- 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.
Serving as a small park in a quiet residential neighborhood, Union Landing Park has two playgrounds with one for toddlers and the other for older children. There are also six picnic tables with adjoining barbeque grills.
The main center for community leisure services on the western side of town is the Holly Community Center. Along with fitness facilities, the site which includes an auditorium that is able to hold up to 250 people can be rented for private parties.