- 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.
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The Agricultural History Project Center and Museum educates visitors on the agricultural history of Santa Cruz County. The center features a two story wood barn, a garden that grows fresh produce and a shed featuring historic gardening tools.
Car racing enthusiasts can enjoy dirt track competitions every weekend at Ocean Speedway. The facility also provides an array of concessions including sandwiches, hot dogs, chicken kabobs, beer and other beverages.
Based in Santa Cruz, California, Roaring Camp Railroads offers a variety of railroad tours, exhibits and activities. It is famous for its magnificent Chanukah and Christmas displays. Tours during holiday season sell out quickly, and advance reservations are highly recommended.
Featuring a redwood forest, Mount Madonna County Park is situated on 3,688 acres and offers nature trails for hiking and horse riding, an archery range, picnic areas and an amphitheater. There are also campsites and places for RV camping.
One of the first self-sustained dairies of its time, Wilder Ranch, now a state park, is a popular venue for many outdoor activities and offers beautiful views of the ocean. It has a spacious picnic area and some of the old buildings with their original furnishings, are still intact.
Chitactac-Adams County Park is a 4.3 acre park featuring several cultural artifacts, including bedrock mortars and petroglyphs left by the Ohlone Indians. Attractions include a self-guided interpretive walk and an interpretive shelter, as well as the scenic Uvas Creek.