- 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.
100% 12 votes
775 Baywood Dr, Ste 105, Petaluma, CA 94954 MoreLess Info
Petaluma Stand Up Paddle provides the opportunity for guests to tour the Petaluma River with a Stand Up Paddle. They offer 14 miles of picturesque river where patrons will see many waterfront restaurants and other attractions.
Dedicated to rescuing local wildlife and preserving the nearby marsh is the Suisun Wildlife Center. Visitors can enjoy scenic nature walks, canoe rides, participate in an educational program or take a guided tour.
38% 13 votes
16545 Murphy Avenue, Morgan Hill, CA 95037 MoreLess Info
Part of the larger Morgan Hill Outdoor Sport Center, the Morgan Hill Soccer Complex features over a dozen grass soccer fields, as well as some turf fields. The complex hosts youth soccer leagues and a variety of other events.
100% 2 votes
5492 Sandmound Blvd, Oakley, CA 94561 MoreLess Info
Owned and run by professional fisherman Bobby Barrack, the Bobby Barrack Fishing Guide Service offers guided fishing trips in the California Delta. Barrack teaches the fundamentals of fishing on each trip.
92% 50 votes
750 Tennant Sta, Morgan Hill, CA 95037 MoreLess Info
Moviegoers can enjoy amenities like curved screens, motion-enhanced seating and digital 3D at Tennant Station Stadium Cinema. The complex also offers online ticketing, matinees and is available for parties and rentals.
Specializing in competitive horse riding lessons, Ligara Farms runs visitors through the basics of equine maintenance and riding. It also hosts monthly tournaments and horse shows where visitors can watch experienced riders display their skills.
At Manresa State Beach, visitors will be able to enjoy recreational activities, surf fishing, and surfing. This site, which features a large amount of sea and sand, features changing weather conditions. Layered clothing is encouraged.