A Comprehensive Guide to Lake Tahoe Summer Outdoor Activities
Discover Lake Tahoe through its amazing outdoor summer sports and recreational activities
With its wealth of beaches, mountains, open spaces and miles of fresh blue water, Lake Tahoe has a plethora of summer outdoor activities for you to enjoy. Whether you are looking for a day hike up Mount Tallac, biking around the lake, boating or water skiing, you can do it all here. And after the fun and games are over, take a breather and enjoy one of its fine restaurants or test lady luck at one of the world famous Lake Tahoe casinos.
Hot Air Balloons
2735 Venice Dr E, South Lake Tahoe, CA 96150 (530) 544-1221
Camp Richardson Resort — Bike Rentals
1900 Jameson Beach Rd, South Lake Tahoe, CA 96150 (530) 541-1801
CyclePaths — Bike Rentals
10095 W River St, Truckee, CA 96161 (530) 582-1890
Enviro-rents — Bike Rentals
8612 N Lake Blvd, Kings Beach, CA 96143 (530) 546-2780
Village Ski Loft — Summer Bike Rentals
800 Tahoe Blvd, Incline Village, NV 89451 (775) 831-3537
Ski and Snowboard Rentals, Mountain Bike Rentals
Tahoe Sports – various locations around the lake
all-seasons sports provider, from ski and snowboard to power boat and personal watercraft rentals.
For a comprehensive list of boat rentals, please click here
920 South wood Blvd., Incline Village (775) 831-1900
1030 Fremont Ave., South Lake Tahoe (530) 544-3700
A complete 16 lane facility with video arcade.
fishing boats depart from centrally located Ski Run Marina and, on the Nevada side, the popular Zephyr Cove Resort Marina
2705 Lake Tahoe Blvd, South Lake Tahoe, CA 96150 (530) 541-8208
Tahoe Trout Farm — Fishing No License, no limit.
1023 Blue Lake Ave, South Lake Tahoe, CA 96150 (530) 541-1491
United States Forest Service – Eldorado National Forest 100 Forni Rd.,
Placerville, CA 95667 (530) 622-5061
Some of Lake Tahoe’s best day and long distance hiking. Difficulty levels can vary greatly, so be sure to check out all safety and physical requirements carefully!
Please Visit our Lake Tahoe Camping page and our Parks and Forests page for more hiking and backpacking information.
Please visit our dedicated Hiking Page at by clicking here >>
Horse and Carriage Rides
Hwy 89, South Lake Tahoe, CA (530) 541-3113
Cascade Stables – South Lake Tahoe
2281 Cascade Rd., South Lake Tahoe, CA (530) 541-2055
Zephyr Cove Resort Stables — Horseback Riding
Zephyr Cove, NV (775) 588-5664
Alpine Meadows Stables
355 Alpine Meadows Rd, Olympic Valley, CA (530) 583-3905
Kirkwood Mountain Resort (209) 258-6000
Northstar Stables Northstar-at-Tahoe
The Tahoe Donner Equestrian Center
Truckee, CA (530) 587-9470
P.O. Box 5905 Stateline, Nevada 89449 (775) 588-2953
Handmade Sleighs and Carriages rides
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various locations around the lake
Kings Beach State Beach (530) 546-27821
303 Alpine Meadows Rd. off HW 89 Tahoe City, CA (530) 581-2441
Magic Carper Golf
2455 Lake Tahoe Blvd., South Lake Tahoe, CA (530) 541-3787
Kings Beach Mini Golf
8693 N Lake Blvd., Kings Beach, CA (530) 546-3196
Magic Carpet Golf
5167 N Lake Blvd., Carnelian Bay, CA (530) 546-4279
Parasailing Timber Cove Marina, CA (530) 544-5387
Tahoe City Marina, 700 N. Lake Blvd Tahoe City, CA 96145 (530) 583-7245
Parasailing (530) 544-0200
Tahoe City, CA (530) 583-5606.
Enjoy a leisurely float down the Truckee from Tahoe City to the River Ranch. Free bus returns.
Covering 5 local rives (530) 581-2441
Keith Turner’s Reno/Tahoe Rock Climbing
P.O. Box 6655 Reno, NV 89513-6655
Olympic Valley, CA (530) 583-6985
The Squaw Valley Adventure Center serves up fun and challenges for guests of all ages. Our 30′ indoor wall and the 45′ outdoor wall (summer only) offer exciting fun for all ages. 25 different routes will test any climber from beginner to expert.
