Lake Tahoe in April (The Best Activities!)

Lake Tahoe is a stunning destination that offers something for everyone year-round. While it’s true that the peak season is during the summer and winter months, there’s still plenty to see and do in Lake Tahoe during the off-season. April is a particularly beautiful time to visit, with mild weather and fewer crowds. Here are some things to keep in mind when planning a trip to Lake Tahoe in April.

Lake Tahoe in April snow melting on lake beach

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April marks the beginning of spring in Lake Tahoe, with temperatures ranging from the mid-30s to mid-50s during the day, and dipping down to the 20s at night. While there may still be snow on the ground, it’s a transitional period where you can experience both winter and spring weather. Be sure to bring layers and check the forecast before your trip to ensure you pack appropriately.

Outdoor Activities

While the ski resorts typically close by the end of April, there are still plenty of outdoor activities to enjoy in Lake Tahoe. The hiking trails begin to open up as the snow melts, and you can take advantage of the milder weather to enjoy a peaceful stroll through nature.

The lake itself begins to thaw, allowing for some early-season fishing, kayaking, or paddleboarding. Golf courses and bike rental shops also start to open in April, allowing visitors to enjoy some springtime recreation.

Consider taking a hot air balloon ride over the lake or taking a trip to the hot springs about an hour north of Lake Tahoe.

Indoor Activities

If museums are something you love, the Tahoe Historical Society Museum might be a great option! This museum showcases the history of the Tahoe region, from the Washoe Tribe to the 1960 Winter Olympics. The Emigrant Trail Museum near Donner Lake is the place to learn about the history of the Donner Party and the pioneers who traveled the Emigrant Trail through the Sierra Nevada Mountains.

If it's too cold outside then we suggest visiting one of the escape rooms in South Lake Tahoe. It's a great group activity and the companies in Lake Tahoe have reasonable prices.

Lake Tahoe is home to a variety of restaurants, offering everything from casual cafes to fine dining. April is a great time to try out restaurants in Lake Tahoe because the menus start to shift from winter to spring dishes. Choose one of the many pizza joints in Incline Village or try a brewery/restaurant in South Lake Tahoe.

Events and Festivals

April may be considered the slower season in Lake Tahoe, but there are still some exciting events and festivals to enjoy. Palisades Tahoe offers an egg hunt for kids for children and Heavenly Village has an egg hunt and Easter Bunny available for photos.

Earth Day Festival

There is a fun Earth Day festival at the Tahoe Community College in South Lake Tahoe. The event provides residents and visitors an opportunity to learn about the various environmental issues that affect South Lake Tahoe. They usually have live music, food trucks, and educational booths set up.

Additionally, the casinos in the area often have shows and concerts scheduled throughout the month, making it a great time for entertainment enthusiasts.

The WinterWonderGrass Festival

The WinterWonderGrass Festival in South Lake Tahoe is a three-day music festival held annually in early April. It celebrates bluegrass, Americana, and roots music, bringing together talented musicians, craft breweries, local brands, and food vendors for a unique and immersive experience. The festival takes place at a scenic location near Palisades Tahoe, offering beautiful mountain views and creating a unique festival atmosphere.

If you aren't interested in attending a festival but still like music, Palisades Tahoe offers live music in the village every weekend in April!

Visiting South Lake Tahoe as a family? We've put together a guidebook of the best activities and hotels for families!


Perhaps the most notable aspect of visiting Lake Tahoe in April is the scenery. With the snow melting and the trees starting to bloom, you can witness the stunning transition from winter to spring. The lake itself takes on a serene quality, with a glassy surface reflecting the surrounding mountains. If you're lucky, you may even spot some wildlife, such as bears or coyotes, as they emerge from hibernation.

While Lake Tahoe may not be at its busiest during April, it is still a wonderful time to visit. With milder weather, fewer crowds, and plenty of outdoor activities to enjoy, you can experience the beauty of the area in a peaceful and serene setting. So pack your bags, bring your camera, and get ready to experience Lake Tahoe in all its springtime glory!

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