- 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.
Accommodating young children, Gymboree Play and Music offers music classes where kids can dance to a music styles like The Beatles and Latin music. The gym has open play where kids can play freely with age appropriate toys and props.
The one acre Stafford Park is a small, neighborhood park with summertime water features. The park also has picnic areas with barbecue pits and playground equipment that is suitable for children ages two to 12.
Known for its playground areas, Heritage Oaks Park has a normal playground, as well as a climbing area filled with rock structures. The park itself has an expansive grass field, with shaded areas provided by trees.
Encinal Park features a variety of amenities. For those interested in sports, the park offers basketball, volleyball, and tennis courts, as well as a baseball diamond. For more passive visitors, the park has picnic tables and a barbecue grill.
Marymeade Park is a small, quiet park with two play structures along with a rocky water fountain area where children can play with sand and water. Other attractions include picnic tables, large grass areas for picnics, barbeques pits and restrooms.
Originally built in 1945, Washington Park is a public park that features basketball and tennis courts, a playground, picnic areas, and pavilions that can be rented for groups. The park also offers the largest lifeguard-staffed community pool in the area.
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Don Edwards San Francisco Bay National Wildlife Refuge is 30,000 acres and is home to millions of migratory birds and endangered species. It has 30 miles of hiking trails, and fishing, boating and hunting are permitted in some areas.