- The list below includes 173 free or cheap things to do in or near Salinas, California, including 81 different types of inexpensive activities like Movie Theaters, Parks, Hiking Trails and Bowling.
- From Toro Park to Fort Ord Public Lands, there are a variety of budget-friendly attractions in Salinas and in nearby cities within 25 miles like Carmel, Monterey, Pacific Grove and Hollister.
Situated on 4,756 acres, Toro Park features over 20 miles of trails suitable for hiking, biking and horseback riding. The park offers sports facilities, picnic areas, a children's playground, access to wildlife and views of Monterey Bay.
Once a military installation, Ford Ord is now a national monument surrounded by the Fort Ord Public Lands. The Public Lands are thousands of acres of protected, undeveloped land, home to many rare plant and animal species.
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1 Maryal Drive, Salinas, CA 93906 MoreLess Info
Carefully designed to be accessible to all children, regardless of challenges or disabilities, Tatum's Garden Fully Inclusive Accessible Playground features a variety of amenities, including swings, climbing areas, see saws, and other equipment.
96% 143 votes
1021 Monterey-Salinas Hwy., Salinas, CA 93908 MoreLess Info
The Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca is a must-see for racing enthusiasts or guests just looking for an adrenaline rush. The raceway hosts events year round including Cart Indy Car Racing and Grand Prix Motorcycle Racing.
Monterey Bay Equestrian Center offers a selection of equestrian services. The center provides horseback riding tours along the shoreline as well as romantic horse drawn carriage rides for special occasions.
94% 51 votes
132 Central Ave., Salinas, CA 93901 MoreLess Info
Fan's of John Steinbeck will enjoy a visit to The Steinbeck House and Best Cellar Gift shop. The house was the childhood home of the famed author and now operates a restaurant and museum, while the gift shop offers a wide array of specialty gifts and Steinbeck's books.
One Main Street, Salinas, CA 93901 MoreLess Info
The National Steinbeck Center celebrates the life and works of author John Steinbeck. Visitors will discover artifacts from his life and pieces of his history that shaped the stories he told including, The Grapes of Wrath and East of Eden.