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Family Fun in Reno Tahoe

Families visiting Reno Tahoe, can choose from a wide variety of activities to make their trips memorable and fun.

During your summer getaway, check out the Truckee River Whitewater Park at Wingfield. Situated in the heart of downtown Reno’s Riverwalk District, the park offers dipping pools that are perfect for a swim on a hot Northern Nevada day. Feeling more adventurous? Rent a kayak or raft, and take on the class 3 rapids. Although the whitewater park is a world-class attraction for kayakers throughout the U.S. - especially during the annual Reno River Festival - it is tame enough for novices.

Stay downtown and check out some chic boutiques, like Kalifornia Jean Bar or Liv on California Avenue, before settling in for a great meal at Silver Peak Grille and Taproom, located at the corner of First and Sierra streets, an easy stroll from downtown hotel and casino resorts. Other dining options include the Wild River Grill or Lexie’s (inside the Siena Hotel Spa Casino) if you prefer dining on the river. Reno’s summer evenings are famously warm, so try to get a seat on the patio. For a cozier atmosphere, try La Famiglia at the corner of First and Lake streets, or indulge in the local Basque culture a Louis’ Basque Corner or the Santa Fe.

No visit to Reno Tahoe is complete without seeing the pristine waters of Lake Tahoe, the "Jewel of the Sierra." Within a 45-minute drive up the Mt. Rose Highway (Highway 431), visitors will find the community of Incline Village. Sand Harbor is a great place to soak in the sun and play in the water, whether you prefer a casual cocktail by the lake, a guided kayak tour, or a picnic.

Lake Tahoe is the consummate outdoor playground, so take a hike, ride a bike or rent an ATV and take to the hills. Families can also enjoy a Tahoe tradition by taking in a performance during the Lake Tahoe Shakespeare Festival, which fills the calendar during evenings in July and August.

During winter, families will also find fun downtown at the Rink on the River. Situated on the banks of the Truckee River, each year the rink opens with fanfare, drawing throngs of skaters who enjoy the mild winter climate that Reno offers. And during the holiday season, the city’s holiday tree is placed in the plaza adjacent to the rink.

Of course we can’t forget the skiing. Families pour into Reno during winter to enjoy skiing or boarding at one of the area’s many alpine and nordic resorts. With family friendly services such as lessons, on-site daycare and family passes, Reno Tahoe is the perfect destination for that winter vacation. Check out the Skiing and Boarding pages at for complete information on local resorts, and other winter adventures like sleigh rides and snowshoeing.

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