Lake Tahoe is one of the most popular destinations in the US, especially for families. You'll find an array of things to see and do for kids of all ages, such as taking a boat tour, exploring the wilderness, or enjoying adventure activities and sightseeing. There's no limit to the fun you can have with the family in this spectacular outdoor area. If you're planning a trip, take a look at the best Lake Tahoe kids' activities and ideas for how to make the most of the experience.

1. Find adventure at Tahoe Treetop

Tahoe Treetop is an adventure attraction that's filled with tree platform courses varying in length and height. The activities at Tahoe Treetop range from adventure parks with bridges, ropes courses, and climbing structures to zip-lining tours through the trees. This park will require a commitment of up to 3 hours to experience the best of the activities, so be sure to plan. To participate in activities children must be at least 5 years old and over 49 inches tall. The park does lend helmets to its guests, but you may want to bring your own. There are currently 3 Tahoe Treetop locations in the Lake Tahoe area: Tahoe City, Squaw Valley, and Tahoe Vista.

2. Enjoy the view with Heavenly Scenic Gondola Rides

Heavenly Scenic Gondola Rides are the perfect way to experience the stunning landscape with the family and enjoy a relaxing day out. While riding the gondola, you will see amazing views of snowy mountaintops and a breathtaking view of Lake Tahoe. At the top, you can walk onto the observation deck to see panoramic landscape views and take pictures. Pack a picnic and eat at one of the clean picnic tables while taking in the phenomenal view or enjoy the food at the café.

3. Have a thrill with the Ridge Rider Mountain Coaster

The Ridge Rider Mountain Coaster is an amazing gravity-feed coaster that sits on top of a mountain overlooking Heavenly Mountain Resort. The car is open and holds up to 2 riders, so you or the kids can pair up for the ride down. On the ride, you'll cruise through all types of natural forest and rock formations while traveling along about 2,700 feet of track. This ride is sure to be a hit with the kids. Children must be 3 years or older to participate in the ride and the driver of the car must be at least 16 years old.

4. Teach the kids something new at Squaw Valley High Camp

Squaw Valley High Camp sits nestled among the Sierra Nevada mountain range and boasts views of white peaks and the sparkling waters of Lake Tahoe. To get there, you can ride the famous aerial tram that climbs up to 8,200 feet to the campground. The kids can play in the outdoor swimming pool, hot tub, slackline park, ice rink, and roller rink. This is a one-stop shop with a full day of activities for the kids to enjoy. After the activities, you can eat at the camp's bistro or marketplace. At certain times of the year, the camp opens up a very popular course called disco tubing, a fun event with neon lights on the snow-tubing course. Few things are more thrilling than cruising down the lanes while speakers play funky disco music for all to enjoy.

5. Relax on the kid-friendly beaches of Lake Tahoe

Lake Tahoe beaches are a great way to enjoy relaxing time in the outdoors while the kids play and cool off. Lake Tahoe has over 70 miles of beaches with soft sand and calm waters, perfect for little ones to swim. Be an early riser to get to these beaches as parking fills up fast. Some of the best beaches include Sand Harbor, a gently sloping beach that's popular for watersports and fishing, and Meeks Bay, a beach near state parks where you can hike and bike. You'll also like Commons Beach, a large beach for sunbathing, picnics, and swimming.

6. Explore Emerald Bay State Park

Emerald Bay State Park is one of those places where everything seems to slow down and one can enjoy relaxing. It is a very popular stop for many vacationers because it’s a great area where you can rent paddleboards, tubes, and kayaks for fun on the water. You can even paddle out to the park’s only island, Fannette Island. While kids can paddle boats around the beach areas, you have to be 16 or older to paddle out to Fannette Island. If you have young children, double kayaks are available. Emerald Bay State Park is centered around Vikingsholm, a Scandinavian-style mansion built in the 1920s. Be sure to stop at the mansion to see its architecture and learn a little about its history. While the trip down is easy, the hike back can be a bit of a challenge. Families with small kids can tackle this hike if taken in stages.

