- 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.
46% 97 votes
Bill Graham Pkwy at North Shoreline Blvd, Mountain View, CA 94041 MoreLess Info
A fenced, off-leash canine recreation facility, Shoreline Dog Park features dirt and gravel fields with a few trees. The park provides a double-gated entrance, dog waste bags, water fountains and a shaded area with picnic tables.
Highlighted by a natural wooded area and picturesque lake, Sharon Park offers visitors a place to play and relax. The nearly 10-acre facility features a picnic area, playground, walking path and shaded seating areas.
100% 4 votes
330 Distel Cir, Los Altos, CA 94022 MoreLess Info
Comprised of 26 open space preserves of a total of over 60,000 acres, the Midpeninsula Regional Open Space District has limitless space to explore, study, relax in, and take a moment to appreciate.
A 16-screen movie theater, Century Cinema 16 displays first-run feature films using digital projection and RealD 3D. The theater provides large reclining chairs with footrests, stadium seating, arcade games and a lobby cafe with food and drinks.
83% 165 votes
1400 N Shoreline Blvd, Ste C3, Mountain View, CA 94043 MoreLess Info
A family entertainment center, Laser Quest-Mountain View provides a two-level laser tag arena with lighting effects, music and fog. The center offers day camp packages, a private event room, pizza, drinks and vending machines.
1401 N Shoreline Blvd., Mountain View, CA 94043 MoreLess Info
The Computer History Museum explains the history of computing with dozens of intricate exhibits. Some of their most popular displays include the hall of fellows, the first 25 years of the microprocessor and the history of the internet.
Named after the Spanish word for butterfly, Mariposa Park carries a butterfly theme throughout on kiosks, concrete sculptures and other park areas. The park features picnic tables, paved paths and a play area with swings, slides, ladders and sand.