There’s a reason why Tahoe South is known as a destination to explore the wild side. With 72-miles of lakeshore, there’s plenty to do and see after you’ve unpacked your suitcases. Adventure begins once you step outside. Whether you’re looking to hike a mountain, soar through the trees on a zip line, or grab some wake action behind a speed boat, we’ve narrowed down some favorites.

Soar through the skies on Heavenly's new zip line the Blue Streak. Photo: Heavenly Mountain Resort

Soar through the skies on Heavenly’s new zip line the Blue Streak.
Photo: Heavenly Mountain Resort

  1. Hit the beach: Work on your tan, play some volleyball or have a barbecue by the water. There are plenty of hidden coves and large public beaches within a few miles from The Ridge Tahoe to take in the panoramic views of the towering mountain peaks that surround Lake Tahoe.
  2. Ride the lake: On the big blue, skim the waves on water skis or enjoy the calm while paddling a kayak, canoe or stand up paddle board. There are multiple ways to float on the lake. You can even take a cruise aboard Tahoe’s famous paddle wheelers. The Ridge Tahoe offers discounted tickets for sightseeing and dinner tours aboard the Tahoe Queen and M.S. Dixie II. Tickets can be bought at The Ridge Tahoe Market Place.
  3. Soar through the trees: Outdoor adventure at Heavenly Mountain Resort isn’t reserved for winter. This summer Heavenly offers a bevy of high flying activities designed for the family. You can swing through the pines and fly through the air via zip lines and ropes courses such as Boulder Cove and Black Bear Challenge, the Discovery Forest Canopy Course and the 3,300 foot-long Blue Streak zip line. The three new ropes courses add to the current summer activities at the top of the Gondola including hiking, sightseeing, Spider Climber, climbing wall, and dining at Tamarack Lodge. The courses are open Friday through Sunday through summer.
  4. Odds are in your favor: Home to world-class casinos that are refreshingly free of Vegas-style glitz, Tahoe South is the place to get your game on. You may feel slightly virtuous after spending the day in the great outdoors: time to undo that feeling. If ever there was a place to rally, Lake Tahoe South Shore is it. Do you feel lucky?
  5. Tee it up: Take in a round of golf or several at any number of Tahoe South courses, each offering the ultimate Sierra and Lake Tahoe backdrops. There’s Edgewood Tahoe Golf Course, home to the American Century Championship; Lake Tahoe Golf Course, a spectacular mountain meadow course with plenty of challenge and superb views; Tahoe Paradise Golf Course, an executive course in nearby Meyers known for its towering pine trees and Bijou Municipal Golf Course.
  6. Take a hike: 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’s 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.
  7. Catch a fish: With visibility to 75 feet below its surface, Lake Tahoe is home to the monster Mackinaw, which can run anywhere from 10 to 30 pounds. There are plenty of outfitters who will take you out early in the morning for big catches, or you can charter a boat and spend the whole day fishing Tahoe’s secret coves.
  8. Go for a bike ride: There are dozens of on and off-road bike trails, fit for novices and experts. Tahoe South has been designated as a Bike Friendly Community, so bike paths for the social spin are plentiful as are shops staffed by experts that rent and sell quality bikes. The famed loop around Lake Tahoe is 72 miles of scenery: deep blue water, Douglas Fir groves, and breathtaking views of Emerald Bay. The road also passes quaint waterfront lodging and plenty of eateries to fuel the journey.
  9. See a concert: Lake Tahoe has a blockbuster entertainment schedule on tap with a lineup of star-studded concert venues sure to entertain. Harveys Lake Tahoe Summer Concert Series is Tahoe South’s big concert venue featuring Train, July 25; Journey and Steve Miller Band, July 30; Lady Gaga‘s Artrave, Aug. 2; Boston and The Doobie Brothers, Aug. 3; Aerosmith with Slash featuring Myles Kennedy and The Conspirators, Aug. 8; Bruno Mars, Aug. 14; Sammy Hagar and Friends, Aug. 16; Rascal Flats and Sheryl Crow, Aug. 24; and two nights with The Eagles, Friday Aug. 29 and Saturday, Aug. 30.
  10. Shakespeare for everyone: Celebrating four decades of Shakespeare under the stars, The Lake Tahoe Shakespeare Festival is celebrated at Sand Harbor State Park now through August 24. Entertainment, food, family and friends will converge at this classic Tahoe event featuring live entertainment seven nights a week. The season is anchored by the Festival’s main stage production of William Shakespeare’s enchanting romantic comedy As You Like It; performed Tuesdays through Sundays each week at 7:30 p.m.

What are your favorite Lake Tahoe summer activities?

Nestled on a spectacular Sierra Nevada ridge above Lake Tahoe, and overlooking the breathtaking and beautiful Carson Valley, this 11 acre hotel resort offers year-round vacation rentals with panoramic views and luxurious accommodations. Complimentary Health Club, Indoor Sports Complex, Indoor/Outdoor Swimming Pools and Jacuzzis, Restaurant, Deli, Market, Full Service Spa and more are all on-site. Complimentary shuttle service whisks guests 5 miles to Lake Tahoe and casino nightlife.

The Ridge provides a variety of great Lake Tahoe lodging options with choices perfect for family vacations or romantic getaways. Options include deluxe hotel rooms, one and two bedroom condominium suites with full kitchens.

Summer offers an exciting array of activities on property and on Lake Tahoe. Our pool, spa, tennis courts, rock climbing wall and hiking trails are all a few minutes from your front door. Just down the hill are Lake Tahoe’s beautiful beaches, boating, paddleboarding and kayaking

. In the winter our Skier Express provides ski in / ski out access to Heavenly Ski Resort’s Stagecoach Chairlift. The Ridge Ski Shop can satisfy your entire ski and snowboard needs onsite, so you can quickly hit the slopes. We also offer a variety of classes and indoor activities when the weather doesn’t cooperate or you’re not up for tackling the great outdoors.

The Ridge’s expansive property is an ideal venue for weddings, meetings and reunions. We have a variety of meeting and gathering spaces that can accommodate groups from 10 – 200.

For your wedding day we have ceremony sites with breathtaking views and the experienced staff to help make it the perfect day. For your business meetings we have all the A/V and technical resources you require to maximize your productivity. For family reunions our variety of lodging choices and countless onsite activities make it the perfect location to bring everyone together.