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Top Things To Do in Reno's Parks

Enjoy Public Parks in Reno, Nevada


Goose and babies in the Truckee River, Reno, Nevada, NV

Goose and babies in the Truckee River, Reno, Nevada.

Photo © Stan White
When the warm weather and sunny skies of summer arrive in Reno, it's time to get out and enjoy outdoor activities. Since we have a terrific choice of public parks and open spaces in which to recreate, you don't have to go far for a nice variety of adventure possibilities. It's good to be reminded of what we have right here in town - Reno's Parks, Recreation and Community Services Department offers a number of worthy suggestions.

Let's Go Swimming

Public swimming pools in Reno (and Sparks) are open for the summer. Both Idlewild and Traner pools are outdoors. At the Idlewild pool, there is a kiddie pool for the little ones and Traner has water slides.

Reno Parks Summer Camps

Reno's department of Parks, Recreation and Community Services offers nine camps for kids 6 to 15 years old through the summer. Camps operate Monday - Friday, from 7 a.m. to 6 p.m. For more information, contact Kevin at (775) 334-2262.

Get Outside with your Dog

Virginia Lake and Whitaker Parks both have dog park areas for leash-free playing with your dog. They must be leashed in all other city parks. You can also bring Fido to Link Piazzo Dog Park in east Reno's Hidden Valley Regional Park. Please bring bags and clean up after your pet.

Bike or Hike on Park Trails

Numerous hiking and biking trails wind through Reno's parks. You can get the lowdown on many of these popular paths from the Truckee Meadows Trails guide to some 68 pathways throughout the Reno, Sparks, and Washoe County region. Also check out the online Reno interactive trails map.

Golf at Rosewood Lakes

Rosewood Lakes Golf Course is operated by the City of Reno and known for its generous greens, fairways that wind through protected wetlands, and panoramic views. Golf lessons, rental equipment, and special golf equipment for golfers with disabilities are also available. There are many other golf courses throughout the area as well.

Feed the Ducks & Geese

Three Reno city parks have designated waterfowl feeding areas. They are Idlewild, Teglia's Paradise, and Virginia Lake. This is a fun activity, but for the sake of the birds' health, please use real bird seed rather than bread. Note that it is actually against city ordinance to feed the birds in other than designated areas.

Raft, Kayak or Tube the Truckee River Whitewater Park

These man-made rapids and water play areas are in downtown Reno at Wingfield Park. During the warm summer months, this place is a magnet for Reno residents and visitors seeking a convenient and free place to cool off and have a fun day by the Truckee River. You can bring your own boats or rent equipment like tubes from local shops like Sierra Adventures and Tahoe Whitewater Tours. Remember, the Truckee River is cold and free-flowing. It's not a swimming pool and there are no lifeguards.

Movies and Concerts at Wingfield Park

There are free or cheap movies and concerts at the Wingfield Park Amphitheater all summer long. The main summer events for this venue occur with Artown. During the entire month of July, a virtually non-stop string of events fill Wingfield Park with family friendly activities. Reno's special events calendar will show you many of these activities.

Have a Picnic

You can just show up at any of Reno's 85 parks around town to enjoy a family picnic on a lawn, in the shade of numerous picnic shelters, by the water, or adjacent to a playground for the kids. Most are available on a first come basis, but some areas and buildings are rentable for special events and occasions.

Fishing in Reno Parks

Many Reno parks bordering the Truckee River have fishing access. However, there are other places in the area that make great family fishing destinations. Virginia Lake Park is an obvious choice, but fishing is allowed in all city park lakes and ponds with a Nevada fishing license. Here some other fishing spots in the area as listed by the Nevada Department of Wildlife (NDOW).

Source: City of Reno press release.

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