- The list below includes 41 free or cheap things to do in or near Arcata, California, including 29 different types of inexpensive activities like Movie Theaters, Beaches, Nature & Wildlife Areas and Natural History Museums.
- From Arcata Community Forest to Redwood Park, there are a variety of budget-friendly attractions in Arcata and in nearby cities within 25 miles like Eureka.
With access to the redwood-filled Arcata Community Forest, Redwood Park offers a number of amenities including hiking, a basketball court, picnic areas and a playground. The park is also home to Redwood Lodge, a 1,400-square-foot facility available for rental.
Mad River Beach County Park is actually two parks. One is the beach and the other leads into the Mad River. Patrons can walk along the beach or hike in the dunes. The park offers fishing and wildlife viewing.
Arcata Marsh and Wildlife Sanctuary provides visitors an opportunity to enjoy nature and the abundance of bird species that stay there. There is also a park ranger onsite that helps visitors identify the different types of birds.
The Arcata Marsh Interpretive Center is a nature education facility located on the grounds of the Arcata Marsh wetlands. Views of both local and migrating birds of over 270 different species are featured as well as dioramas and hiking trails.
The Mad River Hatchery is a fish hatchery and nature preserve area that is open for tours during spawning season. Visitors will be able to see the entire spawning process. The surrounding area is suitable for picnicking and fishing.