Ultimate Tahoe Family Summer Bucket List

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The Tahoe Sierra is an adventureland of fun family friendly activities to enjoy from easy hiking trails to free concerts, movies and shows. Enjoy horseback riding adventures or local ropes courses. Enjoy a guided star tour or earn a junior ranger badge. Fish for trout or tour the local disc and skateboard parks. The adventures are nearly boundless.

1. Hike Eagle Rock for panoramic views of Lake Tahoe.
2. Enjoy free family movies at Commons Beach in Tahoe City on Wednesdays and Fridays at Bijou Community Park in South Lake Tahoe.
3. Visit other local lakes – Fallen Leaf Lake, Echo Lakes, Donner Lake, Independence Lake and Webber Lake. Then there’s the Lakes Basin area to the north with more lakes than I can name.
4. Don’t forget the reservoirs – Jackson Meadows, Prosser, Boca and Stampede.
5. Grab a beach chair and umbrella and sit back and relax.

6. Read our feature “Unforgettable family water adventures” in this edition and explore the region’s lake and rivers.

Find links for bucket list adventures at YourTahoeGuide.com/family.


7. Take a guided horseback riding tour into the forests and mountain peaks.
8. Explore the region’s mountain bike parks at Boreal, Donner Ski Ranch, Northstar, Kirkwood and Sky Tavern.
10. Take a hot air balloon ride over Lake.
11. Take in the show during the Perseid Meteor Shower from July 14 to Sept. 1.
12. Explore the night sky with Tahoe Star Tours.
13. Enjoy a round at one of our disc golf courses.
14. Ward Creek State Park is an easy hike for everyone.
15. Shirley Canyon offers cascading falls from Washeshu Creek.
16. Ride the Powerline Trail; it’s great for beginners.
17. Explore the Boca Historic Townsite. All that remains is a short interpretive trail.
18. Explore Snowshoe Thompson Cave in Hope Valley.
19. Hike to Meeks Creek Falls.
20. Walk the nature trail at Tahoe Meadows.
21. Download the free iNaturalist app and have the kids snap photos to identify plants and animals.
22. Download the free “Tahoe Nature Activity Book” and check off all the activities.
23. Ride the coaster and zip line at Heavenly Lake Tahoe.
24. Climb high with Tahoe Treetop Adventures.
25. Practice your climbing skills at one of the local climbing walls in the region.
26. Drop in on one of the region’s six skateboard parks.
27. Take a ride to the top of Palisades Tahoe, Heavenly or Northstar for spectacular sights.All of the resorts offer trails and other activities at the top. You can hike back down or enjoy the ride to the bottom.
28. Look for the Truckee Memorial Masonic Arch in downtown.
29. Explore the gardens and tour the historic Watson Cabin in Tahoe City.
30. Look for the Washoe Galis Dungals, or traditional winter homes, erected in locations throughout Tahoe.
31. Step back in time at the Pope-Baldwin Estates at the Tallac Historic Site.
33. Drive to explore the 20 Mile Museum.
34. Explore the Lake Tahoe History Museum featuring a 1930s log cabin.
35. Visit the Stream Profile Chamber for an underwater look of Taylor Creek.
36. Book a tour at the Tahoe Science Center.
37. Earn a Junior Ranger Badge at one of Tahoe’s six state parks or through the Forest Service.
38. Foster young pilots. Take a free flight with the EAA Young Eagles.
39. Explore creative play at the KidZone Museum.
40. Take a ride on the kids train at Truckee Regional Park.
42. Take a tour of Tahoe’s Best Burgers.
43. Take in a magic show at The Loft.
44. Explore the Earth Walk Trail in Incline VillageHint: There’s a Galis Dungal.
45. Take the kids to the Lake Tahoe Dance Festival.
46. Enjoy the free Music Maker Faire and Family Concert with Classical Tahoe on July 28.
47. Throw out a line at Tahoe Trout Farm.
48. You’ll need a guide to catch fish on Lake Tahoe. Book a trip with Tahoe Sport Fishing.
49. Play mini golf.
50. Go bowling.
52. See “A Midsummer Night’s Dream” as part of the free Young Shakespeare performances from July 22 to Aug. 3.
53. Take only pictures. Leave the rocks & flowers. They belong to everyone.
54. Pick up litter.
55. Be fire aware. Sign up for emergency alerts at TahoeAlerts.com (even if you’re on vacation). Read the Tahoe Wildfire Preparedness Guide.
56. Don’t feed the bears. They don’t learn to forage for themselves and can’t survive. (Also, nuisance bears are shot.)
58. Come back and see us again.