- 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.
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Log Cabin Ravine Drive off Bedford Ave., Placerville, CA 95667 MoreLess Info
Pretend to be a miner at Hangtown's Gold Bug Park. Here, you can travel through a recreated mine shaft and learn about mining history. Great for kids and adults, but not for the claustrophobic.
Helping visitors experience life in the Gold Rush era, Hangtown's Gold Bug Park & Mine offers a mining museum, stamp mill, and blacksmith shop to explore. Visitors can go on a self-guided tour of their authentic gold mine.
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Placerville, CA 95667 MoreLess Info
Surrounded by pine trees, Jenkinson Lake See Sly Park Recreation Area-Campground offers visitors a campsite with direct access to the lake. Visitors are welcome to fish for smallmouth bass at the lake.
Ghost Tours of Placerville offer guided tours of the historic and supposedly haunted historic districts in this town, which traces its lineage back to the gold rush days of 1849. The weekend tours must be booked in advance by reservation.
El Dorado National Forest features 80 developed campgrounds and picnic areas, hundreds of miles of roads and trails and abundant wildlife and plants. There are also numerous lakes, reservoirs, rivers and streams for fishing and water sports.
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South Lake Tahoe / Placerville area, Placerville, CA 95667 MoreLess Info
The immense Eldorado National Forest is located in Placerville, California. The Forest has more than 80 camp sites and abundant picnic facilities. It also contains many lakes and popular hiking trails.
Hosting many national events, the Golden Eagle Regional Park and Sports Complex features many sports and activities year round. With over 100 acres, the complex contains softball and baseball fields, football and soccer fields, and multi-purpose fields.
Situated along Orr Ditch, Lazy 5 Regional Park features a 5,000-square-foot community center, multipurpose grass fields, horseshoe pits, volleyball courts and a skate park. The park provides a children's playground, picnic facilities and a water play area.