Attractions in Reno
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Animal Ark is a wildlife sanctuary and nature center that shelters animals that don't have the skills to survive on their own. Disabled and orphaned animals such as gray wolves, bobcats, bears, snow leopards and Arctic foxes live in natural surroundings at the Ark. Aside from the animals, the educational displays scattered around the grounds make it an especially appealing learning experience for kids.
Cal-Neva Lodge Resort & Casino
Beautifully restored historic casino once owned by Frank Sinatra. See Sinatra's Celebrity Showroom, an intimate showroom space designed by Sinatra for celebrity friends to entertain in, or be entertained themselves. Frequent guests of the hotel included Marilyn Monroe, the McGuire Sisters and John F. Kennedy. Also inside the hotel, the famous Indian Room. In addition to housing a fascinating historical display on the Washoe Indian, the room has the distinction of being divided down the middle by the state-line. A gold and silver line separates California and Nevada allowing for an interesting photo opportunity!
Donner Memorial State Park
Located in the beautiful Sierra Nevada, Donner Memorial State Park offers the summer vacationer opportunities for camping, picnicking, boating, fishing, waterskiing, and hiking. The park is forested primarily with lodgepole and Jeffrey pine and white fir; because of its elevation, nearly six thousand feet, there is no poison oak. It is home to deer, squirrels, chipmunks, porcupines, raccoons, beaver, and a wide variety of birds.
Fleischmann Planetarium is a part of the University of Nevada, Reno. Offering public starshows, school starshows by appointment, and public sky-viewing with a 12-inch telescope.
Heavenly Aerial Tram
Climbing 2,000 feet above the sparkling waters of Lake Tahoe, the Heavenly Aerial Tram is a "must-experience" Tahoe attraction. The tram airlifts your spirits and puts you face-to-face with a 360o vista of unsurpassed geographic artistry. Once you reach the top - climbing more than a mile - you suddenly understand why Mark Twain said, "To breathe the air the angels breathe ...you must go to Tahoe." The brilliant blue of the lake and the stately peaks of the mountain combine to create a panoramic vista guaranteed to inspire the poet in all of us.
The Heavenly Aerial Tram is just minutes away from downtown South Lake Tahoe. Take Hwy. 50 (Lake Tahoe Boulevard) to Ski Run Boulevard. Head north, away from the Lake, on Ski Run Boulevard and simply follow the signs to Heavenly. The Aerial Tram is located at the east end of Heavenly's parking lot.
Hornblower Cruises & Events
Join us and discover how breathtaking vistas, fresh sea air and fine cuisine make any event an extraordinary occasion. Choose one of our five ports below and experience an incomparable blend of sights and sounds not found on dry land.
National Automobile Museum
It's like driving a century in just two hours. The National Automobile Museum (The Harrah Collection) lets you travel through time like few other places can. Just two blocks from the streets of downtown Reno, you'll walk down streets of the past. Its cars, sights, sounds, and places are yours to explore. Beyond the streets, you'll discover a century of automobiles: more than 220 antique, vintage, classic, special interest and one-of-a-kind wonders. You'll be dazzled by the cars of the stars. And the road doesn't end there. Watch history drive by in the multimedia theater. Find new discoveries in the Changing Exhibits Gallery and Masterpiece Circle. Chat with mechanics in the Automotive Shop. Re-fuel with great food along the Truckee River at the Cafe, and shop in the unique Museum Store.
Nevada Northern Railway
Historical operating railroad museum. Train rides and special events.
North Lake Tahoe Historical Society
Northeastern Nevada Museum
Nevada Museum of Art
The museum concentrates on four areas: Collections, which reflect five focus areas centered on the aesthetic articulation of our land and environment; Education programs to stimulate artistic development for adults and children; Exhibitions including original documentation and scholarship of regional, national, and international impact related to the collections and educational missions of the NMA; Community Outreach through special events, new audience development, and social support to develop stronger ties to the community.
Silver Legacy Resort Casino
The latest addition to the downtown area, the $310 million dollar property features a 180 foot dome housing a full scale replica of an 1890 Mining Rig which rises 120 feet above the casino floor. The dome interior's computerized lighting depicts the open sky from sunrise to sunset, complete with clouds and stars. A working exhibit with ore wagons, pumping bellows and steam engines.
The Wilbur D. May Arboretum and Botanical Garden
The Wilbur D. May Arboretum and Botanical Garden is a living museum. Located in a transitional zone between the Sierra Nevada Mountains and the Great Basin Desert, it is challenged by a rugged climate.
originally the home to the TV Western,"Bonanza," today it's a Western theme park at Lake Tahoe. It is a sprawling, 600-acre ranch located in Incline Village on the North Shore of Lake Tahoe. Discover an entire old-west town complete with working blacksmiths, a saloon, antiques, a shootin' gallery, even live gunfights!
From pettin' farms and pony rides to our famous haywagon breakfast, there's a Bonanza of fun for the entire family at the Ponderosa Ranch!
Tallac Historic Site
Features historic tours, exhibits, and living history programs. The Baldwin Estate serves as the educational center for the site and features museum exhibits on Lucky Baldwin and on the Washoe Indians. Valhalla is the community events center and is used nine months of the year--including part of the winter--for environmental education programs.
You may want to combine your enjoyment of the Tallac Historic Site with a visit to the nearby Lake of the Sky Trail and Visitor Center; please see the entry for that attraction. Most of Tallac Historic Site is wheelchair accessible. Guided tours and interpretive brochures are available. The grounds are open year-round, though most of the buildings are open only during summer. Cultural arts activities are offered July through mid-September. Call the Lake Tahoe Basin Management Unit for times of operation and up-to-date information on Tallac activities.
The Gatekeeper's Museum
The Gatekeeper's Museum houses an eclectic collection of Lake Tahoe history, including photographic collections, oral histories and transcriptions, newspapers, court ledgers, maps and subdivisions, books, magazines, letters, clothing, artifacts and furniture.
The Watson Cabin Living Museum
The Watson Cabin Living Museum is housed in a 1909 log cabin, listed on the National Register of Historical Homes as the oldest house, built on site, in Tahoe City. It is an example of how the pioneer families lived at the lake in the early years of the 20th century and it contains furnishings, kitchen appliances, toys, china, linens and decorations from the period of 1909 to 1930.
The Marion Steinbach Indian Basket Museum
The Marion Steinbach Indian Basket Museum houses a world-class collection of 800 Native American baskets representing tribes from the plains to the Southwest. West, Northwest Canada and Alaska: 100 Native American dolls; artifacts; examples of weaving materials and techniques and a comprehensive library of Native American Basketry and History.
Woodwind Sailing Cruises
Woodwind Sailing Cruises is one of the oldest sailing companies in the US. We specialize in spectacular daily sightseeing and romantic sunset champagne cruises, weddings, receptions, private cruises and charters on Lake Tahoe. The Woodwind fleet includes the original Woodwind I, a 41 ft. 30 passenger Searunner trimaran sailing to Emerald Bay from historic Camp Richardson Resort on the California side in South Lake Tahoe and the new Woodwind II, a 55 ft. 50 passenger Searunner catamaran sails from beautiful Zephyr Cove Resort on the Nevada eastern shore. Sailing on Lake Tahoe more than 6000 ft. above sea level surrounded by majestic snow capped peaks is an experience to remember.