Top Picks for Family-friendly Summer Activities in Lake Tahoe – From exploring local beaches to strolling along nature trails to river rafting down the Truckee, Lake Tahoe has many family-friendly activities that can cater to just about any age.
To review our top picks for family activities, please scroll down the page.
Lake Tahoe Top Family Friendly Activities
Two great bike paths are located in South Lake Tahoe. The Pope-Baldwin Bike Path is a 3.9 mile paved trail that follows alongside Highway 89. The South Lake Tahoe Bike Path is a paved path that starts at Highway 50 near El Dorado Beach. The trail travels throught he forest and connects to other bike trails. More >>
Emerald Bay State Park, West Lake Tahoe
A one-mile steep, but well defined, trail leads from the parking lot down to the Vikingsholm – an authentic replica of a Viking castle which is part of the Emerald Bay State Park. Daily tours of the Castle are given from mid-June through Labor Day. A nominal fee is charged. Bring a picnic lunch and enjoy the fabulous view of Emerald Bay and Fannette Island from the shoreline of this California state park. Pets are not allowed. More >>
For a great summer activity, enjoy a leisurely and casual float down the Truckee River. The fun float meanders from Tahoe City down 5 miles to the River Ranch. It is a great family activity. More >>
Taylor Creek Visitor Center – South Lake Tahoe
3 miles north of the "Y" on Hwy. 89 past the Tallac Historic Site. (530) 543-2674
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.
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 >>
Lake Tahoe is home to many fine stables that offer a variety of guided tours that cater to individuals, families, and groups. The stables may have age limits, so be sure to check directly with them to make sure they can meet your needs. More >>
1214 Angora Ridge Rd., South Lake Tahoe, CA (530) 541-2092
A short one mile hike leads to this wonderful alpine lake and small resort. With its sandy beaches and kid friendly shallow water, this is an ideal destination for most families.
During the summer months, the privately operated resort offers a variety of activities including rental boats, sailboats, ice cream, and "the camper's favorite" fresh squeezed lemonade. The also offer a limited number of rental cabins.
Need a break from the beautiful lake and beaches? A great activity for all ages is mini golf. Magic Carpet in South Lake Tahoe is cute and fun!