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Top 10 Lake Tahoe Family Vacation Ideas
Almost 200 square miles of sparkling water surrounded by majestic peaks, Lake Tahoe is North America's largest alpine lake. And that means there's plenty of space for family fun! Enjoy a wealth of aquatic adventures like sailing, kayaking, parasailing, and more. Stay dry hiking through the lush nature trails, or pedaling a bicycle through the Tahoe Rim Trail. When the winter wonderland arrives, hit the slopes for a slew of skiing adventures. These family friendly lodgings serve as your base camp for fun, offering a host of amenities and stunning natural scenery. Claim your California outdoor oasis now!

Pullen Rental Group

Truckee, California

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+1 (877) 734 - 4569

The best way to spend your Lake Tahoe vacation is with your own private home-away-from-home. Pullen Rental Group offers a wide selection of rentals to choose from including spacious lakefront homes that offer anywhere between one and eight bedrooms, perfect for families of all sizes. You'll love the beautiful lake or forest views and the abundance of onsite amenities such as fully equipped kitchens, hot tubs, game rooms, wireless internet, decks and outdoor grills! It's everything you need for a comfortable and convenient Lake Tahoe vacation. Of course, don't spend all your time indoors, not when there's so much waiting right outside! The beautiful Lake Tahoe area is brimming with adventures and recreation that's sure to appeal to everyone in your group. Hop aboard a boat and enjoy the cool breeze in your hair on a Lake Tahoe ride or fishing trip, or hit the local trails on a bike along beautiful Truckee River. Winter-lovers will find world-class skiing at five nearby resorts, too! There's always something to enjoy at this incredible location and Pullen Rental Group makes it easy to plan your next vacation!


12693 Parsenn Rd. Truckee, California 96161


Don't worry about leaving your four-legged friend back at home! Pullen Rental Group offers a selection of pet-friendly accommodations so every member of the family can enjoy a fun vacation together.

Related activities

The DL Bliss and Sugar Pine Point State Park are perfect spots for a good hiking trip! There are also plenty of local trails for mountain biking as well.


Meeks Bay Resort & Marina

Meeks Bay, California

View Website +1 (855) 750 - 2169

Meeks Bay Resort & Marina allows you to customize your Lake Tahoe experience with a wide variety of accommodation types, as well plenty of lake amenities to enjoy with the entire family.

If you are looking for the ultimate family experience, rent our the Kehlet Mansion. Built in 1934 by the resort's founders, it features a newly remodeled kitchen, spectacular views from a scenic observation deck, and a secluded location that is perfect for reunions, social gatherings, and even an intimate wedding ceremony. Looking for more seclusion? The Washoe House is separated from the rest of the resort, offering the most privacy. The house also boasts a full kitchen, a spacious family room featuring a gas fireplace, a scenic picnic area and BBQ grill right on the shores of the lake. After you've settled into your comfortable accommodations, make sure to spend a few days on the water with the help of the on-site marina. Rent a speed boat for the day, and make sure to reserve a Ski Package (choice of either a waterski, tube, or wakeboard, one life vest, one wetsuit, rope and flag). If you are looking to explore the pristine waters of Lake Tahoe at a slightly slower speed, inquire about kayak and pedal boat rentals. If you prefer to stay on dry land, spend a day on the beach, or hike through miles of scenic trails. Your options are endless when you book your stay at Meeks Bay Resort & Marina!


7941 Emerald Bay Road Meeks Bay, CA 96142

Mountain range

The Sierra Nevada mountain range and the Carson Range make up the Lake Tahoe Basin. Some of the highest peaks of the basin are Freel Peak (10,891 feet), Monument Peak (10,067 feet), and Pyramid Peak (9,984 feet).

Fun facts

World famous Mackinaw trout can be caught from shore or you can inquire about full service charters from the marina. This species of fish can grow to 30 pounds or more, and the Lake Tahoe record for the Mackinaw trout is a 37-pound trophy caught in 1974.


Cedar Crest Cottages

Homewood, California

View Website +1 (877) 250 - 3909

Cedar Crest Cottages gives families an spectacular luxury destination surrounded by incomparable vistas of Lake Tahoe's West Shore. Your family will absolutely love it.

Whether your family is interested in relaxation or high-octane adventure, the Lake Tahoe area and Cedar Crest Cottages can accommodate you. Get out and do some hiking or skiing in the mountains and on the nearby trails, or stay in and enjoy a homemade meal and your cozy quarters. The luxurious bedrooms promote restful sleep and unbelievable comfort for each and every guest. All this will be facilitated by the charismatic onsite hosts, who also provide a range of distinctive services designed to create an effortless experience for every guest!


