- 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.
20% 133 votes
15555 E 14th St, Ste 350, San Leandro, CA 94578 MoreLess Info
A 16-screen movie theater, Century 16 Bayfair Mall displays first-run feature films using digital projection and RealD 3D. The theater offers stadium seating, arcade games, reserved seats and a lobby cafe with food and drinks.
Mulford Point Park is part of the larger Marina Park area covering the seaside areas at the very end of the shoreline point. Besides offering views of the Pacific, visitors will also find picnic tables and fishing areas as well.
Chabot Cinema offers guests the chance to enjoy first run, digitally-projected movies in stadium seating. The cinema's most notable feature, however, may be its balcony, which contains high back love seats.
91% 581 votes
Mirada Road off Highway One, Half Moon Bay, CA MoreLess Info
Half Moon Bay's Waterfront Coastside Trail is popular among hikers and bicycle riders. Rollerblading is also permitted along this 3.5-mile asphalt trail. There are parking lots scattered along the length of the trail, but none at either of its endpoints.
The World Wide Art, Inc. art gallery and shop features works by world renowned artists and original Disney Works. Other limited edition pieces available to view and purchase include works by Hanna Barbera, Thomas Kinkade and Marvel.
80% 20 votes
22400 Woodroe Avenue, Hayward, CA 94541 MoreLess Info
Spanning 101 acres, Don Castro Regional Recreation Area offers a wide array of activities for visitors. A clear blue lagoon is suitable for swimming, and features a beach patrolled by lifeguards. There are also areas for picnicking and fishing.
The Bowling Alley, Castro Village Bowl, is a facility that features 32-lanes, automatic scoring, bumpers for inexperienced bowlers, a full service cocktail lounge, and a snack bar. The alley has bowling leagues for people of all ages.
75% 8 votes
10970 Crown Canyon Road, Castro Valley, CA 94552 MoreLess Info
Specializing in horse training, Graceland Equestrian Center offers visitors instructional classes that teach the basics of horsemanship. In addition to horse training, the center hosts a weekly yoga session to improve the flexibility of riders.