Reno, Nevada, is renowned for its vibrant entertainment scene, from glamorous casinos to sensational shows. But for those who’d like to experience Reno without breaking the bank, there’s a plethora of free activities awaiting you. Whether you’re a local or just visiting, you can enjoy a rich slice of this desert oasis without spending a dime. Presented by Jade, your trusted Nevada-based cannabis retailer, here’s our list of the top free things to do in Reno.
Best Free Things to Do in Reno
Save your cash for some killer herb from Jade, and then hit the town (or the trails!) for a few of these budget-friendly activities.
1. Wander Around the Reno Riverwalk District
The Reno Riverwalk District is more than just a picturesque route along the Truckee River. It is a testament to Reno’s revitalized urban charm. The lush green surroundings dotted with boutiques, restaurants, and art galleries make it an enticing proposition for a day of exploration. Seasonal events, from wine walks to music festivals, bring added vitality to the district. While the events might charge a fee, simply soaking in the atmosphere is absolutely free.
2. Art Exploration at the City Plaza
At the heart of Reno’s artistic renaissance, City Plaza isn’t just home to sculptures, but also a rotating collection of temporary installations. The ‘Believe’ sculpture is often surrounded by interactive art pieces, especially during events like Burning Man. Besides art, this plaza is a hub for local performers, giving you a chance to witness impromptu performances or busking sessions.
3. Relish the Views at Rancho San Rafael Regional Park
Beyond its sweeping vistas, Rancho San Rafael Regional Park is a hiker’s delight. The park is home to several trails, suitable for both novices and experienced trekkers. The Wilbur D. May Arboretum and Botanical Garden, located within the park, showcases thousands of native and adaptive plant species. The Dog Park, also a part of Rancho San Rafael, is a local favorite, perfect if you’re traveling with your furry companion.
4. Dive into History at the Nevada Historical Society
While the museum itself is an archive of Nevada’s history, its staff regularly hosts talks and tours, providing deeper insights into specific eras or events. Their collection also includes rotating temporary exhibits, focusing on contemporary issues or lesser-known historical events. The gift shop, though not free, offers unique souvenirs that mirror Nevada’s rich history.
5. Visit the Nevada State Capitol Building
A blend of history and architecture, the Capitol Building, constructed in 1871, stands as one of the oldest continuous-use capitol buildings in the US. The landscaped grounds feature statues, memorial plaques, and the Battle Born Memorial, dedicated to Nevadans killed in wars. The inside is adorned with marble, intricate mosaics, and historical portraits, encapsulating Nevada’s storied past.
6. Free Monthly Art Walks
These art walks are not just about visual arts. They are a carnival of creativity. Streets come alive with pop-up galleries, music stages, and craft stalls. Local cafes and bars often join the festivities, offering special deals or hosting artists. It’s a sensory delight and a great way to engage with Reno’s local artistic community.
7. Nature Escapes at Idlewild Park
Idlewild Park is Reno’s nature retreat in the heart of the city. The Truckee River flows alongside, offering opportunities for bird-watching or just watching the river flow. The Rose Garden blooms with over 1,750 roses of 200 varieties, creating a sensory overload of colors and fragrances. The park’s train, the Idlewild Railroad, although having a small fee, is a hit with families.
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