- 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.
Coyote Lake Park is 4,595-acre recreation area featuring a 635-acre lake for fishing and boating. There are 73 tent and RV campsites and more than 35 miles of wooded trails for hikers, horseback riders and off-road bicyclists.
100% 4 votes
2601 E Lake Avenue, Watsonville, CA 95076 MoreLess Info
Car racing enthusiasts can enjoy dirt track competitions every weekend at Ocean Speedway. The facility also provides an array of concessions including sandwiches, hot dogs, chicken kabobs, beer and other beverages.
A five acre park, Orchard Park offers a variety of amenities for visitors. There are two play structures with climbing areas, swings, slides, and other amusements for kids, as well as covered picnic areas, walking trails, and basketball courts.
55% 22 votes
James Donlon Blvd & Somersville Road, Antioch, CA 94509 MoreLess Info
Markley Creek Dog Park is a dog park divided into two enclosed sections. One section is for large dogs, and the other is for smaller dogs. The park maintains a dog drinking fountain and doggy bags are provided.
67% 12 votes
195 Griffth Ln, Brentwood, CA 94513 MoreLess Info
Offering swim passes, Brentwood Family Aquatic Complex provides a life guard monitored lap pool for community use. The pool also has two multilevel water slides and a wadding pool for younger children.
A 40-lane bowling facility, Country Club Bowl offers open and league bowling with automatic scoring and bumpers. It provides a restaurant, a full-service bar, television screens for sports viewing, billiard tables, party hosting and arcade games.
A movie theater featuring 14 screens, AMC Brentwood 14 displays first-run feature films using digital projection and RealD 3D. The theater offers an IMAX auditorium, arcade games and a concession area with food and drinks.
Enjoy the beauty of Brentwood, California exploring the active wonders of Veteran's Park. With a playground, volleyball courts, grassy areas, picnic areas, and attached skate and water parks, families can enjoy an exciting day of play at the park.