50 Free Things to Do

There are countless free things to do in Santa Clarita, from outdoor recreation to kid’s activities and more! You can take a museum tour, explore a park, meet wild animals or window shop. Wherever your interests lie, you’ll find something to entertain you. Explore our list of 50 free things to do in Santa Clarita and our Southern California event calendar, and make the most of your vacation budget.

1809, 2020

Santa Clarita Bike Park

Santa Clarita Sports Complex
20870 Centre Pointe Parkway

Open daily, dawn to dusk 

Hop on your bike and show off your skills at the Santa Clarita Bike Park’s seven acres of banks and jumps, made for riders of all ages.

2107, 2019

Gilchrist Farm Harvest Festival

Pick the perfect pumpkin at Gilchrist Farm Harvest Festival. Throughout the month of October, you’ll enjoy the pumpkin patch, straw bale maze, petting zoo and farm store. Plus, they have a variety of activities and vendors, including horse drawn wagon rides, pony rides, face painting, pumpkin decorating, fall farm crafts and live entertainment. The rest of the year come out and learn how to milk the goats, gather the eggs, or take a horseback riding lesson.

108, 2017


Join the fun as SENSES transforms Main Street in Old Town Newhall into a themed block party every third Thursday of the month from March through October. With live music, food trucks, street performers and themed activities, this is one Santa Clarita party not to be missed!

108, 2017

William S. Hart’s Museum

Take a tour of William S. Hart’s Museum, the former home of the famed silent film actor and director who produced a series of hit Western movies in the early 1900’s. A member of the Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County, the museum exhibits an impressive collection of Western artwork as well as mementos from early Hollywood, personal furnishings, and artifacts representing multiple Native American cultures.

108, 2017

Placerita Canyon

Visit Placerita Canyon, a canyon that features cool, shaded oak groves, a willow and sycamore-lined seasonal stream and interesting plant and animal communities. A network of self-guiding nature trails radiates out into the park from Placerita Nature Center, with longer Santa Clarita trails leading to a seasonal waterfall and to the top of the Santa Clarita Divide. Plus, the canyon is home to the historic “Oak of the Golden Dream,” the site of California’s original gold discovery in 1842.

108, 2017

Castaic Lake

Visit Castaic Lake, a 9,000-acre water reservoir that’s perfect for every water and outdoor activity, from fishing, boating, jet skiing and swimming to mountain biking and horseback riding. The lake also plays host to special events, including Night Float Tube Fishing, Moonlight Fishing, Paddle boarding and much more.

108, 2017

Walk of Western Stars

Spend the afternoon strolling along Main Street’s Walk of Western Stars in Old Town Newhall. Here you’ll find more than 90 actors, directors, writers and entertainers memorialized for their contributions to the preservation of the West. As far as free things to do in Santa Clarita, it’s a great way to learn about days gone by! You can also download the Newhall Walking Tour app for a self-guided adventure full of history and film tidbits!

108, 2017

Hart Park

Explore Hart Park and encounter the descendants of the bison that were originally donated by Walt Disney. You may enjoy visiting a live collection of farm animals at the barnyard or packing a picnic to enjoy at the park’s vast picnic area. The scenic park also boasts a series of Santa Clarita trails for hiking and a charming Western-themed Gift Store.

108, 2017


Take part in a real-world outdoor treasure hunting game and search for Geocaches around Santa Clarita. With hundreds of geocache locations in the area, it’s an excellent way to spend a sunny afternoon on your Southern California vacation.

108, 2017

Pico Canyon

Hike, bike and explore Pico Canyon. Located in the north end of Santa Clarita Woodlands Park, the canyon offers outdoor enthusiasts shaded trails that lead into the rugged and lushly vegetated headwaters of Pico Canyon and the Santa Susana Mountains.

108, 2017

Dog Parks

Relax and let your doggie exercise on their own at one of our three dog parks. Central Bark, Canine Country and Five Barks give your furry friend the chance to run to their heart’s content and meet a few new friends along the way.

108, 2017

Tesoro Adobe Park

Step back in time and visit Tesoro Adobe Park. The Tesoro Adobe was built and owned by noted western film actor, Harry Carey, in the 1920’s and 1930’s. During Carey’s prolific film career, he is credited with at least 233 movies; the western movie elite including John Wayne, William S. Hart, and Gary Cooper visited Tesoro Adobe.

108, 2017


Tour Old Pico Number Four, the oldest and longest producing oil well in California in Pico Canyon at Mentryville. Today, historic buildings still stand including Charles Mentry’s grand thirteen-room mansion which was erected in 1898, a one-room school house, and a period barn. Mentryville and Pico Number Four are registered as California State Historical Landmarks and they’re an amazing way to immerse yourself in Southern California history.

108, 2017


Listen to Music! There are numerous Santa Clarita restaurants and wine lounges that offer free live entertainment on weekends, including Salt Creek Grilleand Wine 661. Local tunes are a great way to get a taste of Santa Clarita during your Southern California vacation.

108, 2017

Central Park

Jog the cross country trail at Central Park. This 3.1 mile trail is perfect for everything from casual day hiking and dog walking to bike riding. An added bonus of hitting the trail is all of the breathtaking views you will encounter along the way.

2107, 2017

Beale’s Cut

Learn more about Beale’s Cut. Located southeast of Newhall Avenue, between Sierra Highway and the Antelope Valley (14) Freeway, Beale’s Cut was once the passage that connected the main roadway between Newhall and the pueblo of Los Angeles. It has since become a popular film location and a favorite of such pioneer filmmakers as D.W. Griffith, John Ford and Buster Keaton.

2107, 2017

Historic Route 6

Drive along Historic Route 6, the transcontinental highway from California to Massachusetts. Once the main Southern California artery from Santa Clarita to Los Angeles, Route 6 spans 14 states and more than 3,562 miles. The City of Santa Clarita’s piece of this history is a scenic drive presently known as Sierra Highway, which took a starring role in Charlie Chaplin’s 1936 film, “Modern Times.”

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