10 Best Attractions and Activities in Reno and Sparks



For a smaller city, Reno is still chock full of things to do–both inside and outside. From rafting through downtown, to checking out the local art scene just ask any local where to find the city's best activities.

For the kids, check out The Discovery. This fun and interactive museum celebrates the state of Nevada and has various science and art exhibits and experiences including a two-story cloud climber. Both adults and children can enjoy the National Automobile Museum where a huge collection of classic and unusual cars and for traditional and contemporary art visit the award-winning Nevada Museum of Art near Downtown.

If the weather is nice, Reno has a great selection of parks and outdoor areas including Rancho San Rafael Park where the Reno Balloon Races are held each year and Idlewild Park located next to the Truckee River. The river itself is a great place to hang out. The Riverwalk and the Truckee River Whitewater Park is a wonderful place during the summer when the Artown Festival is heating up. Also, don't forget the famous Reno Arch. It is located in the middle of Downtown and is one of the most photographed locations in the U.S. Just south of Downtown is the hip MidTown with a wide selection of restaurants, bars and shops.




The University of Nevada is central to the city of Reno. Over 25,000 students call UNR their alma mater and there are events and things to do all over campus. UNR is home to the Wolf Pack baseball, football and basketball teams and all UNR games...  Read More




Wild Island is located just west of Reno in the city of Sparks. Open during the summer only, this water park has a tropical feel and features a tide pool, a lazy river and a plethora of water slides including a four-story drop slide. There is...  Read More




Rancho San Rafael Park is the largest park in Reno with hundreds of acres that are home to a large dog park, playgrounds, an arboretum, gym equipment, jogging areas, and special event pavilions. The Arboretum is a beautiful place to walk among...  Read More


Idlewild Park
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Built in 1927, this park is another of Reno's largest parks. It is located just West of downtown on the Truckee River. This park features several picnic areas, some tennis courts, a bike trail, some lakes and water features and access to the...  Read More




Even if classic cars are not your passion this 100,000-square-foot museum is still a great place to view some of the most beautiful and unusual cars you will ever see. The museum houses one of the largest collections of antique automobiles to...  Read More




This award-winning museum is just south of downtown Reno and features permanent and traveling exhibits from various artists. This excellent museum is small, but packs in a wonderful selection of contemporary and traditional art, sculptures...  Read More




The Discovery is a celebration of the nature, science and weather of the Silver State. Both adults and children can visit a Native American tule house, learn about the early Pioneers, work on their own farm or ranch and study archeology. They...  Read More




The Reno Arts District and the Reno Riverwalk are right downtown and just south of the casinos. This area is home to great restaurants and bars, shopping areas and a walkway along the Truckee River. The central point of the area is Wingfield...  Read More




The Midtown District of Reno has already been featured in several national publications as an example of urban resurgence. This once neglected part of Reno just south of Downtown has a new life and a variety of restaurants, bars, cafes, shops...  Read More




The Truckee River Whitewater Park is right in the middle of downtown Reno, just a few blocks from the casinos. It is 2,600 feet long with class 2 and 3 rapids for kayakers, canoes and boats. It is easily accessible from the shore and from the...  Read More


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Meet Christina Nellemann

Christina has lived in the Reno/Lake Tahoe area since she was a baby. A first-generation Nevadan, her Danish parents instilled in her an intense love of travel and the wild, rugged outdoors...  More About Christina

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