Visit the Tahoe Maritime Museum and Other Local Institutions

Frequent travelers likely know that an important part of vacations is learning about the local culture. When you slow down and notice the small differences between your destination and home, you’ll begin to reap a more in-depth experience and meaning from your getaways. Discovering the history of a place is often critical context for understanding culture, and a great way to do that is to visit local museums. Although you may typically only consider well-known or national museums on your trips, it’s worth your time to unearth the unique character of North Lake Tahoe. Let our team at Chinquapin point out a few museums like the Tahoe Maritime Museum to visit during your time on the north shore of Lake Tahoe. 

Tahoe Maritime Museum & Gardens  

If you love spending your summers on the lake, you’ll grasp just how much Lake Tahoe has influenced the surrounding residents and citizens. This outpost’s goal is to conserve water-related artifacts from Lake Tahoe. By visiting, you’ll observe vintage boat parts, racing trophies, antique boat flags, early boating publications, and more. The Tahoe Maritime Museum houses over 30 boats, ranging from 1960s powerboats to salvaged boats from the 1890s, with an engine collection to boot. 

Olympic Museum at High Camp 

Do you set aside two weeks every two years to watch the Olympic games, whether it’s gymnastics or swimming, figure skating or ice hockey? The Olympic Museum at High Camp focuses on the 1960s Winter Olympics at Squaw Valley. With an Aerial Tram ticket, you’ll get free admission into the museum. After your ten-minute ride gazing out over Lake Tahoe, immerse yourself in vintage Team USA uniforms, memorabilia, news articles, videos, and more. 

Gatekeeper’s Cabin 

The Gatekeeper’s Cabin, otherwise known as the home of the North Lake Tahoe Historical Society, also has some artifacts from the 1960 Olympics. While you’ll find other articles relevant to North Lake Tahoe’s history, you should prioritize stopping at the Watson Cabin, the oldest log structure in the area. The Tahoe Maritime Museum is located just a half-mile away, so you can hit both North Lake Tahoe museums in one trip. 

North Lake Tahoe Cabins 

After a day of exploring the Tahoe Maritime Museum, Olympic Museum, and more, return to Chinquapin with a new perspective of the area. Jump into Lake Tahoe from our private beach and swim out to the floating dock. Revel in the beauty of the waters from your cabin, whether you’re having your morning coffee or an evening nightcap. For more information about staying at Chinquapin and other things to do in North Lake Tahoe, visit our website or give us a call at 800-732-6721.

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