- 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.
89% 28 votes
21570 Almaden Road off Almaden Expressway, San Jose, CA MoreLess Info
The history of local quicksilver mining is put on display at the New Almaden Mercury Mining Museum. Located within the Almaden Quicksilver County Park, there are mine dioramas, artifacts from historic mining facilities, and exhibits covering the lifestyles of mining communities.
83% 750 votes
3050 Hecker Pass Highway, Gilroy, CA 95020 MoreLess Info
At the Gilroy Gardens Family Theme Park, guests will be able to ride a Ferris wheel, a swing, a sky trail monorail, and a roller coaster. The site also hosts special Christmas events, including lunch with Santa.
90% 244 votes
At the corner of McAbee Road and Camden Avenue, San Jose, CA 95120 MoreLess Info
Almaden Quicksilver Country Park is a great place for a day out with family and friends. Admission is free with multiple entrances. There are many hiking trails, well-maintained picnic grounds and some old mines and mining equipment to explore. Pets are allowed inside.
84% 38 votes
17770 Alma Bridge Road, Los Gatos, CA 95033 MoreLess Info
Built around the man-made lake of Lexington Reservoir, Lexington Reservoir County Park offers a variety of amenities. It has a boat launch, an extensive network of trails, picnic areas with barbecue grills, and playground areas.
Housed inside a beautiful 1911 Craftsman style once belonging to famed organist John Acton, the Morgan Hill Museum is now a popular attraction for visitors to the Morgan Hill area. The museum holds archives, artifacts, maps and clippings from the towns past.
63% 16 votes
171 W Edmundson Avenue, Morgan Hill, CA 95037 MoreLess Info
A 54,000 sq ft facility, Centennial Recreation Center has several features including a fitness center, gymnasium, group exercise studio and indoor pool. They also have specialized rooms for seniors, teens and small kids.