9 Fun and Exciting Things to Do in Lake Tahoe in the Summer

Now that summer is drawing near, you might be creating a list of places you should visit.

One of our highly recommended places to explore is Lake Tahoe, and if you are wondering what there is to do in this major tourist attraction, keep reading.


Kayaking is a popular summertime activity in the Lake Tahoe area that you’ll surely enjoy if you try it out for yourself.

If you want to admire the sights around Lake Tahoe with a unique perspective, there’s no better way than hoping on a kayak. It’s still a pretty strenuous activity, but not one that will take your attention away from the fantastic views.

If you don’t know how to paddle, plenty of places offer paddling instructions as well as a tour. That way, someone’s there to lead you to the best places to see in Lake Tahoe while you’re on a kayak.

If you don’t plan on going on tour, ensure that the shoreline you’re paddling on is not a part of private property. If it is, please make sure to respect their privacy.

Paddle Boarding

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One of the best water-based activities that you can do while in Lake Tahoe.. It’s not an extreme sport, so it’s perfect for people who want to take in the views but still want to do something aside from relaxing.

Aside from that, it’s a great way to admire Lake Tahoe and it’s surroundings.

Lake Tahoe has some pretty crystal clear lake waters, which is why it’s one of the best paddleboard destinations out there. What’s more, paddleboarding can be pretty simple to do if it’s your first time doing it.

Of course, do expect to fall in the water several times, especially as a beginner.


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You don’t have to be in the waters of Lake Tahoe to admire the surrounding area. .

One thing that you can do aside from water-based activities is to go hiking. There are plenty of gorgeous trails around the Lake Tahoe area that you can enjoy doing while you’re there. If you bring your hiking gear with you, there are plenty of routes that you can try for yourself.

Some hiking trails that you can try would be the Mount Tallac Trail. This trail leads you to the summit of the tallest mountain in the area, Cascade Falls hike, and the Skyline Trail hiking trail.

Visiting Vikingsholm Castle

Vikingsholm Castle is a must-stop destination within the Lake Tahoe area that you should visit while you’re there.

It’s not every day that you get to see what it’s like inside a mansion such as the Vikingsholm Castle. If you’re a history and architecture fan, then stopping by this Scandinavian masterpiece is something that should interest you.

Parasailing and Jet Skiing

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Hiking in the mountains surrounding Lake Tahoe is a popular summer activity for many people looking to escape the heat. However, if you don’t want to escape water-based activities or want to feel the summer vibes, why not use the lake’s blue waters?

For example, try out parasailing and jet skiing to enjoy your time in the waters.

There are plenty of places and resorts that offer parasailing as a service that you can use. If you want to see the gorgeous sights around Lake Tahoe while feeling like you’re flying g, then parasailing is the activity for you.

If you want a more adventurous and action-packed activity, jet skiing is another way to splash around in the waters while having some fun. There’s nothing that says summer more than your hair in the wind and you zipping on the surface of Lake Tahoe’s waters with a jet ski.

Ziplining and Tree Courses

Deep green forests surround Lake Tahoe, so one popular activity to do in the area is to go ziplining. If you’re not afraid of heights and want to feel the wind through your body, try out ziplining and enjoy the lovely view.

Speaking of the forest, Lake Tahoe also has places that offer you a chance to enjoy the treetop obstacle courses.

It’s perfect for people who like to get their bodies moving. It will be fun and exciting to do with family and friends, especially ones with a more competitive spirit and adventurous bones.

Horseback Riding

There are so many hidden gems to see around Lake Tahoe, including horseback riding.

It is an excellent way to explore the lake because you can see off-the-beaten path sights while also having a guide with you to tell you more about these areas.

Several places around the Lake Tahoe area offer horse riding activities to people. If you want to do a relatively quiet activity, then you can try horseback riding.

Camp Richardson Corral, for example, is a family-owned operation that offers tours that will get you through the Lake Tahoe national forest.

Horseback riding is an excellent activity for all ages, so you can enjoy doing this with kids if you’re bringing them with you.

Lake Tahoe Boat Cruise

If you’re around Lake Tahoe and haven’t boarded a boat at one point, then you’re missing out.

A boat cruise is an excellent way to glide through the serene waters of Lake Tahoe while relaxing. This activity is best for traveling with other people who don’t want to do any extreme sports.

M.S. Dixie II as offered by Zephyr Cove Resort is a great boat cruise to take your significant other on because they provide sunset dinner cruises headed to Emerald Bay.

It is also an excellent alternative when you have free time and want to enjoy scenic views to the fullest.

Mountain Biking

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If you’re an avid cyclist, you might want to bring your bike with you and go mountain biking. Feel free to stop by some of the bike rentals available in the area. That way, you can get all the cycling accessories and rent out a bike for a day to cycle around in the mountains of Lake Tahoe.

The Flume Trail is an example of a classic trail in Lake Tahoe that’s great for mountain bikers. Plus, there’s a mountain bike rental and shuttle service there too.

Listed above are a few of the many things you can do in Lake Tahoe. The best part? You can go solo or spend time with your loved ones in the lake this summer.

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