10 Best Things to Do in Reno (and Beyond)

Whether you want to be relaxing inside or playing outside, Reno has plenty to do for every age. Starting with the entire family, visit some of the area's museums including the wonderful Nevada Museum of Art in its award-winning building and the Nevada Discovery Museum where children of all ages (and adults) can interact with various exhibits depicting Nevada. Another excellent museum is the National Automobile Museum that includes some of the most beautiful cars you will ever see.

If you want to spend some time outdoors, visit some of Reno's parks including the popular local parks of Rancho San Rafael, near the University and Idlewild Park near the Truckee River. If you are near the river you have to visit the Truckee River Whitewater Park which is located right downtown. Just down the street from the river is the Reno Aces baseball stadium, which is a great way to spend a spring or summer evening.

If you want to get out of town, visit the Wild West town of Virginia City in the foothills above Reno and ride the Virginia & Truckee Railroad, an authentic steam train. If you've made your plans and have gotten tickets, about three hours north of Reno is one of the area's most famous events: Burning Man.

Wild Island is located just east of Reno in the city of Sparks. 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 also an area for children under...  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

The Greater Nevada Field is a baseball stadium in downtown Reno, Nevada, and the home of the Triple-A Reno Aces in the MiLB Pacific Coast League. The ballpark is located next to the Truckee River and is the centerpiece of a planned downtown Reno...  Read More

The Truckee River Walk winds its way along the Truckee River and offers great views of fountains, restful park benches, kayakers, summer tubing fun, and access to downtown Reno's restaurant and bar scene as well as outdoor plays and movies. The...  Read More

Ouside the city

It's very difficult to explain this annual event in words. Burning Man takes place every year the week before Labor Day in the Black Rock Desert three hours north of Reno. Reno is the staging location of many participants who use the city to...  Read More

Take a trip back to the old Comstock days and enjoy a ride on this authentic steam train. You can go on a six-mile round trip from Virginia City to Gold Hill or take the train all the way down the mountain to Carson City. The ride is narrated by...  Read More

The Truckee River Whitewater Park is right in the middle of downtown Reno, just a few blocks from the casinos. It's 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

The Terry Lee Wells Nevada Discovery Museum is a celebration of the nature, science and weather of the Silver State. At this brand-new museum, children can visit a Native American tule house, learn about the early Pioneers, work on their own...  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


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