National Parks / Natural World in Nevada with kids

The world has some incredible natural wonders, and luckily for you, The Silver State has some incredible places to visit with kids right on your doorstep….and you won’t want to forget your camera!

The national and state parks in Nevada offer an incredible variety of experiences for children.  Some parks protect a unique and diverse wilderness, teeming with wildlife which is always a thrill for kids!

Some parks protect incredible fascinating and significant historical sites, where the family can go back in time through American history…who says the learning as to stop on a family day out!

The state of Nevada itself has smaller parks perfect for a quick trip into nature.  You don’t even need to leave the city to have that park experience - and kids LOVE them!

Shut those televisions off and put those computer games away….the great outdoors is calling and it’s calling YOU!

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  • Grand Canyon Sky Walk

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    Las Vegas

    Just like an eagle is able to fly across the grand canyon this tour allows you take the same view. This glass bridge suspends more than 4000ft above the Colorado River and stretches out 70ft from the ...

  • The Botanical Gardens

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    Las Vegas

    An impressive and visually stunning family ramble, past landscaping and water features to artful structures such as gazebos and bridges, significantly changed with every season. Live music every ...

  • Grand Canyon Helicopter Tour

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    North Las Vegas

    Take off from Las Vegas Airport on an exhilarating helicopter flight to one of Mother Nature's greatest achievements - The Grand Canyon. Discover the natural beauty of the Grand Canyon as your ...

  • Lake Mead National recreation Area

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    Boulder City

    Lake Mead National Recreation Area offers a wealth of things to do and places to go year-round. Its huge lakes cater to boaters, swimmers, sunbathers, and fishermen while its desert rewards hikers, ...

  • Floyd Lamb State Park

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    Las Vegas

    is an 8 km park centred around a series of small lakes that formed an oasis in this part of the Mojave Desert. Enjoy fishing, volleyball, horseshoes, and an education centre with an insight into ...

  • Dayton State Park

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    Dayton

    Dayton State Park is located in the town of Dayton, one of Nevada's first permanent settlements. The Carson River flows through the park and offers fishing and bird watching. The Rock Point Mill, ...

  • Lake Tahoe State Park

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    Incline Village

    A beautiful natural oasis for the family to explore in Nevada! Great outdoor family adventures with Lake Tahoe Nevada State Park, with trails to hike and bike, fishing, and camping.

  • Mormon Station State Historic Park

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    Genoa

    Mormon Station is the site of Nevada's first permanent nonnative settlement. A replica of the original trading post built in 1851 houses a small museum with relics of pioneer days. Picnic and group ...

  • Dangberg Home Ranch Historic Park

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    Genoa

    The Dangberg Home Ranch Historic Park is one of Carson Valley's first and largest ranches. The ranch was home to German immigrant Heinrich Friedrich Dangberg who founded the site in 1857. A local ...

  • Washoe Lake State Park

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    Carson City

    A great family fun outdoor adventure in Nevada, with wildlife, water sports, hiking and camping! A beautiful State Park in the heart of Washoe Valley.

  • Berlin-Ichthyosaur State Park

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    Austin

    The park is open all year but extreme winter weather may prohibit travel. Nestled at 7,000 feet on the scenic western slope of central Nevada's Shoshone mountain range, the park provides a vast array ...

  • Belmont Courthouse State Historic Park

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    Fallon

    Built in 1876, the Belmont Courthouse was the seat of Nye County government until 1905. The building is partially restored and offers a glimpse into Nevada's colorful past. Belmont Courhouse, ...

  • Fort Churchill State Historic Park

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    Silver Springs

    Fort Churchill was once an active U.S. Army fort. Built in 1861 to provide protection for early settlers. It was abandoned nine years later, and today the ruins are preserved in a state of arrested ...

  • Lahontan State Recreation Area

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    Fallon

    Lahontan State Recreation Area is located on the Carson River, 18 miles west of Fallon and 45 miles northeast of Nevada's Capital, Carson City, via U.S. Highway 50. The Reno-Sparks metropolitan area ...

  • Walker Lake

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    Fallon

    Walker Lake is one of the last remnants of an ancient inland sea which covered much of western Nevada nearly 10,000 years ago. Visitors enjoy fishing, boating, swimming and picnicking, plus ...

