Things to do in Reno

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Things to Do in Reno

By Dustin Turner on 03/18/16, updated 03/19/16
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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."

Silver Legacy

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Activities, Attractions, Hotels

Silver Legacy Resort Casino

A top attraction in Nevada, Silver Legacy Casino in Silver Legacy Resort boasts 85 table games and 1,400 slot machines. Additionally, this expansive casino offers Keno, one of Reno’s first automated poker rooms, Race and Sports Book, and more.

Outlets at Legends

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Shopping

Outlets at Sparks

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

Junkee Clothing Exchange & Antiques

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Shopping

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 seven categories in 2008-2014, this is a shopping experience you don’t want to miss.

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Activities, Attractions, Hotels

Atlantis Casino Resort & Spa

Experience Reno’s most luxurious resort rooms. Rooms feature distinctive décor, contemporary furnishings and unparalleled amenities. Atlantis showcases a dynamic casino floor with all the hottest games, and more progressive jackpots for more fun. Play a variety of casino games from the latest in slots, video poker, table games and more.

Animal Ark

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Attractions, Entertainment

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
Activities, Attractions, Hotels

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, free circus acts and more.

Dangberg Home Ranch Historic Park

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Attractions

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

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Nightlife, Restaurants

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. The menu includes chicken wings, duck sliders, onion rings, salads, burgers and, of course, The Depot's homemade beers and craft cocktails.

Reno Arch

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Attractions

Reno Arch

The perfect place for a selfie. 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.

Reno Riverwalk

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Restaurants

The Riverwalk Dining District

Take a stroll along the Riverwalk and savor Reno’s urban renaissance. You’ll find shopping, restaurants, bars, entertainment, lodging, even a whitewater park—all in a safe, fun, friendly area that celebrates Reno’s arts, culture and history. In summer, get takeout and enjoy a free evening concert at Wingfield Park's outdoor amphitheater.

Truckee River Rafting

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Activities, Areas to Explore

Truckee River Rafting

The river is heavily used for recreation, including whitewater rafting and fly fishing. A common rafting run is the River Ranch Run. Starting from the outlet gates at Lake Tahoe stretching about 3 miles, the run ends at the River Ranch Restaurant. In downtown Reno, the river has been sculpted into a half-mile Class 2/3 whitewater park.

Eldorado Casino
Entertainment, Nightlife

Eldorado Casino

This 81,00- 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.

Lake Tahoe

National Automobile Museum (©Victoria Lipov/Shutterstock)

Attractions

National Automobile Museum

This museum’s authentic walkthrough street scenes and four galleries showcase more than 220 antique, vintage, classic and special interest automobiles.

Nevada Museum of Art

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Attractions

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. The museum’s feature exhibitions showcase national and international artists.

Hot August Nights

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Activities, Attractions, Entertainment

Hot August Nights

Classic cars line the streets of Reno as concessions are served and concerts are held outside the Grand Sierra Resort at this annual August event. The Hot August Nights Foundation also uses the event to raise money for charity.

Grand Sierra

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Activities, Attractions, Entertainment, Hotels

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. Grand Cinema has new movies at yesterday’s prices. Lex Nightclub is a multi-million dollar hotspot.

Gilleys

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Entertainment, Restaurants

Gilley's at the Nugget

Your stop for country fun. Enjoy delicious barbecue, live entertainment, a nightclub, the charming Gilley Girls and more at this upscale, western-themed venue. Open for dinner nightly.

Rib Cook-Off

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Attractions, Entertainment

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 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. Besides all the great food, live entertainment fills five stages daily.

Aces Ballpark

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Activities, Attractions

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. It mingles with the heady aromas of stadium eats such as hot dogs and the Triple Play Sandwich and a cold beer.

National Bowling Stadium

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Attractions, Entertainment

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

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Activities

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.

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