- 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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4202 Alhambra Ave., Martinez, CA 94553 MoreLess Info
The John Muir National Historic Site is a dedicated to the founder of the environmental movement. There are several group and walking tours available throughout his home as well as the surrounding land so visitors can learn more about the impact Muir made on society.
Holiday Highlands Park is a family-oriented recreational park. It offers several children's playgrounds with swings, spiral slides, jungle gyms and large sand pits, lighted pathways suitable for dog walking and bike rides, and a large multi-use field.
A movie theater with 16 auditoriums, Century Hilltop 16 displays first-run feature films using digital projection and RealD 3D. The theater offers stadium seating, arcade games, reserved seats and a lobby cafe with food and drinks.
Featuring a redwood forest, Mount Madonna County Park is situated on 3,688 acres and offers nature trails for hiking and horse riding, an archery range, picnic areas and an amphitheater. There are also campsites and places for RV camping.
Hillcrest Park is a community-owned and managed public park that is noted for containing Matteo's Dream, a large, safe playground for children of all abilities. Additionally, the park has ball fields, pavilions, and picnic areas.
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757 Green Valley Road, Watsonville, CA 95076 MoreLess Info
A dog park with a separate section for small dogs, Pinto Lake County Dog Park offers open spaces for dogs to play and socialize. It features 4-foot fences, benches for owners, water fountains, and ample shade.