- 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.
Offering panoramic views of the Bay Area, Junipero Serra Park features a large playground, picnic areas and hiking trails. The 108-acre park is home to several species of native trees and wildflowers as well as an abundance of wildlife.
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San Francisco International Airport, 806 S Airport Blvd, San Francisco, CA 94128 MoreLess Info
The SFO Museum is situated within San Francisco airport and offers a wide range of exhibits for you to peruse. You can find exhibits in each of the terminals and there is also an Aviation Museum and Library.
Thrasher Park is a community park that includes six barbecue pits, six picnic tables, a tot lot, trash receptacles, and a softball field. The park also is the home of a skateboarding park and a historical railway society building.
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17930 Lake Chabot Road, Castro Valley, CA 94546 MoreLess Info
Those who wish to go fishing may enjoy the trout, catfish, bass, and crappie catches at Lake Chabot Regional Park. Visitors can also rent canoes and boats and purchase 'bait and tackle' at Marina Cafe.
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San Bruno City Park, 1125 Crystal Springs Road, San Bruno, CA 94096 MoreLess Info
In warm weather, San Bruno City park features its City of San Bruno Free Concerts in the Park series. Performing in the Rotary Pavilion, live brands bring a variety of music to the park including country, Motown, swing and rock.