South Lake Tahoe: Free Things To Do

Bijou Park and Disc Golf

Description: Community park with dog park, skate park, highly ranked disc golf course, historic railroad exhibit, and more.
Phone: (530) 542-6091

Carson Pass

Description: Wide open spaces and a great trail for hiking, biking, and snow shoeing.

D.L. Bliss State Park

Description: State park that houses Lester Beach and Calawee Cove, a great place for swimming, scuba diving, kayak, paddle board, or canoeing. Hiking also available.
Phone: (530) 525-7277

Desolation Wilderness

Description: Hiking trails with views of many lakes and a waterfall. Beautiful views and wildlife.
Phone: (530) 644-2349

Eagle Falls Trail

Description: Trail that leads to Desolation Wilderness with beautiful views of the Sierra high country. Eagle Lake is a short hike. A longer hike to Velmas, Dicks, and Fontanillis Lakes.
Phone: (530) 525-7277

Emerald Bay State Park

Description: State park with beaches, hiking trail, campgrounds, boating access, fishing and more!
Phone: (530) 541-3030

Explore Tahoe: An Urband Trailhead

Description: Vistors Center dedicated to the education and conservation of Lake Tahoe. Special area for children's discovery center and recreational guides.
Phone: (530) 542-4637

Fannette Island

Description: The only island to be found in Lake Tahoe. Great Kayak or boating destination.
Phone: (916) 653-6995

FREE Events on the MyActiveChild Calendar

Description: Our daily calendar lists tons of regularly scheduled and special events - many of them FREE! Make sure to check out what is happening today....

Kiva Beach

Description: Located near the Tallac Historic site and the Taylor Creek Wetlands. Dogs are welcome on a leash.
Phone: (530) 543-2674

Lake Tahoe Historical Society

Description: Museum dedicated to the history of Tahoe with historical artifacts, pioneer and farm display, archival film and more. Admission is free.
Phone: (530) 541-5458

Lakeside Park, Beach and Marina

Description: Beautiful beach with marina and many restaurants and shops nearby.
Phone: (530) 542-2314

Lam Watah Trail

Description: Hiking trail that leads to Nevada Beach.

Logan Shoals Vista Point

Description: A popular wedding spot. Beautiful views of scenic Lake Tahoe. Hiking trails nearby.

Meeks Bay Trail

Description: Trail with displays of conifers including firs, pines, and cedars. First half takes you to Genevieve Lake you can continue further to Desolation Wilderness.

Mount Ralston Peak Trail

Description: A more challanging hike with beautiful scenic views of Pyramid, Price, Dicks, Jacks, Tallac, Freel, Echo, and Desolation Lakes.

Mount Tallac Trail

Description: Hiking trail that takes you though Floating Island Lake and Cathedral Lake. Trail continues with difficulty up the side of Mount Tallac.
Phone: (530) 543-2600

Pope Beach

Description: Sandy beach located at Lake Tahoe. A great place for swimming and boating.
Phone: (530) 543-2600

Rabe Meadow (Lam Wah Tah Park)

Description: Great trails for hiking and biking. A nice option for activities when there isn't much snow on the mountains.

Regan Beach

Description: Secluded lake front beach with a playground and seasonal restaurant.
Phone: (530) 542-6091

Reno-Tahoe Junior Cycling

Description: RTJC strives to foster healthy, active lifestyles in our community’s youth through responsible and sustainable outdoor recreation, using the great sport of cycling.
Address: Reno, NV

South Lake Tahoe Library

Description: Public Library serving El Dorado County in South Lake Tahoe.
Phone: (530) 573-3185

Tahoe Art League

Description: Organization dedicated to fine art and art education. Offer monthly free art demonstrations, art classes, outdoor shows, and college scholarships.
Phone: (530) 544-2313

Tahoe-Pyramid Bikeway

Description: Multi-use trail between Lake Tahoe and Pyramid Lake. Popular with bicyclists.
Phone: (775) 825-9868

Tallac Historic Site - Valhalla Tahoe

Description: Historically known as "the Grandest Resort in the World," hosts an art, music and cultural festival and many other events including a Renaissance Faire. Free access to the park and Baldwin Museum.
Phone: (530) 541-4975

Taylor Creek Visitor Center

Description: Located on the south shore of Lake Tahoe, the start of 4 self guided trails and the Stream Profile Chamber which provides education on the stream ecosystem with aquarium like displays.
Phone: (530) 573-2674

Washoe Meadows State Park

Description: Meadows and woodlands at the base of Echo Summit.
Phone: (530) 525-7232