- 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.
Featuring 40 lanes, AMF Mission Lanes provides bowling with automatic scoring and overhead flat screens that can display news and sports. The bowling center offers food and drinks in its cafe as well as arcade games and a bar.
County owned, Sanborn Park offers quality camping facilities and rests on the borders of the Santa Cruz Mountains. Park visitors can also enjoy outdoor adventures such as hiking, rock climbing, picnicking and nature watching.
A horse ranch and boarding stable, Whispering Hills Horse Ranch offers direct trail access and turnout pastures for horses to graze on. The ranch has an outdoor riding arena, farrier stations, and wash racks.
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15400 Montalvo Rd, (near Lira Dr), Saratoga, CA 95070 MoreLess Info
The Montalvo Arts Center is a gorgeous Italian-style building that hosts concerts, art showings and private events. The building, and its spacious gardens, are known for their lively concerts in the outdoor Greek-style amphitheater.
The Campbell Community Center is a fitness and recreation center that features a variety of amenities. The center features a swimming pool with lap swimming, senior and children's swimming classes, and other activities, as well as sports areas.
Named for a former police chief, John D. Morgan Park has courts and fields for softball, baseball, soccer, basketball, tennis, horseshoes and volleyball. It features a small children's water park, playground, walking trails, open fields and picnic areas.