Reno: Free Things To Do

Ambrose Park

Description: Park offers access to the Truckee River for fishing, hiking and bird watching.
Phone: (775) 828-6612

Anderson Park

Description: Large park with miles of trails great to hiking, biking and equestrain rides.
Phone: (775) 828-6612

Arrow Creek Park

Description: Community park located in Reno with a playground and plenty of wide open spaces.
Phone: (775) 849-2511

Artown Reno

Description: Artown is an arts celebration that takes place annually in the month of July. Enjoy free story times, art projects, performances and more at locations all over Reno.
Address: Reno, NV
Phone: (775) 322-1538

Bailey Creek Park

Description: Community park located in Reno with playgrounds, basketball courts, and lots of wide open spaces.
Phone: (775) 849-2511

Barnes & Noble

Description: Bookstore with children's section and regularly scheduled special events (free) for all ages, including story times.
Phone: (775) 826-8882

Bartley Ranch Regional Park

Description: Regional park with areas for picnics, walking/hiking trails, a horse arena and open spaces.
Phone: (775) 823-6501

Betsy Caughlin Donnelly Park

Description: Park with large walking and hiking trails with beautiful picturesque views of the Sierras.
Phone: (775) 828-6612

Bodega Park

Description: Community park located in Sparks with playground, basketball courts, and a natural wetland nearby.
Phone: (775) 353-5555

Cabela's Reno

Description: Outdoor focused events and activities in store. Regularly scheduled kids events.
Phone: (775) 829-4100

Callahan Park

Description: Large park located in Reno, with 2 playgrounds, horseshoe pits and more.
Phone: (775) 849-2511

Circus Circus Resort & Casino

Description: Family friendly resort offering a midway of carnival games, activities, circus shows, & arcade games. Some activities (circus shows) on the midway are Free to watch. Birthday parties available for all ages.
Phone: (775) 329-0711

Code Reno

Description: Kids can learn to code for free! Paid Summer camps/programs available.
Address: Reno, NV

Cold Spring Park

Description: Park has picnic area, playground, basketball, volleyball, baseball, jogging trail, and skateboard park.
Phone: (775) 785-4512

Crystal Peak Mine

Description: Former crystal mine where you can mine for crystals! Limited collecting is allowed, see the website link for additional information.
Address: Verdi, NV

Crystal Peak Park

Description: Park located near the Truckee River with shaded walking trails and fishing access.
Phone: (775) 828-6612

Dorostkar Park

Description: Park located along the Truckee river with nature trail. Great for hikers, bikers, fishers, and dog walkers.
Phone: (775) 828-6612

Ellen's Park

Description: Community park located in Reno with playgrounds, tennis courts, basketball courts and horseshoe pits.
Phone: (775) 849-2511

Forest Park

Description: Community park playground and basketball court.
Phone: (775) 785-4512

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Galena Creek Regional Park

Description: A popular park for summer hiking and cross country skiing/snow shoeing in the winter. Pond for fishing and an outdoor recreational camp.
Phone: (775) 849-2511

Galena Creek Visitor Center

Description: Guided hikes, toddler program, family programs and youth activities/camps. Monthly homeschool programs. Summer Camps.
Phone: (775) 849-4948

Golden Valley Park

Description: Community park with hiking trails, baseball fields, tennis courts, and picnic areas.
Phone: (775) 785-4512

Hidden Valley Regional Park

Description: Large park with playgrounds, tennis courts, baskeball courts, volleyball court and hiking trails.
Phone: (775) 828-6612

Huffaker Park Lookout Trail

Description: Trail great for walking and running. Scenic views of Reno.
Phone: (775) 334-4636

Idlewild Park

Description: Park with ball field, playgrounds, swimming pool, skate park, ponds, the Truckee River, a miniature train ride, and a rose garden.
Phone: (775) 334-4636

International Bowling Museum & Hall of Fame

Description: Hall-of-fame portraits and artifacts.

Junior Giants

Description: Junior Giants is a FREE non-competitive and innovated baseball program for boys and girls ages 5-12 years old.

Lockwood Park

Description: Community park located outside of Sparks with walking trails and river access.
Phone: (775) 224-9158

Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Park

Description: Community park with playground and basketball courts.
Phone: (775) 785-4512

Mayberry Park

Description: Park located along the Truckee River with access to the river for fishing and bird watching. Paved bike path.
Phone: (775) 828-6612

Mira Loma Urban Trail

Description: Walking trail that goes around the park with skate park and playgrounds nearby. Trail is great for walking, hiking, and biking.
Phone: (775) 334-4636

Mogul Park

Description: Park with playgrounds, tennis court, basketball court, sledding area, biking trail, fitness course and more.
Phone: (775) 828-6612

Nevada Bugs & Butterflies

Description: Come visit the Butterfly house and Outdoor Science Center - open seasonally, call or check their website to confirm hours.
Phone: 775-200-8774

North Valleys Library

Description: The North Valleys Library serves the many valley communities located on the east side of Peavine Mountain. Storytime and other scheduled events for all ages.
Phone: (775) 972-0281

