Things for Kids to Do in Reno, Nevada

Things for Kids to Do in Reno, Nevada
The city of Reno, Nevada, is filled with all kinds of activities for children and even has many exciting outdoor adventures. If you are looking for help in getting your children outside and experiencing nature, check out the sports and challenges that await you in Reno.

Animal Ark

The Animal Ark, just a few miles northwest of Reno, is a wildlife sanctuary with more than 30 wild animals in a 70-acre compound. Begun in 1980 as a way to rescue wild animals abandoned after their owners tried to make pets out of them, the Animal Ark is now a learning center as well as a refuge for these beautiful animals. With wildlife such as white tigers, cheetahs, arctic and red foxes, and peregrine falcons, the Animal Ark is a great place for your children to learn about the nature of wild animals and their habitats as well as the dangers of trying to domesticate them. The Ark is open from 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Tuesday through Sunday from April to November. The exhibit plans to expand as the demand increases.

Animal Ark
1265 Deerlodge Rd.
Reno, Nevada 89508
(775) 970-3111

Truckee River Bike Trail

Covering more than 14 miles of scenic beauty, the Truckee River Bike Trail winds along the river through the heart of Reno and the amazing landscape of the river area. Stretching alongside the riverwalk area, the trail gives bikers young and old a flat, easy course to ride while traveling across the city of Reno. There are several areas along the bike trail where you can stop and enjoy the scenery or take a break at the many parks along the way. You will also see several cafes and shops during your ride along the riverwalk portion of the Truckee River Bike Trail. The trail is accessible at any portion, allowing you to ride for as long or as little as you desire.

Truckee River Whitewater Park

Located in the center of Reno on the Truckee River, Whitewater Park is the place to learn about kayaking and how to maneuver through the rapids. The park features 11 pools of varying difficulty where students and professionals alike can improve their skills and learn more about the sport of kayaking. The Truckee River Whitewater Park is known nationwide for its kayaking environment and hosts the annual Reno River Festival where kayakers test their skills and compete. If your kids are interested in learning about kayaking and running the rapids, this is the place to take them since the park is designed to be safe for beginners.

Truckee River Whitewater Park
1st St.
Reno, Nevada
(800) 367-7366


Article Written By Carl Pruit

Carl Pruit has been a freelance writer since 2005, specializing in service journalism and travel. His work has appeared on various websites. Born and raised in California, Pruit attended Contra Costa Community College in San Pablo, Calif. and received an associate degree in the administration of justice.

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