- The list below includes 119 free or cheap things to do in or near Tahoe City, California, including 66 different types of inexpensive activities like Lake, Kayaking, Rafting and Bike Paths.
- From Eagle Falls Trail to Donner Lake, there are a variety of budget-friendly attractions in Tahoe City and in nearby cities within 25 miles like Carson City, Truckee, Incline Village and South Lake Tahoe.
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.
Hellman-Ehrman Mansion is a local historic landmark located inside the Sugar Pine Point State Park. Built in 1903, it was initially the summer home of a wealthy businessman. Restored and renovated, it retains the old world charm of early twentieth century. Guided tours of the mansion are available.
Located on the edge of the river, Truckee River Bike Trail is a paved trail open to cyclists, joggers, and rollerbladers. From the path, visitors have panoramic views of the river and surrounding forests.
Visitors who enjoy walking, hiking, and exploring will find much to see and do at Tahoe City - South/North Trailheads. Areas of interest include Mt. Rose, the Donner Lake area, Squaw Valley, and Truckee River Canyon.
Commons Beach is a half-beach and half-park area popular among local residents. The beach side offers access to the water while the other half offers park amenities like a playground, picnic areas, and weekly live music concerts in the summer.