- 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.
Visitors can explore a bird sanctuary with tidal bay terrain at the Richardson Bay Audubon Center. The center features a variety of bird species including thousands of migratory loons, ducks, and grebes.
At Manresa State Beach, visitors will be able to enjoy recreational activities, surf fishing, and surfing. This site, which features a large amount of sea and sand, features changing weather conditions. Layered clothing is encouraged.
100% 5 votes
Dunne & Murphy Ave, & Murphy Avenue, Morgan Hill, CA 95037 MoreLess Info
Located within a peaceful residential area, Nordstrom Park is a public park that offers a number of amenities for visitors to enjoy. These include a fenced-in play area, numerous picnic tables, and a quarter-mile walking trail around the park.
89% 64 votes
At the corner of San Pablo Dam and Clark roads, Richmond, CA 94803 MoreLess Info
Wildcat Canyon Regional Park offers an array for activities. The park is frequented by hikers, joggers, cyclists and is a prime spot for bird watching, wild life spotting and a peaceful picnic.
Hiking, backpacking and mountain biking are popular recreational activities at Henry W. Coe State Park. Furthermore, the area is home to a wide variety of plants and animals, including the elusive Mountain Lion.
71% 17 votes
100 Walnut Avenue, Brentwood, CA 94513 MoreLess Info
Los Vaqueros Reservoir & Watershed is a nearly 20,000 acre protected watershed that features many trails for hiking and space for shoreline fishing. No private boats are allowed but the marina provides boat rentals and fishing equipment.