- 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.
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Laguna Grande Park, 1249 Canyon Del Rey Blvd, Seaside, CA 93955 MoreLess Info
Sunday Blues in the Park is a free concert series that features artists including Sista Monica and her Blues Band and Paula Harris and her Blues Band. The concert series runs from July until August.
The Carmel Valley Ranch Resort is a 500-acre resort that has a golf course, a spa, a social lounge, a nine-court tennis complex, and two saltwater swimming pools. The resort can be used for hiking, equestrian activities, and mountain biking.
Enjoy a relaxing drive along picturesque 17-Mile Drive. A popular route along the Pacific Coastline, it passes many tourist destinations including Lone Cypress and Spanish Bay. On 17-Mile Drive there are also a number of restaurants, beaches and other scenic points where one can stop and take in the view.
Serving the Monterey and Elkhorn Slough for over 20 years, Monterey Bay Kayaks offers rentals, classes, tours, and even fishing excursions for kayak lovers. There are even kid-friendly activities and the opportunity to learn how to standup paddleboard.
Coast Guard Pier offers some stunning views of the ocean and a close glimpse of marine life such as sea lions, gulls and otters. It has a beautiful sandy beach with picnic tables and a small restaurant. On weekends, one can also watch scuba divers performing their drills.