- 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.
Showing art and indie films instead of blockbusters, Shattuck Cinemas' interior is embellished with Art Deco and Egyptian decor. They have a variety of seating options; including couches, bean bags, and leather chairs to make the experience comfortable.
Built in 1913, California Theatre is a three-screen movie theater that displays independent films and Hollywood movies using digital projection. The theater offers auditorium rentals for private events as well as a snack bar with food and drinks.
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3101 Valley Life Sciences Building, Berkeley, CA 94720 MoreLess Info
The Museum of vertebrate Zoology can be found on the campus of Berkeley University. Founded in 1908, it has one of the biggest collection of mammals, birds, reptiles and amphibians in U.S.
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200 Centennial Dr, Berkeley, CA 94720 MoreLess Info
The spacious and verdant UC Botanical Garden at Berkeley is a hotspot of horticultural preservation, cultivation and research. It contains over 2,000 plant species and roughly 20,000 individual plants. Lilies, orchids and plants in the sunflower family are particularly abundant.
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Centennial Dr, Just East of Memorial Stadium, Berkeley, CA 94704 MoreLess Info
Berkeley Fire Trails is a seven mile round trip trail featuring scenic views of southern San Francisco. The trail winds its way through Strawberry Canyon and is relatively flat for the most part, with one particularly steep incline.
Shattuck Avenue, another Berkeley landmark, is divided into two parts: one near BART being more central to Berkeley and the upper Shattuck Avenue which includes the Gourmet Ghetto. Some of the popular shops here are Saul's Deli, Black Oak Books, Lobelia and many more.
Aquatic Park, located just past Fisherman's Wharf, is a great place for swimming and sightseeing with the Golden Gate Bridge on one side and Alcatraz on the other. The water here is slightly colder than usual. Cold / Hot showers and sauna are also available.
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1111 Addison St. near San Pablo Avenue, Berkeley, CA MoreLess Info
The nonprofit Freight and Salvage Coffee House acts as a popular folk music performance venue for the local area. Workshops and classes are also held at the venue on a regular basis with a focus on traditional music.