- 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 residential community, Lakeshore Park is equipped with a small lake and walkways. Consequently, many walk or jog there for exercise. With lots of ducks and geese, it is also a good place to simply relax and enjoy nature.
Specializing in tennis instruction, NorCal Tennis Academy helps train visitors in developing proper technique and fitness for excelling at tennis. In addition to group lessons, the academy offers private coaching, footwork classes, and more.
Consisting of four major trails, Hidden Canyon Park accommodates hikers and mountain bikers that weave between hills and creeks. From the park, visitors have panoramic views of the surrounding hills and city, including a view of San Mateo bridge.
A discount theater, BlueLight Cinemas shows second-run movies as well as a number of independent films, short films and documentaries. The theater offers regular specials, special events and rentals for parties or private screenings.
GAMA Ride is a family-friendly entertainment center that features a selection of 3D and 6D game simulators. The center also offers traditional rides and games, as well as a full service snack bar and birthday party packages.
Measuring 1,161,691 square-feet, the NewPark Mall currently houses more than 140 stores and restaurants, plus several salons. In addition, it also hosts a regular farmers market and seasonal events for the entire family.
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Stevens Creek Blvd and Mary Ave, Cupertino, CA 95014 MoreLess Info
Featuring the Cupertino Veterans Memorial, the 28 acre Cupertino Memorial Park has a gazebo, amphitheater and pond populated by ducks. The park can be used for softball and tennis and has a playground as well as picnic areas.
Commemorating the completion of the Hetch-Hetchy Dam water transport project in 1934, the Pulgas Water Temple stands to celebrate the delivery of clean water to the area. The temples surrounding park area is a serene and peaceful place to visit or host private events.