Fun Summer Activities

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Fun Summer Activities

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It’s summertime! That means it’s time to get out with your friends and family and explore all that the area has to offer. Whether you are spending the summer in Reno or Truckee-Tahoe, with or without kids, there are plenty of fun summer activities to keep you busy. Our recommendations are below. For an expansive list, check out our partner website:

Summer Fun in Reno

Whatever your family is in the mood for, Wild Island Family Adventure Park – located in Sparks, across from the Outlets at Legends – has something for the perfect summer day. Bowling, mini-golf, and glow-in-the-dark go-karting offer endless thrills, while Wild Islands’ indoor arcades and play area are a great way to have fun out of the sun. Grab a towel and some sunscreen because Wild Island has hours of entertainment for everyone. (Source)

The Discovery is in downtown Reno and is a great way for the whole family to play and have fun while learning something new along the way. Kids can learn about everything from human anatomy to nature art and science. Older children will love to explore the Cloud Climber, while smaller learners can expand their growing minds in the interactive Little Discoveries room. (Source)

Keep an eye out next week for a full blog on all the amazing activities for the family to do at the Discovery Museum.

If you want to escape the desert, look no further than the King’s Canyon Waterfall. It is a 5-minute drive west of Carson City. There is a 25-foot cascading waterfall, and you can then walk further along the creek to discover more. Overall, the hike is just under 2 miles long and features numerous waterfalls – all breathtaking.

At the end of one of your days take a stroll to enjoy the concerts in the park presented throughout the valley. Bring a blanket, relax and enjoy some live music with friends. The stunning backdrop of the Sierra mountains with the talented lineup guarantees an unforgettable experience.

Summer Activities in Truckee-Lake Tahoe

Go back in time with a self-guided tour of the Truckee Museum. The Old Jail Museum, one of the few surviving 19th-century jailhouses in the West, and Truckee Railroad Museum, located inside a Southern Pacific Railroad caboose, are two family favorites with interactive exhibits for little ones.

Finally, you can end your day with a peaceful hike through the Tahoe National Forest. Just over 1 mile long, this easy loop is great for young kids and accommodates strollers, wheelchairs, and strider bikes. Be sure to stop and have a snack at the overlook and soak up the gorgeous views of Truckee, Castle Peak, and Donner Pass.

Then take your kids to have a little lunch on the lake at one of the many restaurants and ice cream parlors. Donner Lake’s dining options are local gems with a welcoming vibe that will make you feel right at home.

Take a stroll downtown and stop at all the restaurants and bars. Get the feeling of being back in time! Downtown has many shopping and restaurants to enjoy.

Start your day at the Donner Memorial State Park Visitor Center! Pop into the Visitor Center to grab a map and learn about local Native Americans, the Donner Party, and the builders of the transcontinental railroad. Then, go for a mellow stroll on the lakeside interpretive trail to stretch your legs. There are beautiful picnic areas and beaches along the way!

Start your day by exploring more of the amazing lake Tahoe. Truckee is only 12 miles from the north shore of Lake Tahoe, the largest alpine lake in North America! The drive takes about 20 minutes from downtown Truckee, and once you’re there, there’s plenty to do – hiking, kayaking, paddleboarding, splashing around the shallows with little kiddos, and soaking up panoramic mountain views.

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Tahoe, Reno. “Top Must Do Summer Activities.” Reno-Tahoe Territory, 22 Apr. 2021,

Sarwar, Suraiya. “Summer Fun for the Whole Family.” Reno Tahoe, Reno Tahoe, 26 Mar. 2021,

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