- The list below includes 706 free or cheap things to do in or near San Mateo, California, including 127 different types of inexpensive activities like Parks, Gardens, Hiking Trails and Running/Jogging.
- From The San Mateo Japanese Garden to Sawyer Camp Trail, there are a variety of budget-friendly attractions in San Mateo and in nearby cities within 25 miles like San Francisco, Pacifica, Half Moon Bay and Berkeley.
Nestled in the urban San Mateo, The San Mateo Japanese Garden is a welcome breath of peace. Strolling through the garden, sitting in the Japanese pagoda, and admiring the koi pond are some of the things visitors love the most.
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Crystal Springs Rd & Skyline Blvd, San Mateo, CA 94401 MoreLess Info
A popular paved trail wide enough for two-way traffic, Sawyer Camp Trail at Crystal Springs Reservoir is designed for hikers, joggers, and bicyclists, and horseback riders. The trail features restrooms at either end as well as picnic areas.
Central Park, City of San Mateo is public outdoor recreational park. It is highlighted by a large gazebo and Japanese tea garden, and it also features lighted tennis courts, a playground and a baseball field.
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1961 Coyote Point Drive, San Mateo, CA 94401 MoreLess Info
Visitors enjoy picnicking, swimming, bicycling, and boating at Coyote Point Recreation Area. The Magic Mountain Playground is a castle theme with a large dragon feature, making it one of the most fun playgrounds in the country!
A 500-mile trail along the bay, San Francisco Bay Trail takes visitors through recreational points of interest including beaches, parks, marinas and fishing piers. The relatively flat trail can be used for biking, walking, skating and dog walking.
Part of the larger Shoreline Park, the new Seal Point Park offers views of the San Francisco Bay with windsurf and kayak launch areas. The site is also home to a three acre off-leash dog park along with multiple walking and biking trails.