7. Tour Donner Memorial State Park and the Emigrant Trail Museum

Donner Memorial State Park is a fascinating park and museum area with opportunities for outdoor adventure and learning. The park has vast grounds for hiking, biking, and camping, so you can spend the night and enjoy more activities in nature. The park is also home to the Emigrant Trail Museum, a museum dedicated to the history of the Donner Party and their tragic trip to California. You'll also see Native American artifacts and cultural artwork, frontier displays, and more.

8. Let loose at the KidZone Museum

The KidZone Museum is a themed museum with hands-on exhibits on farming, ranching, science, and more. You'll see such exhibits as miniature haylofts, miniature tractors, and other miniature farm equipment and tools that give kids a sense of what life is like on the farm. The museum also has a nature play area where children can play in mud, water, and sandpits to learn to appreciate the outdoors. Another highlight is the art studio, which gives kids paints, markers, crayons, and clay to create whatever they wish. The mission of the museum is to enhance creative, physical, social, and cognitive skills in children up to age 7 through interactive experiences.

9. Play a few rounds at Magic Carpet Golf

Magic Carpet Golf is a mini-golf course with 2 locations, 1 on the north shore and a second on the south shore. Perfect for healthy competition, the mini-golf course offers a fun and very entertaining environment for the kids with 3 themed courses to choose from. No matter how young or old, the classic miniature golf course is sure to bring smiles to your kids' faces when they putt around in an attempt to sink a hole in 1.

10. Try Lake Tahoe horseback riding

Lake Tahoe horseback riding is a great way to explore the wilderness surrounding the lake. Most kids will love riding horses on trails in the woods and seeing wildlife along the way, such as squirrels and deer. The stable provides mounted guides, equipment, horses, and lunch or dinner, depending on which package you choose. Most riding stables in the area offer half-day and full-day rides. Some of the stables in the area include the Camp Richardson Corral, Zephyr Cove Resort Stables, and Alpine Meadows Stables.

11. Hike to Monkey Rock

Monkey Rock is a lovely hike on the eastern shore of Lake Tahoe that’s perfect for families. The 2.6-mile out-and-back hike starts outside of Incline Village and travels up the mountain to a rock feature that resembles a monkey. In addition to seeing the remarkable natural feature, the rock also provides one of the best lookout points for views of the lake and wilderness. The elevation of the hike reaches 500 feet on a slow grade, so it may be tough for little legs.

12. Fish for crayfish

Lake Tahoe is home to many aquatic creatures, but it boasts an abundance of crayfish. There are over 300 million crayfish in the lake, so what better way to spend the day than by fishing? Unlike other fishing at the lake, fishing for crayfish doesn’t require special equipment. You can simply grab a string and bait, such as hot dogs or chicken livers, and a bucket. Just tie off your bait, throw it in the water, and wait for them to come your way.

13. Bike along the historic Truckee River Trail

If your family likes biking, you can take the historic Truckee River Trail from Tahoe City to Squaw Valley to see the sights along the river. You can bring your own bikes or rent them at several outfitters along the banks. If your kids are too young for biking, you can use a carrier attachment to take them along for the ride. After you complete the trail, stop in one of the charming restaurants along the way for a bite to eat.

14. Hike to Eagle Rock

Ideal for older and fit kids, the Eagle Rock Trail is a must-try on your trip. The 0.7-mile trail may be short, but it’s steep and better suited to fit hikers. When you reach Eagle Rock, you’ll be treated to sweeping views of the entire lake and the mountains. Along the way, you may come across native wildlife, and you’re welcome to bring your leashed dog on the trail. In winter, the hike is a popular snowshoeing path.

15. See a movie on the beach

Tahoe City hosts Movies on Commons Beach, an exciting new way to experience watching a movie with the family. The free outdoor movie nights take place on Commons Beach during the summer season. You’ll also find a playground next to the beach for some fun with the little ones.

16. Whitewater raft on the Truckee River

The Truckee River is known for its gentle, comfortable rapids, making it an ideal choice for a first-time rafting trip with the kids. You’ll find local outfitters that offer rafts, shuttle services, and safety equipment. You can also book a guided rafting tour with an experienced guide. The full ride takes a few hours to complete, but when you reach the end, you can have some food at the River Ranch. If you’re planning on taking rafting trips in the future, rafting down the Truckee River is a great introductory experience for all ages.