- 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.
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1005 Railroad Ave, Santa Clara, CA 95050 MoreLess Info
The Edward Peterman Museum of Railroad History is a historical museum dedicated to educating the public on the history of trains and railroads. Attractions include a historic building exhibit, railroad artifacts exhibit, and operating train models.
With more than 150 years of history, Santa Clara University is the oldest operating higher education institution. The campus is full of historical and religious buildings that tell a story of the area and the history of the religion.
89% 103 votes
50 E 5th Avenue, San Mateo, CA 94010 MoreLess Info
Central Park, City of San Mateo is public outdoor recreational park. It is highlighted by a large gazebo and Japanese tea garden, and it also features lighted tennis courts, a playground and a baseball field.
Situated beside the San Francisco Bay, Ryder Court Park not only has an excellent bay-side trail, but playground areas, reservable and drop-in picnic tables, a large lawn, restrooms, and an aquatic play area.
A Cinemark theater, the Century Downtown 12 is a movie theater multiplex that shows primarily first-run Hollywood films. The theater features stadium seating, and is located at the center of a variety of restaurants and bars.
87% 54 votes
San Mateo to Foster City, San Mateo, CA 94401 MoreLess Info
A 500-mile trail along the bay, San Francisco Bay Trail takes visitors through recreational points of interest including beaches, parks, marinas and fishing piers. The relatively flat trail can be used for biking, walking, skating and dog walking.
The public can rent the space of Seven Hills Park for private gatherings and events for a fee. The park itself features a car-themed playground area, sand volleyball court, walking path, picnic tables, restrooms, and basketball court.
As an indoor trampoline facility, Great Jump Sports offers a brand of workouts called trampoline fitness, and a new sport called trampoline dodgeball. The facility provides anti-slip socks and shoes for use on the trampolines.