- 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.
Francis Beach is believed to be the main beach at Half Moon Bay with beautiful views of the ocean and well-maintained campsites that offer both tents as well as RV's. The beach can be easily reached through the Coast-side trail. There is also a dog-friendly beach area nearby.
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1828 Cabrillo Highway, Half Moon Bay, CA 94019 MoreLess Info
Tour Half Moon Bay on horseback with a guided tour from Sea Horse Ranch & Friendly Acres. Riders must be at least seven years old and do not need prior equestrian experience. Sea Horse Ranch & Friendly Acres also offers weekend riding camps and horse boarding.
The oldest Japanese gardens in California, the Hayward Japanese Gardens are designed to be a space of tranquility and peace. Spanning over three acres, the gardens are designed in traditional Japanese style, and include a koi pond.
Guests can interact with wildlife and participate in a variety of educational programs at the Sulphur Creek Nature Center. The center also provides wildlife rehabilitation services and hosts birthday parties.
The Peninsula Museum of Art is an art museum dedicated to fostering dynamic cultural dialog through artistic exhibitions. The museum displays several rotating art exhibits and offers various educational artistic programs.
Sea Horse Ranch offers horseback rides on the beach and have 1 hour, 90 minute and 2 hour rides available. They also offer horsemanship camps and boarding in their facility with multiple arenas and turnouts.