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13 Awesome Things To Do in Lake Tahoe, California

May 15, 2024 6 min read

Ever wondered where you can find a slice of paradise that offers both a relaxing mood and an adrenaline rush? Look no further than Lake Tahoe, California. Nestled among towering pines and majestic mountains, this alpine lake is your next great adventure and chill-out spot rolled into one. 

Whether you’re looking to dive, glide, or simply unwind — we’ve got the scoop on the coolest, most unforgettable activities that Lake Tahoe has to offer. Let’s get into it!

Why Lake Tahoe, Anyway?

If the idea of dipping your toes into pristine waters or swooshing down snowy slopes doesn't already have you packing your bags, here are a few more reasons why Lake Tahoe should be at the top of your getaway list:

  • Nature's Wonderland: Lake Tahoe is Mother Nature on her A-game. Majestic mountains, crystal-clear lake waters, and a sky so blue it'll make your selfies pop.
  • Year-Round Fun: Lake Tahoe is perfect for any time throughout the year. Blistering summer dips or cozy winter adventures, it’s the land of endless vibes and vistas.
  • Adventure Galore: From panoramic hikes to thrilling water sports, Lake Tahoe takes thrill-seekers on one wild ride. Zip lining, anyone?
  • Tranquil Retreat: On the flip side, it's a zen zone par excellence for those craving tranquility. Think quiet beaches, serene trails, and peaceful paddleboarding.
  • Delicious Eats: Whether you're a Taco Tuesday enthusiast or a craft brew aficionado, Lake Tahoe's food and drink scene doesn't just feed the belly — it feasts the soul.
  • Star-Studded Night Skies: End your day under the stars. With its light pollution-free, clear night skies, stargazing in Lake Tahoe is nothing short of spectacular.

Brimming with adventure just as much as relaxation, it's no wonder Lake Tahoe is a winning locale. Whether you're lounging on one of our chic Leisure Islands or lacing up your hiking boots, Lake Tahoe is calling. 

What Are the Top 10 Must-Do Activities in Lake Tahoe?

Now, for those ready to splash, dash, or simply bask in the glory of Lake Tahoe, here’s your ultimate list of must-dos that capture the essence of this unrivaled destination. Gear up for a blend of chill and thrill!

1. Sail Into the Sunset

Rent a sailboat and chase the sunset across Lake Tahoe’s vast, open waters. It’s like starring in your own peaceful movie scene, except the breathtaking views around you are 100 percent real.

To elevate your boating experience, try one of our inflatable floating islands. These durable but lightweight docks easily connect to your boat and allow you to take the fun further into Lake Tahoe. Tether multiple floating platforms together to create your own “floatilla.”

2. Kayak Emerald Bay at Sunrise

Catch the sunrise in Emerald Bay by kayak. Glide over glassy water as the first light paints the sky — no filter needed, just pure Tahoe magic. It's the kind of moment that makes you feel like the star of your own movie, minus the dramatic soundtrack.

3. Conquer Heavenly's Slopes

Heavenly lives up to its name with snow-covered slopes that welcome every skier and snowboarder. Share laughs and stories as you ride the lifts, then race down the trails, feeling the crisp air against your face. End the day with hot cocoa, toasting to epic runs and epic falls.

4. Lounge Lakeside with a View

Kick back at Sand Harbor with the sun warming your skin and the sand between your toes. This spot is perfect for lounging by the water on our Clear Pink Chaise Lounger or diving into a good book. With the lake's clear waters and scenic backdrop, it's easy to lose track of time in this slice of paradise.

5. Hike to Hidden Gems

Trail up to places like Eagle Lake, where each step rewards you with views that look too good to be true. It's Tahoe's version of a treasure hunt, where the prize is a selfie spot that’ll make your feed look like a travel blogger’s dream.

6. Try Snowshoeing in the Moonlight

For a magical winter experience, strap on some snowshoes and venture out for a moonlit tour. The snow sparkles under the night sky, transforming the landscape into a wintry wonderland. It’s a serene, almost surreal experience that connects you with the quiet side of Tahoe’s wilderness.

7. Explore Tahoe’s Underwater Trail

Dive into the clear, refreshing waters of Emerald Bay and explore the underwater trail. Marvel at the aquatic life and historical remnants hidden beneath the surface. With each discovery, the lake’s mysteries unfold, offering a unique adventure that’s as enlightening as it is exciting.

