10Best Things to Do with Kids in Lake Tahoe and Truckee

Lake Tahoe may be the ideal playground for lovers of the outdoors, but it is also a fantastic place to take children. Not only does this alpine haven have hiking, biking, kayaking and water sports for children of all ages, but the beaches, ski slopes, sledding areas and snow parks will keep them active until bedtime.

For older children, take them to the Tahoe Treetop Adventure Park at the Granlibakken resort where they can zipline through the trees and learn strength skills and techniques. Other active children and teens who love the ice (all year long) will also love the South Lake Tahoe Ice Arena where they can practice turns. Other active events include the hike from Emerald Bay to Eagle Falls (or even up to Eagle Lake) or the hike down to the Vikingsholm Castle at the foot of Emerald Bay.

Smaller children will get a kick out of the KidZone Museum in Truckee where they can play with art supplies or cuddle farm animals. The museum also has an area for babies and toddlers. For kids who just want to play in the sand, take them to Sand Harbor on the East Shore or Kings Beach on the North Shore for fun in the sun.

Preserving Tahoe's maritime traditions, the Tahoe Maritime Museum displays vessels, engines, photographs, and memorabilia of Tahoe's boating history, some of which date to the late 19th century. Runabouts and sail boats represent the variety of...  Read More

This trail is located on the southwest shore of Lake Tahoe. Leading into the heart of Desolation Wilderness, this steep trail offers majestic views of the Sierra high country. Just a 20 minute walk, Eagle Lake is a popular short hike. A longer...  Read More

Emerald Bay

Constructed as a vacation home in 1929, Vikingsholm sits at the head of Emerald Bay, a gracious tribute to Scandinavian architecture. Sited picturesquely amid dramatic evergreens, it features building materials harvested largely from the area....  Read More

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...  Read More

Emerald Bay State Park on the southwest area of Lake Tahoe is home to park is home to Eagle Falls and Vikingsholm, a 38-room mansion that is one of the finest examples of Scandinavian architecture in the western hemisphere. The views from any...  Read More

Sand Harbor is considered the most beautiful beach in Lake Tahoe. It is located on the Nevada side of the lake in the Lake Tahoe National Park. The beach has a small museum and store, bathrooms, showers, parking, a boat launch, picnic tables and...  Read More

Every summer for over 30 years, Tahoe residents have been entranced by the timeless words of William Shakespeare, set against the dramatic backdrop of Lake Tahoe and a starry sky. Comedies, tragedies, and even a special performance featuring...  Read More

The KidZone Museum in Truckee is an interactive museum for children under the age of 10. Exhibits are designed to provide play that encourages a child's development of social, imaginative, physical and problem solving skills. Specific activity...  Read More

The South Lake Tahoe Ice Arena is Tahoe's only full size Olympic ice rink. This full-service, e-art ice skating facility offers a regulation National Hockey League (NHL) size sheet of ice, locker rooms, a snack bar, a retail store, an arcade,...  Read More

The Tahoe Treetop Adventure Park is located at the Granlibakken resort on the west shore of Lake Tahoe and is run by North Tahoe Adventures. This is the first aerial park in California and is comprised of a series of courses linked between large...  Read More


Meet Christina Nellemann

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