- The list below includes 781 free or cheap things to do in or near Alameda, California, including 130 different types of inexpensive activities like Parks, Movie Theaters, Specialty Museums and Arcades.
- From Crown Memorial State Beach to Franklin Park, there are a variety of budget-friendly attractions in Alameda and in nearby cities within 25 miles like San Francisco, Pacifica, Berkeley and Half Moon Bay.
Visitors of the Crown Memorial State Beach Park will be able to go fishing, boating, swimming, or picnicking. The location also hosts naturalist-guided programs and is an ideal location for boardsporting activities.
Washington Park features an upper and lower part. The upper portion of the park includes play areas with tanbark, sandbox, swings, slides and picnic areas. The lower portion has lighted tennis courts, a sand volleyball court and a dog park.
Spanning a total distance of 31.83-acres of land, Shoreline Park is a leisure park that includes picnic areas and a play area for children. The picnic areas can be rented for private parties, corporate outings, or church events.
The Lincoln Park has nice shade and numerous activities available including: football fields, baseball, softball, tennis, bocce ball and shuffleboard courts, fitness equipment, playgrounds for toddlers and youths, BBQ and picnic sites, restrooms and a swimming pool.
Featuring classic video games, High Scores Arcade focuses on arcade games from the 1980s and 1990s as well as music from the 1970s and 1980s. It offers dozens of games to play and a high score board for top achievers.
At Subpar Miniature Golf, visitors can play an indoor, 18 hole miniature golf course that is decorated with miniature buildings and murals. The facility has an arcade area with skee ball, air hockey, racing games, and pool tables.
Opened in 1979, Crab Cove Visitor Center is located at Crown Memorial State Beach. The center features a variety of educational and informative exhibits about local sea life, as well as visitor information services.