Family Summer Activities In And Around South Shore
There is no end to fun things kids can do in beautiful Lake Tahoe.
Lake Tahoe is a vacation destination that offers up a lot of family fun. During the summer months, visiting one of Tahoe’s many beaches brings smiles and giggles to kids. Many locations offer rentals such as tubes, kayaks, jet skis, and boats. Besides visiting the lake, there are a lot of other fun things families can do at Lake Tahoe.
Hiking Trails In Lake Tahoe
There are numerous trails to choose from in the South Shore area. However, a particular favorite among kids is the Rainbow Trail located at the Taylor Creek Visitor Center. This 1/2 mile, the paved trail brings visitors to a stream profile chamber where kids and adults alike can view the fish through floor to ceiling windows.
Also located on the property is Smokey’s Trail. This short trail is good for younger children. The Taylor Creek Visitor Center is located on Highway 89, 3 miles north of South Lake Tahoe. These trails are usually open from Memorial Day through October 31.
The Tallac Historic Site
Located just down the road from the Taylor Creek Visitor Center, also on Highway 89, is the Tallac Historic Site. Once a summer resort for the elite and home to three estates, guests can walk the grounds, visit the free museum, and enter some of the historic buildings. Signs are posted explaining what each building is.
There is also free access to the lake. So, bring the bathing suits and towels and when the kids get too hot walking around, they can cool off at the beach. The Tallac Historic Site is open between June and September.
Cruise Lake Tahoe on the M. S. Dixie II
The M. S. Dixie II departs Zephyr Cove twice daily for a scenic, two hours narrated cruise to and from Emerald Bay. The scenery is beautiful and the cruise is informative. Also on the cruise is a video of the history of Lake Tahoe.
Cruises are offered year-round. They depart each day at 11:30 a.m. and 2:30 p.m. Zypher Cove is located on Highway 50 in Nevada, about 5 miles from Stateline. Tickets are $39 for adults and $15 for children 12 and under.
Magic Carpet Golf Lake Tahoe
For some wholesome family fun, consider playing a round of miniature golf at Magic Mountain Golf Lake Tahoe. Guests can play 19 holes for $8 or 28 holes for $11. Magic Mountain Golf Lake Tahoe is open from spring to fall. Hours are 10 a.m.-10 p.m. Located at 2455 Lake Tahoe Blvd., a good time is to be found for kids and adults alike.
Camp Richardson Corral In Lake Tahoe
Most kids love horses so how about a horseback ride? Camp Richardson Corral, located on Highway 89 just past Camp Richardson offers a variety of rides for kids six and over. Different trail rides are offered from short to overnight pack trips.
Also offered are breakfast rides with eggs, bacon, pancakes, and steak rides featuring a western steak barbeque. Reservations are required and there is a weight limit of 225 pounds.
Fun Things to Do With Kids Near Lake Tahoe
Although there are lots of fun things to do as a family in Lake Tahoe, there are other cool things for kids just a short car ride away. Carson City has some great museums for kids, especially the Nevada State Museum, the Children’s Museum of Northern Nevada, and the Nevada State Railroad Museum.
About 40 miles from Lake Tahoe lies the old west town of Virginia City. Families can take a trolley tour around town, ride a train, pan for gold, catch an Old West show and visit the city’s museums.
No matter which activities are chosen, kids are bound to have a blast when they visit Lake Tahoe.