- 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.
Water activities are the focus of the Round Hill Pines Beach & Marina, including water skiing, swimming, fishing, jet ski riding, boating, and parasailing. There are also land activities like tennis, volleyball, and lounging.
South Lake Tahoe trails are served by the Zephyr Cove Stables. Guests can experience guided horseback rides in the area during the summer season to view the lake and Sierra Nevada Mountains from an ideal vantage point.
Tahoe City's Eagle Falls Trail is a hiking trail of moderate difficulty. The trail is short and requires climbing around small rock formations. It is popular with hikers and photographers. Bikes and other vehicles are not permitted on the trail.
The first permanent non-native settlement in Nevada is showcased at the Mormon Station State Historic Park. A museum and replica trading post are available at the park in addition to picnic facilities and a wide-open park with trees and large lawns.
Located along an old Pony Express route, the Genoa Courthouse Museum features exhibits related to western history. It includes period-authentic jail cells and exhibits centered on an old-time post office and blacksmith's shop.