What to do in Palo Alto, CA

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What to do in Palo Alto

Free Things to Do in Palo Alto

There's no need to constantly reach for your wallet in Palo Alto. The following won't cost a penny.

Leland Stanford Junior University Museum of Art - Wander the halls and admire the thought-provoking exhibits and carefully curated collections at this museum.

Palo Alto Art Center - Feed your artistic and cultural cravings here and witness talent and creativity at work.

Shoreline Park - If you're looking to turn up the fun factor during your getaway, you can do it here.

Stanford University Medical Center - Well known among the locals, this site is worth taking a look at.

Stanford Memorial Church - Throw a little spirituality into your trip by stopping by this religious site.

Elizabeth Gamble Garden Center - If you take pleasure in digging about the garden, this place will fascinate your green thumb.


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Frequently asked questions

What to do in Palo Alto on a sunny day?
A San Jose: One day Yosemite and Giant Sequoia Tour is the perfect activity for visitors who don’t want to miss out on a moment of sunshine in Palo Alto.
What to do in Palo Alto on a rainy day?
Make the most of a rainy day by signing up for an indoor activity, 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 an icon that you just can’t miss.
What should I not miss in Palo Alto?
Set aside time in your schedule to discover terrific sights like Stanford Shopping Center and Shoreline Park.
Are there cheap things to do in Palo Alto?
What can you do in Palo Alto for free?
Your break in Palo Alto won’t cost an arm and a leg with free things like these to keep you on the go:

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

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