Reno/ Tahoe Attractions

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Fleischmann Planetarium and Science Center 
1650 N. Virginia St. 
University of Nevada, Reno

Showtime hotline: (775) 784-4811, Business office: (775) 784-4812

The planetarium’s uniquely shaped building, officially termed a “hyperbolic parabaloid,”  was designed by famed Reno architect Ray Hellman, and is now listed on the National Register of Historic Buildings. It houses: 
• An exhibit hall with changing hands-on displays 
• A 30-ft. diameter, 60-seat theater with both a state-of-the-art digital star projector and a large-format film projector, as well as a powerful surround-sound system 
• A gift shop stocked with high-quality science-related toys, clothing, software, and books 

Nevada Historical Society Museum

1650 N. Virginia St.

University of Nevada, Reno

Phone: (775) 688-1190

As the oldest museum in the State of Nevada, the Society's museum collection consists of more than 15,000 artifacts and works of art. The permanent exhibition on Nevada history illustrates the highlights of the state's history, including the lives of the earliest inhabitants of the Great Basin, the desert stretches of the Immigrant Trail, the Comstock era, the effects of Nevada's liberal marriage and divorce laws, and the rise of the gambling industry.


Nevada Museum of Art

160 West Liberty St.

Phone: (775) 329-3333

The Nevada Museum of Art is the only accredited art museum in the state of Nevada. The Museum features 15,337 square feet of gallery space, museum store and Café Musée, as well as ground level and rooftop sculpture galleries offering views of Reno’s skyline as well as the Sierra Nevada mountain range. The Permanent Collection consists of over 2,000 works of nineteenth through twenty-first century art and is divided into five focus areas that are unified by an overarching focus on natural, built and virtual environments.

Wingfield Park

First & Arlington Streets

Wingfield Park occupies two islands in the Truckee River as well as some land along the banks. Within and around the park, you can find picnic shelters, barbeque, basketball courts, an ampitheater, pathways and trails along the Truckee River. It's a great place to relax if you're in the downtown area. Surrounding the park are some charming restaurants, stores, and coffee shops. The Pioneer Center for the Performing Arts and Brucka Theater (see below) as well as the Riverview Movie Theater are all within walking distance.

Reno Arch

The iconic Reno Arch spans N. Virginia St. between 2nd and 3rd Streets right in the heart of the casino glitz. Although the Arch enshrines Reno’s distinction as “The Biggest Little City in the World,” it does not make any reference to functional contextualism. Visit the surrounding casinos and drop some money in the slots so that we have some tax money for education.

National Automobile Museum: The Harrah Collection

10 South Lake St.

Phone: (775) 333-9300

A place where time, culture, beauty, history, human invention, ingenuity, and frivolity merge to fascinate us in the form of cars. Voted one of the top ten automobile museums in the country and the best 16 in the world, the National Automobile Museum houses an astounding collection, where visitors can explore decades of intriguing automobiles, stroll down period-style street scenes and stand inches from cars once owned by the rich and famous.

Pioneer Center for the Performing Arts

100 South Virginia Street

Phone: (775) 686-6600

The Pioneer Center is the home of our area’s most prominent performing arts organizations: Broadway comes to Reno, Reno Philharmonic Orchestra, Nevada Opera Association, A.V.A. Ballet Theatre, Reno Concerts.

Bruka Theater

99 N. Virginia St.

Phone: (775) 323-3221

The seats in the Bruka theater are actually couches, making for a casual and intimate theater experience. Call or visit the Web site to see what’s playing.


Wild Island Family Adventure Park

250 Wild Island Court, Sparks

With a water park, go-karts, mini-golf, bowling, birthday parties and group parties - at Wild Island there is something fun for everyone. During the summer months, Wild Island’s water park has everything from daredevil slides, to the kiddy areas for the tamer adventure. Take a dip in the wave pool, or float the afternoon away on an inner tube. If miniature golf is your thing, Wild Island’s links are some of the best in the region, with holes that are both challenging and fun. Grab the putter and enjoy a round. Go indoors for some 10-pin action at Coconut Bowl. In addition to blacklit lanes that get the party started, there is an arcade area, food and beverage, and even an adult lounge.

Ultimate Rush Thrill Park

2500 E. 2nd St, Reno

(at the Grand Sierra Resort)

Take the most thrilling aspects of hang-gliding, the most perilous moments of bungee jumping and the adrenaline inducement of sky diving. Combine these elements with a fall from a 185-foot tower and you have the once-in-a-lifetime experience called the Ultimate Rush, the Grand Sierra Resort’s family park. The park also offers miniature golf, a racing oval and road course for go-kart fun, along with bumper cars and other family friendly fair.

Wilbur D. May Center at Rancho San Rafael Regional Park

1595 N. Sierra St, Reno

The Wilbur D. May Center is an adventure for people of all ages. It is a Museum, a collection of rare and exotic artifacts, a place to experience fun traveling exhibits and special moments. The Arboretum is where gardeners gather seeds of knowledge; an incomparable display and living museum of colorful flowers, creekside meadows, outdoor courtyards and secluded benches. The Great Basin Adventure is a fun-filled family experience where kids can pet animals, ride a pony, pan for gold, ride an old fashioned log flume, or explore in our "touch anything" Discovery Room.

Sierra Safari Zoo

10200 N Virginia Street, Reno

Sierra Safari Zoo is Nevada’s largest zoo and the only zoo in Northern Nevada. It houses dozens of animals, from cats to sloths, marsupials, rodents, small mammals and hoof stock. It is located in northern Reno.

Animal Ark Wildlife Sanctuary

1265 Deerlodge Road, Reno

Animal Ark is a 38-acre wildlife sanctuary and nature center northwest of Reno, Nevada. This facility’s rural setting provides an ideal place to house non-releasable wildlife and allows the public a unique opportunity to view these animals in natural habitat exhibits through glass viewing areas.


Lake Tahoe Attractions

Tahoe Boat Cruise

Cruise Emerald Bay at the southern end of Lake Tahoe on the M.S. Dixie or the Tahoe Queen

Tahoe Rim Trail

For breath-taking views of the lake, pick a section of the Tahoe Rim Trail and go for a day hike.

We especially recommend the hike up Mt. Rose if you are looking for a challenging day hike with rewarding views. It is just 30 minutes from Reno to the trailhead.

Thunderbird Lodge

Tour the historic home of local eccentric George Whittell, Jr. who once housed elephants and lions on this incredible property on the eastern shore of Lake Tahoe.

Rafting on the Truckee River

For a leisurely 5 mile float down the Truckee River, check out these outfits for rentals. BYOB.

Tahoe City

For excellent cuisine, cute coffeeshops, and shopping, visit Tahoe City on the western shore of Lake Tahoe. You will also enjoy beautiful views of the lake from Commons Beach.