Lake Tahoe is a spectacular destination that attracts families year-round. Whether you’re an adventure-seeking family or a relaxation loving group, there’s something for every member of the family in Lake Tahoe. Explore our guide to the Lake for both kids and those who are just kids at heart.
Enjoy the sand and sun along Lake Tahoe’s north shore beaches, including Kings Beach, Sand Harbor and Carnelian Bay. There are plenty of family-friendly activities at these beautiful outdoor attractions.
Take a dip in Sand Harbor, one of the most beautiful beaches in Lake Tahoe. Bask in the sun, jump off some rocks or visit the bar and grill. Make sure to get to Sand Harbor early! This beach’s beauty attracts people from far and wide and fills up fast.
Take in the breathtaking views of the lake or embark on an adventure on a stand-up paddleboard. Kayak through the crystal-clear water or make sandcastles with your little ones on the shore. Your family will love spending time on the shores of Lake Tahoe and beg to make it an annual family vacation.
The Emerald Bay State Park Lookout boasts unreal views of the glassy, emerald water below. Be sure to point out Fannette Island to your kids, which is the only island in Lake Tahoe.
If your family wants a closer look, you can rent a kayak and head out to Fannette Island, where you will find the remnants of the historic teahouse that sits atop the island to complete your Tahoe adventure.
Want to stretch your legs a bit while visiting Emerald Bay? Take a short, kid-friendly hike to Eagle Falls, where you will find a waterfall streaming down a granite cliff. Adventure-filled family photos are guaranteed here.
If you are looking to ramp up your Tahoe adventure with your family, bring them to Tahoe Treetop Adventure Park in Tahoe City, which is comprised of three aerial parks for all experience levels.
Ride a thrilling zip line or climb through the various ropes courses to challenge your limits and bring your adventure to new heights. Not for the faint of heart, Tahoe Treetop Adventure Park is open to everyone in the family aged 5 and up.
Take a scenic gondola ride up Heavenly Mountain to reach Epic Discovery, an outdoor adventure park with tons of things to do with kids in the summer.
Experience dramatic views of the lake on a zip line, or careen down the mountain on the mountain coaster. Take a walk along Epic Discovery’s hiking trails or push your limits on their climbing wall and rope courses.
Once you have had your fill of adventure for the day, be sure to grab lunch or do some shopping at Heavenly Village.
More family-friendly adventure awaits at Squaw Valley Adventure Center and Squaw Valley High Camp Experience, where families can do outdoor activities together such as a ropes course, bungee trampoline, climbing wall, mini golf course, hiking, roller skating, lawn games, aerial tram and more.
Take your family on a thrilling journey down the Truckee river with Tahoe Whitewater Tours. A variety of tours are available for all experience levels for kids ages 4 and up.
Would you and your family rather experience an insider’s version of a day at Lake Tahoe? Tahoe Adventure Company’s guides have tours for everyone’s interests, including kayaking, mountain biking and hiking.
Tahoe Adventure Company is open year-round for any adventure and any season.
If you are visiting during the winter months, there is no shortage of kids activities in Lake Tahoe and sledding is only one of them! Dive into our snow parks, including unlimited tubing at Northstar and more sledding at Boreal. If you are looking to avoid some of the more populated areas, play on over 40 acres of tubing runs at Adventure Mountain or carve out your own sledding at some of the most popular snow play areas along I-80.
Get groovy at Squaw Valley’s Disco Tubing event that occurs most Saturdays during the winter season. Experience lights, lasers and live music while sledding down the mountain.
Tahoe is known for its famous ski resorts that have something for skiers and snowboarders of all experience levels. Most ski resorts offer equipment rentals and lessons for all ages if your family is looking to hone their skills. Check out Reno Tahoe ski resorts to find the perfect mix of terrain and amenities.
Another cool stop along the south shore of Lake Tahoe is Vikingsholm Castle, which is located next to Emerald Bay and is open for tours May through September. To reach the castle, you and your family can take a moderate one-mile hike to the estate. Here you will experience authentic Scandinavian-style architecture among beautiful alpine scenery, not to mention the beautiful hike to and from the historic building.
The Tallac Historic Site is great for history-loving families who want to learn a little something on their vacation. Here your family will meet guides dressed in historically accurate clothing and have the chance to watch an authentic blacksmith working iron. Some other exhibits include a Vintage Clothing Exhibit and the Tallac Museum. The Tallac Historic Site is open May through September.
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