Fun things to do in Reno

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    National Bowling Center

    by Jim_Eliason Updated Jun 9, 2013

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    This brand new National bowling center really is in effect a stadium for pro bowling. It's what the Rose bowl or Orange bowl is to college football. It is also a distinctive addition to the Reno downtown skyline.

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    Go To A Reno Aces Ballgame

    by bpwarne Updated Feb 25, 2013

    Reno now has a Minor League Baseball team, The Reno Aces, 2011 Pacific Northern Division Champions AND 2012 Triple-A league Champions!. Stadium is located downtown within easy walking distance of the downtown Casino strip.

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    Reno Air Races

    by Yaqui Updated Jan 29, 2012

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    Not sure if they will have these ever again since the tragic accident in 2011 and God Bless all those families who lost their loved ones.

    In Reno is where they have the National Championship Air Races and Air Show held at Stead Airport. Every year they have six classes of racing aircraft and has some of the best some aerobatic performers and military aircraft, aircraft displays, merchandise, food, drink, and awards banquet.

    Starts around 8 AM each day, Wednesday through Sunday. If you come, make sure to stay more than one day to fully enjoy what the airshow has to offer.

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    The National Championship Air Races.

    by american_tourister Updated May 3, 2011

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    Several classes of airplanes racing around pylons. Single elimination heats. The Unlimited Class consists of mostly modified WWII fighters. They race different classes consisting of biplanes, sports class, super sport class, Formula 1, T6 Texans, Jets and Unlimited. The courses get bigger as the classes increas in horsepower with the Unlmited Class having the biggest course and the most exciting races. You just have to feel the vibration on the ground when 4 WWII fighters going 500 MPH come by and are about 10 feet apart 50 feet above the deck. Screw NASCAR! This is the world's fastest motor sport. If they touch paint, they die!

    There is also a full air show each day. In 2011 the USAF Thunderbirds and a USAF F-22 Raptor will be appearing along with aerobatic teams and the US Navy Leapfrogs Parachute Team.

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    The Silver Legacy Casino

    by trvlrtom Updated Apr 4, 2011

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    This is perhaps the most interesting casino in Reno. Even if you aren't here to gamble, take a look inside to see casinos' recreation of the mining era. The multi-story structure indoors is really unique.

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    Pyramid Lake

    by trvlrtom Updated Apr 4, 2011

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    Pyramid Lake is good to visit for two reasons: water sports and Native American history.

    This lake is fed by waters from Lake Tahoe, and located entirely within the Indian Reservation. The Truckee River ends its rather short journey here, and has given life to a rich natural and cultural scene for centuries. The Pyramid Lake Scenic Byway Visitors Cultural Center, located at the south side of the lake, has a good display of local Indian artifacts. In season, you can try your luck at trout fishing, or enjoy the lake for pleasure boating all year round.

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    Ice Skate Along the Truckee River

    by thecatsmeow Updated Apr 4, 2011

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    The Rink on the River provides a fun atmosphere for your next visit to Reno. While only open seasonaly it is a fun and inexpensive way to spend part of your day. Be sure to bundle up tight and put some extra padding where needed for the falls. :)

    Admission: $5 adults (ages 13-54)
    $3 youth (ages 3-12)
    $3 seniors (ages 55+)

    Skate Rentals: $2
    Payment by cash or check only.

    Hours: Monday/Tuesday 11 am - 1 pm & 3 pm - 5 pm
    Wednesday/Thursday 11 am - 1 pm & 3 pm - 9 pm
    Friday 11 am - 1 pm & 3 pm - 11 pm
    Saturday 11 am - 11 pm
    Sunday 11 am - 6 pm

    The rink is ran weather permitting so be sure to call the information line on the day you want to set out to skate.

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    Street Vibrations- music, metal and motorcycles

    by thecatsmeow Updated Apr 4, 2011

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    Every 4th weekend in September Reno is host to one of the nations largest motorcycle events. We happened to go down during this years celebration and it was alot of fun. There are bikes everywhere! And with all those bikes comes all the people. Reno is ready for them. Shutting down Virginia Street and several connecting side streets they make room for a large amount of food and merchandise vendors. Many of the Casino's have events going on during the 4 day celebration. Music, metal and motorcycles was the theme and there was definately all of the above. There are live concerts every night and some big names come down for it. Street Vibrations is not only in Reno. There are specialized events in Carson City, Sparks and Lake Tahoe also but the main portion is in Reno. There are scheduled poker walks, stunt shows and othe activities. Some are for participants only so you should check with the official sponsers. This is an official Harley Davidson sponsered event.

