- 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.
80% 10 votes
115 West G Street, Benicia, CA 94510 MoreLess Info
Holding the original California state capital building, the Benicia Capitol State Historic Park shows visitors the history of California. The building has reconstructions of the original furniture and writing desks used in the capitol.
Opened in 1998, the Artcentric Ceramic Painting Studio is a studio that allows guests to paint their own pottery, glass, or mosaics. Guests commonly visit the studio during birthday parties, group outings, or nights-out.
One Main Street, Salinas, CA 93901 MoreLess Info
The National Steinbeck Center celebrates the life and works of author John Steinbeck. Visitors will discover artifacts from his life and pieces of his history that shaped the stories he told including, The Grapes of Wrath and East of Eden.
94% 51 votes
132 Central Ave., Salinas, CA 93901 MoreLess Info
Fan's of John Steinbeck will enjoy a visit to The Steinbeck House and Best Cellar Gift shop. The house was the childhood home of the famed author and now operates a restaurant and museum, while the gift shop offers a wide array of specialty gifts and Steinbeck's books.
95% 21 votes
Hwy 68 off the Spreckels Road Exit, P.O. Box 247, Salinas, CA 93902 MoreLess Info
The Farm, located in Salinas, is a working farm that also operates as an agricultural center, educational demonstration farm and produce stand. The farm allows adults and kids to pick their own produce, visit with the animals and tour the grounds.
A 16-screen movie theater, AMC Showplace Manteca 16 displays first-run feature films using digital projection. The theater offers stadium seating, theater rentals, independent films, a party room and a concession area with food and drinks.
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1501 Sunset Drive, Pacific Grove, CA 93950 MoreLess Info
Filled with walking paths and benches, Pacific Grove Shoreline Parkway Marine Refuge offers visitors a scenic view of a rocky shoreline and tidal pools to explore. Though often foggy in the morning, visitors can see a variety of shore birds.
Popular first-run movies are shown across 14 individual screens at Maya Cinemas, which validates parking for movie-goers at the adjoining parking structure since there is no on-site parking. When available, movies are shown in 3-D or Dolby Atmos.