10Best Things to Do at Kings Beach on Tahoe's North Shore

Kings Beach is a good central location to access the area's restaurants, coffee shops, hotels and beaches. The community of Kings Beach is named after the beach and park at the tip of the North Shore. This popular beach is great for children and has its own parking lot and playground. The main road has just received a traffic calming and art makeover and the sidewalks are very walkable. Right from the beach you can book your parasailing or kayaking tours here with North Shore Parasail, Lake Tahoe Watersports/Parasail Tahoe and Tahoe Paddle and Oar. If you want something more relaxed, head to the Old Brockway Golf Course for a few rounds of golf in paradise or go for a sail on the Wild Goose II classic wooden boat.

If you want another boat tour, the Tahoe Gal leaves from nearby Tahoe City which is just a quick drive from Kings Beach. The northern communities of Incline Village and Truckee are also a short drive from the town. If you are in town for a few days and want a family-friendly tour, check out the Lake Tahoe Adventure Company. You can take a SUP, kayak, hiking, cross country ski or snowshoe tour any time of the year. For a wintertime adrenaline rush, head to Tahoe Snowmobile Tours for some birds-eye views of the lake from on top of a mountain.


This friendly and laid back rental store in Kings Beach rents and offers lessons on tandup paddleboarding, kayaking, and surfing on Lake Tahoe's beautiful North Shore. They have Standup Paddleboards for rent and sale, along with all the accessories and clothing you need to for a fun day at the beach. In wintertime, rent your skis or snowboard equipment from this shop that is dedicated to making your winter vacation easy and fun. Call ahead the evening before and your gear will be ready for you the next morning. Hourly rates for paddleboards are about $20 per hour and the first hour of lessons is free with a rental. Snowboard and ski rentals are also $20 a day and your fourth day is free.

Recommended for Things to Do at Kings Beach because: Adrift Tahoe specializes in relaxed and helpful SUP rentals and lessons.

Christina's expert tip: Great rates and friendly staff. The staff puts on a chill paddleboard race every Thursday.

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Lake Tahoe Snowmobile Tours provides winter tours in the North Lake Tahoe area and can accommodate all abilities and ages. They tour over 100 miles of trails in the local National Forest and feature the largest fleet of newer snowmobiles on the North Shore. They also rent warm clothing in case you forgot your hat and gloves. They offer several tours including the Group Summit Adventure which is 2 hours and costs $140 for one rider and $170 for two riders. This tour leaves 2 times daily. Their Private Summit and Ultimate Adventures are between $200 and $320 and the Ultimate Half-Day includes lunch at the Northstar resort.

Recommended for Things to Do at Kings Beach because: This is a great way to see the Tahoe backcountry during the winter.

Christina's expert tip: You can rent a warm clothing package for $10.

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Full Throttle Tahoe in Kings Beach on the North Shore of Lake Tahoe offers both winter and summer gear rentals and lessons for snowmobiling, wakesurfing, parasailing, wakeboarding and waterskiing. They also offer private boat charters and self-guided snowmobile tours of the Tahoe back country. The shop also offers an off-road Polaris RZR OHV rental to go explore the Lake Tahoe mountains. Each of Full Throttle Tahoe's guides and instructors are fully trained and very intimate with the Tahoe back country, the deep snow and the waters of the lake and will show you the best techniques and places to go.

Recommended for Things to Do at Kings Beach because: Full Throttle Tahoe also rents out a 800efi Razor ATV from Polaris that can be taken into some of California's and Nevada's backroads.

Christina's expert tip: Full Throttle Tahoe also offers snowmobile clinics if you are a first time or more experienced rider.

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The Old Brockway Golf Course in Kings Beach is one of the most beautiful and affordable places to play golf in Lake Tahoe. The course meanders through Jeffery pines on the way down to the shoreline and has some great mountain views. The course has over 3400 yards of golfing area including two par 5 holes. The course was built by Harry Comstock and designed by renowned Scottish architect, John Duncan Dunn and is the first 9-hole golf course in the country to become an Audubon cooperative sanctuary. The course is family-run and applies organic management practices. Nine holes of golf will run you about $40 and 18 holes costs about $70.

Recommended for Things to Do at Kings Beach because: The Old Brockway course is not very large, but does have some challenging holes.

Christina's expert tip: The course also has a putting green and a driving range.

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One of the most fantastic views of Lake Tahoe is from the seat of a parasail. North Shore Parasail is the original parasailing company on the lake, so you'll certainly be working with experts. Their tours will take you hundreds of feet above the lake and you can get views of the blue water below as well as the shoreline and the beautiful homes along the mountain ridges. You can choose from several different parasail heights as well as pickup and drop-off service from your hotel. There is also free parking at Tahoe Paddle & Oar. The cost is $50 per person for a 600'flight, $60 per person 900', flight $70 per person 1400'flight.

Recommended for Things to Do at Kings Beach because: North Shore Parasail's trips should not be missed on a trip to the North Shore.

Christina's expert tip: Sometimes, North Shore can fit you in at the last minute, so check with them the day before or early in the morning.

