South Lake Tahoe is a popular skiing and snowboarding destination, but people often forget that there is so much more to do than just that — maybe because winter activities aren’t always so obvious. But there are plenty of fun things to do in Lake Tahoe during winter, so I created a list that will hopefully add more fun and adventure to your next South Lake Tahoe winter trip!
Fun Things To Do In South Lake Tahoe During Winter
Visit Emerald Bay State Park
The views from and to Emerald Bay State Park are INSANE!!! You really cannot miss this! You can hike around, explore, and enjoy some breathtaking views while sipping on a warm drink. You can also spot Fannette Island from here, which is a forested bay island with an abandoned stone cottage that was once used as a tea house.
Cruise The Lake
Go on a sightseeing cruise tour with Zephyr Cove – Lake Tahoe Cruises. They will take you on a boat ride with spectacular views of Lake Tahoe and Emerald Bay, along with fun facts about their fascinating history. Plus, you’ll get tons of photo-ops!
Explore Heavenly Village
Literally one of my favorite things to do! Heavenly Village is the perfected destination for shopping, dining, and entertainment. It’s located at the base of the Heavenly Mountain Resort Gondola so there’s always a lot of activity and it’s super lively. You can find good food, drinks, live music, cute boutique shops, and more!
Dine at Base Camp Pizza
While you’re visiting Heavenly Village, make sure to grab some drinks and dinner at Base Camp Pizza! Their pizza is to die for, their beer and wine will delight your senses, and their daily live music will add some fun to your dining experience! I always have a blast there! But make sure you show up early to put your name down because they usually have a long wait-time.
This is why I say Heavenly Village is my favorite — pizza, shopping, music, AND ICE SKATING?!! And all within the same spot? It can’t get better than that! Enjoy the music, lights, and wonderful winter ambiance while you show off your ice skating moves on the rink!
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Watch A Movie at Heavenly Village Cinemas
After dinner and ice skating, you can escape the cold and end your night with a movie at Heavenly Village Cinemas! There’s something about watching a movie and getting cozy when it’s cold outside. Makes for a perfect little winter date-night!
Hit the Slopes
Of course, almost everyone comes to Tahoe to snowboard or to ski so I couldn’t leave this one out! A good place to start is Heavenly Mountain Resort (obviously) or Sierra-at-Tahoe Resort. By the way, you don’t have to snowboard or ski in order to take the lift, and I suggest that you do!
Go For a Ride On a Snowmobile
I haven’t done this myself but I’ve heard wonderful things! If you have a fear of heights, you can do this over at Tahoe Snowmobiles where you can ride along a track. But if you’re seeking thrill and adventure then you can head over to Lake Tahoe Adventures for a summit snowmobile tour with plenty of photo-ops!
Tubing at Adventure Mountain
If you’re looking for some affordable family fun, check out Adventure Mountain. They have tubing, snow sledding, and plenty of space for snow play. It is the highest sledding resort with the most amount of snowfall in the entire Tahoe Basin, so don’t miss out on all the fun! Oh, and I can’t forget about their newly remodeled lodge where you can warm up by the fire, enjoy a cup of hot chocolate, and have some lunch at their cafe!
Soak in the Lake Views at Zephyr Cove (or at Lakeview Commons)
If you’re looking for a more relaxed and peaceful activity, then go for a stroll at Zephyr Cove and/or Lakeview Commons. You can feed the ducks, have a mini picnic, or just sit on a dock and soak in all the beauty that Tahoe has to offer.