The bright lights of the casinos will certainly keep you occupied while in Reno, but make sure to get out and experience some of the city's other attractions. If you are looking for a more family friendly trip, check out our top 5 family friendly Reno attractions.
Part of the University of Nevada, Fleischmann Planetarium serves about 44,000 visitors and is well known for its Sky Dome Theatre, designed by famed Reno architect Ray Hellman. Your budding astronomer will love the Fleischmann Planetarium and Science Center, where she can take in IMAX movies, a planetarium demonstration, a free museum with space and planet themes, and special film events, too.
There are telescope sky-viewing parties at selected times every month. The Fleischmann Planetarium and Science Center is located on the University of Nevada, Reno campus, at 1650 North Virginia Street, near the Lawlor Events Center. The showtime hotline at 775-784-4811 offers the latest films showing and their times.
10 Lake Street S. - 775-333-9300
Opened in 1989, the National Automobile Museum in Reno houses more than 200 antique, vintage, classic and special interest automobiles.
300 North Center St. - 775-334-2695
The Los Angeles Times called it the "Taj Mahal of Tenpins" when it opened in 1995. The National Bowling Stadium is the only one of its kind in the world.
160 West Liberty St. - 775-329-3333
Founded in 1931, the Nevada Museum of Art is the oldest cultural institution in the state of Nevada. The new museum, designed by Will Bruder, opened in spring 2003.
Downtown Reno - 775-334-2077
The Riverwalk boasts numerous shops and entertainment venues for visitors, all along the Truckee River. The Raymond I. Smith Truckee Riverwalk, which runs along First Street, has emerged as one of Reno's greatest resources. The Truckee River Whitewater Park (First Street and Arlington Avenue) features 2,600 feet of class 2 and 3 rapids suitable for kayaks, canoes, inner tubes and other small watercraft.
Wingfield Park, which encompasses the whitewater park as well as four other sites along the river, offers picnic shelters, barbecues, basketball courts, an amphitheater, pathways and swimming access. Some nearby shops such as Sierra Adventures (254 W. First St.) rent and sell water gear and other equipment. Many restaurants and shops also line the riverwalk.
North Virginia Street & Commercial Row - Downtown Reno
The famous arch has gone through many transformations and has become one of the main photo stops for tourists.
10200 North Virginia St. - 775-677-1101
The Sierra Safari Zoo is home to more than 200 animals, including wallabys, big cats, monkeys, deer and zebra.
The closest Lake Tahoe skiing to Reno, Mt. Rose Ski Resort is 25 minutes from the Reno-Tahoe International Airport.
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