If you are one of the fortunate people living in or visiting the Reno / Tahoe region, you don't have to go far (or maybe nowhere at all) to enjoy a fine Memorial Day holiday weekend. As a reminder, most government offices will be closed on the Memorial Day holiday, Monday, May 26, 2014.
Memorial Day at Parks and Recreation Areas
Our Reno / Tahoe region has excellent public parks suitable for everything from a quiet walk to big family gatherings. We are also surrounded by public lands administered by the Bureau of Land Management and U.S. Forest Service, offering a multitude of possible outdoor adventures. If you want to hold a Mother's Day event, you can rent a park shelter or pavillion for your activity.
The Discovery will be open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Memorial Day, Monday, May 26, 2014. Bring the family to enjoy a day of learning and having fun at The Discovery. The Discovery will also be open on Saturday and Sunday.
Blue Star Museums National Program at the National Automobile Museum in Reno
From Memorial Day on May 26, 2014 through Labor Day on September 1, active duty military members (Army, Navy, Air Force, Coast Guard, Marines, National Guard and Reserve) and up to five family members receive free admission to the National Automobile Museum, 10 S. Lake Street in Reno, just by presenting their military ID.
Rastro of Reno
Come downtown to enjoy the open air marketplace at Rastro of Reno on Sunday, May 25, 2014, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. It's free to attend. Enjoy entertainment, crafts, food, farmers market items, and more. Rastro sets up on the ReTRAC Plaza at N. Sierra Street and W. Commercial Row.
Wild Island Family Adventure Park in Sparks opens its water park for the 2014 season on May 17 and will be open over the Memorial Day weekend. Most days, the water park opens at 11 a.m. Other attractions, like the Coconut Bowl, Laser Mazes, Pirate Cove, and High Ballocity, will be open as well. For information about hours, rates, and all the things you can do, visit the Wild Island Family Adventure Park website. The park phone number is (775) 359-2927.
Things To Do Nearby
Here's your chance to learn more about the incredible Black Rock Desert, located within the BLM-administered Black Rock Desert High Rock Canyou Emigrant Trails National Conservation Area (or just NCA for short). This is a weekend of of environmental workshops, tours of significant area features, history, camping, a variety of presentations, a fun Kids Camp, area tours, rocket launches, volunteer opportunities, and singing under starry desert skies. Friends of Black Rock / High Rock is the main organizer, with assistance from organizations such as the Bureau of Land Management, Nevada Outdoor School, Friends of Nevada Wilderness, and several others.
The main Rendezvous events start on Saturday, May 24, 100 miles north of Reno at the campsite on the Black Rock Playa. A schedule of events, directions, and maps are available at the Black Rock Rendezvous website. This is a free, family-friendly event. Pets are not recommended but are allowed if under control at all times and on a leash while in camp.
If you plan on doing the campout, be sure to read this information about camping in the Black Rock Desert. See some of the fun with my Black Rock Rendezvous pictures. For more information, call (775) 557-2900.
The parade starts at noon on Saturday, May 24, 2014 and will travel down C Street, Virginia City's main drag. The parade celebrates the heroism and sacrifice of those Americans who have died defending our nation. Call (775) 847-7500 for more information. All entries are welcome. As always, there are plenty of other fun things to do while visiting Virginia City and the Comstock.
Come ride the Queen of the Shortlines on Memorial Day weekend. The 2014 season of diesel train excursions between Virginia City and Gold Hill starts on Saturday, May 24. There are departures all day from the depot at F Street and Washington in Virginia City, from 10:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Adult tickets are $10 for diesel, $12 for steam. Children 5 to 12 are $5, kids under 5 free. An all day pass is $15. Reservations are not required. For more information, call (775) 847-0380. (Note: This is an excursion train, not the V&T that runs round trips all the way to Carson City.)
Ride a real steam train on the restored Comstock route between Virginia City and Carson City/Mound House. Most of the line opened in 2009 and will be running round and one-way trips for the 2014 season starting on Memorial Day weekend. Trains will run Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays through October. You can get tickets online for this route. This is a popular attraction - get tickets in advance or you will probably be left at the station. Call (775) 847-0380 for more information.
Nevada State Railroad Museum
The Nevada State Railroad Museum in Carson City will be open on Memorial Day weekend from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., Saturday through Monday. Come ride the historic Virginia & Truckee steam locomotive #25 each day. Memorial Day train rides leave Wabuska Station from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. each day. Tickets are $8 for ages 12 and older, $4 for kids 4 to 11, and free for children 3 and under. The Museum is located at 2180 S. Carson Street. For more information, call (775) 687-6953.
City of Reno Recreation Facilities Hours on Memorial Day, May 26, 2014
Rosewood Lakes Golf Course – for tee time information, call (775) 857-2892
Northwest Pool - closed
Idlewild Pool - closed
Evelyn Mount Northeast Community Center & Pool - closed
Neil Road Recreation Center - closed
Teglia's Paradise Park Activity Center - closed
McKinley Arts & Culture Center - closed
Southside Cultural Center - closed
Sibayan R.E.C. - closed
Traner Pool - closed
Memorial Day at Lake Tahoe
Go To Lake Tahoe
Incline Village on Lake Tahoe's north shore is a mere 35 miles southwest of Reno. Even the drive this part of the lake is outstanding, but if you want to explore further, read my article with directions for driving around Lake Tahoe and other information and facts about this High Sierra scenic wonder and playground. Be prepared to share the road with lots of other drivers if you opt for the circumnavigation; the Lake Tahoe Basin gets plenty of visitors on holiday weekends.
Lake Tahoe Nevada State Park and Beaches
Lake Tahoe Nevada State Park offers two distinct experiences on the east side of Lake Tahoe, just south of Incline Village. "Spooner Backcountry in Lake Tahoe Nevada State Park" is the place to go for both hiking and mountain biking. Some trails lead to spectacular views of the Lake Tahoe Basin. For a place to take the family for a day on the beach at Lake Tahoe, you can't beat "Sand Harbor in Lake Tahoe Nevada State Park".
Opening Day at the Lake
Taking place Memorial Day weekend from May 22 through May 26, 2014, this Lake Tahoe event features activities like kayaking, biking, big band dance parties, historic tours, and restaurant deck opening parties. The event is sponsored by Tahoe's West Shore Association, so that's where most of the action will be. See the calendar of events to find out what is happening and where.