- 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.
Robert E Wooley Peninsula Park overlooks the San Pablo Bay and Anza Lagoon. Facilities at the park include hiking, picnicking areas, cycling paths, kayaking launch points, fresh and saltwater fishing, and bird watching.
Enjoy five miles of graveled public trails along Hayward Regional Shoreline. With nearly 2,000 acres of water marshes ranging from fresh to saltwater, visitors are sure to enjoy the shoreline wildlife. Fishing is allowed along the levees.
Visitors to Half Moon Bay enjoy spending time at Cowell Ranch State Beach. This beach offers a one-mile circular walking trail that is flat and easy to navigate. Cowell Ranch State Beach also contains many fascinating plant species and is frequently visited by pelicans.
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1499 Abbott Ave, at Pollard Road, Campbell, CA 95009 MoreLess Info
Jack Fischer Park contains a variety of children's play equipment, including an interactive water feature, a 'bee hive' hill with walking path and large open play fields. The park also offers a small number of picnic tables.
Since opening in 1959, the San Jose Flea Market, has grown from 20 vendors selling their wares to hosting more than 6,000 vendors each week. Four million visitors per year flock to the market for fresh foods, crafts, bargains, and more.
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25800 Carlos Bee Blvd, Hayward, CA 94542 MoreLess Info
The Recreation & Wellness Center at California State University has amenities like a fitness center, gymnasium with basketball courts, indoor track and multipurpose studios. Their center has free weights and cardio machines on both floors.