All ages, all ranges: The Ridge is your bet for family fun
The Ridge Resorts elevates the average family vacation with endless on-property amenities and close proximity to Tahoe South activities. Gather the kiddos for a trip that you won’t soon forget with activities at The Ridge Resorts and throughout Lake Tahoe’s beautiful South Shore.
Put on your game face and challenge the family to a friendly competition in The Ridge’s indoor and outdoor sports complex. Courts are available for tennis, basketball and racquetball where a true family champion can be crowned. Days can be gleefully wasted in the indoor and outdoor pools while nights are spent watching family flicks in the on-site 30-seat movie theater, which shows films twice a day.
The fun never stops with The Ridge arcade and the Kid’s Club, a complimentary day camp filled with adventures, arts and crafts and snacks. With the kids away, parents can enjoy adult time during a rejuvenating session at the Elevation Spa.
Take a Hike
The Ridge is steps away from the Tahoe Rim Trail, a 165-mile loop around the Lake Tahoe Basin. Hikers can select from a variety of trails, depending on desired duration and difficulty — meaning it can be as kid-friendly as you’d like.
Score a Hole-in-One
For a guaranteed good time, try one of the two popular miniature golf courses in Tahoe South. Magic Carpet Mini Golf takes players on an enchanted journey through fairy tales and fantasy worlds with three courses of varying difficulty. Fantastical creatures like dragons, dinosaurs and even pirates are featured at each hole. At the end of the round, the golf balls can be returned for a chance to win one free round of play. Another great mini golf location is Heavenly Village Mini Golf centrally located and accented with hanging lights and dazzling music.
Take On a Challenge
Through September, the family can experience Heavenly Epic Discovery Center, which provides great outdoor adventures that are able to be customized to each family’s interests and abilities. Activities such as ropes courses, zip lining and an alpine coaster are available on top of Heavenly Mountain.
Be Amazed by Magic
The Magic Fusion show at the Loft Theatre & Lounge brings live entertainment in the form of comedy and illusions with options for dinner and drinks. On Sundays, the Loft hosts a matinee where children attend the show for free, with the purchase of an adult ticket.
Tahoe Trout Farm teaches children of all ages how to fish while also educating them about Tahoe’s ecosystem. Visitors can try their hand at one of the two ponds stocked with rainbow trout. Fishing licenses are not required and guests can bring their own bait and tackle or borrow from the farm.
Learn to Glide on the Water
A trip to Tahoe is incomplete without time spent on the water. One of the more active water options is learning how to water ski at Birkholm’s Water Ski School, which specializes in children and family lessons. Available to pick visitors up from various locations, Birkholm’s hosts lessons that provide quick progressions and successful water ski attempts. A full-package deal includes boats, drivers, instructors, wetsuits, life jackets, skis and fuel.
See Things from a Different Perspective
For the thrill of a lifetime, soar over Lake Tahoe with Reno-Tahoe Helicopter Tours. The helicopters are based at the Lake Tahoe Airport and offer spectacular tours year-round, weather permitting. Take in the views of the crystal blue lake and the snow-capped peaks of the Sierra Nevada mountains. Having the opportunity to get a clear view of the region really creates memorable experiences for all ages.
Whatever you choose, The Ridge Resorts has family friendly accommodations that provide the right amount of togetherness.