Lake Tahoe is truly a unique destination with a multitude of things to do to keep you busy this summer. Take advantage of the beautiful outdoors and check out some of these fun and exciting activities all around the lake!
1) Jet Ski Tour of Emerald Bay – Cruise though one of the most photographed natural attractions in the world on the back of a jet ski! This two-hour guided tour from Tahoe Sports with Ski Run Boat Company departs at 9 a.m. from Ski Run Marina. Zoom across the flat morning water to Emerald Bay, and park right on the beach while you explore the area, including Vikingsholm or a short hike up to Eagle Falls. Watch a video! tahoesports.com / 530.544.0200
2) Rum Runner Cruise – Sit back and relax on a yacht while you enjoy a 90-minute cruise around Emerald Bay, complete with Camp Richardson’s infamous Rum Runner cocktails! Travel along the shoreline for some of the best views, and watch for eagles while you enjoy an intimate experience aboard the yacht. With two cruises daily at 1 p.m. and 3:30 p.m. from the Camp Richardson Marina, there are plenty of options to fit this in to your vacation experience. Watch a video! camprichardson.com / 530.542.6570
3) Mountain Bike the Flume Trail – Tackle one of the nation’s most scenic and most popular trails in Tahoe. The Flume Trail offers sweeping bird’s-eye-views of Lake Tahoe from 1,500 feet above the lake. Not for the faint of heart, this 13-mile trail features several single-track and cliff-hugging sections. However, the reward of spectacular panoramic lake views is totally worth it. Visit Spooner Summit Bike Rentals at Spooner State Park for all of your gear needs and ask about their shuttle service. Watch A video! spoonersummit.com / 775.749.1120
4) Standup Paddle – Try your hand at the fastest growing water sport in the world! Standup paddle is fun and easy to learn and allows everyone in the family to experience the lake in a unique way. South Tahoe Standup Paddle makes it even easier with a rental shop located on El Dorado Beach. They offer rentals by the hour or day, fifteen-minute mini lessons, and guided tours so you can cruise the water in confidence. southtahoestanduppaddle.com / 530.416.4829
5) Golf a Championship Course – The lakeside golf course of Edgewood Tahoe has been rated as one of “America’s Top Golf Courses” by Golf Digest Magazine and is one of the most scenic golf courses in the world. It is also home to the American Century Championship, also known as Tahoe Celebrity Golf, celebrating its 25th anniversary with some of the biggest names in sports and entertainment. Don’t miss your chance to play this incredible course, with four sets of tees providing a range of options for golfers of all skill levels. Watch a video! edgewoodtahoe.com / 775.588.2787
6) Cruise in a Historic Paddlewheel – Lake Tahoe Cruises offers daily cruises to Emerald Bay on two historic paddlewheels, the MS Dixie II and the Tahoe Queen. With cruises departing from Zephyr Cove Resort and Ski Run Marina, the cruises last two-and-a-half hours long. Also, check out their popular Pints & Paddles Live Music Cruise or Champagne Dinner & Dance Cruises! Watch a video! laketahoecruises.com / 800.238.2463
7) Kayak – Explore the shores of Lake Tahoe with a guided kayak tour from Tahoe City Kayak & Paddleboard. Offering multiple guided tour options with a range of fitness abilities from easy to strenuous, these tours are perfect for everyone from the first-timer to seasoned pro. Enjoy a paddle around Sand Harbor, or head out on the water for the sunset and watch as the sun dips below the mountains. Check out their beachfront locations at Commons Beach in Tahoe City, and by the boat ramp at Sand Harbor where they offer rentals by the hour, half day, or full day so you can explore on your own. Use promo code: Getaway and get $5 off! tahoecitykayak.com / 530.581.4336
8) Zip Line and Ropes Course – Heavenly may be most well known for its ski trails, however, they have a multitude of summer offerings as well. Challenge yourself on one of their three new ropes courses featuring rope bridges, cargo nets, swinging logs, ladders, walkways and more. Or soar through the air on their 3,300-foot long Blue Streak Zip Line with speeds up to 55 miles per hour, all while looking at beautiful Lake Tahoe below! You can also try your hand at their 25-foot high climbing wall. To reach the action, you’ll enjoy the 2.4 mile gondola ride with panoramic views of Lake Tahoe. With so many options, there is something for everyone. skiheavenly.com / 800.587.4430
9) Rent a Powerboat – Jump in a powerboat and explore Lake Tahoe from the privacy of your own boat with rentals from Action Watersports. Spend a few hours, half day, or even a full day out on the lake – it’s yours to explore! They offer a large variety of boats to choose from along with other water sport rentals, with locations in Meeks Bay Marina, Timber Cove Marina, Lakeside Marina, and Round Hill Pines Beach Resort. action-watersports.com / 530.544.5387
10) Paraglide – Take to the sky for a truly unique perspective of Lake Tahoe with a tandem paragliding flight from Lake Tahoe Paragliding. All the pilots are USHPA rated and adhere to a strict code of safety, so you can sit back and relax as they skillfully navigate you high above the lake. No experience is necessary and they can accommodate entire families and fly groups so everyone can experience it together. Flights last 30 to 45 minutes depending on conditions. laketahoeparagliding.com / 530.318.1859
11) Parasail – Another way to get a stunning view of the lake is to try parasailing with Tahoe Sports with Ski Run Boat Company. Soaring 500 feet above the lake, this is one panoramic view you will never forget. Don’t be surprised if the friendly tour guides drop your parachute down for a quick and refreshing dip in the lake! Watch a video! tahoesports.com / 530.544.0200
12) Tour Thunderbird Lodge – Nevada’s only historical house museum estate at Lake Tahoe, Thunderbird Lodge is known as Tahoe’s magical Castle-in-the-Sky. Docent-guided tours take visitors on a walk through the stone mansion and grounds while learning about the mystery and legacy of George Whittell, Jr. They also offer water tours and are open Tuesday through Saturday from May to October. Self-guided tour options are not available. thunderbirdtahoe.org / 800.GO.TAHOE (800.468.2463).
13) Carriage Ride – Sit back and relax with a fun and classic carriage ride through South Lake Tahoe from Borges Sleigh and Carriage Rides. With 30-minute and one-hour rides, they are a great way to explore the heart of South Lake Tahoe. Plus, the guides are very informative, providing an interesting history of the city. Perfect for family, friends, and even a romantic evening out. Watch a video! sleighride.com / 775.588.5664
14) Bike Ride – Hop on a bike and explore Tahoe at your own pace! Olympic Bike Shop in Tahoe City has over 40 years of experience and is home to the largest rental fleet in the Lake Tahoe Basin so you are guaranteed to find a bike to fit you and your riding style. All rentals include helmets, maps, and friendly advice. Check out the Truckee River path for a relaxing day of bike riding along an eight mile paved path along the Truckee River up to Squaw Valley. olympicbikeshop.com / 530.581.2500
15) Horseback Riding – What would a visit to the “West” be if it didn’t include some horseback riding and friendly cowboys? Check out Zephyr Cove Stables for fun, guided trail rides ranging from one to two hours, and with breakfast, lunch, and dinner ride options available. Amble through the forested scenic trails to amazing vistas of the lake and mountains. Families and groups are welcome. zephyrcovestable.com / 775.588.5664
Please note, reservations are recommended or required for all activities so check out their websites or give them a call for details.
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By: Jess Schnoll