4815 W Lake Blvd, Homewood, CA 96141



Total area

Lake Tahoe is 191.6 mi².


Tahoe Getaways

Truckee, California

View Website +1 (866) 841 - 8260

Whether you seek natural splendor or a wealth of supremely fun activities (and you probably seek both), Tahoe Getaway's is the place for your family's next vacation!

The friendly staff at Tahoe Getaways will be more than happy to help you find the rental of your family's dreams! Its extensive list of Tahoe rentals throughout North Tahoe and Truckee are the absolute cream of the crop, and you'll undoubtedly find one that fits your exact specifications. From there you'll have easy access to Tahoe's plethora of attractions and activities- skiing, shopping, and more! Or take it easy and go on a hike around the deep blue lake while marveling at the surrounding mountains and forests- it's all fair game!


10010 Church St, Truckee, CA 96161

Related activities

Nearby Homewood Snowcat Adventures has access to over 750 acres of backcountry terrain on the flanks of Ellis Peak, above the resort’s traditional ski area boundary.

Fun facts

Lake Tahoe is the largest alpine lake in North America.


Forest Suites Resort

South Lake Tahoe, California

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A large, condominium-style suite will be welcome you home at Forest Suites Resort. Featuring a fully-equipped kitchen, dining and living areas you will leave the comfort of your own home. And when you're not relaxing in your private accommodation, there's plenty of options for everyone. Start every day off with a delicious American-style breakfast buffet, soak into the two pools and spa tubs, and enjoy movie nights! Mid-week wine and cheese receptions are sure to be a treat for the adults while the kids have fun at the XBOX game center. Of course, with such a prime Lake Tahoe location you can't spend all your time indoors. Ski-enthusiasts will fall in love with this winter wonderland that puts you just 100 yards from Heavenly Ski Gondola and Heavenly Village. That means you have direct access to Heavenly's 4,800 acres of skiable terrain! During the warmer months, breathe in the fresh air as you lounge on the lake's shores, or take it up a notch and visit Mount Tallac on a four-wheeling tour!


One Lake Parkway, South Lake Tahoe, California 96150

Related activities

Located just across the street from Forest Suites Resort, the Van Sickle Bi-State Park welcomes adventurers to its incredible 573-acre park.

Related Onsite Offerings

In the winter you can roast marshmallows and s'mores at their outdoor fire-pit, and in the summer their ice cream socials are a big hit! The kids are sure to love the weekend pony rides!


Olympic Village Inn

Olympic Valley, California

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Cradled by the majestic Sierra Nevada Mountains, Olympic Village Inn is the summit of family fun! This Lake Tahoe retreat features a host of outdoor adventures like rafting down the Truckee River, getting a birds eye view of the area with a cable car ride up Squaw Valley, or hiking the hundreds of miles of scenic trails in Tahoe Basin. And the fun really heats up when the cold weather comes. Carve up the hills while downhill skiing and snowboarding, coast along in your ice skates, and explore hundreds of miles of snowmobiling trails. After an action-packed day, retire to your accommodations and enjoy an array of amenities including a kitchenette, a cozy living room, and a private balcony. Looking to prepare a family picnic lunch? Multiple barbeque grills are located in the common areas. Beautiful flower gardens and traditional European decor make you feel as if you've traveled overseas. Enjoy a getaway filled with traditional European ambiance right here along the shores of Lake Tahoe!


1909 Chamonix Place, Olympic Valley, CA 96146

Number of runs/trails/roads/etc.

Squaw Valley features 3,600 skiable acres spread across six peaks. Thirty ski lifts and more than 170 trails make this the ideal place to plan your next skiing getaway!

Fun facts

Squaw Valley was the host of the 1960 Olympic Games. You can still visit many of the areas that held the individuals events to this day!


Camp Richardson Historic Resort

South Lake Tahoe, California

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Four seasons of family fun abound at Camp Richardson Historic Resort! Cast a line with the kids at the onsite Lake Tahoe marina, hike through the tree-lined trails, or rent a boat and explore the shores. When the winter wonderland arrives, try cross country skiing, snowshoeing, ice skating, and more. Grab a family meal at the onsite The Beacon Bar & Grill, which overlooks the sandy beach shores. A hotel and cabins both exude a rustic yet refined ambiance and feature log furniture and knotty pine interiors. King deluxe rooms can fit the whole family and provide gorgeous views of the California landscape. If you'd really like to rough it, set up a tent beneath the towering pines and breathe in the fresh air. And, you're never too far from the lakeside restaurant, general store, and ice cream parlor!


