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Lake Tahoe Recreation and Attractions - Child's Play

Lake Tahoe also has plenty of adventures tailored to the kids!

Lake Tahoe is home to an array of activities and places that were created especially with kids and families in mind. Whether your kids are 5 or 15, you'll soon see that Lake Tahoe is a great place to play.

The following is a list of things for kids to do and see in Lake Tahoe:


Kids' Camp has served Lake Tahoe visitors since 1992. Open to kids age's 6-13 years, this is a great option for the kids to get out and have some fun around Lake Tahoe. With both Day and Evening Sessions Available, this safe, fun, and educational program will allow your child to enjoy the limitless opportunities that Lake Tahoe has to offer. Kids' Camp is in no way a baby sitting service, but a well-rounded program of exciting adventures and activities. Hiking, swimming, movies, bowling and trips to the arcade, are just some of the great activities that Kids' Camp does each and everyday, year-round. Kids' Camp offers children an opportunity to experience Lake Tahoe and leave with memories that are sure to last a lifetime! Contact Kid's Camp at 775-267-6399.



All children love to go for a boat ride. The M.S. Dixie II and the Tahoe Queen both have regularly scheduled cruises to points of interest around the lake.


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The U.S. Forest Service Visitor Center, located on Highway 89 three miles north of South Lake Tahoe, offers a variety of activities, many perfect for children. Self-guided trails and a stream profile chamber are near the Center, and a program called "Woodsy Rangers" is presented each day for the children. The Visitors Center is open from 8:30 am to 8:30 pm during the summer months.



Peddle along Tahoe's many bike paths - a good outing for the whole family. If you left your own bikes behind, many local shops rent them, along with child seats, including Anderson's Bike Rental on Emerald Bay Road, Lakeview Sports on Highway 50 near Regan Beach, and Sierra Cycle Works, on Highway 50 near Safeway in South Lake Tahoe.


Squaw Valley's tram can whisk you and your little ones up to the 8200 feet High Camp, where you can gaze out over Lake Tahoe, even have lunch at the High Camp restaurants. On the South Shore, Heavenly's tram carries you on a mile-long excursion up to 8250 feet, where you can grab some munchies at the Top of the Tram. It's here you'll enjoy some of the most breathtaking views of majestic Lake Tahoe and the Sierras.


Children of all ages enjoy leaning over Fanny Bridge at the Tahoe City "Y" and spotting the giant trout that dart back and forth between the bridge and the dam. Take some bread or fish food.


Imagine the huge grin on your child's face as he ambles down the trail on a gentle horse. Go for a hay ride, or in wintertime, take a sleigh ride. Camp Richardson Stables is located on Highway 89, offering a beautiful trail ride, and an especially fun breakfast and steak dinner rides where a delicious meal awaits you on the shores of Fallen Leaf lake. Fun for the entire family.


South Lake Tahoe has one movie theater located at the Horizon Casino. For young video game aficionados, video arcades can be found at all the casinos. Harrah's Family Fun Center has Lake Tahoe's only indoor playground, virtual reality experiences, plus over 100 video, pinball and redemption games.


The City of South Lake Tahoe's Parks and Recreation Department is a wellspring of inexpensive activities organized especially for children. Kids of all ages can enjoy an hour or two of afternoon fun, day trips or even exciting overnight trips. Younger children can spend an afternoon eating pizza and roller skating during the Park and Recreation Department's trips for pre-school age to 10-year-old children once a month. Young outdoor enthusiasts can take advantage of the Youth Summer Day Hikes offered in the summer and fall. These informative all-day hikes are designed to introduce your child to practical outdoor skills while having fun. So. Lake Tahoe (530) 542-6055 or Douglas County (775) 586-7271.


Your kids can make a splash at the beach, scramble over fun playground structures or munch their lunch at scenic picnic areas. Public beaches on the South Shore are: Nevada Beach, El Dorado Beach, Regan Beach, Pope Beach, Kiva Beach and Baldwin Beach. There are paddleboat, jet ski and other water toy rentals available at area marinas including Camp Richardson Anchorage Marina, off Emerald Bay Road, Ski Run Marina, just off Highway 50 at the lake end of Ski Run Boulevard, Timber Cove Marina, behind the Timber Cove Lodge on Highway 50, and Zephyr Cove Marina, four miles past the casinos on the Nevada side.


If bowling is your game, the Tahoe Bowl is open from 2 to 11 pm, located on Fremont Avenue in South Lake Tahoe.


In the winter, kids can slide down the slopes at some of the snow play and snow park areas. Many local shops rent tubes, toboggans and sleds. Many local ski areas also have special classes for kids.


Winter Activities in Lake Tahoe - In the winter, kids can sled on slopes in designated areas. Many shops sell or rent sleds, toboggans and tubes. All the local ski resorts have ski instruction for kids and many have day care facilities.

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