- The list below includes 216 free or cheap things to do in or near Aptos, California, including 100 different types of inexpensive activities like Beaches, History Museums, Parks and Bike Paths.
- From Forest of Nisene Marks State Park to Manresa State Beach, there are a variety of budget-friendly attractions in Aptos and in nearby cities within 25 miles like Santa Cruz, Pacific Grove, San Jose and Cupertino.
Offering a variety of movies in a small, intimate setting, Aptos Cinemas features current popular movies as well as art house, foreign, and independent films. The theater sells some unusual concessions, as well, including cupcakes.
The Aptos Museum is a historical museum featuring a collection of local artifacts, photographs, and information. The museum offers guided tours, special events, and educational programs for students. The museum also maintains a gift shop.
Focused on preserving the history of the small area of Aptos and its surrounding hills and beaches is the Aptos History Museum. The museum features a curated collection of historical photographs, artifacts and documentation of the areas past.
Friends of Santa Cruz State Park is a non-profit organization that funds interpretive programs for schools groups, native plant restorations, and community education events. The organization focuses on Sunset State Beach and Manresa State Beach.
Stand Up Paddle New Brighton is a seasonally open shop that serves all paddleboarding and kayaking needs from rentals to private classes. They can also serve parties and team building activities for groups up to 20 people.
A coastal brewery with a creative approach, Sante Adairius Rustic Ales makes an array of distinctive craft beers. Some beers are inspired by European styles, while others are more traditionally American. The brewery features a tasting room.