- 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.
Those who utilize inline skates or skateboards without handles are welcome at the Marina Skatepark which is open from 9am until one hour after sunset. Spread over 11,000 square feet, the park also hosts several skate jams throughout the year.
Completely open to the general public, Locke Paddon Park is spread across 1,500 acres of land in wetlands near the shoreline. Popular recreational activities include picnicking, dog walking, hiking, and enjoying a permanent tire swing installation.
Featuring a 120-foot waterfall, Salmon Creek Falls Trail brings visitors close up to the waterfall over rocky terrain. The trail can be used for hiking and also has swimming areas and a shallow river that can be used for wading.
Glorya Tate Park is a small and traditional city park which is open to the public. The entire park is fenced in for additional safety, and it features an on-site building that can be rented for small gatherings for up to 60 people.
Affiliated with the California State University at Monterey Bay, Csumb Outdoor Recreation leads a variety of outdoor sports excursions, including rock climbing, camping, backpacking, hiking, cycling, and an array of others.
Four miles of ocean beachfront with views of Monterey Bay are offered at the Fort Ord Dunes State Park. Visitors can also access a 1,500-foot trail, a boardwalk with viewing platform, and eight educational panels throughout the pakr.
Elwood Williams II Park is a local community park that offers a number of amenities for visitors to enjoy. Guests commonly attend baseball games at the baseball diamond or enjoy spending time in nature at the park.