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Palo Alto Attractions

If you're chasing exciting things to do in Palo Alto, plan on being busy. This buzzing city knows how to have fun. No matter your interests, you'll be amazed by the variety of attractions to sink your teeth into here. Keep reading to discover a few of the favorites.

Find out what makes Palo Alto tick with some of the very best tours & day trips. Browse through our top 94 fun activities in Palo Alto, and book with confidence knowing that we offer free cancellation and no added fees.

Things to Do in Palo Alto with Kids

There are lots of memorable experiences in Palo Alto that the whole gang will get a buzz out of. Here are a few of the best family friendly experiences in the area.

Free Things to Do in Palo Alto

A trip to Palo Alto doesn't have to break the bank. You can leave your wallet behind if you check out:

Leland Stanford Junior University Museum of Art - Stroll around and appreciate the fascinating displays and carefully curated collections at this respected museum.

Palo Alto Art Center - Spend a little time here and discover the artistic and cultural side of the region.

Shoreline Park - If you want to ramp up the fun factor during your vacation, you can do it here.

Stanford University Medical Center - Look up your guidebook and find out why this place is worth adding to your itinerary.

Stanford Memorial Church - Toss a bit of spirituality into your escape by stopping by this sacred site.

Elizabeth Gamble Garden Center - If you're into spending time in the garden, this place will satisfy your inner green thumb.

Explore The Neighborhoods of Palo Alto


You'll enjoy the churches and monuments in Stanford. You might want to make time for a stop at Hoover Tower or Rodin Sculpture Garden.

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East Palo Alto

The mountain views and restaurants are a few reasons travelers visit East Palo Alto. Though there aren't many top sights in the neighborhood, you can visit Facebook Campus and Baylands Nature Preserve, a few notable attractions nearby.


University South

While visiting University South, you might make a stop by sights like Stanford Theatre and Palo Alto Junior Museum and Zoo.

Downtown North

Though Downtown North might not have many top sights, you can venture to the surrounding area to see attractions like Stanford Shopping Center and Stanford Theatre.

Duveneck - St. Francis

When in Duveneck - St. Francis, you can plan a visit to Palo Alto Art Center and Stanford Theatre, some noteworthy sights in the nearby area.

Leland Manor

While there might not be top attractions in Leland Manor, you can explore the larger area and discover places like Palo Alto Art Center and Palo Alto Junior Museum and Zoo.

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Frequently Asked Questions

What to do in Palo Alto on a sunny day?

What to do in Palo Alto on a rainy day?

If the weather is miserable during your stay, hang up your umbrella and have a go at these fun indoor activities:

What is Palo Alto famous for?

Get a family happy snap at Stanford University — it's a big-name attraction.

What should I not miss in Palo Alto?

Head directly toward Stanford Shopping Center and Shoreline Park, two top sights that lure travelers from all over the world.

What can you do in Palo Alto for free?

Your time in Palo Alto won't cost an arm and a leg with free things like these on offer:

  • Stanford Shopping Center
  • Shoreline Park
  • Stanford University Medical Center
  • Palo Alto Art Center