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Things to do in Reno, Nevada with Kids – Animals & Amusement Parks


Reno, Nevada is best known for hotels, casinos, and bright lights, and perhaps as an adult-oriented destination. But there is plenty to see and do if you plan to take your kids along. Amusement and animal parks are a good place to start.

Animal Ark Wildlife Sanctuary provides a home to disadvantaged animals who were either too injured to be relocated back into the wild, or who had been kept illegally as exotic pets. Animals include bear, mountain lion, bobcat, coyote, and kit fox. The sanctuary is spread over 70 acres and attempts to provide a rich habitat for the animals, as well as allowing visitors to experience close up observation. Animal Ark is open from April 1 – Oct 31. For a wider range of animal species, visit the Sierra Safari Zoo, the largest in the state. Animals at this Reno zoo include several species of lions and tigers, primates, birds, reptiles, and hoofed animals. The zoo is also open from April 1 – Oct 31 each year.

If the family is ready for adventure, take them to the Ultimate Rush Speed & Thrill Park, or Wild Island Family Adventure Park. A few of the rides at Ultimate Rush Speed & Thrill Park are best for older kids, such as the Ultimate Rush which combines skydiving and hang-gliding from a 180 ft Sky Coaster, or the Sling Shot, which is a bungee jump in reverse. There are several hi speed go cart tracks—the Racing Oval, Road Course, and Slick Track, and bumper cars can be enjoyed by kids of all ages. There is also miniature golf and other activities. At Wild Island Family Adventure Park, the family can cool off on variety water slides and rides and play in the wave pool or children’s area. There is also bowling, mini-golf, and go karts.

Don’t be fooled into thinking Reno, Nevada is an adult play land. These are just a few examples of family friendly activities you’ll find around town.

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