- The list below includes 175 free or cheap things to do in or near Santa Cruz, California, including 101 different types of inexpensive activities like Beaches, Movie Theaters, Fishing and Walking Trails.
- From West Cliff Drive to Wilder Ranch State Park, there are a variety of budget-friendly attractions in Santa Cruz and in nearby cities within 25 miles like Cupertino, Capitola, Aptos and Saratoga.
82% 11 votes
2058 D Street, Hayward, CA 94541 MoreLess Info
San Felipe Park - Hayward Area Recreation District offers a wide array of recreational amenities. These include basketball, playgrounds, a community center, open lawn areas, barbecues, picnic areas with tables along with restrooms.
Offering panoramic views of the Bay Area, Junipero Serra Park features a large playground, picnic areas and hiking trails. The 108-acre park is home to several species of native trees and wildflowers as well as an abundance of wildlife.
The oldest Japanese gardens in California, the Hayward Japanese Gardens are designed to be a space of tranquility and peace. Spanning over three acres, the gardens are designed in traditional Japanese style, and include a koi pond.
Golden Gate Stables is an equestrian center that provides a number of services and amenities for horses and their owners to enjoy. Horse boarding, riding lessons, and summer riding camps are among the services provided.
67% 9 votes
5801 Valley Blvd, Pleasanton, CA 94566 MoreLess Info
A community-owned park and tennis complex, Pleasanton Tennis & Community Park offers an open tennis court, playground equipment and sand box, volleyball courts, barbecue facilities, and picnic areas, as well as restrooms.
38% 8 votes
4455 Black Avenue, Pleasanton, CA 94566 MoreLess Info
The Dolores Bengtson Aquatic Center features a 50m Olympic size pool, a shallow pool with waterslide, a lap pool with diving well, picnic and lounge area, locker room and showers. Numerous programs are available for swim teams and lessons.
Pleasanton's Amador Valley Park is a family friendly community park. Featuring an outdoor movies-in-the-park series through the summer the park also offers a playground, a basketball court, shady trees and picnic areas.
Open June-September is the family-friendly San Bruno Park Pool. The community pool is located at the San Bruno City Park and is heated. The center also offers a toddler pool for those visiting with younger children.
65% 127 votes
2500 Stanley Blvd., Pleasanton, CA MoreLess Info
The Shadow Cliffs Regional Recreation Area is a fun-filled water park with designated fishing and swimming spots with slides. In addition, there are a multitude of picnic tables and plenty of bird watching opportunities.