What To Do in Reno, Nevada Without Going to a Casino

When I first learned about Reno, Nevada people would drive for a night or two hanging out at the casinos. To be honest, that’s never been my things. As I’ve had a chance to visit Reno beyond the casino walls I’ve been thoroughly impressed by all the things to do.

Especially if you’re looking for a location to get outdoors without driving far and eating delicious food, you’ll want to plan a trip to Reno.

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Take a Hike

When you’re looking for things to do in Reno it’s all about getting outdoors. Whether you want a quick walk near town or to head up to get in some solid mileage up the hill, Reno is surrounded by some great hikes.

For starters, you’ll want to take a long walk along the Truckee River. You’ll find a variety of spots whether you start Downtown or further up. It’s rare to see such a raging river running right through town and you’ll enjoy the trails.

For something a little longer you’ll want to head over to Hunter Creek Trail. Not even 20 minutes from downtown you’ll find this six-mile hike out to a lovely waterfall. It was a great adventure with our pups and while it’s got an incline it’s also doable. You’ll want to start early though if it’s a warm day since a good chunk of the hike is in direct sun.

Check out AllTrails for even more hikes in the area.

Get Out on the Water or Snow

There are a bunch more things to do in Reno outdoors than hike no matter what season it is.

In the summer, you’ll want to head out to the water. Take a kayaking tour on the Truckee River. Or you can go fly fishing on the river.

Or head up to Lake Tahoe for some more fun water adventures. Paddleboarding is my personal favorite.

In the winter, you’ll find plenty of trails for snowshoeing along with slopes nearby to ski and snowboard.

See a Sporting Event in Reno

Now Reno might not have any major league teams but that doesn’t mean you should overlook their sports teams. Minor league games are some of the best fun to have and Reno has two.

During baseball season you’ll want to check out the Reno Aces. They’ve got a solid stadium and are an Arizona Diamondbacks affiliate so you’ll see their players come through on the DL along with the other teams playing them.

If you haven’t been to a USO soccer match add it to your to do list. The crowds are fun, the games are great, and you’ll walk away with a fun night. The Reno 1868 FC play right downtown and you’ll want to check if they have a game in town.

On top of that, the University of Nevada Reno, or Nevada for sports, is in town. They have some topnotch team including their men’s basketball team that recently has been making it to the NCAA tournament.

Eat Your Way Around Town

Take a food tour and explore some of the delicious spots and get to know the area’s neighborhoods. We had a chance to explore some tasty spots with Reno Food Tours around the Downtown area and were thoroughly impressed.

You’ll find just as many delicious places to eat out of Downtown as well. One of my favorites is the Whispering Vine Reno. Here you’ll have a chance to enjoy some delicious bites in a fun wine bar setting.

Or grab a bite right on the river. You’ll find a variety of options but we enjoyed some tasty oysters at Smees Alaskan Fish Bar.

Check out my round-up on where to eat in Reno for even more spots to add to your itinerary.

Stay Downtown Without the Casino

Staying in Downtown Reno makes it easy to explore many of the best sites, walk to the major events, and more. But at the same time, if you’re like me you try to avoid the casino environment (especially the smoke).

Thankfully there is an alternative right downtown that provides you with some luxury and a central location without the downsides of the casinos.

We stayed at the Whitney Peak Hotel. The staff was welcoming, they are extremely dog friendly and even have a dog park right across the street. The rooms were luxurious. Plus, they have a tasty restaurant right on site. With reasonable rates, I’d highly recommend it for your next stay in Reno.

About Megan

Megan MacNee is the founder of Traveling Nine to Fiver. From nine to five she works in the non-profit world in California. She focuses on exploring the world from her own backyard to across the globe. You'll find her sharing about explorations through food, books, travel, and more.