- The list below includes 110 free or cheap things to do in or near South Lake Tahoe, California, including 64 different types of inexpensive activities like Beaches, Mountains, Hiking Trails and Mini Golf.
- From Mt. Tallac Trail to Pope Beach, there are a variety of budget-friendly attractions in South Lake Tahoe and in nearby cities within 25 miles like Tahoe City, Carson City, Incline Village and Stateline.
Open to the public throughout the year, the Wilbur D. May Center actually holds three cultural institutions. There is a museum with rare and exotic artifacts and animals from around the world, an arboretum, and a botanical garden.
Reno Aces Ballpark is home of the AAA Reno Aces in the MiLB Pacific Coast League. Opened in 2009, this ballpark is one of the Minor League's finest with a playground and climbing toys available for kids at the Circus Circus Kids Zone.
Located in a casino, Grand Sierra Cinema offers on average four movies to see each day, changing on a weekly basis depending on what films are being released. The cinema has amenities like stadium seating and digital projectors.
Formerly a working ranch, today Rancho San Rafael Park is home to several amenities, including a dog park, arboretum, museum, playgrounds, picnic areas and athletic fields. They also have several miles of walking trails.
Placerville's Apple Hill is a unique produce cooperative, farm and country store. Its apple and pumpkin pies are legendary and must be ordered well in advance of Thanksgiving and Christmas. Apple Hill also has an on-site bakery and Christmas tree farm.
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Several exhibits at the Fleischmann Planetarium & Science Center are free to the public. The free options include hands-on activities, interactive displays, and popular permanent exhibits like the rotating Earth and moon globes.
The tradition of the drive-in cinema is upheld at the El Rancho Drivein Theatre. The cinema is currently owned and operated by WestWind which outfitted the older drive-in with digital projection and first-run Hollywood releases.