- 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.
Located in San Francisco adjacent to the Golden Gate Bridge, Golden Gate Park is a tranquil and verdant area popular with hikers and dog walkers. It is also a favorite picnic spot during the warm summer months.
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The Embarcadero at Beach St., San Francisco, CA 94133 MoreLess Info
Located on Fisherman's Wharf in San Francisco, Aquarium of the Bay, is dedicated to the conservation of the bay and its inhabitants. Visitors can watch a 4-D movie, laugh at the otters playing, or watch the other animals native to the area.
Beachstreet Grill San Francisco is a restaurant which is popular for their impressive selection of menu, especially breakfast, to serve which they open as early as 7 a.m. Their food is gluten free and organic. They are also available for booking events.
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39 Pier 39 Concourse, San Francisco, CA 94133 MoreLess Info
The California Welcome Center provides information about local attractions, hotels, restaurants and more. They can also help you book tickets for various events and offer wheelchair and stroller hire to help make your holiday easier.
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Hwy. 1, six miles north of Davenport, Santa Cruz, CA MoreLess Info
Renowned as a mecca for windsurfing and kiteboarding, Waddell State Beach, is located across from the entrance to Redwood State Park. Pristine sands are surrounded by lushly covered mountains, bring your family and spend a day in the sun.
At Rialto Cinemas Elmwood, visitors can attend showings for a mix of independent and foreign flicks. The cinema also hosts theatrical performances for local theater groups that range from Shakespeare to original plays.
Babushka is a popular arts and crafts store specializing in authentic Russian crafts such as the 'matrioshka' (i.e. stacking doll). The store has a wide variety of such dolls, each one of them painted by hand and uniquely designed. The prices however, are more on the expensive side.