Affordable and fun activities this summer in Lake Tahoe

Still juggling ideas on where to go with your family and friends for one last trip before the summer ends? Lake Tahoe is the place! My family and I went a couple of weeks ago and had an amazing time. We drove from San Francisco to North Lake Tahoe and spent three unforgettable days. We stayed at the Ritz Carlton Hotel, (stay tuned for post very soon) but spent most of our time enjoying all the fun outdoor activities that Lake Tahoe has to offer in the summer.

📍Full-Moon Kayak Tour

If you are seeking an adventurous outdoor activity, sign up for a full moon kayak tour! I had the opportunity to experience it first-hand and I can honestly say it’s one of those moments you want to live over, and over again. No previous kayaking experience is required, but be aware that you are in for a workout! If your dates do not coincide with a full-moon, there’s sunset and astronomy tours available and highly recommended.

Off shore, minutes before starting our kayaking adventure with Tahoe Adventure Company.

Although it gets really hot during the day, the temperature drops drastically once the sun sets.. Tahoe Adventure Company provides a full kayaking service that includes waterproof pants and jackets.

The Full Moon tour usually starts around 6:30pm and you can choose a single of double kayak.

Before you realize it, you are in the middle of Lake Tahoe witnessing a breathtaking sunset.

I was scared to drop my phone but couldn’t resist capturing this moment.

As the sun in setting, the full moon starts to rise. #AMAZING

The 2.5 hour tour costs between $65 per person and it includes the all the gear (kayak, paddle and lifejacket), snacks, photos and a hot apple cider or chocolate when you come back to shore.

📍 Emerald Bay State Park 

Although we stayed in North Lake Tahoe, it was in our list of things-to-do to drive on Highway 89 around the lake and make it to Emerald Bay.  Without a doubt one of the best places to enjoy the panoramic views of the lake and its mountains.

The drive from North Lake Tahoe to Emerald Bay was around 40mins along highway 89.

If you are up for an adventure, hike up to Eagle Falls at Emerald Bay Park.

Hanging out in my siblings at Emerald Bay.

📍 Vikingsholm – Tahoe’s Hidden Castle
Your trip to Lake Tahoe must include the famous Vikingsholm summer home, inside Emerald Bay State Park. Your day starts with a nice nature hike through the mountain and mesmerizing lake views. You can tour the “hidden castle”-considered one of the finest examples of Scandinavian architecture in the United States-  for a small fee of $10. Keep in mind that their visiting hours vary every month.  Click here for more information.

Emerald Bay and Fannette Island


Exterior view of Vikingholm. Amazing photo by travel blogger Make sure to check out!

P.S.- I have to confess that I wasn’t able to go to Vikingsholom in this trip, but its my perfect excuse to come back…SOON!

📍Catamaran Ride over the Lake

Cruise over the placid waters of Lake Tahoe aboard a Catamaran that takes you for almost two hours around the lake. Fresh fruits, beer and wine are complementary all throughout the ride. Perfect environment to capture breathtaking photographs, dream about one day owning one of the million dollar homes along the shore, and listening to the history of one of North America’s most amazing lakes. Costs for a Catamaran tour vary, but they start at $55 per person.

If you like a little more speed, you can rent a jet-ski.

Very friendly, fun and knowledgable crew was on board our Catamaran.

If you are not afraid of heights, definitely plan to parasail during your visit to Lake Tahoe.

One of the many million-dollar-homes at Lake Tahoe.

We used Action Water Sports for our Catamaran tour. Had we had more time, we would have done more of their activities. Click here for more information.

📍 Truckee River Rafting (and whitewater)
If your idea of summer is sunbathing and getting wet at the same time, no problem! Truckee River rafting is great to experience a scenic slow ride over easy floats, or you can choose more exciting whitewater action right where the Truckee and Little Truckee Rivers meet below Boca Reservoir, which is mostly Class II and III with one Class IV rapid. The water is liveliest when the California snow melts in May and June, but rafting is usually possible until early October.


🗺️ Travelers FYI:
✈️ Closest airport: Reno International
🚗  If you can, drive to Lake Tahoe and enjoy the scenic views along I80.

📅 If planning on going on a holiday…plan ahead of time as Lake Tahoe is becoming more and more popular to spend the long weekends and holidays.

🌞 Don’t forget to pack your sunscreen and bathing suit!


Have you been to Lake Tahoe? What was your experience? Please feel free to leave your comments, suggestions and tag @MaityontheGo on your next adventure!