From eight to eighty, kids never lack things to do in Tahoe. And if they’re under 17, they stay free!
Here’s just some of the kid-friendly fun to be had here. But be sure to ask for the My Tahoe Kids card at the front desk.
- Heated indoor pool
- Free soft drinks and snacks for kids during Happy Hour (4:30-630 pm)
- Game tables in our downstairs atrium
- Super cool waterwheel Koi pond, home to three much-loved turtles
- Full breakfast buffet —everyone eats as much as they want!
- Kids 17 and under stay for free!
- Baby cribs (additional cost)
- Complimentary high chairs
- Glass elevators (yes, kids are allowed to go up and down!)
Just steps from lots of stuff to do
- 8-plex movie theatre
- Mini-golf (summer)
- Ice-skating (winter)
- Video arcades
- Heavenly Gondola
- Adventure Park with hiking trails, a tubing hill (summer/ winter), the Blue Streak zip line, ropes course, and climbing wall
- Nearby rec center with a year-round ice-rink, playground, and swimming pool
- Bowling, boat rides, hot air balloons, dog sled rides, beach-going, and more
Learn about all the family activities you can enjoy!
Summer Camp Adventures
- Heavenly Summer Camp
- Star Camp (City of South Lake Tahoe Recreation Department)
- RAD Camp (Tahoe Douglas Recreation Department
For more information on activities, check out our list under attractions.
Fun facts about Lake Tahoe
The best way to trap Lake Tahoe Lobster
Lake Tahoe has an invasive species that hides among its rocks and boulders. If you catch enough, you have dinner. A fondness for bacon can lead Lake Tahoe’s crayfish into your trap. To capture them by hand grab the crayfish just behind the pinchers. Don’t forget a bucket to hold your catch.
Take a whiff
Most of Tahoe’s big trees are Jeffrey Pines. You can spot them by their long needles in groups of threes, large pine cones, and if you sniff the bark it smells like vanilla.
Don’t let their color fool you
Even though they might look blonde to cinnamon brown, all bears in Tahoe are black bears. They’re also great tree climbers and can sprint up to 35 mph. That’s fast! So remember to keep your distance if you’re lucky enough to spot one.
Did someone say “Cheeseburger?”
A sure signal of summer in Tahoe is the call of the “Cheeseburger” bird. Listen closely for its three-note whistle. Scientists call it the Mountain Chickadee, but these small plump birds only care about one thing “CHEESE-BURGER”.
Not all waters flow to the ocean
Sixty-three streams flow into Lake Tahoe. Only one, the Truckee River, flows out. Tahoe’s water ends at Pyramid Lake in Nevada and never reaches the ocean. So there is absolutely, never ever, any chance of sharks in the lake. Whew!
It’s a long way down
Lake Tahoe is the second deepest lake in the U.S. with a depth of 1,645 feet (501 m). And it is so clear you can see more than 75 feet down!
The Many Names of Lake Tahoe
- Da ow a ga – From the Washoe Tribe, the lake’s original residents, it means “edge of the lake.” “Da ow” later became Tahoe (mostly because adults couldn’t pronounce it correctly).
- Mountain Lake – John C. Fremont, first European to spot it.
- Lake Bonpland – Charles Preuss, the map maker with Fremont.
- Lake Bigler – for California’s third governor.
- Lake Tahoe – The state legislature officially changed the name to Lake Tahoe in 1945.