- 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.
1.3 miles long, Devil's Slide Trail is a paved, multi-use trail with separate lanes that is frequented by hikers, runners, bicyclists and equestrians. The trail features pet waste stations, bike racks, drinking fountains and restrooms.
93% 80 votes
Sharp Park Golf Crse & Moris Point Road, Pacifica, CA 94044 MoreLess Info
The wetland based Mori Point offers 32 acres of revived native habitat along the rugged coastline. The terrain itself is varied, and there are multiple trails ranging from a simple half-mile walk to a more challenging mile and a half hike.
83% 12 votes
16 miles south of Half Moon Bay on Highway 1, Half Moon Bay, CA MoreLess Info
At the Pescadero Marsh Natural Preserve, visitors can go hiking, surfing, swimming, boating, geocaching and fishing. The location also contains picnic areas, interpretive exhibits, and restrooms for visitors to use.
76% 88 votes
Stagecoach Road & Amador Valley Blvd, Dublin, CA 94568 MoreLess Info
Dougherty Hills Dog Park is a grassy dog park with two areas for larger and smaller dogs to run separately, a water fountain and many doggie stations. Many small metallic dog statues are situated throughout the park.
The 16-acre Forest Home Farms consists of two houses, fourteen outbuildings, and two pergolas that represent a century of development. Docent led tours of the Glass House and Boone House as well as school tours are available.
Alameda Museum could be a great museum, but for now it's a tiny storefront with items from early Alameda on display. It is still interesting and has a lot of items to see from Alameda's heyday past. It is free, but they do have a donation jar.