- 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.
The Vine Cinema and Ale House features independent and artistic films within the small theater along with live music events and classic movie showings for families. There is also a full tap house with wine and pub-style food on site.
Home to a six-acre cornfield maze once featured on Letterman, G&M Farms is a popular location for nature enthusiasts of all ages. Exploring the maze, viewing the native animals, and picking pumpkins from the patch are among the popular activities.
87% 68 votes
18012 Bollinger Canyon Road, San Ramon, CA 94583 MoreLess Info
Managed by the East Bay Parks District, Las Trampas Regional Wildnerness caters mainly to hikers and horseback riders with its over 5,000 acres of marked and unmarked trails. The site also features picnic areas and a stable for boarding horses.
Las Trampas Stables offers equestrian boarding, training, and lessons for ages 5 to adult at their full service stables. Birthday parties, day camps, and group-classes are available. Staffed by live-in ranch-hands the stable offers all needed amenities for stabling.
Oakland's Chabot Science Center is a museum and planetarium dedicated to scientific education and enrichment. It features a large planetarium and a film theater that shows educational programming related to space exploration and astronomy.
67% 12 votes
10550 Albion Road, San Ramon, CA 94582 MoreLess Info
Featuring performances from regional high schools, Dougherty Valley Performing Arts Center is a community theater for visitors to support the arts at. Visitors can attend a mix of school plays, concerts, and musicals.