- 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.
Once considered the most secure prison in the world, Alcatraz Island is no longer home to hundreds of dangerous convicts. The prison is only accessible by boat. Many local tour companies offer nighttime tours for an extra-scary visiting experience.
Situated on a hill top, high above San Francisco Bay, Legion of Honor, is an art museum with few equals. With a collection that exceeds 124,000 works of art, visitors will be amazed and inspired by the artistic beauty around them.
The 52-acre Berkeley Marina easily accommodates 1,100 medium and large watercraft. It features an extensive fishing pier that is free to use and open to the public. Anglers do not need a fishing license to fish from the pier.
Berkeley's Fourth Street shopping district offers a variety of boutiques, shops and restaurants nestled in scenic surroundings. Fourth Street is a popular window shopping destination with a low crime rate and sophisticated, elegant atmosphere.
Located next to the Berkeley Rose Garden, Codornices Park features facilities for baseball and basketball along with a multipurpose grass field. The park also offers picnic areas, barbeque grills, hiking trails through the woods and children's playgrounds.