- 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.
Open to the community, Veterans Memorial Recreation Center has a playground and multipurpose fields for recreational activities. The community pool is located next to the center and offers visitors an area to swim laps.
Molera Horseback Tours provide scenic tours through the major trails of the Andrew Molera State Park. Riders of all ages can travel through some of the modified giant redwoods and even over the river during their tour.
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A large grassy park with ample green space, Pleasonton Sports & Recreation Park offers a variety of sports fields, including baseball, soccer, and football. The park also offers barbecue grills, picnic tables, restrooms, and a playground.
Orloff Park is an eight acre community park that has an exercise course, picnic tables, a softball field, volleyball, basketball, a toddler playground with ride-on toys, slides, and foam floor, and youth playground with sandbox and slides.
An historic landmark, Sanchez Adobe has served many purposes. The building was once a cattle ranch but would later become a hotel, and subsequently the personal residence of a town mayor. Tours are offered and special events often hosted here.
Situated on 24 acres, Val Vista Community Park features soccer fields, a roller hockey rink and a skate park. It provides walking paths and picnic tables as well as facilities for children including playgrounds and water play areas.