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Tori Simpson 

Apr 27

[ARCHIVED] 10 Things to do in Truckee this Spring

The original item was published from April 27, 2023 10:30 AM to April 27, 2023 10:37 AM

Truckee is experiencing a bit of a different Spring season this year, as everything thaws out from the record winter. With that, not all of the usual Spring activities are available, so we made a list for those who are visiting, or just looking for some fun activities to mix it up while we await the melting of the snow.  


  1. Participate in a drop-in sport

TDRPD offers a myriad of drop in sports throughout the week, most of which are only a few dollars to join. Some of the more popular drop-ins are cornhole on Tuesdays at 6:30pm, pickleball on Tuesdays and Thursdays at 10:30am, and basketball on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays at 11:30am. Visit to learn more about the different sports offered. No registration required.


  1. Walk the Legacy Trail

The Legacy Trail connects downtown Truckee with the Glenshire neighborhood along the banks of the Truckee River. Offering lots of sunshine and beautiful river views, the Legacy Trail is an ideal spot to utilize year round. It's a 6-mile paved Class I bike path that can be accessed from Truckee River Regional Park, Riverview Sports Park, or Glenshire Road. 


  1. Attend a Free Concert

Just off of Downtown Truckee, the Community Arts Center is the site of a free concert series. Listen to Bias & Dunn on Friday, May 5th from 6:30pm - 8pm, or Down the Rabbit Hole on Friday June 16th from 6:30pm - 8pm. The concerts will be put on by TDRPD and the Tahoe Truckee School of Music. 


  1. Enjoy the Donner Docks

Along the West Shore of Donner Lake are 37 public docks, which are free for anyone to use. They are perfect for packing a picnic, taking a swim in the lake, laying out for a tan, or just admiring the beautiful views of the lake and surrounding mountains. 


  1. Take a Stroll Downtown

Downtown Truckee is chalk-full of historical buildings, cute boutiques, and delicious restaurants. It’s the perfect place to take a stroll, site-see, and get in a little shopping. The main strip is close to the Community Arts Center, so make a day of it, and walk the town before seeing the live music from their free concert series. 


  1. Take a Drive up Old Highway 40

Old Highway 40 goes along Donner Lake and up into the mountains above. Just a short drive along it takes you to a beautiful lookout point above Donner Lake, as well as the historic rainbow bridge, which has been featured in many movies and commercials for its unique architecture and stunning surrounding views. On the way down, stop by West End Beach for a dip in the lake.


  1. Swim at the Truckee Community Pool

The Truckee Community Pool is a 26,000 square foot facility that includes a recreation pool and competition lap pool. The recreation pool features a slide, shallow play area, and a warm lazy river. The pool also features a diving board, and rope climb. 


Lap Pool:

Monday-Friday: 6am - 12pm, and 3pm - 7pm

Saturday: 7am - 9am, 1pm - 6pm

Sunday: 1pm - 6pm.

Recreation Pool:

Monday - Friday: Adult Only 9 am - 10 am, Open Swim 10 am - 12 pm

Monday, Tuesday, Thursday & Friday: Open Swim 3 pm - 7 pm (closed for lessons Wed.)

Saturday & Sunday: Open Swim 1 pm - 6 pm


  1. Check out a museum

There are many different museums in Truckee that are the perfect historical experience for those visiting, or those that want to learn more about the area. The Truckee Railroad Museum is a look into how Truckee first became a town. Located next to the historic railroad station in downtown Truckee, this quaint museum inside of a caboose from the Southern Pacific Railroad tells the story of the First Transcontinental Railroad, logging railroads, and tourism by rail. It is open 10am-4pm, Saturday-Sunday & Holidays. Another museum worth noting is the Donner Memorial State Park Visitor Center and Museum. Located on the east end of Donner Lake, learn about the history of the area and the people who came into this part of the Sierra, including local Native Americans, the Donner Party, and builders of the transcontinental railroad. It is open 10am-5pm daily.


  1. Take a turn at the Truckee Skate Park

Located at Truckee River Regional Park, the Truckee Skate Park was built in 1999 and was only the second park district-owned skate park in California. It is open to the public and features rails, bowls, hips, and platforms.


  1. Spend an afternoon playing disc golf

Located at Truckee River Regional Park, the disc golf course is free and open to the public for use. Enjoy a beautiful course that goes through the trees and along the river. Participants must supply their own discs.