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North Tahoe Watersports/Parasail Tahoe has two locations on the North Shore, but most of their water sport rentals take place at the Kings Beach location. North Shore Watersports Offers parasailing, private lake tours, personal watercraft rentals and a complete line of non-motorized rentals like kayaks and paddle boats. Personal watercraft can be rented for $70 for half and hour and $100 for one hour. The prices include fuel. Paddleboards rent for $25 an hour and Aqua Cycle Trikes and Peddle Boats are also $25 an hour. You can also rent single kayaks for $20 an hour and even a Hobie Cat sailboat for $50 an hour.

Recommended for Things to Do at Kings Beach because: North Shore Watersports has everything you would need for fun on the water in summer and fall.

Christina's expert tip: The staff at North Tahoe Watersports are really friendly and helpful.

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Wild Goose II Boat Charters

The Wild Goose II is a 36-foot Grand Craft commuter built in the style and quality of the original wooden boat era. The company offers several cruises and private charter options around Lake Tahoe. The Wild Goose II is U.S. Coast Guard certified, and can comfortably accommodate up to 12 passengers. The Goose offers seating both inside and out, she even has a heated cabin for those chilly Tahoe evenings. Several tours are offered including an hourly charter during the week, lunch cruises, cocktail and sunset cruises and picnic cruises. They even offer a West Shore Cafe Dinner Cruise for $145 and a Mimosa and Pastry Cruise in the mornings for $80. The hourly charters include snacks and beverages, the cocktail cruises and sunset cruises are $65 for adults and $55 for children and the Sunnyside Lunch Cruise is $95 for adults and $85 for children.

Recommended for Things to Do at Kings Beach because: The Wild Goose II is a beautiful and unique way to see Lake Tahoe.

Christina's expert tip: See Lake Tahoe in style. The staff and crew of this boat are a class-act.

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The Lake Tahoe Adventure Company is one of the popular and well-run tour companies in Lake Tahoe. The company leads high quality adventure travel trips and tours with a focus on the natural beauty of the mountains, lakes, trails and rivers of the Tahoe area. With the TAC you can take several kayak tours including a lakeside lunch tour, a North Shore tour or Sand Harbor tour. Their Sunset Friday kayak tours and Thunderbird Lodge kayak tours are truly unique. Each tour includes a kayak, paddle, professional guide, instruction, natural and historical discussions, permits, fees, snacks and beverages. Additional tours include mountain bike tours on the Flume Trail and other single tracks around the area, hiking and peak tours, rock climbing, backpacking and historical tours. You can even create your own custom adventure that includes full moon or star tours, family adventures or corporate trips. TAC also specialized in SUP (stand-up paddle boarding) and rents the boards for $80 a day. They also offer SUP yoga on the lake for $40 per person.

Recommended for Things to Do at Kings Beach because: TAC leads tours all year long around Tahoe's lakes, rivers, mountains, trails and snowpack.

Christina's expert tip: The TAC staff and guides are very experienced and knowledgable about the Tahoe area.

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Kings Beach State Recreation Area
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Although it's open year-round, this park really comes into its own when the weather turns warm. At that point, its 700 feet of lakeshore are inundated by sun worshippers, who lounge on the beach, splash in the water, tool around the lake, and engage in sports on the shore. Kids can take advantage of playground equipment, and families and groups relish the opportunity to spend time together laughing, eating, and basking in the beauty of the lake. Kings Beach is a great spot to go on a parasail ride or rent a kayak or paddleboard. Several companies have huts on the beach where you can book a day trip. There are a ton of restaurants and bars near the beach as well as a small theater and many hotels and lodges to choose from.

Recommended for Things to Do at Kings Beach because: Kings Beach is called the Banana Belt of Tahoe and is a great spot even in the winter.

Christina's expert tip: Parking for the beach can get crowded in the summer. Arrive to the beach early if you can.

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Tahoe Paddle & Oar is located in Kings Beach on the North Shore of Lake Tahoe. They offer top-end canoe, kayak and paddleboard rentals, instruction, guided kayak tours and a full service paddlesport retail store. They also specialize in team building activities for small groups and large corporate events. Tahoe Paddle & Oar offers guided kayak tours May through October, weather permitting. No experience is necessary and beginner and advanced participants are welcome. The most popular trip is into Crystal Bay, which features natural hot springs and gigantic boulder mazes along the California and Nevada borders. This four mile round trip usually takes two and a half hours. TAHOE PADDLE & OAR offers a fun and practical on-water approach to learning and improving your paddling technique. Kayak lessons are available to individuals or group instruction is available. PRE-REGISTRATION is required for all classes. A maximum of six participants per session. All equipment is provided. Personal boats may be used. All boats need to be clean before entering the swimming pool. Swimming ability is necessary for all river paddling instruction.

Recommended for Things to Do at Kings Beach because: Tahoe Paddle & Oar offers some of the best beginner kayak trips on the lake.

Christina's expert tip: The Crystal Bay trip is amazing; natural hot springs, boulder mazes and Tahoe's mountains on all sides.

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Christina has lived in the Reno/Lake Tahoe area since she was a baby. A first-generation Nevadan, her Danish parents instilled in her an intense love of travel and the wild, rugged outdoors...  More About Christina