TRAVELDecember 06, 2022

15 Fun Things to do in Lake Tahoe

15 Fun Things to do in Lake Tahoe

From skiing, to golfing to sunbathing by the beach, there are just so many fun and exciting things to do in Lake Tahoe!

If you plan on visiting Lake Tahoe soon, here are 15 fun and exciting things that you can do with your loved ones.

1. Emerald Bay State Park

Are you looking to experience breathtaking scenery? Then Emerald Bay State Park is a must visit for you . Located roughly 12 miles north of South Lake Tahoe, a visit to this park is one of the most popular things to do when in South Lake Tahoe.

Not only will you get to enjoy stunning views of the blue-green lake waters and colorful granite cliffs, but you can also engage in tons of activities like hiking on any of the surrounding trails, kayaking, canoeing and camping in Lake Tahoe. Campgrounds are available and you can also rent out one of the few cabins available on site.

2. Stay at the chic and luxurious Resthaven Tahoe

Resthaven Tahoe is an exquisite Black-owned boutique hotel located in California, South Lake Tahoe near Stateline & Edgewood, 4145 Manzanita Ave; a prime tourist destination. It is one of the properties under Resthaven Properties, a collection of Black-owned luxury vacation properties.

This prime property offers 20 contemporary rooms equipped with smart keys and virtual check-ins. With guest amenities like newly renovated rooms, fire pit and outdoor space, this private escape offers the perfect mix of luxury, comfort and proximity to recreational activities.

Guests staying at the property can enjoy activities like kayaking, jet skiing, water sports among others at the warm and shallow beach. Other fun activities to engage in include hiking, cycling, golf, swimming events, concerts, among others.

Resthaven Tahoe offers the ultimate membership for an extraordinary life of travel. The 3 membership options that you can choose from are:

Infinite Access

Among the perks that you get to enjoy with this option include complimentary 3 nights and 2 days visit across all U.S. based properties and no annual membership dues.

Global Entry

With this membership option you get to enjoy complimentary 3 nights and 2 days stay across Resthaven properties worldwide and no annual membership dues.

Global Entry, Monthly Financing

Among the perks that you get to enjoy with this option include no FICO requirements and no prepay penalties.

To learn more about the property, get in touch with us here.

3. Palisades Tahoe

Palisades Tahoe is a popular ski resort in South Lake Tahoe because of the on and off slopes activities that guests can take part in. The resort is located just minutes from the South shore of Lake Tahoe.

If you are an adventurous traveler, you can enjoy activities like skiing, snowboarding, cross-country skiing, sledding, snowshoeing, and more. You can also take a scenic gondola ride to the top of the mountain, and enjoy breathtaking views of Lake Tahoe

If you'd prefer a much more chill vacation experience, you can enjoy swimming in a heated pool, relaxing in any of the 8 outdoor hot tubs or visiting nearby restaurants and bars for a great dining experience off the slopes. You can also enjoy some live entertainment that is provided by the resort.

During the summer, you can enjoy activities like hiking, biking, horseback riding and golfing.

Fun fact, in 1960, Palisades Tahoe was chosen to host the 1960 Winter Olympics.

4. Jet Ski on the Lake

Another fun activity that you can enjoy during the summer in South Lake Tahoe is jet skiing. A number of companies nearby offer services that allow you and your friends/ travel buddies to rent jet skis for a half-day or full-day. This way, you can have as much fun as you like!

If you're not into water sports, you can take a refreshing swim in the calm Lake Tahoe waters.

It is important to note that jet skiing might be a bit expensive. So be sure to look around for the best deals that fit your budget.

5. Donner Memorial State Park & Emigrant Trail

The Donner Memorial State Park & Emigrant Trail is a great place to visit if you're looking to do something in the great outdoors and while learning a bit of history. It is located roughly 15 miles northwest of Kings Beach and 3 miles west of Truckee, California.

The park has a museum which houses the history of the Donner Party, a group of close to 90 emigrants who were traveling to California when their wagon train got caught up in a severe snow storm during the harsh Sierra Nevada winter of 1846 to 1847. Many of them resorted to cannibalism and only half of the party survived.

Aside from visiting the museum, guests can also enjoy magnificent views of the Sierra Nevada mountains, camping, hiking, fishing and picnics.

