- 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.
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18988 Lake Chabot Road, Castro Valley, CA 94546 MoreLess Info
At the Castro Valley Community Center – Park, visitors can play basketball, baseball, and soccer. The location also contains picnic areas and tables, a snack bar, an open lawn area, and horseshoe courts.
Featuring 5 playing fields, Santa Clara Paintball offers visitors paintball courses with inflatable obstacles, box mazes, and urban barriers. The paintball center hosts a splatmaster event where kids can aim their paintball guns at physical targets.
Situated in a residential area, Toyon Park offers visitors picnic areas and grills, as well as a playground for older children with a separate one for toddlers. The park also features marked areas for bocce ball and horseshoe pits.
Land and Sea Farmer's Market at Half Moon Bay is a fairly new establishment. The market offers a variety of products from fresh fruits and vegetables, home-made ginger ale to various arts and crafts trinkets. There is also a separate play area for young children.
Open to the community, Veterans Memorial Recreation Center has a playground and multipurpose fields for recreational activities. The community pool is located next to the center and offers visitors an area to swim laps.
Open June-September is the family-friendly San Bruno Park Pool. The community pool is located at the San Bruno City Park and is heated. The center also offers a toddler pool for those visiting with younger children.
87% 143 votes
Pillar Point Harbor, 2 Johnson Pier, Half Moon Bay, CA 94019 MoreLess Info
From kayaks to stand up paddle boards, Half Moon Bay Kayak Company offers visitors watercraft equipment to take out on the waters of Pillar Point Harbor. In addition to kayaks, the company provides complimentary wet suits.
68% 19 votes
122 Ave Granada, Half Moon Bay, CA 94019 MoreLess Info
Organizing fishing excursions to Half Moon Bay, The New Captain Pete helps visitors catch crab, salmon, and more. The captain provides all the equipment necessary for catching the fish, and will clean the fish as well.