- 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.
San Andreas Trail is a two mile trail suitable for hikers of all skill levels. The trail is mostly paved, and follows the I-280 for most of its length (which may be a downside for those looking for some quiet.)
Pleasant Hill Park is a large wooded area with plenty of space for picnics and other outdoor activities. It includes multiple playgrounds for toddlers and older children, as well as basketball courts, a softball field and a swimming pool.
Established by Edith Heath in 1948, Heath Ceramics is popular as much for its quality ceramic ware as for the friendly and informative factory tours. Besides the ceramics, the store also offers glassware, jewelry, candles and a variety of tiles.
63% 16 votes
171 W Edmundson Avenue, Morgan Hill, CA 95037 MoreLess Info
A 54,000 sq ft facility, Centennial Recreation Center has several features including a fitness center, gymnasium, group exercise studio and indoor pool. They also have specialized rooms for seniors, teens and small kids.
Offering a leash free environment, Sausalito Dog Park provides ample space for dogs to jump, run and fetch. And for pet owners, there are picnic benches along with a covered gazebo to provide protection from the sun.
91% 47 votes
Tiburon Peninsula Foundation, PO Box 210, Tiburon, CA 94920 MoreLess Info
Home to an ex-cavalry horse for many years, Blackie's Pasture commemorates a great horse and community figure. The statue of Blackie that now stands in the pasture reminds visitors of the horse that fought in our army, performed in rodeos, and retired in the pasture.
Situated on the eastern shore of the Tiburon Peninsula, the Paradise Beach Park is spread over 19 acres of land. Facilities provided at the park include bay access, wildlife viewing, a horseshoe court, a long fishing pier, and picnic sites.
A 32-lane bowling facility, Diablo Valley Bowl offers open and league bowling along with private event and party hosting. It provides a snack bar, arcade games, pool tables, a bar with adult beverages and cosmic bowling.