Family Fun near Downtown Reno

Reno Family FunThere is much happening in the Reno area that is perfect for families. With much emphasis placed on casinos in Reno, one often overlooks all the fun that can be had, especially outdoors. Majestic mountains, wide lakes and blooming desert nearby offer an array of adventure.

Mt. Rose, minutes from Reno, is part of the Sierra Nevada Mountains and offers top-notch skiing. Shuttles leave from major hotels, including Circus Circus, the Eldorado and Silver Legacy. Snowboard and ski lessons are given as part of a youth program, and Rosebuds Children's Camp has classes specifically for kids under 11. Rentals, lessons and lift tickets can all be purchased at the resort; vacation ski packages that combine Reno and Mt. Rose can often be found.

From family walks along the Truckee River in town, to moderate hikes in the surrounding mountains, a great way to enjoy family time is to take advantage of all of Reno's hiking opportunities. Hunter Creek Canyon, a moderate hike, offers streams and rocks to cross. Hidden Valley hikers pass through shrubbery of the desert and pines, another moderate hike. Callahan Ranch Road, in Reno, offers an easy hike that climbs up Steamboat Hills. This hike offers spectacular views of Mt. Rose, Reno, and Washoe Lake.

The whole family will enjoy biking around Reno, on trails such as the Tahoe-Pyramid Bikeway. Because the city of Reno itself is quite flat, biking around town provides an easy and fun experience for the whole family. Bikes can be rented and information can be obtained regarding trails; numerous bike shops can be found within Reno. Several shops are on Virginia Street.

Although a fishing license is needed for those over 12 years old, there are many places around Reno that are great for kids. Virginia Lake Park, Rancho San Rafael Park Pond, Sparks Marina and more are fun for all. A Free Fishing Day happens yearly, and no license is needed.

The Great Reno Balloon Race
As the largest free hot air balloon race in the country, this family-friendly events offers fun, spectacular sights, excitement and colorful shapes of balloons.
Each morning, balloons ascend en masse from Rancho San Rafael Park; this is a unique family event to be enjoyed together.

The Reno Air Races and Air Show
Acrobatic airplanes, aircraft displays, races, historic planes and food, drinks, and excitement make this an event for everyone. Souvenirs are also sold, and there is fun for all at this fabulous show.