Refreshing Summer Fun

Refreshing Summer Fun in Reno Tahoe

With temperatures consistently hitting the high 90s, staying immersed in a cool body of water seems like the perfect way to spend an afternoon. Below are some “refreshing” ways you can cool off and have fun in Reno Tahoe this summer.

Pyramid Lake

Located about 45 miles north of Reno is Pyramid Lake. The lake is well-renowned for its world-class fishing but also serves as a popular destination for boaters and tubers alike. Whether you are looking for a day trip, or feeling ambitious, and want to camp for the night, be sure to check out Pyramid Lake. Tribal permits can be bought online or at the ranger station on site.

Lake Tahoe

This alpine beauty is located less than an hour from downtown Reno. Lake Tahoe is a prime destination for any outdoor lover. Get your heart pumping on a hike to a panoramic view, or take your mountain bike on the popular Flume Trail. If you would like to spend more time lakeside, check out Sand Harbor. The state park rents kayaks and paddle boards, but if you’re looking to soak up some sun, don’t worry, there are plenty of beaches and a swimmer’s only area. No matter your activity of choice, escape the heat and explore the pristine shores of Lake Tahoe.

Wild Island

If you are craving some fun in sun, then Wild Island is the place for you. This family adventure water park is located in Sparks near the Outlets at Legends. Enjoy smooth sailing on the lazy river, or check out one of the many water slides available. For those over 21, stop by Kokomo’s Island Bar for a refreshing tropical cocktail. Bring your sunscreen, grab a towel and head on over to Wild Island!


Expand your mind this summer in one of Reno’s many museums. Recently named Nevada’s Best Attraction by USA Today, the Nevada Museum of Art is a must-see. Located just south of downtown, the museum features a permanent collection of 2,000 pieces and several pieces from Burning Man.

If science is more of your jam, the Discovery Museum is an excellent choice. Experience hands-on galleries and exhibitions, and a robust array of educational programs. The Discovery Museum specializes in informal science, technology, engineering, art and math (STEAM) learning.

Are you a car buff? If so, you’re in luck! Reno is home to the National Automobile Museum (The Harrah’s Collection). See Bill Harrah’s personal car collection on display. With over 200 vehicles, travel through time and see how far the automobile industry has come. Beat the heat, and see this expansive collection for yourself.

Truckee River

Swim, wade, or float the Truckee River. This mountainous river starts in Tahoe City, flows through the heart of downtown Reno, and concludes it’s journey at Pyramid Lake. You can go for a leisure float starting at Mayberry Park in Reno all the way to downtown. For the adventurous folk, ride through the 1/2 mile downtown Truckee River Whitewater Park featuring five man-made rapids. There are plenty of access points to the river and each one is perfect for swimming, starting a float, or wading in with your favorite beverage.

Bowers Mansion Regional Park

Located on the eastern slope of the Sierra Nevada’s is Bowers Mansion Park. The recently restored mansion is in the center of the park and offers a rare glimpse into Nevadan life in the 1860s. In addition to touring the mansion, you can swim in the public pool and/or have a picnic at one of the many day use sites. Just down the road from Bowers Mansion is Davis Creek, Regional Park. The park offers a day use area and a variety of nature trails amongst the native flora and fauna.

Summer Music Events

Everyone loves music, whether it’s jazz, country or hip-hop and there are plenty of great events to choose from in Reno Tahoe. What better way to enjoy music than at Harrah’s Reno Outdoor Plaza Series, where you can attend live music performances in downtown.

The opportunities for some cool and refreshing fun are endless in Reno Tahoe. Wondering where the best places to eat and drink are? Visit our food and drink page!

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