Lake Tahoe: Summer Activities for Families

Due to its idyllic location straddling the state line between Nevada and California, Lake Tahoe is a major tourist attraction for U.S. travelers and those visiting from abroad. It is a hub for both winter and summer activities, as it is the largest alpine lake in North America. This means crystal clear lakes in the summer and snowy mountains in the winter. In other words fun for families year round. With summer approaching we will focus on summertime activities to enjoy in beautiful Lake Tahoe!

Heavenly Gondola

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Kids and adults will be amazed at the sweeping views on this 2.4 mile ride on the Heavenly mountain gondola. Take in the gorgeous scenery at the midway point on The Observation Deck. This majestic site houses a souvenir shop, a cafe and views as far as the eye can see!

Mini Tubing at Heavenly Resort

Mini tubing at Heavenly is a great activity for kids of all ages and is a great summertime activity since it doesn’t require snow! This 500 foot tubing surface will have your kids squealing with joy as they slide down the hill. There is even a specially designed mini tubing track for kids under 42 inches tall.

Tahoe City Commons Beach

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Bring the kiddos to the family-friendly Tahoe City Commons Beach park that spans 4 acres and is located in downtown Tahoe City. Tahoe beaches are famous for their clear and calm waters and their white sand beaches. Commons Beach is no exception, and also has the added feature of a lakefront children’s park. Pack a picnic lunch and settle in for a relaxing day beachside with the little ones.

Summertime Bonus: Free Concerts every Sunday afternoon; Free movies on the beach every Wednesday night.

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KidZone Museum

girl at childrens museum in lake tahoe

KidZone Museum is a perfect place to bring the kids if the weather is inclement or even just for an all around fun day with the family! With plenty of interactive activities and rotating exhibits geared towards children 7 years of age and under, there is plenty to keep them entertained. There is an indoor play structure for kiddos to climb on, as well as an outdoor play area where little ones can pump water into a stream and play in the sandpit. Check out the science lab where kids can use microscopes and make scientific discoveries too!

Note: There is the Infant Area designated for infants 0 to 18 months of age. In this aquatic and nature-themed area, babies can practice rolling, crawling, climbing, cruising and playing in a safe environment.

Eagle Falls Trail

family hiking the trails in lake tahoe

Get the family out and exercising while enjoying the beautiful views of Emerald Bay on the Eagle Falls Trail. This is considered a mild, beginner’s hike, so it’s a perfect activity for family members of all ages to enjoy! The trail is approximately 2 miles round trip. If you need an all terrain stroller or baby carrier for the little ones, consider renting baby gear from BabyQuip.

Bike Riding on the Truckee River Legacy Trail

lake tahoe bicycle rental

Lake Tahoe’s beauty is legendary, along with its outdoor activities. So what better way to see it than by renting bikes and taking a family bike ride along the Truckee River bike path. Stop and explore swimming holes, or take a break at one of the many picnic spots along the route.

High Camp at Squaw Valley

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image courtesy of Squaw Valley Alpine Meadows

Take an aerial tram up to Squaw Valley’s High Camp where kids and adults will enjoy a myriad of activities including swimming, hiking, and lawn activities. Pop into the museum dedicated to the 1960 Winter Olympics, or take a break at their hilltop restaurant. There is also a Squaw Kids Adventure Camp which includes nature crafts, geocaching, wall climbing, flower press, tree recognition, Lego engineering, swimming and plenty more. The best part is that the counselors take over for the day, and parents get to take a break!

With all there is to do in Lake Tahoe, we encourage you to get out there and enjoy the summer activities.

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