- 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.
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10970 Crown Canyon Road, Castro Valley, CA 94552 MoreLess Info
Specializing in horse training, Graceland Equestrian Center offers visitors instructional classes that teach the basics of horsemanship. In addition to horse training, the center hosts a weekly yoga session to improve the flexibility of riders.
80% 20 votes
22400 Woodroe Avenue, Hayward, CA 94541 MoreLess Info
Spanning 101 acres, Don Castro Regional Recreation Area offers a wide array of activities for visitors. A clear blue lagoon is suitable for swimming, and features a beach patrolled by lifeguards. There are also areas for picnicking and fishing.
The Pedro Point Headlands are a scenic ocean-side location composed of jutting rocks and jagged cliffs that extend out into the ocean. The Headlands are a popular location for hiking and other outdoor activities.
Stenzel Park features four regulation baseball fields that are perfect for leagues, as well as several picnic tables, barbecue pits, concessions booth, and half court basketball. The picnic areas can be booked for parties between April and October.