- 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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1156 High St., Santa Cruz, CA 95064 MoreLess Info
The University of California at Santa Cruz is a major research institution with ten component colleges. It is most respected for its programs in medicine, biology, biological engineering and chemistry.
1350 Castle Rock Road, Walnut Creek, CA 94598 MoreLess Info
Riders from as young as four years old can be accommodated at Castle Rock Arabians. The ranch offers horseback riding, trail rides, summer camps for children and teens, and riding lessons.
The aptly named Shell Ridge Open Space is a 31 mile open natural area that features trails for hiking, biking, and horseback riding amid woods and grasslands. The area also encompasses a cattle ranch and picnic space.
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1250 Pine Street, Ste 103, Walnut Creek, CA 94596 MoreLess Info
All-Outdoors California Whitewater Rafting – Day Trips located in provides an outdoor adventure on 10 of California's best and most exciting rivers. Tours can be 1 to 4 days long, each tailored to the party experience desired.
815 SPECIAL GROUPON DEAL: Bay Area Discovery Museum Visit for Two, Three, or Four
557 McReynolds Rd., Sausalito, CA 94965 MoreLess Info
Bay Area Discovery Museum is a 7.5 acres natural area museum for children, located in Sausalito, California. They emphasize on creative thinking all in children and on developing their creativity.
Omescape is a virtual reality experience that offers escape scenarios from the Room Omega', 'The Penitentiary', and The Forgotten Treasure'. The rooms can hold up to 10 players at a time and games last for a total of 60 minutes.
A wide range of pieces are contained in the collections of the Museum of Art & History. Native American pottery and even modern beach photographs are on exhibit at the site which frequently holds educational events.
A nine-screen movie theater, Regal Santa Cruz 9 displays first-run feature films using digital projection and RealD 3D. The theater offers reclining chairs, reserved seating, mobile ticketing and a snack bar with food and drinks.