Northern Reno Walking Tour (Self Guided), Reno

The Northern part of Reno offers a fascinating adventure and invites you into its museums, art centers and other venues, as well as into its living nature, represented by numerous parks, gardens, ponds and lakes. The museums’ collections will lead you through Nevada’s history and native settlers’ lifestyle, and beautiful green spaces will provide much fun with diverse activities and relaxation. The Balloon Race show in September will be an extraordinary experience. Take this Northern Reno Walking Tour and check these out yourself.
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Northern Reno Walking Tour Map

Guide Name: Northern Reno Walking Tour
Guide Location: USA » Reno (See other walking tours in Reno)
Guide Type: Self-guided Walking Tour (Sightseeing)
# of Attractions: 7
Tour Duration: 2 Hour(s)
Travel Distance: 3.6 Km or 2.2 Miles
Author: ellen
Sight(s) Featured in This Guide:
  • Rancho San Rafael Park
  • Wilbur D. May Museum
  • Lawlor Events Center
  • Fleischmann Planetarium and Science Center
  • Nevada Historical Society
  • Sheppard Fine Arts Gallery
  • Manzanita Lake
Rancho San Rafael Park

1) Rancho San Rafael Park (must see)

Rancho San Rafael Park is located in the northwest of downtown and is the best place for a walk. Families come here with their kids to have fun on its fine and large playgrounds and other facilities. There is also a barbeque area, benches along the pond and a table for chess players. Every year the Great Reno Balloon Race, which takes place in September, “Reno Celebrates America” and other major shows are held in the park. Dog lovers can come with their little friends and run in the separate Dog Park. The Great Basin Adventure Park includes a zoo, rides and a real gold mine. Its waterfalls provide an atmosphere of relaxation. Rancho San Rafael Park is an ideal place to see Nevada’s wildlife.
Wilbur D. May Museum

2) Wilbur D. May Museum (must see)

Walking by a cascade and beautiful gardens, you enter the Wilbur D. May Museum. The museum was founded upon the commission of a local rancher, Wilbur D. May, and it exhibits a rare collection of artifacts of his life and about fifty travels around the globe. The exhibitions display priceless antiques, pottery, amulets, artwork, arms and stuffed animals. Little visitors will be impressed by the Animal Grossology exhibition. Wilbur D. May Museum is surrounded by the Arboretum and Botanical gardens with many local species. The museum is open Wednesday through Saturday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m and Sunday from noon to 4 p.m.
Lawlor Events Center

3) Lawlor Events Center

Lawlor Events Center is an 11,536-seat multi-purpose arena in Reno, located at the intersection of North Virginia Street and 15th Street on the University of Nevada, Reno campus. It was built in 1983 and is home to the Nevada Wolf Pack basketball team. As the largest venue in Northern Nevada, the Lawlor Events Center also hosts concerts, conferences, rodeos, PBR events, and other entertainment events. It is also the host for Washoe County School District high school graduations.

Lawlor Events Center hosted the 1986 Big Sky Conference, 1996-2000 Big West Conference, 2005-2006 Western Athletic Conference men's basketball tournaments, and the 2009-2010 Western Athletic Conference basketball tournaments.
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Fleischmann Planetarium and Science Center

4) Fleischmann Planetarium and Science Center (must see)

Fleischmann Planetarium and Science Center belongs to the University of Nevada, Reno. Built in 1964, it was the first planetarium in the world offering full-dome films. Today you can see their star shows, temporary science exhibitions and movies in the dome theatre. The “hyperbolic parabaloid” building of the planetarium was designed by local architect Ray Hellman and was included in the National Register of Historic Places. The center is visited by about 45,000 people every year. The gift shop offers a large choice of scientific books, toys, devices and other objects. Fleischmann Planetarium and Science Center is open daily from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m.
Nevada Historical Society

5) Nevada Historical Society (must see)

Nevada Historical Society is the oldest museum of the state. It tells about the history of people living on the territory of the state for more than 10,000 years. Visitors can learn about lifestyle and culture of the region’s Native Americans and first European explorers and settlers. Nevada Historical Society houses a gallery exhibiting the art of past centuries and nowadays, of local artists. The library features the largest research collection of the West; manuscripts, books, photographs, maps and newspapers will broaden your knowledge of American history. You can also visit the gift shop for Nevada-made handcrafted objects. Nevada Historical Society is open Tuesday through Saturday from 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Sheppard Fine Arts Gallery

6) Sheppard Fine Arts Gallery

Sheppard Fine Arts Gallery was founded in 1960 and is located on the first floor of the Church Fine Arts Building in the University of Nevada, Reno campus. It specializes in professional contemporary art and presents more than ten shows per year. The gallery’s exhibitions reflect beauty and peculiarity of social relationships, natural landscapes, technology and abstraction. National and international artists display their works in diverse media. The Sheppard Fine Arts Gallery is open from 12 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Tuesdays and Wednesdays, from 12 a.m. to 8 p.m. on Thursdays and Fridays and from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. on Saturdays. Entrance is free of charge.
Manzanita Lake

7) Manzanita Lake

Manzanita Lake is one of the preferred places of the local people. The lake was formed in the beginning of the 20th century. It is located on the campus of the University of Nevada. This picturesque place became home for ducks, swans, turtles and fish. There are two splendid fountains, tall and short, splashing in the lake. The adjoining Manzanite Bowl is a place where holidays and special events are held. Local students play games and fishermen come to the lake to try catch some prize fish. The Lake may be accessed from the main thoroughfare of Reno, Virginia Street.

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