- 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.
San Andreas Trail is a two mile trail suitable for hikers of all skill levels. The trail is mostly paved, and follows the I-280 for most of its length (which may be a downside for those looking for some quiet.)
At Tracy Sports Complex, visitors can watch the locals play baseball in one of the many sports fields in the complex. The complex has baseball diamonds surrounded with high fences, as well as several multipurpose fields.
Surrounded by rolling green hills and stately trees is Rocky Memorial Dog Park. The park features vast wide open green spaces for dogs to run off-leash and experience Petaluma in a safe, fenced environment.
88% 887 votes
One Jelly Belly Lane, Vacaville, Fairfield, CA 94533 MoreLess Info
A 40 minute walking tour, the Jelly Belly Factory Tour allows visitors to experience the sights, sounds, and smells of the famous candy factory. Tours are free, and include samples of the factory's product.
63% 16 votes
171 W Edmundson Avenue, Morgan Hill, CA 95037 MoreLess Info
A 54,000 sq ft facility, Centennial Recreation Center has several features including a fitness center, gymnasium, group exercise studio and indoor pool. They also have specialized rooms for seniors, teens and small kids.
Owned and operated by lifetime fisherman Andrew 'Cooch' Cuccia, Cooch's Fishing offers guide services and chartered fishing trips. The company also offers instruction on various kinds of fishing and sells homemade lures.
A traditional bowling center, AMF Boulevard Lanes features 40 lanes for open and league bowling as well as private events. The center offers a restaurant, a full bar, arcade game machines, pool tables and televisions showing sports and news programming.
100% 14 votes
411 Chileno Valley road, Petaluma, CA 94952 MoreLess Info
Helen Putnam Regional Park is a 216 acre park featuring 5.87 miles of hiking trails. The trails offer views of the surrounding countryside and are accessible by hikers, equestrians, and bikers. The park also offers a playground and picnic area.