Fun Things To Do at Lake Tahoe



72 mile Lake Tahoe Scenic Drive Take a leisurely drive around Lake Tahoe’s shoreline, with each mile you travel providing a different view of the “fairest picture the whole world affords”. Allow yourself plenty of time and take pleasure in stopping at the many spectacular observation points dotted along the route.


Cal-Neva Lodge G-13 Beautifully restored historic casino at Crystal Bay, straddling 2 state borders. Indian Room houses Washoe Indian historical display. (775) 832-4000.

Gatekeeper’s Log Cabin I-9 Museum featuring a collection of early Tahoe memorabilia and Indian baskets. Next to Fanny Bridge at the “Y” in Tahoe City at William B. Layton Park. Free Admission (530) 583-1762.

Kings Beach Plaza G13 Beautiful new public park at the corner of Coon St. & Hwy. 28. Picnic & BBQ areas, public piers, playground and promenades.

Watson Cabin I-9 Built in 1909 by Robert Montgomery Watson, this living museum depicts life at Tahoe at the turn of the century. Tours are conducted by guides dressed in period costumes. Located on North Lake Blvd., across from the Family Tree in Tahoe City. Open noon to 4pm.

Fanny Bridge 1-9 Highway Bridge over the Truckee River at the “Y” in Tahoe City. Watch fish frolic below the gates of Lake Tahoe’s only outlet.

Scenic Highway 431 Overlook F-15 This pull-out on the Mt. Rose Highway provides plaques pointing out major peaks and one of the best photo opportunities for a panoramic view of Lake Tahoe.

Squaw Valley H-7 The torch from the 1960 Olympics marks the entrance on Hwy. 89 to the scenic valley with its magnificent views, picturesque meadows, and meandering Squaw Creek.

Tahoe Tessie’s Lake Tahoe Monster Museum G-12 Open July 1 thru mid Sept. at 8608 No. Lake Blvd. in King Beach Interesting exhibits, toys & gift shop. Daily appearances by costumed dinosaur. Fun for the whole family. FREE admission. (530) 546-8774.


Sugar Pine Point State Park M-10 Off Hwy. 89, one mile North of Meeks Bay. Pier, trails, camping. Tour the Ehrman Mansion and General Phipps Cabin. (530) 525-7982.

D.L. Bliss State Park P-10 Off Hwy. 89 between Emerald Bay and Meeks Bay. Beach, Trails, camping. (530) 525-7277.

Emerald Bay State Park P-11 Off Hwy. 89 at Emerald Bay. Beach, trails, boat camping, guided tours of Vikingsholm Castle in July and August. (530) 541-3030.

Vikingsholm Castle P-11 Authentic Scandinavian castle built in 1928, open for summer tours. Walk down 1 mile path.


Tallac Historic Site Q-11 74-acre site featuring Pope, Valhalla and McGonagle Estates. Art exhibits, weekend entertainment (see Calendar of Events). Kiva Picnic Area. Hwy. 89, South Lake Tahoe (530) 542-2787.

Washoe Indian Cultural Foundation Exhibit D-11 Located at the Tallac Historic Site, the display includes housing, artifacts and pictures. A short slide presentation is also offered.

Taylor Creek Stream Profile Chamber Q-11 U.S. Forest Service Facility off Hwy. 89, North of South Lake Tahoe. Watch annual run of the Kokanee Salmon in October. Amphitheater, nature talks by rangers. (530) 573-2600.

Lake Tahoe Historical Society Museum Q-14 Historical photos, pioneer artifacts and Indian relics. Next to South Lake Tahoe Chamber of Commerce, Hwy. 50, SLT (530) 541-5458.


Sand Harbor State Park H-15 Beaches, Boat and auto parking, Boat launch. Off Hwy. 28, 4 miles south of Incline Village. (775) 831-0494.

Cave Rock M-14 200′ tunnel on Hwy. 50 penetrates this spot once held sacred by Washoe Indians. Reputed to sit above the home of the legendary monster “Tahoe Tessie”.


Historic Downtown Truckee C-18 Storefront facades and covered wooden walkways combine with many original Truckee buildings to provide historic atmosphere for shops, bars and restaurants.

Western American Ski Sport Museum D-4 Located at the Boreal Ridge Ski Area,this museum houses historical skiing exhibits spanning from the 1850’s to the present. Vintage ski films are shown in the theatre. Open Wed – Sun. 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. (530) 426-3313.

Donner Memorial State Park & Emigrant Trail Museum D-6 Museum features slide show of the 1846 ordeal of the Donner party. Park offers camping, boating, trails. (530) 587-3841.

Old Highway 40 Scenic Overlook D-5 Great photo opportunity, fantastic view of Donner Lake.

Sierra Nevada Children’s Museum D-5 “Mtn. Home Construction” is the main exhibit. Wed. – Sat. 10am -4pm, 11400 Donner Pass Rd. Near 7-11. $3 admission. (530) 587-KIDS.


Reindeer Lodge C-18 On Mt. Rose Hwy., 11 miles up from Hwy 395, a free admission indoor/outdoor museum full of antiques and historical info. Fun browsing. (775) 849-9902.


One Response to “Fun Things To Do at Lake Tahoe”

  1. Informative blog!!
    it would be more attractive if you update it with snaps of each!!

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