- The list below includes 826 free or cheap things to do in or near Hayward, California, including 130 different types of inexpensive activities like Parks, Nature & Wildlife Areas, Aquariums and Playgrounds.
- From Hayward Japanese Gardens to Garin & Dry Creek Pioneer Regional Parks, there are a variety of budget-friendly attractions in Hayward and in nearby cities within 25 miles like San Francisco, Pacifica, Berkeley and Palo Alto.
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.
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1320 Garin Avenue, Hayward, CA 94544 MoreLess Info
Founded in the late-19th century, Garin & Dry Creek Pioneer Regional Parks is a collection of parks offering a number of amenities to its guests. Visitors to the park commonly enjoy viewing the native wildlife, hiking, or having picnics.
The Garin Regional Park offers several natural trails as well as two separate parkland areas that are popular spots for nature study and fishing. In addition, the park also hosts numerous annual events, including an apple festival and Halloween hayrides.
Enjoy five miles of graveled public trails along Hayward Regional Shoreline. With nearly 2,000 acres of water marshes ranging from fresh to saltwater, visitors are sure to enjoy the shoreline wildlife. Fishing is allowed along the levees.
82% 11 votes
2058 D Street, Hayward, CA 94541 MoreLess Info
San Felipe Park - Hayward Area Recreation District offers a wide array of recreational amenities. These include basketball, playgrounds, a community center, open lawn areas, barbecues, picnic areas with tables along with restrooms.
91% 11 votes
Corner of Mission Blvd & D Street, Hayward, CA 94541 MoreLess Info
Hayward Rotary Playground is a fenced in park that provides an array of playground equipment that includes amenities such as swings, sides, a bouncy area, rock climbing wall all on rubber turf.
80% 20 votes
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.