- The list below includes 336 free or cheap things to do in or near Novato, California, including 128 different types of inexpensive activities like Parks, Hiking Trails, Movie Theaters and Specialty Museums.
- From Old Town Novato to Mt. Burdell Open Space Preserve, there are a variety of budget-friendly attractions in Novato and in nearby cities within 25 miles like San Francisco, Berkeley, Richmond and Benicia.
Once home to the native Miwok people, Olompali State Historic Park has a rich history ranging from 6,000 B.C. to the missionary era to today. The park has historic buildings, gardens and artifacts as well as an abundance of wildlife.
Covering 139 acres, Stafford Lake County Park offers fishing, picnicking, playground, disc golf, volleyball and horseshoe courts. This lakeside park is also home to large-scale events such as musical performances and festivals.
Located on 522 scenic acres, Rush Creek is a nature preserve filled with a variety of unique plants and animals. Visitors to the preserve commonly enjoy bird watching, hiking, or horseback riding through the preserve's nature trails.
Hamilton Community Pool features two main pool areas: a lap pool for adults and a children's wading area, with a reasonable entry fee. The children's area includes a water-slide. Lounge chairs, snack-bar, showers, and changing area available.
The Hamilton Field History Museum opened in 2010 to communicate to the public the role of the Hamilton Army Airfield in the development of Marin County. The Museum represents the history of civilian and military groups in Hamilton.
The Space Station Museum is a favored place by both adults and children who have an affinity for space history. The museum presents authentic memorabilia and extensive information on the history of trips to the Space Station by the US and Russia.