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Non-snow-related things to do in Lake Tahoe

My friends got a cabin in Tahoe for the summer, so I thought I'd pay a visit at some point!  Haven't decided yet if I'm just visiting for the weekend or a week yet, but I'd like to have some options for things to do and see on the weekend and maybe some restaurants to check out for dinner.  And if anyone knows of any gyms around there where I can get a day pass, that would be awesome, too.  Thanks!

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answered by
Trevor from Los Angeles

Lake Tahoe is amazing in the summer and there is so much to do! Things like restaurants and tour providers might depend on which part of Lake Tahoe the cabin is in as it's a massive area. But here are a few ideas to get you started. 

Speed Boat Rental

You'll definitely want to get out on the lake as much as possible (and for as long as possible). To really cover some ground and have independence, I'd recommend renting your own speed boat. Here's a provider in South Lake Tahoe, and here's a provider on the West Shore (Tahoe City). You can rent a boat for a half day for between $365-585 depending on the boat you choose. It may seem expensive at first, but boats hold between 7 and 10 people. So just divide the coast between a group and it's really affordable.

Stand Up Paddle Boarding 

SUPing on Lake Tahoe is a must, especially early in the morning when the lake is clam. It depends where around the lake you're staying, but here is a provider on the West Shore, North Shore, and in South Lake.


Kayaking on Lake Tahoe is incredible. I'd recommend taking a kayak tour of Emerald Bay. With this tour provider based on the South Shore, you'll get about 4 hours on the water (and a good workout) for $70. Here's a provider on the West Shore (Tahoe City) which provides tours throughout the lake, as well as SUP rentals. 


If you're not looking to battle rapids and a 2-3 hour leisurely float is more your speed, check out this provider based out of the West Shore (Tahoe City). 

If you're looking for something more adventurous try this provider and this provider


This is the most dependent on which part of Lake Tahoe you'll be staying in. I'm most familiar with the West Shore so here are a few great places in that neck of the woods. 

PDQ Tahoma Market - (website) Located in the Tahoma area of the West Shore, they have amazing deli sandwiches made on fresh homemade bread. Stop here and pick up sandwhichs if you're driving by, or come here to pack a lunch to take on your boat rental or river float trip.  

Chambers Landing Bar & Grill - (website) A super casual and lively boat up bar (another great reason to rent a speed boat). Get the Chambers Punch - a slushy drink filled with rum. 

Sunnyside Resort (website) - A casual, fun, and lively restaurant and bar. Drive up or boat up and enjoy lunch or dinner.  

West Shore Cafe & Inn (website) - If you're looking for something a little more refined, this is it. Dinning on the outside deck right along the lake at sunset is perfect. 

There's also  The Dam Cafe (website) if you're passing through Tahoe City during breakfast/brunch hours. 

Have a great time!

Mentioned in this answer:

  1. Sunnyside Resort (restaurant)
  2. Chambers Landing Bar & Grill (attraction)
  3. PDQ Tahoma Market (attraction)
  4. West Shore Cafe & Inn (restaurant)
  5. The Dam Cafe (restaurant)
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answered by
Shayne from Templeton


Hey Debbie - Tahoe is a blast in the summer.  I'll assume you are looking in Tahoe City since you referenced the Safeway and Crepe stand.

The gym you want to go to is  A Sante Lakeside Fitness and don't be suprised if you bump into an Olympian while you're there.  It's a killer little gym with great equipment.

If you have any desire at all to learn to fly fish check out Matt Heron Fly Fishing located at the Resort at Squaw Creek.  Matt leases the ponds on the golf course and stocks them with big hungry trout. He'll teach you to cast and catch fish in a couple hours and it's a blast.  From there you can get out on the river.

And then you can always float the Truckee River.  Raft companies are set up just down river from Fanny Bridge and you float from  The Bridgetender (great place for a beer on the deck) to River Ranch Lodge (also great spot for a beer on the deck)!  After your float they bus you back to the parking lot.



Mentioned in this answer:

  1. Matt Heron Fly Fishing (attraction)
  2. Resort at Squaw Creek (hotel)
  3. Truckee River (attraction)
  4. The Bridgetender (restaurant)
  5. A Sante Lakeside Fitness (attraction)
  6. River Ranch Lodge (attraction)
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answered first by
Tiffany from Corvallis

It's been eons since I've been there myself, but the obvious answer is:  The Lake!  It's a great space for boating, jetskiing, or waterskiing.  There are hiking trails in the are too. I used to go there a lot to ski.  There's a ton to do, but the outdoors is the immediate draw.

On the Nevada side, you can gamble and there are several casinos.  Hopefully someone else on here will know the best ones.  :)

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