Whether you’re looking to hike a mountain, peddle over boulders, or grab some wake action behind a speed boat, we’ve narrowed down some favorite South Shore activities.
- Heavenly from above: Ride to the top and see it all. Marvel at all of Big Blue from the top of South Shore’s Heavenly Mountain Resort. The Heavenly Gondola transports guests 3,000 feet above Lake Tahoe to the Mid-Station Observation Deck, where you can enjoy stunning views of Lake Tahoe and Carson Valley. At the top, challenge yourself on the 25-foot climbing wall, designed for beginner to advanced climbers or kids can play in a safe environment on the Spider Zone climbing tower. Try varied hiking trails of green and blue levels then stop by Tamarack Lodge for lunch and drinks. The Gondola runs from 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. Check in with Ridge Tahoe front desk staff regarding shuttle service.
- Cruise the lake: Take a cruise, rent a boat, jet ski, kayak or paddleboard and head out on the lake all-day. South Tahoe marinas offer plenty of water recreation options, dining and shopping.
- Water Taxi: Ditch the car and hop onto a water taxi. A 49-passenger water taxi service based at Camp Richardson Resort connects locals and visitors to lakeside marinas on the South Shore of Lake Tahoe. The service offers stops at three marinas: Camp Richardson, Lakeside and Timber Cove, providing access to recreation, sightseeing, dining at The Beacon Bar and Grill, Lakeside Beach House or The Boathouse, and shopping.
- Hit the beach: A beautiful, clear lake that you can splash around in, along with plenty of other activities. There are miles of shoreline and more than a dozen beach spots at South Shore. Don’t forget the sunscreen.
- Odds in your favor: Lake Tahoe is the place to be for Vegas-style gambling without the Vegas crowd. There are five casinos at South Shore worthy of dice kissing. Do you feel lucky?
- Tee it up: One of Lake Tahoe’s truest truths is that when winter turns to spring, and spring melts into summer, all the runoff from the snowfall rejuvenates and restores the green life back at any number of South Shore golf courses. Regardless of where you play, whether your course snakes through a glacially etched valley, contours along Lake Tahoe itself, or winds links-style through the trees, you’re going to witness some of the most eye-popping views found anywhere.
- These boots are made for hiking: Grab an energy bar, pack a water bottle or three and head out to a network of back-country trails that will lead you to a happy place. There are a number of trails close to The Ridge Tahoe and a few worth taking a few extra minutes of drive time. You can also check with the staff of Ridge Tahoe to see if there are any organized hikes planned during your stay.
- Tahoe artifacts: There a lot of historic places around the lake, including Vikingsholm, Tallac Historic Site and the Thunderbird Lodge. A good place to start is the Lake Tahoe Historical Society Museum.
- Go Fish: With visibility to 75 feet below its surface, Lake Tahoe is home to more fish than you can shake a pole at, including the monster Mackinaw, which can run anywhere from 10 to 30 pounds.
- Spoke central: There are dozens of on and off-road bike trails, fit for novices to experts.
What are your favorite Lake Tahoe summer activities?