- 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.
An entertainment center, Sky High Sports provides trampoline-related activities including dodgeball, basketball, a foam pit and open jumping. The center offers party and event hosting as well as a snack bar with food and drinks.
Attracting world-renowned musicians to perform at its elegant historic location, Music At Kohl Mansion offers guests an intimate yet lofty chamber music experience. Complimentary receptions following each concert allow guests to meet and mingle with the performers.
Pomponio State Beach is popular for its scenic beauty and gentle tides. Whales and dolphins are a regular sight enjoyed by those out for a quiet stroll along the coastline. The parking is slightly pricey but worth the experience.
Berressa Farmer's Market, held every Saturday morning from May to October, is a great place to shop for fresh organic farm produce, meat, bread, fish and more, at a reasonable price. It is small scale market with spacious parking and friendly vendors.
A movie theater featuring 12 auditoriums, Century at Hayward displays first-run feature films using digital projection and RealD 3D. The theater offers stadium seating, reserved seats and a lobby cafe with food and drinks.
Poplar Beach is popular with animal lovers because dogs on leashes are allowed right on the beach, and, in addition, riders can ride horses on the beach. This beach connects to the Coastside Trail, and has stunning views of the ocean.
Take in the natural wonder of Burlingame, California at Mills Creek Canyon Park. The trails pave the way through majestic trees, grassy meadows, streams, and grasslands filled with wild growth and wilderness.
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At HAHS Center for History & Culture, visitors can browse a museum dedicated to documenting the regional culture and history. The center features an exhibit that depicts the stories of local residents with artifacts and photographs.