- The list below includes 604 free or cheap things to do in or near Palo Alto, California, including 126 different types of inexpensive activities like Parks, Nature & Wildlife Areas, Movie Theaters and Hiking Trails.
- From Stanford University to The Dish - Stanford Foothills, there are a variety of budget-friendly attractions in Palo Alto and in nearby cities within 25 miles like Pacifica, Half Moon Bay, San Jose and Los Altos.
Stanford University is one of the best private research institutions in the world. Established by Leland Stanford in the memory of his son, Stanford University is an educational site with places such as Main Quad, Memorial Church and Hoover Tower to see.
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Located in the foothills around Stanford University, The Dish - Stanford Foothills features a working radiotelescope that is frequently used for educational and research purposes. The area is also popular among joggers and hikers.
Cornelis Bol Park is 13.8 acres and includes a path for biking and jogging, a separate footpath, children's playground, benches and a native plant garden. Two donkeys live in an adjacent area and frequently visit the park.
Spanning 21 acres, Mitchell Park offers sporting areas for tennis, handball, and horseshoes, a fenced dog run, a playground with 'faux' wading pool, and a quarter-mile walking path. Public art and picnic areas with grills are also available.
A grassy park surrounded by redwoods, Peers Park is 4.7 acres and features tennis courts, picnic tables, two play areas for children of different ages and a basketball court. They also have a field house and restrooms.
A 4.1-acre park with trees and open space, Juana Briones Park also includes two childrenâ€™s playgrounds, a basketball court, picnic tables, benches and a footpath. The playgrounds feature a climbing rock and a sand and water feature.
Featuring a community garden maintained by volunteers, Edith Johnson Park has amenities like a multiple story playground structure, sand volleyball courts, and a basketball hoop. The park has multiple shaded areas with picnic tables.
Named in honor of the 31st President, Hoover Park is large and spacious. This neighborhood park offers activities for the entire family. Along with a separate dog area, it features sports fields, a playground, walking trail and picnic space.
Located in Palo Alto, California, The Memorial Church of Stanford University is a public worship space on the university campus. The church hosts many of the campus' religious meetings and is open for tours when services are not in session.