Family Vacation in Lake Tahoe, California

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Jaycee Jones

  • Lake Tahoe

  • California

  • Adventure Travel

  • Family Travel

  • Nature Escapes

  • Lakeside

  • Sightseeing

  • Outdoors

Beautiful view of Lake Tahoe
Curator’s statement

The turquoise waters of Lake Tahoe invite you from beach shores to tourist shopping and dining. There’s something special for every member of the family. Driving distance vacations are important to many, as this centrally located destination checks all the boxes. Tahoe should truly be on every American’s bucket list. A family trip here is just what you need for a simple getaway filled with fun.

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Things to do in Lake Tahoe California

Vikingsholm is one of the finest examples of Scandinavian architecture.

Tahoma-Tahoe City

A smaller town on the west side of the lake has anything you could need — grocery stores, CVS, ice cream, lunch stops, bike rentals and boating. Be sure to check out the Gatekeeper’s Museum, cute cabins with historical exhibits and research library. Another great family venture in Tahoe City is Tahoe Treetop Adventure Park, including 27 zip lines through the pines and cedars and 97 tree platforms. Beginner to advanced courses, safety gear included and plenty of trail opportunities for non-participating family members to watch from below!

Sugar Pine Point Beach/Rail Tracks

Ed Z’berg Sugar Pine Point State Park provides pet friendly camping and walking trails with beautiful rocky beaches and full horizon views of the water and Sierra Mountains. Here you can swim, picnic and cross-country ski in the winter! Note the 1800’s preserved mansions and cottages, boathouse (with unique boat inside) and railroad tracks leading right into the water (great photo op), gift shop and even a tennis court!

Eagle Rock Hike

The top of Eagle Rock has 360 views of the lake and beautiful canyons. Try the shaded 0.7 mile round-trip hike in about a half hour. While considered moderate, it is easy for toddlers to walk on it just fine. Some subtle rock climbing towards the top is well worth the breathtaking views.

Tahoe City Sushi

We recommend ordering the edamame spicy and securing a table on the outdoor patio to watch the lake while you eat. Friendly demeanor from all the employees and wonderful sushi! No reservations needed, enjoy the welcoming atmosphere.

Vikingsholm/Fanette Island Tea House Island

Vikingsholm, Tahoe’s hidden castle from the 1860’s located in Emerald Bay is a must-do tour/self explore. Astounding Scandinavian architecture showcased throughout, including the remote castle on the island. Rent a kayak or pack in your paddle board to enjoy this short row off the main beach. The hike down to the main castle and beach is a few switchbacks, well maintained and shaded, but wear comfortable shoes for the walk back up to the scenic overlook and parking lot.

Kings Beach-North Tahoe

A perfect sandy beach with daily live music, plenty of parking and food/beverage options within walking distance. Set up your umbrella and enjoy paddle boarding and swimming while watching the parasailors. Lunch and ice cream from the sandwich shop bordering the parking lot. Nice bathrooms and plenty of space for everybody!

Truckee River Bike Path

Flat and shady trail follows the beautiful Truckee River for five miles, an easy ride for the whole family. Rent bikes, helmets and children’s seats from Willard’s Sport Shop for a reasonable fee. Leave from Tahoe City and end up at the Olympic Valley Park, where you can play soccer, pickle ball and a playground for the kiddos too!

Tahoe Trunk Show

Handcrafted jewelry, art, aromatherapy, ceramic pottery, clothing and accessories. Support small businesses and find local goodies for the whole family to take home and enjoy. The array of housewares is eye catching and get yourself a beautiful cutting board.

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For more travel tips, check out Fora Advisor Joy Craven’s guide, Family-Friendly Winter Vacation in Lake Tahoe.

This guide is part of our ongoing series on travel to California.