- The list below includes 336 free or cheap things to do in or near Novato, California, including 128 different types of inexpensive activities like Parks, Hiking Trails, Movie Theaters and Specialty Museums.
- From Old Town Novato to Mt. Burdell Open Space Preserve, there are a variety of budget-friendly attractions in Novato and in nearby cities within 25 miles like San Francisco, Berkeley, Richmond and Benicia.
With newly installed stadium seating, Boulevard Cinemas offers multiple auditoriums for viewing the latest films. The concession stand offers hot dogs, popcorn, candy, and ice cream. The exterior of the theater has bright Art Deco style towers.
Formerly the town library, Petaluma Historical Museum now features concerts, lectures, tastings, revolving exhibits and a collection of local historical items. The free museum also has a gift shop and offers walking tours.
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Featuring live musical talent, a wide array of local and regional vendors selling everything from produce to handcrafted jewelry, and food from local restaurants and farmers, the Downtown San Rafael Farmers Market offers a variety of attractions for visitors.
Gardeners and horticulture enthusiasts love to visit the Petaluma Seed Bank, one of the largest and most important botanical supply stores on the West Coast. It features thousands of heirloom seed varieties, gardening supplies, accessories and books.
At The Phoenix Theatre, guests can see a variety of musical acts on both major and independent labels. Their stairway and bathrooms are covered with graffiti art. Visitors can watch bands from the main floor or go upstairs.
Celebrating a time-honored sport of Marin County, the Marin Bocce Federation presents locals and visitors the opportunity to play bocce in both relaxed or tournament settings. The center features eight exterior courts, two indoor courts, and a picnic area.
A short drive from San Francisco, the Military Antiques & Museum contains many treasures. The museum offers free admission with exhibits that include uniforms, old grenades and other weapons. There is also an antique shop where memorabilia can be purchased.
The beautiful Petaluma Adobe State Historic Park is home to one of the largest historical adobe structures in California. Formerly a working ranch funded by the Mexican government, today the park is a popular destination for tourists and local history buffs.