When the warm weather and the sunny skies of summer arrive in Reno, it's time to get out and enjoy outdoor activities. Since we have a terrific choice of public parks in which to recreate, you don't have to go far for a nice variety of adventure possibilities. It's good to be reminded of what we have right here in town, thanks to Reno's Parks, Recreation and Community Services Department.
Let's Go Swimming
Public swimming pools in Reno (and Sparks) are open during the summer. Both Idlewild and Traner pools are outdoors. At the Idlewild pool, there is a kiddie pool for the little ones and Traner has water slides.
Reno Parks Summer Camps
Reno's department of Parks, Recreation and Community Services offers several camps for kids 6 to 14 years old through the summer. Camps operate Monday - Friday, from 7 a.m. to 6 p.m. For more information, call (775) 334-2262.
Get Outside with your Dog
Virginia Lake and Whitaker Parks both have dog park areas for leash-free playing with your dog. They must be leashed in all other city parks. You can also bring Fido to Link Piazzo Dog Park in east Reno's Hidden Valley Regional Park. Please bring bags and clean up after your pet.
Bike or Hike on Park Trails
Numerous hiking and biking trails wind through Reno's parks. You can get the lowdown on many of these popular paths from the "Truckee Meadows Trails Guide" to some 68 pathways throughout the Reno, Sparks, and Washoe County region. Also check out the online Reno interactive trails map.
Ride the Idlewild Park Train
The Idlewild Park miniature train runs a route around one of the ponds in the park. This is family fun even the youngest kids can enjoy. The train usually runs from the end of May to the beginning of September. Rides are available Tuesday through Friday and on state holidays from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. On weekends, hours are 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. The fare is $2 per person, with kids age 2 and younger riding free on the lap of a parent or guardian. Get tickets at the station (cash only). For more information, call (775) 334-2270.
Golf at Rosewood Lakes
Rosewood Lakes Golf Course is operated by the City of Reno and known for its generous greens, fairways that wind through protected wetlands, and panoramic views. Golf lessons, rental equipment, and special golf equipment for golfers with disabilities are also available. There are many other golf courses throughout the area as well.
Feed the Ducks & Geese
Three Reno city parks have designated waterfowl feeding areas. They are Idlewild Park, Teglia's Paradise Park, and Virginia Lake Park. This is a fun activity, but for the sake of the birds' health, please use real bird seed rather than bread. Note that it is actually against city ordinance to feed the birds in other than designated areas.
Raft, Kayak or Tube the Truckee River Whitewater Park
These man-made rapids and water play areas are in downtown Reno at Wingfield Park. During the warm summer months, this place is a magnet for Reno residents and visitors seeking a convenient and free place to cool off and have a fun day by the Truckee River. You can bring your own boats or rent equipment from local shops like Sierra Adventures and Tahoe Whitewater Tours. Remember, the Truckee River is cold and free-flowing. It's not a swimming pool and there are no lifeguards.
Movies and Concerts at Wingfield Park
There are free or cheap movies and concerts at the Glenn Little Amphitheater in Wingfield Park all summer long. The main summer events for this venue occur with Artown. During the entire month of July, a virtually non-stop string of events fill Wingfield Park with family friendly activities. Before and after July, numerous other activities are available in Wingfield Park, like the Reno River Festival in May.
Have a Picnic
You can just show up at any of Reno's 85 parks around town to enjoy a family picnic on a lawn, in the shade of numerous picnic shelters, by the water, or adjacent to a playground for the kids. Most are available on a first come basis, but some areas and buildings are rentable for special events and occasions.
Fishing in Reno Parks
Many Reno parks bordering the Truckee River have fishing access. However, there are other Reno area fishing spots that make great family fishing destinations. Virginia Lake Park is an obvious choice, but fishing is allowed in all city park lakes and ponds with a Nevada fishing license. Here some other fishing spots in the area as listed by the Nevada Department of Wildlife (NDOW).