- The list below includes 173 free or cheap things to do in or near Salinas, California, including 81 different types of inexpensive activities like Movie Theaters, Parks, Hiking Trails and Bowling.
- From Toro Park to Fort Ord Public Lands, there are a variety of budget-friendly attractions in Salinas and in nearby cities within 25 miles like Carmel, Monterey, Pacific Grove and Hollister.
AeroDynamic Aviation - San Jose 2650 Robert Fowler Way, San Jose, CA MoreLess Info
Flight lessons include an hour each of in-air flight instruction that counts toward FAA pilot-license requirements
Popular first-run movies are shown across 14 individual screens at Maya Cinemas, which validates parking for movie-goers at the adjoining parking structure since there is no on-site parking. When available, movies are shown in 3-D or Dolby Atmos.
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Hwy 68 off the Spreckels Road Exit, P.O. Box 247, Salinas, CA 93902 MoreLess Info
The Farm, located in Salinas, is a working farm that also operates as an agricultural center, educational demonstration farm and produce stand. The farm allows adults and kids to pick their own produce, visit with the animals and tour the grounds.
A 30-lane bowling center, Valley Center Bowl offers open and league bowling with overhead monitors featuring 3D graphics. The center provides a grill with food and drinks, television screens, party hosting and a bar with adult beverages.
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350 Northrdge Shppng Ctr, Salinas, CA 93906 MoreLess Info
Offering first-run feature films, Century 14 Northridge Mall Cinemas utilizes digital projection, high frame rate video and RealD 3D. The theater provides a snack bar with food and drinks, arcade game machines and all stadium seating.
The city owned and operated Preston Park features a large soccer/football field, children's playground area, a baseball diamond, and basketball courts. Multiple city-funded sporting events are also held within the park during the year.
Windy Hill Park is a family-friendly local neighborhood park with several outdoor recreational options. The site features a children's playground, walking paths, open play spaces, and benches, and dogs are allowed at the park as long as they are on leashes.