Things to Do in Tahoe This Summer

Sunshine and warm weather worshipers can finally rejoice now that the snow has melted in Tahoe and the summer’s unofficially begun!

Summer in Lake Tahoe means you can spend every day hiking, boating, biking, and water skiing, but there are also a ton of other exciting things to do in Lake Tahoe this summer as well, from laughing out loud at the mod-inspired take on the classic A Midsummer Night’s Dream to finding the best spot to watch fireworks displays this Fourth of July.

Marvel at the Shakespeare Summer Festival

Visit Sand Harbor this summer for an enthralling performance of Shakespeare’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream from July 12 through August 25. The entire family will love this modernized version of the classic, which takes place in 1960’s London, but includes all of the original mistaken identities, mispaired couples, and of course, mischievous fairies.

Catch a big one in the Lake

Regardless of whether you’re a seasoned fisherman or first-time fisher, Lake Tahoe offers a prime spot to release a line and reel in a big one. Because it’s the largest alpine lake in the US, Lake Tahoe is full of plenty of fish! From Mackinaw to Rainbow fish, you’re almost certain to bring home a tasty catch for dinner. Bring your own boat or join a fishing charter for a nautical adventure on the water.

Before casting your lines, just make sure to read up on all of the rules and regulations associated with fishing in Lake Tahoe.

“Oh” and “ah” at the 4th of July firework shows

Few can choose a better place to watch fireworks then with a light show shooting above serene Lake Tahoe.

For some early firework action, head over to Kings Beach for fireworks and a beach party on July 3. Then on July 4, Tahoe City will celebrate 66 years of firework displays at Common Beach, while on July 4-6, Incline Village will host its three day Traditional Red, White, and Tahoe Blue festival with a firework show off of Incline Beach. Or for a real crowd pleaser, check out Tahoe South’s Lights on the Lake Fireworks on July 4, which the American Pyrotechnics Association has rated as one of the “top five firework displays” in the US.

Test your balance

The sport of paddleboarding is becoming ever popular, so join in on the balancing act and try your luck at floating along the lake. Once you get the hang of shifting your weight, the rest is smooth sailing. Tahoe offers various spots to rent paddles and boards, but guests can also book paddle boarding tours to receive some tips and find out where the best spots are to glide.

And for those who have really mastered the art of paddle boarding, challenge yourselves to a paddle board yoga class in Tahoe!

Sing along at Harvey’s 2013 Summer Concert Series

Some of the hottest musical acts are gracing the stages in Tahoe all summer long. Throw on your cowboy boots and straw hat for country performances by Tim McGraw, Rascal Flatts, and Brad Paisley at Harvey’s outdoor arena. Or if you’re looking for some more variety, rock out to Phish, Tegan and Sara, and the Dave Matthews Band, which are just a few of the various musicians who will shake up Tahoe this summer.

Search for Tahoe Tessie

Bask on the shores or hike the trails around Lake Tahoe, but don’t forget your binoculars! Legends dating back to the Paiute and Washoe tribes reveal the tale of a creature named Tessie who supposedly lives in the lake. To this day, witnesses still allegedly report sightings of the serpent-like creature, so why not join in on the fun and hope for glimpse of the mythical being?

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