Top 10 ways to celebrate summer at Lake Tahoe

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?

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