- 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.
The 11-acre Live Oak Park features a children's playground with structures for younger and older kids, basketball courts, picnic area, benches, restrooms and a large grass play area. There are also four transplanted oak trees over 100 years old.
A 13 acre neighborhood park, Creekside Park offers three soccer fields, a half court basketball area, two playgrounds with play structures and swings, and picnic areas. The park also has a small community room that can be rented.
Hunter's Point is an observation area that can be reached via a short hike within the Fremont Older Preservation nature area. The point offers benches for resting and relaxing, as well as views of the surrounding Santa Clara Valley.
History of the local area is collected and preserved within the Union City Historical Museum. The organization that supervises the museum also works at collecting oral histories from those living in the community.
A large and uniquely formed gazebo is the focal point for Old Alvarado Park, which can be rented for group events. The park itself also holds a large children's playground with a sand box and a weekend farmer's market in the summer.
Central Park in Santa Clara is a fully equipped hub of fun and entertainment. Amenities include an amphitheatre, lighted tennis courts, basketball courts, picnic tables, BBQ grills, and a 30,000 square foot community center.
Fremont Art & Wine Festival is the largest free street festival west of the Mississippi River. They offer a range of activities and family entertainment including kid city, artists, gourmet marketplace, food and a business alley.
San Mateo's Beresford Park is a municipal park that offers a variety of amenities. The park has baseball, basketball, and tennis facilities, public restrooms, a playground, a skating area, and a community garden.
Running alongside the banks of Alameda Creek, the Alameda Creek Regional Trail stretches 12 miles, from Niles Canyon to San Francisco Bay. The trail is suitable for running and biking, and motor vehicles are not allowed.
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Marsh Hawk Rd At Dowe Avenue, Union City, CA 94587 MoreLess Info
William Cann Neighborhood Park offers a range of recreational activities including a skate park. The park also features basketball, a lagoon, play area with a small tot play structure, swings, a hanging balance beam and ample grass areas for picnics.