By Emily Skyle

Whether you’re seeking exhilarating experiences or relaxing excursions, we’ve gathered the best of the best when it comes to taking advantage of everything the Reno/Tahoe region has to offer.

Cruise Tahoe
Cruise Tahoe
MS Dixie II
MS Dixie II

Water-based wonders

Discover the history and secrets of Lake Tahoe with Cruise Tahoe. Always wanted to explore the infamous historic national site known as the castle in the sky? Sign up for their Thunderbird Lodge Cruise & Tour. The five-hour adventure includes a light continental breakfast, walking tour of the lodge and a picnic lunch. For a shorter trip, select their Emerald Bay Cruise and Vikingsholm Castle Walking Tour. You’ll sip on wine and appetizers as you gain insight into the rich history of the region. Your transportation for both tours will be The Tahoe, a custom built high-speed cruiser that’s been beautifully restored. cruisetahoe.com

Want to explore on your own? With choices like power boats, pontoons, jet skis and kayaks, the Tahoe Sports Ski Run Boat Company makes it easy to book your dream lake adventure. tahoesports.com

For a bit of romance, check out Tahoe Amore, the region’s only Venetian gondola company. Their intimate, one-hour tours through the glistening waters of the Tahoe Keys Marina, blend the romance of Italy with the serenity of Lake Tahoe. tahoeamore.com

Take a step back in time with the MS Dixie II. The 500-passenger authentic paddle wheeler is the largest cruising vessel in South Lake Tahoe. Choose a daytime cruise filled with sunshine and photo opportunities, or a dinner cruise featuring local cuisine and live music. zephyrcove.com

Do the words trolling, drifting and jigging make you long to get on the water? Then Tahoe Sport Fishing has the perfect day trip planned for you! Their experienced captains are ready to guide you to all of the lake’s hot spots. tahoesportfishing.com

When you’re ready to relax after a long day on the water, head to Round Hill Pines Beach Resort. You can grab a snack at the Beach Grill, before hitting up The Rum Bar, where you’ll want to order their famous frozen concoction known as the pain killer. If you get a second wind, you can play a game of beach volleyball, or rent a lounge chair, umbrella, cabana or even a jet ski or boat. roundhillpineresort.com

Adrenaline-filled adventures

Sky Combat Ace
Sky Combat Ace

For a sky-high, heart-thumping experience, Sky Combat Ace is right up your alley. In between loops and barrel rolls, you’ll get a spectacular view of the rolling forests and sparkling waters of the largest alpine lake in North America. Whether you want to keep your thrills on the milder side, or if you’re ready to experience never-ending rolls, spins and non-stop action, they’ve got the perfect flight plan for you. skycombatace.com

If you’d like to experience an inspiring, motor-less glide through the clouds, head to Soaring NV. With several options that include gentle, peaceful rides over Nevada’s Great Basin, or exhilarating, mile-high views of Emerald Bay, you’re sure to have a memorable time. soaringnv.com

Rather race in a car than on a plane? Head to Need 2 Speed. With the ability to “arrive-and-drive,” you and your family will be racing around the track and testing your skills in no time. For an entirely different sensory experience, ask about their Blacklight Racing. need2speed.com

Golf with a kick

Want to try the fastest growing and newest sport in the U.S.? Head to the Carson Valley Golf Course to check out the first FootGolf course in northern Nevada. The exciting new game combines soccer and golf by having participants kick a soccer ball into a 21” cup. carsonvalleygolf.com

If you’d prefer to experience a traditional game of golf, just minutes from the south shore, then head to the Lake Tahoe Golf Course. The championship course has integrated natural elements like the Truckee River, lakes and streams, and is both challenging and beautiful. If you change your mind about testing your footgolfing skills, they have a course here too! laketahoegc.com

The Discovery (Matt Morning)
The Discovery (Matt Morning)

Magnificent museums

The Wilber D May Museum, Arboretum and Botanical Gardens celebrate the life of the famous adventurer, rancher, artist, pilot, businessman and soldier. The exhibits allow Wilbur’s passions to live on, with fun and engaging learning for visitors of all ages. After exploring Wilbur’s world, make your way to the Terry Lee Wells Nevada Discovery Museum. The Discovery has over 67,000 square feet of permanent and visiting exhibitions that feature hands-on programs and creative, interactive learning experiences. Next, head to The Nevada Museum of Art, the only American Alliance of Museums accredited art museum in the state of Nevada. After viewing their impressive collections, stop at chez louie, a French-inspired eatery located inside the museum. Car lovers will want to make sure to visit the National Automobile Museum. The museum brings it’s displays of historic cars to life with authentic street scenes and sounds. washoecounty.us; nvdm.org; nevadaart.org; automuseum.org

Whether you’re looking for a fun-filled day on the lake, in the sky, at a museum or on a race track, you’re sure to find the perfect activities for the whole family in Reno/Tahoe!