Reno’s not as flashy as Las Vegas, but it has its charms. It boasts a 24-hour nightlife and with 18 ski resorts within a short drive, it is an excellent base for snowy winter adventures. Known as the Biggest Little City in the World, Reno has a huge variety of attractions for all ages. No matter what your interests and tastes, you will always find plenty to keep you busy. Get out and enjoy some of the top attractions in Reno.
If you love cars this museum is a must see. The National Automobile Museum is a walking time machine of automotive history. There are more than two hundred vehicles on display here. The museum is broken down into different eras and full of wonderful vehicles, some of them the only one known to be in existence. From the Lincoln once used by John F. Kennedy to the Ford Mustang Fastback to the 1953 John Wayne Corvette, the museum provides even the visitor with a passing interest in automobiles a unique experience. Thought-provoking audio tours bring the Museum to life through storytelling, sounds, layers of information that appeal to a broad range of interests. Guided Tours are offered daily at 1:30 p.m. Both are free with the price of admission.
Culture vultures and art lovers will love the Nevada Museum of Art. This is the only accredited art museum in the state of Nevada. You’ll find wonderful exhibitions and unique art collections housed at this museum. While the permanent collections tend not to feature well-known artists, the museum is known for the quality of its traveling exhibits. The new rooftop addition gives amazing vistas of Reno, the mountains, and sky. Tour the featured exhibition with one of the Museum’s trained docents during a regularly scheduled Guided Tour offered Thursdays at 6 pm (except First Thursdays); Saturdays at 1 pm; and Sundays at 1 pm. On the second Saturday of each month, the Museum of Art hosts a family day that allows families with kids in free.
The fabulous Truckee Riverwalk is one of the best things about Downtown Reno. It is a part of Reno not to be missed. The river walk enables visitors and residents to take time out from the glitz of this destination in order to enjoy the natural beauty. It is a beautiful place to shop, dine, quench your thirst, or just take a break and watch the Truckee River go by. It is a relaxing area with access to a variety of amenities such as great dining options and various events such as the Wine Walk. It is also a celebration of where life began for this city in the 1800s. Several signs along the river walk showcase the history of the area including people and places. The River Walk is easily accessible from the downtown casinos.
This great theater is one block south of the river. The Pioneer Center for the Performing Arts is a wonderful venue for Broadway musicales, for the philharmonic orchestra, ballet performances, and various other shows. From orchestral performances and classical music through to Broadway shows and musicals, this distinctive and impressive venue offers a great choice of productions to choose from when you visit. Just under a thousand floor seat and 500 in the balcony, there are no bad seats.
Home to the Reno Aces, this Minor League Baseball venue is popular amongst visitors to the city. Before traveling to Reno, it is well worth checking out the Reno Aces schedule online, as you can then look forward to the thrill of catching one of the games at this venue, which can be found on the banks of the Truckee River. This is a super fun activity and fun for any age. If you’re looking for entertainment and enjoy baseball this is right up your alley!! This downtown ballpark has a grass field on one side so you can pack a picnic, put down a blanket, and watch the game. And in the winter when it’s not baseball season it becomes a wonderful ice skating rink.
Located on the University of Nevada campus, the Fleischmann Planetarium and Science Center is a great way to spend the afternoon. The museum features films, educational and hands-on exhibits, as well as a stargazing show. In general, it’s a great place to bring the kids, especially on Fridays and Saturdays, when the planetarium holds extended hours. Telescope viewing is scheduled at the Planetarium from 8-10 p.m. on the third Friday of each month: Sept. 16, Oct. 21 and Nov. 18. Viewing is dependent on weather, wind and sky conditions. Live SkyTonight programs are scheduled for 6 p.m. Oct. 7 and Nov. 4. Telescope viewing follows the program.
Located in the Rancho San Rafael Park, the Wilbur D. May Center is a museum, arboretum, and botanical gardens. The museum features the antiques and artifacts collected by Wilbur May, son of a department store founder, who traveled continuously until his death in 1982. The center also includes an art gallery that regularly displays works from local and regional artists, a Fair Trade gift shop, several traveling exhibits and a 12-acre arboretum that showcases several different native landscapes and gardening styles.
While in Reno don’t plan on spending all your time in the casinos or on the slopes. Take advantage of all Reno has to offer.