Reno, Nevada is all about the outdoor life – swimming and playing water sports in Lake Tahoe, hiking scenic trails, and enjoying the Truckee river running through the city. So what should you do if it’s raining or snowing and you can’t stay outside? Check out these 6 rainy day activities in Reno, Nevada AKA the biggest little city in the world.
Try Your Luck at A Casino
Where Are They? Casinos are scattered throughout Reno but many can be found along the Carson-Reno Highway.
Cost: As much as you want to spend!
There’s no need to make the drive to Vegas! Reno has a great selection of casinos around the city. The most well-known ones are the Peppermill, Grand Sierra, and Atlantis. All offer tasty eats, slot machines, table games, and entertainment to keep you away from the rainy all night long!
Where Is It? Along the Truckee River in the Riverwalk District.
Cost: $12 for adults, 410 for seniors, $6 for people 6-18 years old. Parking is free!
Car lovers rejoice! The National Automobile Museum is in the heart of Reno and offers collections showcasing celebrity automobiles, the 1907 Thomas Flyer, Mars Rovers, European Racecars from the early 1900s, and more. Exhibits rotate, so check out their vehicle directory to see if your favorite car is there! There are currently 209 total cars including 8 champions. The Museum has cars from the 1890s until today! This is an inexpensive trip that everyone in the family will love.
Where Is It? Midtown, near the Wingfield Park on the Truckee River.
Cost: $10 for adults, $8 for students/seniors, $1 for kids 6-12 years old, free for kids 5 and under plus high school students. Parking is free.
The Nevada Museum of Art permanent collection is divided into four thematic focus areas: Altered Landscape Photography, Art of the Greater West, Contemporary Art, and the Work Ethic. The Center for Art + Environment houses more than 75 archives comprised of 20,000 items in its Archive Collections and over 6,000 books in its Research Library.
Current exhibits show off contemporary aboriginal Australian memorial poles, quilts of the Sierra Nevada, the 7 Magic Mountains of Vegas, the Orbital Reflector in space, the history of transportation murals, art of the greater West, and Audubon art. Whatever you prefer, this contemporary art museum will help you find the artist inside.
Grab Some Brews & Chocolate in the Basement
Where Is It? Next to the Truckee River in the Riverwalk District.
Cost: Entry is free!
Formerly a US Post Office in 1933, the Basement has been transformed into an underground marketplace in downtown Reno. Featuring shops, a barber, eateries, a fitness studio, and a gourmet chocolatier; this underground area is a perfect lunch-time stop for rainy days in Reno.
Where Is It? In the city of Sparks, east of Reno.
Cost: Free to visit, learn about becoming a member to come year-round.
This inclusive 35,000 square foot art space is meant to be a community area for anyone who wants to make things. Note that the best time to visit is after 2 PM on the weekdays or during the day on weekends. Come to check out the machines in motion and watch local artists create.
The Generator also offers workshops on subjects such as Aerial Co-Ops, Skills Exchange, and Dance. Anyone can join these. just check out the calendar to see how you can enroll.
See the Stars at the Planetarium
Where Is It? On the University of Nevada, Reno campus in the West University area.
Cost: $9 for adults or $7 for seniors/students/kids 3-12.
The Fleischmann Planetarium is open to the public year-round and offers daily digital shows in their dome theater. Fleischmann’s claim to fame is that it was the first planetarium in the world to project full-dome movies of time-lapse clouds and weather phenomena.
The Exhibit Hall has hands-on interactive displays and immersive exhibits that kids and space nerds alike will both love. See what it’s like to live in space, examine the Earth and its satellites, check out the highly-detailed model of the Moon, and find out what “deep space” really means.