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National Parks / Natural World in RENO

The world has some incredible natural wonders, and luckily for you, Reno 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 and around Reno, 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!

Even the city of Reno 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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  • Washoe Lake State Park

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    (18 miles) 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.

  • Lake Tahoe State Park

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    (22 miles) 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.

  • Dayton State Park

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    (23 miles) 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, ...

  • Fort Churchill State Historic Park

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    (33 miles) 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 ...

  • Mormon Station State Historic Park

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    (36 miles) 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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    (38 miles) 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 ...

  • Lahontan State Recreation Area

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    (40 miles) 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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    (40 miles) 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 ...

  • Belmont Courthouse State Historic Park

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    (55 miles) 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, ...

  • Apple Hill

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    (71 miles) Camino

    Attractions on offer include pumpkin patches, hay and corn mazes, petting zoos, candy making, play areas, nature trails, pony rides, arts and craft activity stands, scavenger hunts and even a ...

  • Cameron Park Lake

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    (86 miles) Cameron Park

    Get back to nature with a swim in this beautiful and lifeguarded lagoon. Park also offers tennis courts, playground, walking/jogging trail, fishing, boat rentals and picnic areas.

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  • 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 ...

  • The Discovery

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    (1 miles) Reno

    The Discovery (Terry Lee Wells Nevada Discovery Museum), a 67,000 square foot hands-on science center location in downtown Reno, Nevada, offers learning and fun for visitors of all ages.

  • Nevada Museum Of Art

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    (1 miles) Reno

    A family day out surrounded by art and culture, the Nevada Museum of Art in Reno gives kids an education and insight into some incredible art through their many exhibitions.

  • Fleischmann Planetarium and Science Center

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    (1 miles) Reno

    An adventure into the world of space and science for the whole family in Reno! With a theater, and FREE exhibit hall with fascinating displays for an interactive experience!

  • Wilbur D May Center

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    (1 miles) Reno

    An adventure for all ages with a museum that houses a rare collection of artifacts, and a botanical garden gilled with flowers, courtyards and meadows.

  • The Childrens Museum of Northern Nevada

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    (25 miles) Carson City

    We are a children's play-based learning environment. Exhibits include a pre-school area with manipulative problem-solving activities. Exhibits are geared for 1 year olds and up.

  • Nevada State Railroad Museum

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    (26 miles) Carson City

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

  • Sierra Safari Zoo

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    (8 miles) Reno

    Sierra Safari Zoo is Nevada's largest zoo and the only zoo in Northern Nevada. Over the past eighteen years the Sierra Safari Zoo has become a very special part of Reno and has made great strides to ...

  • Animal Ark

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    (18 miles) Reno

    Animal Ark provides an ideal place to house non-releasable wildlife and allows the public a unique opportunity to view these animals in natural habitat exhibits. One of the many fun family places to ...

  • Virginia and Truckee Railroad

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    (18 miles) Virginia City

    Take a historic train ride from Virginia City to Carson City! One of the great scenic railway journeys!

  • V&T Railway

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    (24 miles) Carson City

    Historic train journeys from Carson City to Virginia City, on iconic and historic steam locomotives, with theme trains too!

  • Roller Kingdom

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    (1 miles) Reno

    Roller Kingdom is Reno's hottest spot for family fun. If it's good clean fun you are looking for let Roller Kingdom be your destination. Check our Session Schedule to find a time that you can come ...

  • Need 2 Speed Indoor Kart Racing

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    (5 miles) Reno

    Have a zooming family day out behind the wheel at Reno's only high-speed, electric public indoor kart racing arena!

  • Wild Island Family Adventure Park

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    (5 miles) Sparks

    A fun Nevada adventure for those active families, with a range of exciting activities - from go karts, bowling to mini golf!

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