,...read more

Donner Memorial State Park

Truckee 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

Hang Gliding Tahoe

Truckee 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 FAA certified...read more

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

KidZone Museum

Truckee Thing to Do
11711 Donner Pass Road, Truckee, CA
(530) 587-5437

KidZone is a hands-on children's museum in the heart of the High Sierra. The space is designed for kids younger than 8 years old to learn and share experiences with the special adults in their lives through open-ended play. KidZone is open all year long, and the site has an indoor space as well as an outdoor nature play area during the spring, summer and...read more

KidZone is a hands-on children's museum in the heart of the High Sierra. The space...read more

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

As the only accredited art museum in the state, Nevada Museum of Art is a beacon of...read more

Northstar California Resort

Northstar California Resort
Village at Northstar
Truckee Thing to Do
5001 Northstar Drive, Truckee, CA
(530) 562-1010

Since 1972, the Northstar California Resort has drawn winter sports enthusiasts to the area. Twenty different lifts provide access to some 100 trails on more than 3,000 acres of skiable terrain. The majority of the trails are designed for intermediate level skiers, while about a quarter of them are for advanced skiers and the remainder are just right for beginners. Speaking of beginners, Northstar offers...read more

Since 1972, the Northstar California Resort has drawn winter sports enthusiasts to the area. Twenty...read more

Ponderosa Golf Course

Truckee-Donner Recreation & Park District
Truckee 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

Raft California

Truckee Thing to Do
6500 CA State Highway 49, Lotus, CA
(530) 626-7385

Swift-running rivers are some of the greatest aspects of the Lake Tahoe region. If you are looking for a guide service with years of experience under their belt, look no further than Raft California. Known for offering more white-water rafting trips in California than any other outfitter, this highly reputable guide company has more than 40 years of running these fantastic rivers. With experience on...read more

Swift-running rivers are some of the greatest aspects of the Lake Tahoe region. If you...read more

Tahoe Donner Association

Truckee 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
Truckee 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. Depending on...read more

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