The Best Lake Tahoe Activities for Families

Season to Taste ~ The Best Family Activities in Lake Tahoe

The Lake

Lake Tahoe Is A Unique ~ Family Destination

Where else can you visit the very same place, two different times of year, and have it feel like two completely different vacations? It’s one of the few spots in the country that provides all-season activities for families of all ages. So just when is the best time to go? Well, that depends on which family you ask. And your family’s interests.

Lake Tahoe Watersports

It's Way More Than ~ Just a Day At The Beach

Families looking for a variety of activities to explore can’t do much better than a day at the beach. Adventure seekers should head over to Camp Richardson on the south shore. Part resort, part marina, this is the spot that vacationers flock to on the California side of Tahoe when looking for an active good time. Here, you can go parasailing, rent a jetski, or take the more relaxing route by kayak or paddleboard. And if you really want to up the leisurely ante, we recommend the Rum Runner Cruise to Emerald Bay. But don’t let the name fool you. They’ll have snacks and beverages for families of all ages.

Looking for more low-key activities along the shore? King’s Beach is your ideal destination. Located on the calmer north side of the lake, it’s a great area for a game of volleyball, a family picnic, or a serene sunset cruise. And if you go on a Friday, you’ll even be treated to some live music right there on the beach. It’s a perfect outing for families with younger children. But there are opportunities for watersports here, too.

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Lake Tahoe Winter Sports

Visit ~ Shred And Relax

We covered the best Lake Tahoe ski resorts for families before, so let’s slide down a few other areas that are great for families. And there’s no better place to start than Adventure Mountain. Located just a short drive from the lake, this sledding wonderland has perfectly groomed trails for children of all ages looking to sled or tube their way down the mountain.

Not sure what your children’s attention span will be for an entire day out in the cold? Test the waters – and their interest – with some free sledding first. Just head to Kahle Park to gauge their temperament. There’s also sledding and ice skating at Sawmill Pond, should you want to have a few options on hand. Sawmill is also a great place for kids-only fishing in the warmer months.

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Lake Tahoe All-Season Family Activities

The Truth Is ~ It Doesn’t Matter When You Come To Tahoe

After all, you take your family here to enjoy the great outdoors, right? Together time is what your vacation is all about. And hopping on a bike is certainly a great way to experience all the area has to offer. If you’re staying on the south side of the lake, we recommend the Flume Trail or Saxon Creek Trail. If you find yourself on the north side, pedal your way to River Ranch or explore the many paths inside Sugar Pine State Park.

Fancy a more leisurely stroll? Nature doesn’t get much better than hiking along some of Lake Tahoe’s trails. We especially enjoy the family friendly Eagles Falls Trail. It’s just two miles long, one up and one down, and features a waterfall that is a sight to behold when the water table runs high. If your kids are on the younger side, let someone else show you around. Take a scenic gondola ride up Heavenly Mountain or schedule a hot air balloon ride for a heavenly view all your own. And here’s a little hint: we think the most beautiful time is just after sunrise.

Regardless of how you choose to spend your time when in town, this much is sure. There is no shortage of family friendly activities in North or South Lake Tahoe, no matter what time of year you visit.

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