- 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.
Chitactac-Adams County Park is a 4.3 acre park featuring several cultural artifacts, including bedrock mortars and petroglyphs left by the Ohlone Indians. Attractions include a self-guided interpretive walk and an interpretive shelter, as well as the scenic Uvas Creek.
Located in Marina del Rey, the Marina del Rey Beach is a small, gorgeous beach popular with families and children. Due to its small size, it is usually not crowded and is very popular at sunrise and sunset.
A community owned park located in a residential area, Cappy Ricks Park provides visitors with lighted basketball and tennis courts throughout the year. The park also offers playground areas, walking trails, and features wide swathes of manicured green space.
Balfour-Guthrie Park is 6 acres and offers picnic tables, grills, benches, play and grass areas, tennis and volleyball courts and restrooms. They also have one lighted field that can be used for soccer or baseball.
A 2,315 acre parkland, Point Pinole features scenic trails that take hikers and joggers through an array of landscape. The trails wind through meadows, along the bluffs and beaches of Richmond and through areas of eucalyptus woods.
The Martinez Museum is based in an 1890's cottage called the 'Borland House' and contains artifacts and documents relating to the history of the city of Martinez. Virtual tours are accessible via the Martinez Historical Society website.