- 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.
A six-screen movie theater, Century Regency 6 displays a mix of Hollywood and independent films using digital projection and RealD 3D. The theater offers reserved seating, mobile ticketing, arcade games and a snack bar.
Home to over 70 species of birds and mammals, Big Break Regional Shoreline is a recreational park that features picnic areas, a small amphitheater, and a fishing pier. The park also has spots to fish at.
A peninsula, and former military establishment, resting against the city of Vallejo, Mare Island is a favorite visiting spot of locals and travelers alike. The island offers historical building tours, golf and wedding venues for beautiful views of the surrounding land and waters.
At Cunningham Aquatic Complex, visitors can choose a lane to swim in a 700,000 gallon lap pool. The pool is monitored by lifeguards during open swim sessions and hosts the local high school's swim meets.
Now open to the public, the Mare Island Naval Shipyard gives visitors an interesting look into the history of the Navy's role in World War II. The shipyard is favored by local photographers for the buildings and industrial landscape.
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1100 Railroad Ave, Bldg 46, Vallejo, CA 94592 MoreLess Info
Mare Island Historic Park Foundation offers tours of the historic naval base and shipyard created on the island in 1854. Buildings on the property include two mansions, a chapel and a 50,000 sq ft museum.