A fun-filled, family-friendly Tahoe summer

Former Olympian Andy Finch enjoys the waves with his daughter Amiya on Boca Reservoir outside Truckee. Andy and his family recently started Surf n’ Foil Tahoe. Read more about their new venture and other family-friendly water activities to enjoy this summer in our annual summer Family Fun Guide in this edition. | Photography by Court Leve, CourtLeve.com, @CourtLeve

A fun-filled, family-friendly Tahoe summer

I often say that Tahoe is an adventure-lover’s paradise, but I think a more apt description may be to say that Tahoe is the ultimate family-friendly paradise. Yes, adults revel in the nearly boundless outdoor activities and enjoy the hundreds of events during the summer. But, I think kids have the most fun.

Kids don’t yet have to worry about work, they don’t have to hop on a Zoom meeting instead of going to the beach, and they don’t have to think about all the planning it takes to enjoy a vacation or the day on Lake Tahoe.

They just need to convince adults to take them absolutely everywhere in Tahoe – from the beaches to the trails, from concerts to all the festivals. Tahoe really is the ultimate summer camp.

In our annual Summer Family Fun Guide in this edition, we’ve put together our favorite activities to enjoy in Tahoe from water sports for the entire family to my Ultimate Tahoe Family Summer Bucket List. You’ll be hard pressed to tackle all these adventures in a single summer, but I think you should give it a try.

At the top of everyone’s list is the 4th of July festivities in the Tahoe Sierra that run through July 7 this year. There are four fireworks shows and one drone show on tap, along with parades, fun runs, pancake breakfasts, kids’ activities and concerts.

This edition (as is every edition of Tahoe Guide) is full of adventures for everyone to enjoy: Lake Tahoe Shakespeare Festival (I have my tickets), Latitude 39 and Palm Tree music festivals; a new album coming from local mountain rockers Coburn Station; Community of Writers’ annual literary events; maker shows; the world’s largest operating steam locomotive; the annual BioBlitz; Truckee Thursdays; Brewfest; Dinner in the Barn; lobster feed; and benefit beer tastings. And that’s just a few of the events you’ll find in this edition.

Have fun this summer, take local transit or bike, pick up your trash, and sign up for emergency alerts to be wildfire ready at TahoeAlerts.com. But, most of all, have fun.