1900 Jameson Beach Rd., South Lake Tahoe, CA 96150

Related activities

Embark on the spectacular Lake Tahoe boat cruise, which leaves every day during the summer months from the Marina at 1p.m. and 3:30 p.m. for a 1.5-hour cruise to Emerald Bay and back.

Related Onsite Offerings

Reserve a Richardson house family/corporate ski/board package, which accommodates up to 20 guests and is perfect for a family reunion!


Heavenly Valley Lodge

South Lake Tahoe, California

View Website +1 (530) 564 - 1500

Located on the south side of Lake Tahoe, Heavenly Valley Lodge is teeming with aquatic adventures! Sailing, swimming, and fishing are just out your door. And, these crystal clear waters provide such stunning scenery that you don't have to do a thing but enjoy the roaming waters. You'll have plenty of days to enjoy the lake, as the area receives more than 300 days of sunshine on an annual basis. Once the fluffy snow falls, you'll have easy access to Heavenly Ski Slopes, or you can take a short drive to other world-class facilities located in the Lake Tahoe Region. After fun-filled days enjoying the stunning natural splendor, retreat to the rustic cabin accommodations at Heavenly Valley Lodge. Many of these cabins feature cozy fireplaces, a kitchenette, and cable television. Some are pet friendly, so don't forget to bring your favorite four-legged friend along during your Tahoe family vacation. Every member of the family is welcome at Heavenly Valley Lodge!


1261 Ski Run Blvd, South Lake Tahoe, CA 96150

Fun facts

The Lake Tahoe region usually receives more than 300 days of sunshine each year, making it the premier four seasons family vacation!

Related Onsite Offerings

There are four outdoor sitting areas on the property that showcase the stunning scenery. The fire pit and flagstone patio area are perfect places to enjoy the views!


Cedar House Sport Hotel

Truckee, California

View Website +1 (866) 582 - 5655

The Cedar House Sport Hotel is your family winter wonderland getaway! Breathe in the fresh mountain air and admire the snow-crowned peaks at this outdoor oasis. An eclectic mix of contemporary luxury and organic comfort combine to form a truly unforgettable Lake Tahoe experience. The European-inspired rooms feature comforters imported from Germany and Egyptian cotton robes and towels. An array of amenities includes flat-screen televisions, and outdoor hot tub, free wireless internet, and cable television! Once you've settled in, set out for a mountain of fun. Cross country ski through the powdery white landscape, hit the slopes for some downhill skiing, or snowshoe through the pine-dotted wilderness. Once you've worked up an appetite, grab a bite to eat at the onsite restaurant Stella. Fun comes naturally at the Cedar House Sport Hotel!


10918 Brockway Road, Truckee, CA 96161


Cedar House Sport Hotel is dog friendly, so every member of the family is welcome here!

Related Onsite Offerings

Make your dream wedding a reality at this idyllic venue, which features year-round mountain beauty and outstanding culinary options!


Tahoe Management Co.

Zephyr Cove, Nevada

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Find four seasons of family fun at Tahoe Management Co. Your year-round stay is highlighted by a host of lodging options and beautiful scenery. Town homes on the private Pinewild Beach, condos near Heavenly Valley Ski lifts, and spacious stays in Tahoe Village let you customize your stay. Up to nine-bedroom homes are perfect for housing family reunions while condos have all the amenities for single family stays. Whirlpools, swimming pools, tennis courts, hot tubs, saunas, and more keep all ages entertained. When your family is ready for adventure, you need to go far to find fun. The sprawling Lake Tahoe is teeming with aquatic activities like parasailing, jet-skiing, kayaking, scuba diving, and more. When the winter wonderland arrives, carve up the slopes at the many nearby ski resorts, twist and turn through the landscape on a snowmobile, or soak in the scenery on a cross country skiing expedition. Head into town for a host of restaurants, shopping options, and casino options. Every season bursts with adventures for every age!


601 Hwy 50, PO Box 800, Zephyr Cove, NV 89448


Lake Tahoe covers 191square miles, meaning there is almost endless space for your family to enjoy a wealth of water sports!

Related activities

Discover a slope for every member of the family at Heavenly Mountain Resort, which features a diverse variety of terrain on 97 runs and 30 lifts!