- The list below includes 422 free or cheap things to do in or near Santa Clara, California, including 125 different types of inexpensive activities like History Museums, Specialty Museums, Walking Trails and Bowling.
- From Santa Clara University to San Tomas Aquino Creek Trail, there are a variety of budget-friendly attractions in Santa Clara and in nearby cities within 25 miles like San Jose, Palo Alto, Los Altos and Cupertino.
Those who utilize inline skates or skateboards without handles are welcome at the Marina Skatepark which is open from 9am until one hour after sunset. Spread over 11,000 square feet, the park also hosts several skate jams throughout the year.
Pittsburgâ€™s Riverview Park spans four acres. A community park, it features multiple picnic areas with barbecue grills, a playground, and walking trails. There is also a dock that extends out over the water where guests can fish.
A movie theater with 16 auditoriums, Century Hilltop 16 displays first-run feature films using digital projection and RealD 3D. The theater offers stadium seating, arcade games, reserved seats and a lobby cafe with food and drinks.
Visitors can explore a bird sanctuary with tidal bay terrain at the Richardson Bay Audubon Center. The center features a variety of bird species including thousands of migratory loons, ducks, and grebes.
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.
The city owned and operated Preston Park features a large soccer/football field, children's playground area, a baseball diamond, and basketball courts. Multiple city-funded sporting events are also held within the park during the year.