- 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 Junior Museum & Zoo is an educational and adventurous place for children to unleash their curiosity of science and nature. The museum and zoo are home to over fifty species of animals, including jungle bats, hedgehogs, bobcats and more.
The Aquarius Theatre is a retro styled movie theater that offers a vintage theater experience. One of a few small theaters showing limited release, independent, and foreign films, this double theater features a concession stand and an old-fashioned atmosphere.
Highlighting inventions and technological advancements, The Museum of American Heritage features many interesting exhibits. A diverse collection, displays include artifacts such as typewriters and phonographs, as well as appliances like vacuums, stoves and refrigerators.
A fishing guide service that operates full time, seven days a week, B2 Bass Adventures operates in most significant Northern California lakes. The service offers single day and multi-day tours, and asks that visitors make reservations two weeks ahead.
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Visitors can enjoy a self-guided walking tour at Sunset Magazine Headquarters and Gardens. Complete with hundreds of different trees, flowers and plants, this facility is where the editors and staff of the magazine test out of all their revolutionary gardening ideas.
Offering recreation for both humans and dogs, Willow Oaks Park features an open play field, tennis court and playground. An off-leash dog park offers dogs and their owners an opportunity for socialization and exercise.
A 15,000-square-foot facility, Burgess Skate Park offers skateboarders a space to learn and practice skills with a variety of ramps, elevations and obstacles. The park offers skateboarding classes and is also available for rental.
A single-screen facility built in 1926, the Guild Theater offers showings of major film releases, independent and foreign films. The theater also offers monthly midnight screenings of 'The Rocky Horror Picture Show.'