10Best Free (and Fun) Things To Do in Reno

Primarily known for its gaming Reno is actually a very outdoors-oriented city. This is reflected in many of the free things you can do in The Biggest Little City. If you want to stay outdoors, visit the Truckee River for several free activities and events including tubing at the Truckee River Whitewater Park. If you want to stay out of the water and just take a walk, stay on the River Walk and check out various Burning Man art pieces given to the city or jump on a bike to enjoy the Tahoe Pyramid Bikeway that runs right through Downtown Reno. During these walks or bikes, you can see some of Reno's beautiful parks. For visitors who don't mind taking a short drive head up the Mount Rose Highway for some snow play or mountain hiking or visit one of the world's most famous mining and ghost towns, Virginia City.

Virginia City


This historic town was once the world's richest city thanks to the largest gold vein ever mined, the Comstock Lode. Little has changed since those mid-1800s days, and C Street, the main thoroughfare, still looks much as it did decades ago. Among...  Read More



The Reno area has several hiking trails that take both beginner and experienced hikers into the hills around the city. The Hunter Creek trail is one of the more popular hikes, but there's a good reason: there's a waterfall at the end. A...  Read More



The Reno Arts District and the Reno Riverwalk is located in the heart of Downtown Reno. This area is home to great restaurants and bars, shopping areas and a walkway along the Truckee River. Along the river you will come upon several pieces of...  Read More

Idlewild Park
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Built in 1927 Idlewild is located just west of downtown on the Truckee River. The park features several picnic areas, some tennis courts, a bike trail, some lakes and water features and access to the river. There is a Lions Club park for...  Read More



It's hard to miss this futuristic and interesting building on the north part of the University of Nevada, Reno campus. The Fleischmann Planetarium soars out of a lush garden like a spaceship ready to take off and hosts a variety of astronomy...  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...  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

Ouside the city


Washoe Lake State Park is located about 30 minutes south of Reno and about 15 minutes north of Carson City. It's over 8,000 acres feature three large lakes right next to the Eastern Sierras. The park features several hiking trails, horse trails,...  Read More

Tahoe Meadows Snow Play Area


Even when Reno doesn't get a huge amount of winter snow, this area near the Mount Rose Summit has some of the best snow play in the area. Located on the Mount Rose Highway/Highway 431 on the way to North Lake Tahoe, this area is known for its...  Read More



The Tahoe Pyramid Bikeway is a partially finished pedestrian and bike trail that runs from Lake Tahoe, along the the Truckee River through Downtown Reno and into Sparks on its way to Pyramid Lake in the Nevada desert. Along the way the trail...  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