6. Visit Vikingsholm

Vikingsholm is an eccentric castle style residence that is inspired by Scandinavian architecture. The historic landmark is located near Emerald Bay and is considered one of the top places to visit in South Lake Tahoe.

It is important to note though that tours are only available during the summertime. Travelers can access Vikingsholm via a steep one-mile trail from the U.S. Highway 89 parking lot in Emerald Bay. It is also accessible by boat.

7. Kings Beach State Recreation Area

Located on the North shore of Lake Tahoe, Kings Beach is one of the largest beaches in the area. The beach offers travelers panoramic views of the lake and mountains thus making it among the most popular travel destinations in Lake Tahoe.

Among the activities that you can do include swimming, sun bathing, kayaking, and fishing. If you're traveling with kids, they can stay entertained on the playground and sand volleyball court that are located on site.

8. Olympic Museum

If you're an Olympics fan and you're planning to visit Lake Tahoe, then the Olympic Museum should definitely be on your bucket list!

You will get to learn about the history of the 1960 Winter Olympics that took place at Squaw Valley in Tahoe as well as admire the beautiful memorabilia. You'll get to see old news articles, collections of uniforms, hockey skates and video presentations displaying moments that were captured during the 1960 Winter Olympics.

9. Sand Harbor State Park

Located in North Lake Tahoe on the Nevada side, Sand Harbor State Park is a great location for people looking to explore the Nevada side. While here you can enjoy a long stretch of the sandy beach or relax under the shade of the beautiful pine trees.

During the summer, you can get to enjoy water activities like swimming, scuba diving, fishing and kayaking. You can also get to experience the annual Lake Tahoe Shakespeare Festival that is usually held here.

For those that enjoy hiking, they can walk along the Sand Point Nature Trail, a short hike trail where they will enjoy breathtaking views of Lake Tahoe.

10. Heavenly Mountain Resort

Ride the gondola and enjoy panoramic views of Lake Tahoe and the Sierra Nevada mountain at Heavenly Ski Resort. Many travelers thoroughly enjoy the gondola ride as you can enjoy stunning views of the mountain and gain access to various hiking and mountain biking trails.

Once you get to the mountain top, you can enjoy activities like hiking, zip lining and sledding during the winter.

11. D.L. Bliss State Park

D.L. Bliss State Park is located 17 miles south of Tahoe City, and is a favorite spot for people to visit. Within the state park, you get to enjoy 12+ miles of hiking trails, 2 beautiful sandy beaches and incredible views of Lake Tahoe.

Among the things that you can do in this state park include hiking, picnicking, sunbathing by the beach, fishing, kayaking, paddle boarding, and canoeing.

The park is open throughout the year and is a great place to visit either during the summer or winter.

12. Taylor Creek Visitor Center

The Taylor Creek Visitor Center is located three miles North of South Lake Tahoe, California. The state park features four stunning self-guided trails where guests can take walks, experience nature and enjoy scenic views of Lake Tahoe.

Among the activities that you can enjoy include viewing aquatic life in an underground viewing chamber, walking along the trails or cycling.

13. Northstar California Resort

One of the most popular activities that people like to do while in Lake Tahoe is skiing. The resort has 3,000+ acres specifically for skiing and it is rated among the top ski resorts in Lake Tahoe. It is a great place for both beginner and experienced skiers and it accommodates both adults and children.

Some of the fun activities that you can take part in include ice skating, skiing, snowshoeing, dog sledding, and snowmobiling. During the summer, you can enjoy fun activities like mountain biking, swimming, hiking and golfing.

14. Harrah's Casino

If you enjoy gambling and table games at the casino, then Harrah's Casino is a must visit when visiting Lake Tahoe.

Get to experience fun games, a spa session and great food at Harrah's Casino. This is a great place to visit if you enjoy indoor activities or would like to get a break from the many outdoor activities that you can experience while visiting South Lake Tahoe.

15. Tahoe Balloons Tours

Experiencing Lake Tahoe on ground is one thing. But experiencing it from the air will literally blow your breath away!

Enjoy a 3 hour hot air balloon ride courtesy of Tahoe Balloons Tours and float over Carson City,


In case you were wondering if you should plan your next vacation in Lake Tahoe, the answer is yes you should!

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