Porter’s Ski & Sport – Complete Rental Department Snow Ski and Boards, Water ski, Tennis, Rollerblades & Ice Skates, Mtn. Bikes
– 501 N. Lake Blvd., Tahoe City, CA (530) 583-2314
– Lucky-Longs Ctr., Truckee, CA (530) 587-1500
– 885 Tahoe Blvd., Incline Village, CA (775) 831-3500
Scenic Boat Tours/Rentals
M.S. Dixie II Paddlewheel offers a scenic lake tour of Tahoe.
Lighthouse Marina, Tahoe City, CA (530) 583-0141
Mississippi paddlewheel — Sunset Cocktail Cruises, Continental Breakfast and Dinner Cruises.
South Lake Tahoe (888) 867-6394
Daily cruises, weddings, charters
900 Ski Run Blvd. Suite #1 South Lake Tahoe, CA96150 (775) 589-4906
Lake Tahoe’s only authentic Mississippi Sternwheeler, The Tahoe Queen sails from centrally located Ski Run Marina and offers scenic sightseeing
They offer four daily sailing cruises plus a sunset champagne cruise.
Their 55’ Woodwind II is based at Zephyr Cove on East Shore. (775) 588-3000. And their 41’ Woodwind I sails out of Camp Richardson Resort to Emerald Bay. (530) 542-2212.
1201 Al Tahoe Blvd., South Lake Tahoe
Bijou Community Park is South Lake Tahoe’s only true community park. Constructed in 1992, the park offers diverse recreation opportunities to both residents and visitors alike.
Some of the park’s highlights include: One of the top disc golf courses in the country (no fee to play), Two covered gazebos with barbeque pits. Both are available for rental, Skateboard park, Volleyball courts (sand, 2), Fitness course, Restroom, concession facility, Basketball court, Open meadow; great for walking or just relaxing, Historic railroad exhibit, Horseshoe pits (2), A fenced dog park, (no fee), open to the public
Theme Parks / Theme Places
Tahoe Amusement Park
2401 Lake Tahoe Blvd., South Lake Tahoe, CA (530) 541-1300
Visitor Center, 86 S. “C” St., Virginia City, NV 89440 (775) 847-4386
Historic Virginia City is the epicenter of the world-famous gold and silver mining boom that transformed people from poor to prosperous overnight. When you visit Virginia City, it’s like stepping back in time 150 years
Wild Island Water slides and wave pool, mini golf, Formula K raceway.
Reno/ Sparks (775) 331-9453
Nevada State Railroad Museum –
2180 South Carson St., Carson City, Nevada 89710 (775) 687-6953
F Street and Washington Virginia City, Nevada (888)-949-9991 x101
The railroad offers a 35 minute narrated train ride from F Street Station in Virginia City to Gold Hill, Nevada. Great scenic views and lots of history fill this trip.
Visitor Center, 86 S. “C” St., Virginia City, NV 89440 (775)-847-4386
Take a 20 minute narrated ride through Virginia City and see Silver Terrace Cemetery, famous mansions, banks and saloons and their significance to Virginia City’s colorful history.
Taylor Creek Visitor Center – South Lake Tahoe
3 miles north of the “Y” on Hwy. 89 past the Tallac Historic Site.
More than just a travel store for the Forest Service, the complex is home to many exciting activities such as: The Stream Profile Chamber which has served as the primary attraction for the complex since it was constructed in 1968. The Chamber provides a view of the stream environment by allowing visitors to study a diverted section of Taylor Creek. More >>
And four nature trails including: The Rainbow Trail, The Tallac Historic Site Trail, The Lake of the Sky Trail, Smokey’s Trail .
The Visitor Center also offers items for purchase such as maps, brochures, souvenirs, hiking permits and other items. More >>
1418 Skyline Dr, South Lake Tahoe, CA – (530) 573-1928
Goldcrest Water Ski School Inc.
8194 N Lake Blvd., Kings Beach, CA (530) 546-7412
High Sierra Water Ski School – Water Skiing
– 1850 West Lake Blvd., 2 miles south of Tahoe City (530) 583-7417
– 5190 West Lake Blvd., 7 miles south of Tahoe City (530) 525-1214
Lake Tahoe Water Ski School – Camp Richardson Marina
1900 Jameson Beach Rd., South Lake Tahoe, CA (530) 544-7747