- The list below includes 826 free or cheap things to do in or near Hayward, California, including 130 different types of inexpensive activities like Parks, Nature & Wildlife Areas, Aquariums and Playgrounds.
- From Hayward Japanese Gardens to Garin & Dry Creek Pioneer Regional Parks, there are a variety of budget-friendly attractions in Hayward and in nearby cities within 25 miles like San Francisco, Pacifica, Berkeley and Palo Alto.
With newly installed stadium seating, Boulevard Cinemas offers multiple auditoriums for viewing the latest films. The concession stand offers hot dogs, popcorn, candy, and ice cream. The exterior of the theater has bright Art Deco style towers.
McNear's Mystic Theatre is a musical venue that hosts live entertainment that can accommodate up to 550 patrons per performance. Tickets are $1 each and the profits are distributed to organizations throughout the community.
Formerly the town library, Petaluma Historical Museum now features concerts, lectures, tastings, revolving exhibits and a collection of local historical items. The free museum also has a gift shop and offers walking tours.
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Lighthouse Point, Santa Cruz, CA 95060 MoreLess Info
In 1986, the Santa Cruz Surfing Museum opened inside the Mark Abbott Memorial Lighthouse. It is one of the oldest museums in the world dedicated to surfing, and visitors can see how surfboards progressed from huge paddleboards to modern surfboards, along with surf club patches, surf movie posters, and wetsuits,
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701 W Cliff Drive, Santa Cruz, CA 95060 MoreLess Info
All kinds of wildlife are found at Lighthouse Field State Beach including the black swift, monarch butterflies and sea lions. The beach is popular with dog owners and surfers and is even home to a surfing museum.
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2531 West Cliff Drive near Swanton Blvd., Santa Cruz, CA MoreLess Info
True to its name, Natural Bridges State Park contains natural rock bridges created by eons of water and wind erosion. The modern park is managed by the state and is a wonderful destination for adults and families.
Gardeners and horticulture enthusiasts love to visit the Petaluma Seed Bank, one of the largest and most important botanical supply stores on the West Coast. It features thousands of heirloom seed varieties, gardening supplies, accessories and books.