- 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.
Situated beside the San Francisco Bay, Ryder Court Park not only has an excellent bay-side trail, but playground areas, reservable and drop-in picnic tables, a large lawn, restrooms, and an aquatic play area.
Located on a 153-acre campus, the College of San Mateo is a higher education facility that features more than 20 student clubs and serves 10,000 students. The college also provides transfer services, cultural activities, and employment assistance.
Parkside Aquatic Park & Launch Ramp features a beach, two playgrounds, reservable and drop-in picnic areas, restrooms and the boating launch ramp. Swimming is allowed but there are no lifeguards on duty.
Offering an interactive opportunity for visitors to meet animals, CuriOdyssey offers unique programs, events, and exhibits to the public. Events include animal shows ever weekend, highlighting a different animal each time, and community days.
San Mateo's Beresford Park is a municipal park that offers a variety of amenities. The park has baseball, basketball, and tennis facilities, public restrooms, a playground, a skating area, and a community garden.
A bowling center featuring 24 synthetic lanes, Bel Mateo Bowl offers open and league bowling with automatic scoring and bumpers. The center provides a snack bar, catering services, a lounge with televisions and a game room.
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1851 Lexington Avenue, San Mateo, CA 94402 MoreLess Info
The Highlands Recreation District is a family friendly district that is most widely known for being the home of a municipal pool. The district also offers free bike skills days as well as a free bike rodeo for entertainment.
A Cinemark theater, the Century Downtown 12 is a movie theater multiplex that shows primarily first-run Hollywood films. The theater features stadium seating, and is located at the center of a variety of restaurants and bars.
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214 California Drive, Burlingame, CA 94010 MoreLess Info
At the Burlingame Museum of Pez Memorabilia, guests will be able to learn about the history of Pez dispensers in the United States. Fans of Mickey Mouse, Star Trek, The Muppets, and Marvel Comics may enjoy what this site has to offer.
The Studio Shop provides a wide variety of picture framing products and services including framing flat screen TVs, sports jerseys, fine art, and family photos. They also offer art and design services such as on-site design consultation and art delivery.