- 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 largest city park in the area is Charles F. Kennedy Park. A wide range of recreation options are available, such as picnic areas, nature viewing, walking and jogging trails, and a substantial children's playground with a miniature Golden Gate Bridge.
61% 18 votes
1851 Lexington Avenue, San Mateo, CA 94402 MoreLess Info
The Highlands Recreation District is a family friendly district that is most widely known for being the home of a municipal pool. The district also offers free bike skills days as well as a free bike rodeo for entertainment.
Offering true California ranch hospitality, Garrod Farms Riding Stables offer fun outdoor adventures. The stables allow visitors to take horseback riding tours and lessons while also offering tastings at the local winery.
Harris-Lass Historic Museum is the last farm site in the city of Santa Clara. The museum consists of the house, a classic California barn and landscaped gardens. Patrons may take a guided tour of the historic house.
87% 15 votes
4901 Breakwater Avenue, Hayward, CA 94545 MoreLess Info
Established in 1986, the Hayward Shoreline Interpretive Center is a facility dedicated to educating about the ecology of the San Francisco Bay. Visitors commonly enjoy seeing the many exhibits, attending community programs, or enjoying fun activities offered at the center.
Dixon Landing Park features three tennis courts, a ball field, playground, basketball hoop, and ten picnic tables with six barbeques spanning 11 acres. The parking lot contains 84 spots and public restrooms are available.
Part of the larger Shoreline Park, the new Seal Point Park offers views of the San Francisco Bay with windsurf and kayak launch areas. The site is also home to a three acre off-leash dog park along with multiple walking and biking trails.
Situated in a residential area, Azule Park is a neighborhood park featuring tennis courts, horseshoe pits, and playground equipment. The park also has three separate picnic sections with barbecue grills available for use within its four acre area.
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2805 Purisima Creek Road, Half Moon Bay, CA 94019 MoreLess Info
Leading hikers through a nature preserve, Purisima Creek Trail offers visitors scenic views of a redwood forest and creek. Along the trail visitors can view wildlife like lizards, and native plant life like wildflowers and berries.