Daily Public Cruises

The Tahoe cruises daily from June to September to beautiful Emerald Bay & Vikingsholm, and the majestic Thunderbird Lodge.

Emerald Bay Cruise & Vikingsholm Castle Walking Tour


Ages 6 and Up • Approx. 3 Hour Experience • Up to 16 People!

Includes: Cruise to Emerald Bay, walking tour of Vikingsholm Castle, and light appetizers
Time: 3:30pm – 6:30pm (check in at 2:45pm)
Dates: Sunday, Monday, Wednesdays – Fridays (June – September)
Location: Leaving from Tahoe Keys Marina, 2435 Venice Drive East, South Lake Tahoe, CA 96150

Want to visit Vikingsholm Castle in Emerald Bay without the long hike? Join us aboard our beautiful 1950 wood cruiser, the Tahoe, and visit Emerald Bay and Vikingsholm Castle by boat!

This cruise operates in partnership with the Sierra State Parks Foundation. The cruise departs from Tahoe Keys Marina on Sundays, Mondays, Wednesdays and Thursdays at 3:15PM and returns around 6:15PM. You will travel to beautiful Emerald Bay, where the Captain will share some of Tahoe’s most interesting facts and history, setting the stage for the Vikingsholm Castle Walking Tour. Keep your eyes open for wildlife as Eagles and Ospreys, and the occasional Black Bear may be seen.

Once docked in Emerald Bay, you will disembark and begin your tour of the Vikingsholm Castle with a Sierra State Parks Foundation tour guide. This walking tour will last approximately 30 minutes.

Cruise runs most Sundays, Mondays, Wednesdays, Thursdays and Fridays, May through September. Cruise schedules frequently change, so check the calendar right here on the page, or call us at (775) 230-8907 if your desired date is unavailable

Thunderbird Lodge Cruise and Tour


Ages 6 and Up • Approx. 6 Hour Experience • Lunch Included • History of Lake Tahoe • Up to 16 People!

Includes: Cruise to Thunderbird Lodge, walking tour, light snacks, boxed lunch
Time: 8:30am – 2:30pm (check in at 8:15am)
Dates: Saturdays & Tuesdays (June – September)
Location: Leaving from Tahoe Keys Marina, 2435 Venice Drive East, South Lake Tahoe, CA 96150

Step back in time as you board our classic 1950 woody to the Thunderbird Lodge. As you begin your cruise along the historic East Shore of Lake Tahoe, your captain and crew will share the history of Lake Tahoe while viewing some of Tahoe’s most lavish estates and beautiful landscapes all while enjoying a snack, some coffee or other fine beverages.

Upon arrival at the Thunderbird Lodge you will begin your walking tour with the captain serving as your guide. After touring the house, a 600′ long tunnel will guide you to the boathouse that holds, arguably, the world’s most valuable wood boat, the Thunderbird yacht. After the tour, you will enjoy a picnic style lunch on the property before cruising back to the Tahoe Keys Marina.

Children under 6 are not permitted at the Thunderbird Lodge.

The Thunderbird Yacht may occasionally be out of the boat house.