- 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.
A nine-screen movie theater, Regal Santa Cruz 9 displays first-run feature films using digital projection and RealD 3D. The theater offers reclining chairs, reserved seating, mobile ticketing and a snack bar with food and drinks.
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A dog park with a separate section for small dogs, Pinto Lake County Dog Park offers open spaces for dogs to play and socialize. It features 4-foot fences, benches for owners, water fountains, and ample shade.
Nickelodeon Theatre shows a wide variety of independent and foreign films and some big-budget Hollywood movies, and they also run midnight showings of classics. Their concessions include organic and GMO-free popcorn and many locally crafted desserts.
In 1986, the Santa Cruz Surfing Museum opened inside the Mark Abbott Memorial Lighthouse. It is one of the oldest museums in the world dedicated to surfing, and visitors can see how surfboards progressed from huge paddleboards to modern surfboards, along with surf club patches, surf movie posters, and wetsuits,
All kinds of wildlife are found at Lighthouse Field State Beach including the black swift, monarch butterflies and sea lions. The beach is popular with dog owners and surfers and is even home to a surfing museum.
A movie multiplex with all-digital video and sound, Green Valley Cinema screens first-run movies. The theater features stadium seating, is available for party rentals, and offers a variety of discounts and specials.