- 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.
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1200 Frederickson Ln, Antioch, CA 94509 MoreLess Info
Set on 780 acres of land, Contra Loma Regional Park & Swim Lagoon offers a reservoir for fishing and swimming. The lagoon has a designated swim area with lifeguards. People can fish catfish, trout, and bass in the reservoir.
Martinez Marina is nestled within the City of Martinez Waterfront Park and offers a picturesque setting. The Marina features a range of amenities including laundry facilities, showers, restrooms, pump out station, electricity, and fresh water.
Dating back to 1885, Santa Cruz County Fairgrounds in Watsonville, California is home to a spectacle of family-friendly events. Visitors can enjoy the State Fair in September, as well as year round horse races and car shows.
Named for a heroic police officer killed in the line of duty, Larry Lasater Park is a five acre neighborhood park that features a tot playground, picnic areas, and barbecue pits. The park also has sports fields and an amphitheater.
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2601 East Lake Avenue, Watsonville, CA 95076 MoreLess Info
The Agricultural History Project Center and Museum educates visitors on the agricultural history of Santa Cruz County. The center features a two story wood barn, a garden that grows fresh produce and a shed featuring historic gardening tools.
One of the primary draws of Creekside Park is the starting point for the Marsh Creek Trail that caters to mountain bikers and walkers. Standard park facilities are also present, such as a ball field, children's playground equipment, and picnic areas.
Brentwood's Sungold Park is a family-friendly community park. The park features multiple shaded playgrounds, game tables, bib grills, covered picnic areas with built in tables and benches, sports fields and is a pet friendly location.