- 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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145 Lake Merced Blvd, Daly City, CA 94015 MoreLess Info
Managed by the Daly City Parks Department, the Westlake Park Community Center offers a wide variety of classes focusing on everything from arts and crafts to dance and tumbling. The Center also has exercise facilities.
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Westlake Park Community Center, 145 Lake Merced Blvd, Daly City, CA 94015 MoreLess Info
The Open Tot Gym is a learning gym facility open only to visitors aged five and younger. Guests are provided with toys, blocks, and many other fun amenities to enjoy while playing under supervision.
A historic theater with striking architecture, the Grand Lake Theater shows select first-run movies in vintage 1920s ambiance. The theater also hosts festivals, special events, and film competitions, and welcomes student groups.
The Fox Theater is a performing arts center that offers Orchestra seating, Mezzanine seating, and seating available on the Balcony. The theater can accommodate a variety of events including film screenings, holiday parties, and birthdays.
Situated on 10.25 acres, Valley View Park features baseball and soccer fields along with a tennis court. The park also offers a children's playground, a paved walking path, picnic areas and restroom facilities.
Lake Merrit is an expansive Californian lake circumscribed by a jogging trail. It is popular among early-morning joggers and power-walkers, and has a convenient boat launch. .The shores of Lake Merrit are frequented by birds; due to the volume of droppings, visitors should not sit on the bare grass.
Oakland's historic Paramount Theatre is a Bauhaus-inspired performance space. Its event schedule includes orchestra concerts, plays, musicals, operas and other large-scale artistic events. The venue also screens classic films and is available for convention rentals.
Mar Vista Stable is a horse stable providing riding lessons and equine boarding. Visitors can receive professional lessons and take guided trail rides down the seacoast of Northern California, and a kid's summer horseback riding camp is also available.