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Palo Alto Attractions

No idea how to fill in your time in Palo Alto? Relax. We've got some great ideas for you. Fine food, a fascinating history and picturesque attractions — this energetic city has the lot.

If you're ready to hit the streets of Palo Alto, join one of the top tours & day trips on offer, and have an experienced guide show you some of the most popular sights. Offering free cancellations and no added fees, our 34 fun activities in Palo Alto are also worth checking out.

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.


University South

While University South might not have many sights to explore, venturing just a little farther will lead you to top things to see and do like Stanford Shopping Center and Stanford Theatre.

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 Palo Alto Junior Museum and Zoo, 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.

Charleston Gardens

While there might not be top attractions in Charleston Gardens, you can explore the larger area and discover places like Shoreline Amphitheatre and Googleplex.

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Frequently Asked Questions

What to do in Palo Alto on a sunny day?

A San Francisco Bay Tour and a City Scavenger Hunts by Operation City Quest of California are two excellent outdoor activities that'll tempt you out of your hotel.

What to do in Palo Alto on a rainy day?

Make the most of the wet weather by throwing yourself into some indoor activities, like a Spa-Quality On Demand Massage - Silicon Valley or a San Francisco Airport Same Day Luggage Services.

What is Palo Alto famous for?

Stanford University lives up to its reputation as a renowned attraction that you can't miss.

What should I not miss in Palo Alto?

Make your way to Stanford Shopping Center and Shoreline Park, two major sights that draw visitors from all around.

Are there cheap things to do in Palo Alto?

What can you do in Palo Alto for free?

You could store your wallet in the hotel safe for the day, because these terrific attractions will cost you nothing:

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