Things To Do in Reno, NV

Reno's nightlife and entertainment are hard to beat, but the city offers plenty outdoor attractions, too.

John McBryde
On Wednesday, September 4, 2013 - 15:30
Reno NV

Whether it’s day or night, there is plenty to do in Reno. Situated at the foot of the Sierra Nevada mountains, outdoor activities abound. And the nightlife bustles with casinos and showplaces.


Winters in Reno are immensely popular for tourists, with some 18 ski resorts within relatively short driving distances from the Reno-Tahoe International Airport. Major resorts include Sierra-at-Tahoe, Diamond Peak and Squaw Valley.

Summer travelers can find a variety of water sports at Lake Tahoe and other lakes that dot the area, as well as mountain biking and hiking. Golf courses are also plentiful, with Rosewood Lakes Golf Course being among the more popular. Baseball fans can catch minor league play with the Reno Aces.


For those seeking games of blackjack or poker or just itching for a turn at the slot machines, Reno is teeming with casinos. Many are within the city itself, and even more can be found in nearby Tahoe and Sparks. The Peppermill Resort Spa Casino is Reno’s premier hotel casino, voted Best Hotel and Best Casino in a Nevada Magazine survey. Other notable gaming spots are Atlantis Casino Resort Spa, Harrah's Reno and Silver Legacy Resort Casino.

Arts and Culture

In addition to its reputation as a gaming destination or a skiing paradise, Reno is known for its cultural attractions such as museums, music and theater. Impressive art collections can be seen at the Nevada Museum of Art, and many interesting cars are on display at the National Automobile Museum. Reno is also home to the Reno Philharmonic, Nevada Opera and the Pioneer Center for the Performing Arts.


John has written for Livability since 2012.