- 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.
A picnic and camping area, the Saratoga Springs camp grounds offer beautiful wilderness surroundings. The area is also available for event rentals and catered functions, and hosts summer day camps and other events.
Situated on four acres, Wildwood Park features wooded areas along with a sand volleyball court, horseshoe pits and picnic areas with grills. The park also has a children's playground, a water play area and restroom facilities.
Opened in 1973, the Superway Aquarium is a store dedicated solely to aquatic animals. Visitors to the store commonly purchase a fish to bring home or have their fish tank serviced from the professionals at the store.
The perfume of roses wafts out of San Jose's Municipal Rose Garden, located at the intersection of Naglee Avenue and Dana Avenue. This beautiful and fragrant garden contains thousands of individual rose plants and dozens of rose varieties.
Offering an interactive opportunity for visitors to meet animals, CuriOdyssey offers unique programs, events, and exhibits to the public. Events include animal shows ever weekend, highlighting a different animal each time, and community days.
Situated on 10 acres, Cardoza Park features courts and fields for baseball, volleyball, football and horseshoes. It also has a playground, outdoor amphitheater, jogging track, open areas and picnic facilities including tables and grills.
Located in San Jose, the Rosicrucian Egyptian Museum features huge collections of Egyptian art and artifacts. Its extensive holdings are larger than any other Egyptian collections west of the Mississippi River.
The Garin Regional Park offers several natural trails as well as two separate parkland areas that are popular spots for nature study and fishing. In addition, the park also hosts numerous annual events, including an apple festival and Halloween hayrides.