Douglas County is full of many seasonal and year-round activities for people of all ages to have fun without the use of drugs or alcohol. See the sights, get outside, get active, give back to the community, and more!
This guide highlights some of the many activities for families and teens looking for something to do this summer (or year-round) in Douglas County.
See The Sights
- Carson Valley Museum and Cultural Center
Learn about local history from pre-settlement Indigenous culture up to the 20th century and today. Prices vary, open year-round.
- Courthouse Museum Genoa
Check-out a piece of Genoa history for yourself. The courthouse museum brings you back to the early days of Nevada’s settlement. Prices vary, open seasonally May-end of October.
- Dangberg Home Ranch Historic Park
Visit this piece of Nevada’s early ranching history! Events and activities for all ages held throughout the year.
- Douglas County Fairgrounds
Explore a day at the Fairgrounds! Events held throughout the year.
- Minden-Tahoe Airport Activities
More than just an airport: Minden-Tahoe Airport offers thrill-seeking classes in glider-flying and skydiving!
• High Sierra Pilots’ Club
• Soaring Nevada
• Skydive Lake Tahoe
- Model Airplane Complex
Located opposite the Douglas County Fairgrounds, this area offers a concrete strip to practice your model airplane piloting skills and watch others in action as well. Open sunup to sunset.
- Mormon Station State Park
Nevada’s first permanent, non-native settlement. Today the park is home to a reconstructed version of the original 1851 trading post that burned down in 1910 and a museum with original pioneer era artifacts. Parking/museum fee $1
- Carson Valley Trail System
Trails all over Carson Valley offer a chance to take in the natural beauty of Douglas County. Trail info and printable guides at website.
Enjoy a day kayaking Lake Tahoe with Day Go Adventures kayak rentals.
A great way to enjoy the outdoors year-round! Douglas County Parks include Lampe, Stodick, Johnson Lane, Kahle, Ranchos Aspen, Zephyr Cove, and Topaz Estates Parks.
- Topaz Lake Recreation Area
A beautiful lake on the border of California and Nevada, Topaz offers swimming, fishing, water sports, camping, picnicking, and hiking! $15 parking fee and camping fees, otherwise free of charge.
- Trailheads/River Access Parks
Iconic views of the Eastern Sierra from trails including Faye-Luther (Stateline-to-Stateline), Genoa Trail, Rabe Meadows, and Job’s Peak.
- Van Sickle Bi-State Park
Hiking and horseback-riding on the California-Nevada border. Open year-round for pedestrians, vehicles welcome May 1-Oct. 31.
- Zephyr Cove
Douglas County’s stake on beautiful Lake Tahoe, Zephyr Cove offers picnic areas and beach access year-round.
- Biking Challenge
Up for a challenge? Bike the Sierras in June for the annual Alta Alpina Biking Challenge Day! For more info contact Alta Alpina at (877)-845-2453.
A great way to spend time with family and friends, bowling gets you up and moving! Prices vary.
- Carson Valley Swim Center
Ready to hit the diving board, swim a few laps, or just cool off? Splash into the Carson Valley Swim Center and check out their many family-friendly pools. With a variety of features, including water toys, water slides, a climbing wall, diving boards, and an exercise room, they have something for the whole family.
- Disc Golf
Whether you’re a pro or a newbie, disc golf is a great team sport that gets you out in nature! Two courses in Douglas County: Pinenut Disc Golf Course and Zephyr Cove Disc Golf Course. Open to public, all ages welcome.
- Douglas County Community and Senior Center
Fun for the whole family! Prices vary, wide range of classes and facilities available, including dance classes, a gym area, volleyball/basketball courts, racquetball, and a teen game area. Passes available for the summer or year-round.
- Kahle Community Center
We’re not just a community center, we are the center of the community. Prices vary, monthly and annual passes available.
- Youth and Adult Sports
Douglas County Parks and Recreation offers various youth and adult sports leagues always looking for new members. Prices vary, most free for members, all-age sports include badminton, pickleball, table tennis, and shuffleboard.
- Zephyr Cove Tennis Club
Prices vary, all ages and abilities welcome!
- Animal Care and Services
If you love animals and have some free time on your hands, Douglas County’s animal shelter could always use some help! Care for and socialize local shelter animals.
- Douglas County Public Library
Libraries are a great place to volunteer! Volunteering can include both clerical and hands-on work. For more info contact Amy Dodson at (775)-782-9841.
Food and Culture
- Carson Valley Shriner’s Annual Country Music Festival
Enjoy country music at the Douglas County Fairgrounds in June!
- Concerts in the Park
Enjoy performances by local artists and cover bands at Minden Park 6-8pm (dates vary, held seasonally in the summer)
For more info contact Douglas County Recreation Department.
- Minden Farmer’s Market
Can’t get enough of local vendors? This farmer’s market is held seasonally Tuesdays 4-8pm May-September.
- Movies in the Park
Family movie night and watching the sunset over our beautiful Sierra Mountains. Begins at Sunset (about 8:30pm), dates vary, held throughout the summer.
- Sierra Chef Farmer’s Market—Lampe Park
The best of local vendors! Held seasonally May-Sept. Wed. 9am-1pm at Lampe Park.
- The Great Race and Big Mama’s Car Show
Love old cars and spending a day in the park? Watch The Great Race contestants pass through Lampe Park in June! Car Show, food, and fun all afternoon.
Youth and Teens
- Carson Valley Skate Park
Open to all ages and abilities.
- Empower Youth
Empower. We have all heard that word before. Empower does not mean to take control of or to take over, it means to uplift or give someone else confidence. This club allows kids to help and inspire other kids. For more info contact Jamie Eyerly at (775)-782-8611 ext. 106
- Saturday Family Movies
See the latest releases and family-friendly classics for free! Saturdays 10am-12pm at Minden Library (dates vary throughout the summer).
- Teen Scene @ Kahle Community Center
Teens get all-access to arcade area, games, rock climbing wall, and more! $5 drop-in, free to pass-holders Friday 6:30-9pm year-round, grades 6-12 only.
- Teen VR Event
Free Virtual Reality play for teens June-August! Sign a waiver and bring with each participating teen 13-17 yrs old at Douglas County Library.
Looking for More?
Our friends at Visit Carson Valley have much more in store for you. Swing by their website to discover what we missed.