- The list below includes 209 free or cheap things to do in or near Capitola, California, including 100 different types of inexpensive activities like Art Gallery, Beaches, Parks and Paddleboarding.
- From Capitola City Beach to New Brighton State Beach, there are a variety of budget-friendly attractions in Capitola and in nearby cities within 25 miles like Santa Cruz, Pacific Grove, Cupertino and San Jose.
The oldest Japanese gardens in California, the Hayward Japanese Gardens are designed to be a space of tranquility and peace. Spanning over three acres, the gardens are designed in traditional Japanese style, and include a koi pond.
77% 13 votes
Los Padres National Forest, Highway 1, 3.3 mi N of Gorda, 9.7 mi S of Lucia, Big Sur, CA 93920 MoreLess Info
Located next to a campground, Jade Cove Beach provides visitors with the opportunity to find jade pieces in its stony shore. The beach is accessible by a steep trail with a rope.
Lighthouse enthusiasts flock to Point Sur State Historic Park in Big Sur, California, which features a large refurbished lighthouse. Tours are available, including moonlit excursions and day trips. Children under age 5 are free, and those aged 6-17 receive a discounted rate.
Featuring 23 camp site units, Ponderosa Campground is in a scenic natural area with a trout stream, a variety of trees, including pine, oak, and sycamore trees. The campground features running water and a picnic area.
75% 8 votes
10970 Crown Canyon Road, Castro Valley, CA 94552 MoreLess Info
Specializing in horse training, Graceland Equestrian Center offers visitors instructional classes that teach the basics of horsemanship. In addition to horse training, the center hosts a weekly yoga session to improve the flexibility of riders.
The Vine Cinema and Ale House features independent and artistic films within the small theater along with live music events and classic movie showings for families. There is also a full tap house with wine and pub-style food on site.
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22400 Woodroe Avenue, Hayward, CA 94541 MoreLess Info
Spanning 101 acres, Don Castro Regional Recreation Area offers a wide array of activities for visitors. A clear blue lagoon is suitable for swimming, and features a beach patrolled by lifeguards. There are also areas for picnicking and fishing.