Top 5 family attractions in Reno and Sparks. Gambling and bars and lounges don't seem to mix with families, or do they? Just because Reno is known for its gambling casinos and adult entertainment doesn't mean it is not an ideal choice for a family getaway. Reno has plenty of great attractions for kids and families, so bring the whole clan to ski, hike, or go white water rafting.
Wild Waters is located in Sparks, and it is one of the top family attractions in the area. Located inside Wild Island, Wild Waters includes wave pools, flumes and speed slides, and even a floating bar for mom and dad! Wild Waters is open during the summer from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. every day, but even when the water park is closed, the family can enjoy miniature golf, go-carts, bowling and a roller coaster at Wild Island. Located at 250 Wild Island Court in Sparks, call (775) 331-9453 for more information.
Boomtown's Family Fun Center is a great place for the family to enjoy everything from a working carousel to an indoor climbing wall. The Fun Center includes miniature golf, a motion theater, pool tables and other games, an indoor climbing wall, and indoor Ferris wheel, just to name a few of the biggest attractions. There is also a huge arcade with more than 200 games and tons of cool prizes for redemption. Boomtown is located at 2100 Interstate 80 West in Verdi, just west of Reno. Call 775-345-8683 for more information.
Located on the bottom level of the Grand Sierra Resort, Fun Quest is a kid's paradise. Along with a huge arcade, there is laser tag, miniature golf, bumper cars, thrill rides, a climbing wall, and video games, plus redemption prizes. Outside, in the Grand Sierra parking lot, are go-carts and two super thrill rides, The Ultimate Rush and The Big Shot, that will take your breath away. The Grand Sierra is located at 2500 East Second Street in Reno. Call 775-789-1127 for more information.
Your budding astronomer will love the Fleischmann Planetarium and Science Center, where they 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.
The Wilbur May Great Basin Adventure is an outdoor attraction geared especially to children. Located inside Rancho San Rafael Regional Park, just a short drive from downtown Reno, the Adventure includes a log flume ride, a petting zoo and pony ride, a dinosaur play park, and the Discovery Room, where youngsters are encouraged to touch and experience all the exhibits. There are also miles of hiking trails and a botanical garden nearby in the park. The Adventure is open from Memorial Day through mid-September. The Great Basin Adventure is located at 1595 North Sierra Street in Reno. Call 775-785-4064 for more information.
Article written by Sherril Steele-Carlin, who lives in Reno and loves the wide open spaces.