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Things To Do With Kids in South Lake Tahoe

South Lake Tahoe is a California mountain town nestled in the Sierra Nevada mountains. Home to some of the country’s best skiing, it’s no surprise this resort town has a booming tourism industry catered for family vacationing. South Lake Tahoe is full of top-rated restaurants, indoor play centers, beach fronts, well-maintained parks, and other things to do with kids. Browse fun activities for families, including famous tourist attractions and local favorites alike.

The best activities for kids in South Lake Tahoe can range from an epic outdoor adventure to sightseeing hot spots. Find fun things to do with kids in the category below:

  • Head to Thomas F Regan Memorial City Beach for lakeside views, the Reno Playa Art Park, and picnic sites
  • Catch the best views of Lake Tahoe at D.L. Bliss and Emerald Bay State Park
  • Ski at Heavenly Resort or try out the ropes courses, zip lines, and mountain coaster
  • Camp, swim, boat, and more at Camp Richardson just 10 minutes away
  • Go for a quick drive to David Walley’s Hot Springs and enjoy 5 mineral hot springs, an outdoor heated pool, the steam room, dry sauna, and full service spa just 30 mins away

Take a drive up north to The High Camp Experience at Squaw Valley for a bird’s eye view of the mountain. The aerial tram will lead you to hot tubs and pools, disc golf, roller skating, a hiker’s paradise, and more. For other family-friendly things to do try the following:

  • Play disc golf, volleyball, horseshoe, or skate the park at Bijou Community Park
  • Test your strength on the climbing structures, walking track, workout machines, or trails outside for hiking at the Kahle Community Center
  • Take a short hike at Eagle Falls in the Tahoe Basin, just 20 minutes
  • Skate around at the South Lake Tahoe Ice Arena
  • Bowl or play arcade games at the local favorite alley Tahoe Bowl

Explore the coastal Ed Z’berg Sugar Pine Point State Park and tour the old Hellman-Ehrman Mansion. Or visit nearby Sugar Pine Point Nature Center, another one of South Lake Tahoe’s popular attractions. For more sightseeing and free things to do with kids, try the following:

  • Tour Vikingsholm, a 38-room mansion on the coast of Emerald Bay known as “Tahoe’s Hidden Castle”
  • Check out the two historic homes at the Tallac Historic Site
  • Visit Lake Tahoe’s only island, Fannette Island
  • Drive to Van Sickle Bi-State Park for biking, walking, and horseback riding trails in two states — Nevada and California
  • Book an afternoon of adventure with Alpine Fly Fishing Guide Service

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Make today all about the kids with entertainment and activities created for them. South Lake Tahoe has kid-friendly camps, rec center programs, sports, and much more to offer residents and tourists alike. For more kids activities, check out the following:

  • Camp and play experiences dedicated to children’s imagination and love of nature at Camp Edgewood
  • Sign up for Rec Center Youth & Teen Summer Programs through the City of South Lake Tahoe
  • Register the kids in South Lake Tahoe National Little League
  • Score half off on the South Lake Tahoe Self-Guided Scavenger Hunt
  • Enjoy free day use at Baldwin Beach, perfect for barbeques

Book something to do for the whole group without breaking the bank from the city’s famous Venetian gondola experience to a classic boat tour. For more family-friendly activities in South Lake Tahoe, try the following:

  • Book a one-of-a-kind experience with South Lake Tahoe Parasailing
  • Explore the Tahoe Treetop Adventure Park in Tahoe Vista
  • Save with bundle ticket prices to Tahoe Amore, a Venetian gondola experience
  • Reserve a sightseeing boat tour for the whole group
  • Call ahead to arrange Dog Sled Tours with Sierra Ski Touring

South Lake Tahoe is a hub for learning-focused entertainment too. Pick up a new skill at summer sports camp or the Birkholm’s Water Ski School and enjoy the city’s fine art and rich history. Find educational things to do with kids in South Lake Tahoe:

  • Learn to waterski with an instructor from Birkholm’s Water Ski School
  • Sign up for week-long summer sports camps at FitKid Summer Sports Camp where exercises are health and wellness-focused
  • Enjoy rotating exhibits at the Marcus Ashley Fine Art Gallery
  • Visit The Corley Ranch or Delfino Farms where the kids can pet a wide range of animals
  • Checking out the Tahoe Heritage Foundation to learn about the city’s history

Enrich your child’s creative side with art, theater, dance, or photography classes. South Lake Tahoe boasts top-rated studios and creative programs for kids. Browse deals on classes here:

  • Take ballet, jazz, hip hop classes, and more at Forever Dance Studio
  • Try your skill at pottery at Tahoe Ceramics Workshop
  • Explore the fun, casual Tahoe Art League's Art Center Gallery and check out a premiere art event if you’re lucky
  • Try zumba or another dance class at Marcia Sarosik Dance Studio
  • Stock up on art supplies at Bohemian Beads & Arts and head to one of South Lake Tahoe’s gorgeous city parks for an afternoon of crafts

Keeping youngsters entertained indoors for the day is no problem in South Lake Tahoe. Find deals on fun indoor activities for kids in the category below:

  • Catch a new flick at Heavenly Village Cinema
  • Visit Benko Art Gallery, won best gallery on the south shore two years in a row
  • Let the younger kids play around at Tahoe Tot Spot
  • Take a trip to Reno and spend the afternoon in EZAIR Trampoline Park & Laser Tag
  • Try one of the South Lake Tahoe’s escape rooms like Trapped In Tahoe or Puzzle Room