Because of its popularity, it can be a challenge to find some free things to do in Lake Tahoe. However, while some of the beaches are pay only and all the museums have a fee, you will be able to find some family-friendly and free spots around the Lake Tahoe area. The most popular is Emerald Bay State Park. Parking can be a challenge on this precarious part of the lake, and there is a pay parking area, but the park itself is free. Donner Memorial State Park near Truckee has a pay area at the West side of the lake, but there are about a dozen free fishing and swimming docks on the North side of the lake. Kings Beach on the North Shore of Lake Tahoe is always free as well as Common's Beach in Tahoe City. Another great beach is the small one at Fallen Leaf Lake on the South Shore. For the kids, the Taylor Creek Visitor Center and its parking is free and the Northstar Village's skating rink (open in the winter) is also free to the public. For the adults and older children, the two toughest hiking trails in the area are also free: Mount Rose and Mount Tallac are a challenge, but the views are worth a million bucks.