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    drive along Lincoln Highway (US 50)

    by machomikemd Written Apr 19, 2010

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    also knowned as the loneliest road in america, driving back to San Francisco via Lincoln Highway is a long cut than going via Interstate 5 but the views here are more spectacular and the roads are winding and there are lots of hairpin turns. the end is at Sacramento whrere you will return to I-5. Several hairpin turns take the highway up a grade east of Strawberry, after which US 50 continues east alongside the river to its source at Echo Summit. Echo Summit is the highest elevation U.S. Route 50 reaches in California at 7,377 feet (2,249 m). From Echo Summit down to the Lake Tahoe Basin, the roadway slowly descends the side of a steep hill; it then curves northeast and meets SR 89, which heads south to Luther Pass and overlaps US 50 northeast into the city of South Lake Tahoe. Where US 50 and SR 89 split, at an intersection known as "The Y", the former turns east on the four-lane Lake Tahoe Boulevard, which it follows to and along the south shore of Lake Tahoe, then it enters Nevada state.

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    Nevada Art Museum

    by Jim_Eliason Written Apr 3, 2010

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    Nice little museum but also instructive of just how small of a town Reno really is. At the time I was there all over town where posters advertising a Rapheal exhibit in town at this museum. When I get there, its two rooms and a single painting. Not exactly what I was expecting such a big deal to be made of.

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    Old Reno Arch 1935

    by Yaqui Updated Mar 20, 2010

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    A more modern version of the Reno Arch was erected on Virginia Street, the old arch was moved to Lake Street next to Siena Hotel and the Truckee River. It stood on Virginia Street from 1935 till 1963.

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    Truckee River West ~ Nevada Historical Marker #62

    by Yaqui Written Mar 20, 2010

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    When your traveling along Interstate 80, make sure to explore the historical markers because they are a wealth of historical information of the local areas.

    The Marker Reads:
    In prehistoric and early historic times, the Truckee River Valley in vicinity of Verdi was occupied by the Washo Indians. Their camps were on these flats near the river. Many fish blinds were located nearby for their use in this important subsistence activity. Even an earlier population left its mark in the form of petroglyphs on boulders in the area.

    The Truckee River runs from Lake Tahoe to Pyramid Lake and was first discovered by Captain John C. Frémont in January, 1844.

    The Stephens-Murphy-Townsend Party in 1844 also followed the Truckee River into the Sierra and crossed the mountains via Donner Pass. The ill-fated Donner Party rested on the Truckee Meadows, at present Reno, but they tarried too long and were caught by the Sierra snows. Despite the Donner tragedy, many emigrant trains to California, particularly from 1849 until 1852, traversed the Truckee route.

    In 1868, the Central Pacific Railroad followed the Truckee's course. From the 1920's to the 1950's, the surrounding meadows echoed to the heavy exhausts of the giant Southern Pacific, cab-ahead, articulated steam locomotives. During the same period, the primitive emigrant trail and the early toll roads were developed into the Lincoln and Victory Highways, and then into U.S. 40 and I-80, today's freeway.

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    Riverwalk District

    by Yaqui Written Mar 20, 2010

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    If make it to Reno, make sure you explore the beautiful Riverwalk located along the Truckee River corridor. All kinds of cafes and bars like Silver Peak Grill and Taproom, the Sierra Tap House, Imperial Bar and Lounge, and Wild River Bar and Grille. All are located near downtown casino-hotels and Wingfield Park. Summertime is the best because its during the summer months the amphitheater plays host to free concerts and festivals.

    The Market is open 7 days a week, from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m.

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    Night Life to Gamble on

    by BruceDunning Updated Jun 18, 2009

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    It is nice just to walk around the streets at night. Things are peaceful and serene without a lot of pushing and shoving of people and traffic. The feeling is like not having to worry about getting mugged or hassled, while you stroll around the lit streets, or along the river walk.

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    Go to church

    by BruceDunning Updated Jun 18, 2009

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    First United Methodist Church is a tour site that can be enjoyed from the outside only. I do not recall that tours are allowed inside, even though you can peak through the front door. It was founded in 1868 and the oldest structure in Reno. It really is a nice site in the middle of the town to see such elegance.

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