Exploring areas outside the casinos brings numerous kid-friendly and family activities. Reno is a great place for kids as there are many places they will enjoy visiting that are both fun and educational. The city offers arcades, mini golf, go-karts, museums, skating, zoos, parks and more.


The Discovery

The Terry Lee Wells Nevada Discovery Museum, ‘The Discovery,’ serves children birth to 12 years old with seven hands-on learning galleries which create an educational environment that encourages creativity and peaks imagination. ‘The Discovery’ features the Cloud Climber, a three-story-tall climbing structure; Spark!Lab, the only one of its kind outside of the Smithsonian, where children explore the process of creating an invention; and Da Vinci’s Corner, an area where kids can experiment with science, art and fun. Other family fun activities at ‘The Discovery’ include exploring a cave, building a house, racing across Nevada and gazing at the stars.  


Animal Ark

Have you ever seen a cheetah run at full speed or watched a lion hunt for its food? This is your chance. Located about a half-hour north of Reno, and well worth the trip, Animal Ark is a sanctuary designed to provide non-releasable wildlife with a spacious and comfortable shelter that replicates their natural environment. The unique exhibits not only provide a safe-haven for animals lacking skills to survive in the wild, but also create an enhanced experience for visitors by allowing you to get up close to a mountain lion, Canada lynx, black bear, white tiger, and desert tortious... just to name a few. For an experience your family won’t soon forget, watch Zulu, Shaka, Moyo and Jamar, the cheetah residents at Animal Ark, run up to speeds of 65 mph in the specially designed cheetah run.

If viewing wild animals sounds like something your family would enjoy, then Animal Ark is a must-see destination while visiting Reno. They are closed for most of the winter so be sure to check their website for operating times.



Rancho San Rafael Park

Minutes from downtown Reno, Rancho San Rafael Park is a 570 acre, year-round, recreation area where families can have picnics, play games, and explore the Wilbur D. May attractions; including a museum, arboretum and the Great Basin Adventure Park. A one-mile nature trail twists through the park with interpretative signs along its path explaining some of the attributes on the trail, such as the wildlife and vegetation. Rancho San Rafael is also home to The Great Reno Balloon Race, the largest free hot air balloon event in the nation, which takes place every September.




Wild Island Family Adventure Park

No matter what time of year you plan on visiting Reno, Wild Island Family Adventure Park offers plenty to keep the whole family entertained. If you’re looking for a fun spot to cool down during the summer, the water park is a great option where the family will enjoy eight heart-pumping water slides, a lazy river, wave pool, kiddie pool and “Hurricane Cove” play area.  And for the adults in the water park, there’s Kokomo’s Island Bar and Spa. Other great options for the summer include the outdoor mini golf course and go-carts. For year-round entertainment, Wild Island offers; Coconut Bowl bowling lanes; High Ballocity, a three-story play structure; indoor black light mini golf; two arcades and a laser maze. 


Sporting Activities

There are a some lower level sporting events as well.  In summer there is the Reno Aces Baseball  (a Triple-A team).  In fall, collegiate football is played at the University of Nevada, a Division I program. In the winter months basketball The Big Horn basketball team (NBA Developmental league) has games and the University also competes in Division I basketball. 

Reno is also home of National Bowling Stadium, home of the National Bowling Championships and the Reno Rodeo, the "wildest, richest rodeo in the West."

For more family fun adventures in Reno, go to VisitRenoTahoe.com