Exciting activities no matter the climate.

By Natasha Bourlin

Nevada State Museum
Nevada State Museum


In Reno/Tahoe, you never know what the weather might bring. It can be 80 degrees one day, then snow the next. Sometimes that happens in the same day. So, do you hunker down at home and wait to see the sunlight, bundle up and tackle the temperatures, or plan to do something weatherproof indoors? Don’t let the seasons rule your fun, here are some entertaining options for all ages, no matter the weather

In Carson City, the Nevada State Museum takes visitors on a tour of state history going back to times when mammoths roamed the Great Basin. There’s even a skeletal display of a mammoth found in the Black Rock Desert. Other permanent exhibits include a tour of an underground mine, and a reconstructed cave illustrating how the first humans in Nevada lived. Bring the kids and show them where coins were created in the late-1800s at the original Carson City mint. nvculture.org

Cloud Climber
Cloud Climber and River Way

Reno’s Terry Lee Wells Nevada Discovery Museum is a great option for the kiddies. It may be closed due to COVID-19, but be sure to check their website for updates. While there, kids can also explore the Cloud Climber, an educational jungle gym of sorts, the Truckee River, Da Vinci, astronomy and so much more. nvdm.org

Once the leaves start changing, take a hike — through the fall colors in the Galena Creek Regional Park that is. There are multiple trails winding through a riot of color as the trees turn with the seasons. galenacreekvisitorcenter.org.

Rev up your engines at Need 2 Speed in Reno, where their electric karts go up to 45 miles per hour. Breathe easy as they produce no emissions while you race around the indoor track with a smile plastered on your face. For a more psychedelic experience, try visiting on weekend evenings when the entire place glows under black lights. need2speed.com


Speaking of surreal lighting, bowling becomes a fun adventure at Coconut Bowl in Sparks nightly when the black lights come on and the music is turned up. Glowing pins, balls, shoes and a light show dance across 40 lanes starting at 5:30 p.m. If you prefer to perfect your game in regular lighting, bowlers of any age and skill level can also do so daily. wildisland.com

Aim at a different target at Wasting Arrows Indoor Archery in south Reno, where you can tap into your inner Robin Hood or Katniss with some coaching by the experts. This family owned indoor archery range is run by certified instructors who make you feel pretty darn impressive, even primeval, as you draw back the bow and take aim. Equipment is rented or sold on-site. wastingarrows.com

If your kids are climbing up the walls with boredom, let them do it on one that’s meant for it. Whitney Peak’s Basecamp in downtown Reno touts the world’s tallest climbing wall on the building’s façade. Inside, find climbable boulders and a spot for little ones to practice negotiating upward routes. whitneypeakhotel.com

Whitney Peak Hotel Basecamp Climbing Wall
Whitney Peak Hotel Basecamp Tallest Climbing Wall in the World

Follow the steps of Kit Carson along the Kit Carson Trail, a historic and educational walking tour in Carson City. Featuring stops at landmarks including the 1800s-era Victorian-style homes, museums and churches. See the dwellings of some of Nevada’s most notable era characters, including the Governor’s Mansion, along with some of the prominent businesses that paved the way to the Nevada we know today. visitcarsoncity.com

Get your art fix at the Nevada Museum of Art, where you can take a class from the enormous array of subjects taught at the E.L. Cord Museum School. Stroll through the City of Dust: The Evolution of Burning Man or Unsettled temporary exhibits running through January. nevadaart.org

Expanding on the artistry, spend a couple of hours taking one of Art Spot Reno’s self-guided or docent-led walking tours. Interactive maps that can be downloaded on their website lead art-lovers to many public art installations around Reno, including some expansive street-art murals and the homes of many sculptures that made their trek to the Black Rock and back again on the “Playa Art Trail.” artspotreno.com

Whether you put on layers and head outdoors, or play it safe indoors, these fun places will help fend off any seasonal blahs when the temperatures start to change.

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