  • Rye Patch State Recreation Area

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    Lovelock

    Rye Patch Reservoir, along the Humboldt River, covers 11,000 acres when full. Here, visitors enjoy fishing, boating, water skiing, camping, and picnicking. A campground, boat launch and picnic sites ...

  • South Fork State Recreation Area

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    Spring Creek

    South Fork Reservoir covers 1,650 acres and is surrounded by 2,200 acres of wildlife-filled meadow lands and rolling hills. It is popular for hunting, camping, boating, picnicking, winter sports and ...

  • Wild Horse State Recreation Area

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    Elko

    Wild Horse State Recreation Area is located on the northeast shore of Wild Horse Reservoir. The 140 acre recreation area is an excellent focal point when visiting Wild Horse. Visitors to the area ...

  • Cathedral Gorge State Park

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    Panaca

    Slot canyons, cathedral-like spires, incredible sunrises and sunsets. Located just 2-1/2 hours north of Las Vegas, Nevada.
    Come experience the majesty that is Cathedral Gorge!

  • Cave Lake State Park

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    Ely

    32 acres of outdoor fun for the family in Nevada, with boating, fishing, ice skating and hiking. Get into the great outdoors!

  • Echo Canyon State Park

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    Pioche

    Echo Canyon State Park offers a 65-acre reservoir with a campground, picnic area, group use facilities and boat launch. The park is popular for camping, fishing, hiking and enjoying the beautiful ...

  • Kershaw-Ryan State Park

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    Caliente

    Kershaw-Ryan State Park is located two miles south of Caliente via U.S. 93 and State Route 317. It is situated in a colorful, scenic canyon at the northern limit of Rainbow Canyon. Steep canyon walls ...

  • Spring Valley State Park

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    Pioche

    Spring Valley State Park offers water oriented recreation at the 65 acre Eagle Valley Reservoir. Boat launching, picnicking and camping facilities are available. Visitors also enjoy hiking, exploring ...

  • Ward Charcoal Ovens State Historic Park

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    Ely

    W ard Charcoal Ovens State Historic Park is located in the Egan Mountain Range approximately 18 miles south of Ely, Nevada. This beautiful park is mostly known for its six beehive-shaped historic ...

  • Big Bend of the Colorado Recreation Area

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    Laughlin

    Big Bend State Recreation Area is located five miles south of Laughlin on the Needles Highway. The park is within the town limits of Laughlin, one mile south of Casino Drive on South Needles Hwy.

  • Old Las Vegas Mormon State Historic Park

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    Las Vegas

    Old Vegas Mormon State Historic Park is located in downtown Las Vegas, at the intersection of Las Vegas Boulevard and Washington Avenue. The park and Visitor Center is open all year from 8:00 ...

  • Spring Mountain Ranch State Park

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    Blue Diamond

    Spring Mountain Ranch is located within the Red Rock Canyon National Conservation Area, beneath the colorful cliffs of the magnificent Wilson Range. The many springs in these mountains provided ...

  • Valley of Fire State Park

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    Overton

    Beautiful red sandstone formations waiting to be explored in Nevada's oldest and largest state park.

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  • Lied Discovery Childrens Museum

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    The mission of Lied Discovery Children's Museum is to provide a vibrant and engaging experience, through exhibits and programs, where children from economically and culturally diverse backgrounds ...

  • Las Vegas Art Museum

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    Like most 58-year-old organizations in Southern Nevada, what is now the Las Vegas Art Museum came from humble beginnings. In 1950, a group of of visionaries created the Las Vegas Art League with the ...

  • National Automobile Museum

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    Reno

    The National Automobile Museum (The Harrah Collection) lets you travel through time like few other places. Like people, every car has a story, a little tale about who and where and why. Especially ...

  • Boulder City-Hoover Dam Museum

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    Boulder City

    The Boulder City/Hoover Dam Museum tells the story of the Boulder Canyon Project as it was experienced by the men and women who braved the desolation of the Southern Nevada desert to build Hoover Dam ...

  • Las Vegas Natural History Museum

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    Las Vegas

    A life size T-Rex and live sharks await inquisitive kids at this Las Vegas Natural History Museum!

  • Guinness World Of Records

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    Here you will find hands-on displays and lots of records pertaining specifically to Las Vegas. Videos display actual record-breaking feats of individuals and teams. The tour takes at least a ...

  • Nevada State Railroad Museum

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    Carson City

    A museum all things railroad in Nevada, with actual locomotives and cars, some pre-dating 1900. Fascinating for the kids!