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Things to Do in Reno

Sure, Reno has plenty of casinos in which to try your luck. But it also has an annual classic car show, a 78-lane bowling stadium, a zoo, a rib cook-off in nearby Sparks, shopping, dining and much more. While you're there, don't forget to stop by the Reno Arch for a selfie under the sign proclaiming Reno to be the "Biggest Little City in the World."

Outlets at Sparks

A year-round destination for outlet and brand-name shopping, Outlets at Sparks boasts stores such as Adidas Outlets, Banana Republic Factory Store, BCBG Final Cut, Guess Factory Store and more. More than shopping, these outlets offer magnificent artwork, fountains, lush landscaping and an array of dining options.

Junkee Clothing Exchange & Antiques

A unique shopping experience, this 15,000-square-foot store offers recycled clothing, costumes, affordable antiques and furniture. Voted Reno’s “Best of” in multiple categories throughout the years including "Best Consignment/Thrift Store" in 2017, this is a shopping experience you don’t want to miss.

Animal Ark

This 38-acre wildlife sanctuary is home to animals like cheetahs, tigers, black bears and wolves. Ask about special events such as Wolf Howl Night, Cheetah Challenge Adventure, Ark After Dark and more for a unique experience. Open April-October, Tuesday-Sunday from 10 am-4:30 pm.

Circus Circus Hotel Casino

Boasting more than 65,000 square feet of games, Circus Circus Casino has more than 900 slots and video poker machines, table games, Race and Sports Book Bar and Lounge, and more.

Dangberg Home Ranch Historic Park

This historic site was founded in 1857 as a pioneer homestead and grew to more than 45,000 acres. Today, the Dangbergs are gone, but the ranch house and other buildings remain to help tell the story of Nevada ranching. Guided tours are offered year-round by reservation, with special events in the summer.

The Depot

The Depot Craft Brewery and Distillery’s site was built in 1910 to be the headquarters for the Nevada-California-Oregon Railway. The Depot is Nevada's first combined brewery and distillery.

Reno Arch

This unique entryway sign proclaims Reno as “The Biggest Little City in the World.” The arch features neon lighting and is recognized worldwide. The original welcome sign is located on Lake Street near the National Automobile Museum and was recently refurbished. It dates back to 1926.

The Riverwalk Dining District

Located in downtown Reno along the Truckee River, this neighborhood is where foodies come to feast. The Riverwalk features unique options in dining and entertainment, showcasing selections from around the world.

Truckee River Rafting

The 121-mile-long scenic Truckee River empties out of Lake Tahoe from a dam in Tahoe City, and the 4-mile stretch of Class 2 water from there to River Ranch Resort is one of the most popular floats in the Western U.S. 

Eldorado Casino

This 81,000 square foot casino offers unlimited 24-hour entertainment featuring a variety of slots, table games, poker, Keno and a Race & Sports Book. Eldorado Casino boasts tournaments, special events and parties, check website or call for details.

Nevada Museum of Art

Designed by architect Will Bruder, the Donald W. Reynolds Center for the Visual Arts became the new facility for the Nevada Museum of Art in May 2003. The building is recognized as one of the most distinguished architectural achievements in Nevada.

Hot August Nights

Classic cars line the streets of Reno as concessions are served and concerts are held outside the Grand Sierra Resort. Cars can be sold or purchased at either the Hot August Nights Auction presented by MAG Auctions located at the Reno-Sparks Convention Center or the Hot August Nights Cool Car Showroom located at the Reno-Spar

Grand Sierra Resort Casino

Make a day of family fun at Grand Sierra Resort, home to a 50-lane bowling center and Fun Quest—nearly an acre of arcade games, laser tag and Battlefield Live. Grand Adventure Land features miniature golf, go-karts and the Ultimate Rush. The Grand Cinema has today’s movies at yesterday’s prices.

Best in the West Nugget Rib Cook-Off

At the end of August every year, Victorian Square in downtown Sparks, near Reno, turns into a six-day, must-attend culinary, music, craft and family end-of-summer affair known as the The Best in the West Nugget Rib Cook-Off. Admission is free, and the Kids Area is open every day.

Reno Aces Ballpark

The Reno Aces Ballpark is bigger than the actual game itself. Walk in on game day, and the place is buzzing. The stimulating human energy mixes with that of excited voices and thumping music.

National Bowling Stadium

Reno is the proud home of the National Bowling Stadium, built in 1995. Features include 78 championship lanes, a video wall, the world’s longest screen scoring display and a 10,000 square foot pro shop with a full-size lane offering computerized/video instruction by a professional instructor.

Sierra Safari Zoo

Nevada’s largest zoo, Sierra Safari includes more than 200 animals of 40 different species, including antelope, alligator, bison, sloth, camel, llama and lion. Sierra Safari is staffed with all volunteers, 50 to be exact, who take care of the animals daily.