Northwest Reno Library

Description: Programs ranging from Toddler Time, Preschool Story Time, and Family Fun Nights for children and parents, to adult book discussions and the nationally known "Lifescapes: Senior Writing Program" are available for free throughout the year.
Phone: (775) 787-4100

Oxbow Nature Study Area

Description: 1/3 mile walking trail along the study area with where you can birdwatch and enjoy the natural wildlife.
Phone: (775) 334-3808

Paradise Park Trail

Description: Trail around 4 ponds with fitness equipment, fishing pier and playgrounds.
Phone: (775) 356-3176

Pleasant Valley Park

Description: Community park located in Reno with a playground.
Phone: (775) 849-0684

Rancho San Rafael Regional Park

Description: Located near the May museum and arboretum, park has playgrounds, picnic tables, running trails, and multipurpose fields. Seasonal pony rides nearby.
Phone: (775) 785-4512

Reno's Midtown Mural Map

Description: A map of where to find Murals throughout the city of Reno.

Guided Tours are available Saturday and Sunday at 11 a.m. (minimum of six people). Cost is $10 per person. To schedule a guided tour, contact us at
Address: Reno, NV

Reno-Tahoe Junior Cycling

Description: RTJC strives to foster healthy, active lifestyles in our community’s youth through responsible and sustainable outdoor recreation, using the great sport of cycling.
Address: Reno, NV

Reno’s Playa Art Trail

Description: An online tour (with addresses so you can go experience the art in person!) of local sculpture in Reno.
Address: Reno, NV

River School Farm

Description: Local organic working farm
Phone: (775) 747-2222

Rivermount Park

Description: Small park with grassy area and shaded trees.

Saddlehorn Park

Description: Community park with children's play area, tennis court, volleyball court, basketball court and walking trails.
Phone: (775) 849-2511

Sierra Rock Park

Description: Neighborhood park with playground, walking path, climbing wall and basketball court.
Phone: (775) 785-4512

Sierra View Library

Description: The Sierra View Library houses one of the largest collections of children's materials in Northern Nevada, including an extensive and unique folk and fairy tale collection.
Phone: (775) 827-3232

Silver Knolls Park

Description: Park with playground, baseball fields, hiking trails, and horse trails.
Phone: (775) 785-4512

South Valleys Library

Description: The Nell J. Redfield Young People's Library has child-sized furniture, expansive views, and friendly staff. A new STEM Spot has plenty of activities to stimulate learning for ages 1-10. Young children will also enjoy using one of four touchscreen computers loaded with early-literacy games and activities. The Teen Zone is designed to as a comfortable place to hang out and do homework, play games.
Phone: (775) 851-5190

Sun Valley Regional Park

Description: Large Community park located north of Sparks with playgrounds, hiking trails, disc golf, birdwatching, and trails that are great for snow shoeing in the winter.
Phone: (775) 424-1866

Sundance Bookstore

Description: Local bookstore offering storytimes and special events.
Phone: (775) 786-1188

Swan Lake Nature Study Area

Description: Nationally recognized bird watching area with vast boardwalks through the preserve. Hiking trails nearby.
Phone: (775) 785-4512

The Nurturing Nest

Description: The Nurturing Nest offers quality classes and programs, natural parenting solutions and community building for parents in the Reno area. Also offering children's classes/playgroups. Free Open Play for little ones.
Phone: (775) 825-0800

Thomas Creek Park

Description: Neighborhood park with tennis courts, volleyball courts and a playground.
Phone: (775) 849-2511

Urban Roots

Description: Farm School, Farm Camp, Community Education, Parent and Child Workshops. Homeschool Friendly Programs. Weekly Farm Tours.
Phone: (775) 636-5105

Verdi Park and Historic Schoolhouse

Description: Park shared with the school nearby has a playgound, tennis courts, baseball and basketball fields, and hand ball courts.
Phone: (775) 828-6612

Virginia Foothills Park

Description: A community park located in Reno with playground, tennis courts, basketball court, soccer fields, fitness cluster and more.
Phone: (775) 849-2511

Virginia Lake Loop Trail

Description: Walking trail around Virginia Lake with fitness course and fishing opportunities.
Phone: (775) 334-2260

Virginia Lake Park

Description: Reno park with a lake, widlife, and a playground.
Phone: (775) 334-2262

Whitaker Park

Description: Tennis, playgrounds, and picnic areas located near University.
Phone: (775) 334-4636

Whites Creek Park

Description: Community park in Reno with playground and plenty of wide open spaces. Hiking trails nearby.
Phone: (775) 849-2511

Wilbur D. May Center

Description: Museum and Arboretum dedicated to the life and legacy of the business man, soldier, politician, pilot, artist and adventurer Wilbur D. May. Arboretum admission is Free, there is a fee for museum admission.
Phone: (775) 785-5961


Description: In-store events include cooking classes for adults and kids. Contact the store for upcoming events and to register.
Phone: (775) 853-6877

Wingfield Park

Description: Park with ampitheater, walking paths, and basketball courts near the river in downtown Reno.
Phone: (775) 334-2414