8. Mountain Biking on Flume Trail

Hit the Flume Trail for some of the most exhilarating mountain biking Lake Tahoe has to offer. With breathtaking views of the lake below, it's a ride that thrills your spirit as much as your senses. Suitable for a range of skill levels, this trail gives you a hefty dose of adventure along with panoramic photo ops that'll have your friends doing a double-take.

9. Sample Tahoe’s Tastiest

Try some restaurants around the lake. From cozy diners to upscale eateries, each bite is a discovery of flavors. Journey through Tahoe one dish at a time.

10. Attend a Lakefront Music Concert

Throughout the summer, Tahoe’s vibrant music scene comes alive right on the lakefront. Catching a concert here allows you to feel the cool lake breeze and watch the sunset dip behind the mountains as live tunes fill the air. It’s an experience that perfectly blends Tahoe’s natural splendor with its cultural heartbeat.

11. Zip Through the Sky

Experience the thrill of zipping through Tahoe’s forests, where you can embrace your inner wild side. The rush of speed, the blur of trees passing by, and the exhilaration of flying make this an adventure hard to top. It’s an opportunity to see the world from above and feel the freedom of the air.

12. Star Gaze on a Clear Night

Spend an evening under Tahoe’s star-filled sky, where the Milky Way shines brightly, free from city lights. The constellations tell ancient stories, and shooting stars offer a moment of wonder. It’s a humbling and beautiful reminder of the vast universe we’re a part of, best enjoyed with good company and warm blankets.

13. Discover Local Arts

Tahoe isn’t all about outdoor sports — it’s also a haven for art lovers. Check out local galleries and outdoor sculptures. It’s a splash of culture amid nature’s masterpieces, proving that Tahoe’s beauty isn’t just natural but creative, too.

How Do You Make Your Lake Tahoe Trip Unforgettable?

Ready to make your Lake Tahoe trip legendary? Here's how to pack, prep, and play like a Tahoe pro.

1. Pack for All Seasons

Lake Tahoe is a bit of a diva when it comes to weather… it can throw all four seasons at you in a single day! So, pack layers — think swimsuits and snow gear. And if you're bringing the kiddos, our Convertible Kids Sleepover Air Mattresses add that cozy touch of home, turning a regular night into a snug adventure.

2. Early Bird Gets the Worm

Or, in Tahoe’s case, the best views without the crowds. Whether it’s hitting the slopes or finding that perfect sunrise kayak spot, starting early means you get the best of Tahoe almost to yourself.

3. Stay Hydrated, Stay Happy

At elevation, your body needs more H2O than usual. Keep water on hand and sip often. Nothing spoils an outing faster than a headache or, worse, altitude sickness. Plus, staying hydrated keeps you ready for whatever Tahoe throws your way.

4. Discover Off-the-Path Gems

Sure, the well-known spots are famous for a reason, but Tahoe is full of hidden treasures. Chat up locals for their favorite hikes, beaches, or a secret dining spot. It’s these little adventures that often become the highlight of your trip.

5. Keep It Eco-Friendly

Love nature? Show it some love back. Pack reusable water bottles, eco-friendly sunblock, and whatever else you need to tread lightly. Lake Tahoe is all about that pristine beauty, so let's keep it that way.

6. Respect the Wildlife

You’re on their turf, so keep a respectful distance from any critters you meet. This means no feeding and definitely no trying to snag a selfie with a bear. Remember, we’re the visitors in their home.

7. Make Memories, Not Plans

Sure, have a list of must-dos, but leave room for spontaneity. Some of the best Tahoe moments come from unplanned detours — like finding the perfect lakeside spot for a picnic or stumbling upon a local concert in the park.

The Wrap Up

Whether you're chasing the sunrise in a kayak, zipping through the treetops, or cozying up under a blanket of stars, Lake Tahoe is your playground to explore, enjoy, and cherish. 

At FUNBOY, we're all about making every moment as unforgettable as the next, with a splash of style and comfort. So, pack your spirit of adventure (and maybe a FUNBOY float or two), and let Lake Tahoe do the rest.


A Brief History of Tahoe and its People | Visit Lake Tahoe

Emerald Bay State Park is Lake Tahoe Jewel | Parks

What is the Milky Way? It’s our home galaxy | Earth Sky

What to Look for in an Eco-Friendly Sunscreen | Appalachian Mountain Club (AMC)

Lake Tahoe Flume Trail | Flume Trail Hiking and Mountain Biking

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