- 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.
Located near the Barrett Community Center, Barrett Park is a local public park offering a number of amenities for visitors to enjoy. These amenities include baseball and soccer fields, basketball courts, a playground, a picnic area, and community gardens.
Promoting basketball for both recreation and fitness, Nothing But Hoops offers programs for all ages. Along with basketball clinics, leagues and camps, the facility is also used for sports oriented birthday parties and other group celebrations.
Each Sunday the county closes certain roads to accommodate joggers, bicyclers and roller skaters. Referred to by residents as Canada Road Bicycle Sundays, the distance covers just over a mile and restroom facilities are available at a local park.
Following a small brook, the Twin Pines Park offers roughly 10 acres of recreational activities. On the grounds of the park, there are multiple shaded picnic sites, open space trails, a children's playground, and an open use field.
Consisting of four major trails, Hidden Canyon Park accommodates hikers and mountain bikers that weave between hills and creeks. From the park, visitors have panoramic views of the surrounding hills and city, including a view of San Mateo bridge.
A combination of three organizations, the Twin Pines Art Center consists of the Peninsula Arts Council, Belmont Arts Council, and Peninsula Museum of Art. Their galleries feature local artists' work, and the museum contains an art studio, store, and library.
The Belmont Historical Society Museum is a museum that is dedicated to preserving the history of the city of Belmont. The museum features six main rooms as well as two large halls that contain artifacts, furnishings, and pictures.
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2600 Hallmark Drive, Belmont, CA 94002 MoreLess Info
Located in Hallmark Park, Crystal Springs Cross Country Course provides for an array of outdoor activities including hiking, jogging and running. The trail offers scenic views of the city (namely the skyline) and glimpses of wildlife.
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401 Quarry Road, San Carlos, CA 94070 MoreLess Info
Filled with wall to wall trampolines, Rockin' Jump - The Ultimate Trampoline Park offers visitors several jumping arenas, from foam pits to a trampoline dodge ball zone. On Fridays, the park hosts a Rockin' Fridays night with a DJ.