SparksUnited States of America

From open-air festivals to watersports and family-friendly activities, this city in northern Nevada is famous for outdoor activities and entertainment.

Home to museums, amusement parks, lakes, rivers and urban parks, Sparks is a city of entertainment and natural beauty. Sparks was founded in the early 1900s to support the Southern Pacific Railroad. Today, visit this northwest Nevada destination, known as the City of Promise, for its fun year-round activities for all ages.

Start your visit at Victorian Square, a leafy and pedestrian-friendly entertainment district with historic buildings, museums and restaurants. Your kids can cool off here in the interactive fountain. Learn about the city’s railroad heritage at the Sparks Heritage Museum. Check out the train and car exhibits in Lillard Park. The 19th-century Old Glendale School is one of the oldest surviving school buildings in Nevada.

Throughout the year, hordes of visitors come to Victorian Square for a busy schedule of cultural events. Celebrate America’s passion for cars and rock 'n' roll during the Hot August Nights. Sample local food and watch a rib-eating competition at the Nugget Rib Cook-Off. Themed parades and a tree-lighting ceremony highlight the Sparks Hometowne Christmas.

Sparks has over 50 public parks. Find walking trails, sandy beaches and picnic areas set around a 77-acre (31-hectare) lake in Sparks Marina Park. Enjoy a host of recreational activities, from windsurfing and fishing to scuba diving and sailing on the lake. Discover family-friendly fun, such as waterslides, go-karts and miniature golf, at Wild Island Family Adventure Park. Thrill-seekers will appreciate the kayaking, tubing and white-water rafting adventures at Rock Park.

Don’t miss the chance to experience Sparks’ lively nightlife. Play roulette and poker or watch well-known musicians at John Ascuaga’s Nugget Casino Resort, an entertainment complex located in two 29-floor towers. Sample award-winning craft beer at the Great Basin Brewing Company.

Reach Sparks by flying to Reno-Tahoe International Airport, just a 10-minute drive from the city center. While visiting, use public buses to reach most of the city’s major attractions. Rent a car and explore picturesque Truckee Meadows, which offers year-round hiking and biking adventures in Nevada’s great outdoors.

Top Hotels in Sparks

Estimated price for 1 night / 2 adults
Nugget Casino Resort
Nugget Casino Resort
3.5 out of 5
1100 Nugget Ave, Sparks, NV
The price is $30 per night

Located in the heart of Sparks, this resort is 3 mi (4.8 km) from National Automobile Museum and 3.1 mi (5 km) from Reno Events Center. University of Nevada-Reno ...

3.9/5Good! (7,881 reviews)

"Had a very nice stay. Room was clean and fresh. Hotel staff were very pleasant as was the casino area. They enforced the wearing of masks as it was mandated by the city. Would definitely stay here again."…"

Reviewed on Jul 11, 2020

Nugget Casino Resort
Western Village Inn & Casino
Western Village Inn & Casino
3 out of 5
815 Nichols Blvd., Sparks, NV
Free CancellationReserve now, pay when you stay
The price is $44 per night

Situated on the waterfront, this hotel is within 1 mi (2 km) of Outlets at Legends Sparks and Sparks Marina Park. Sparks Heritage Museum and Wild Island Family ...

4.1/5Very Good! (1,211 reviews)

"After having stayed here during the days I work (3 days on, 4 days off) the last few weeks, people are starting to recognize me and treat me with some familiarity. I really like it here, I always feel welcomed and everyone goes out of their way to be friendly and helpful."…"

Reviewed on Jul 10, 2020

Western Village Inn & Casino
Fairfield Inn & Suites Reno Sparks
Fairfield Inn & Suites Reno Sparks
2.5 out of 5
2085 Brierley Way, Sparks, NV
The price is $107 per night

Situated in the business district, this hotel is 1.1 mi (1.7 km) from Wild Island Family Adventure Park and 2.3 mi (3.7 km) from Sparks Marina Park. Outlets ...

4.2/5Excellent! (358 reviews)

"Nice clean room. Staff was very nice and helpful."…"

Reviewed on Jun 28, 2020

Fairfield Inn & Suites Reno Sparks

Popular places to visit in Sparks

Sparks Marina Park
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Sparks Marina Park

4/5(65 reviews)

Sandy beaches, shade trees and walking trails surround this picturesque lake near downtown Reno.

Wild Island Family Adventure Park
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Wild Island Family Adventure Park

4.5/5(5 reviews)

This Nevada oasis is the wildest place to cool down in summer, and offers plenty of thrills year-round.

Outlets at Legends Sparks
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Outlets at Legends Sparks

4.5/5(49 reviews)

You can do some window-shopping at Outlets at Legends Sparks during your visit to Sparks. Amble around this family-friendly area's marina and enjoy its top-notch restaurants.

Peppermill
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Peppermill

4.5/5(819 reviews)

With 10 restaurants, more than a dozen bars and lounges, a spa, 1,500 slot machines and 48 gaming tables, this Tuscan-themed resort is an entertainment haven. 

National Bowling Stadium
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National Bowling Stadium

4/5(182 reviews)

This one-of-a-kind landmark building is dedicated to Reno’s favorite pastime and a quintessential American sport.

Club Cal-Neva Casino
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Club Cal-Neva Casino

3.5/5(81 reviews)

Why not roll the dice by visiting Club Cal-Neva Casino where you can enjoy the entertainment at this popular casino in Reno? Attend a sporting event or simply enjoy the lively bars while you're in the area.

Top things to do in Sparks

City Scavenger hunts by Operation City Quest of Nevada
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City Scavenger hunts by Operation City Quest of Nevada

$10
Per adult
100% of travellers recommend
Survival Challenge by Zombie Scavengers of Nevada
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Survival Challenge by Zombie Scavengers of Nevada

$20
Per adult
Reno Scavenger Hunt: Reno Scavenger Hunt
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Reno Scavenger Hunt: Reno Scavenger Hunt

$20
Per adult
Guided Lake Tahoe Photography Tour
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Guided Lake Tahoe Photography Tour

$179
Per adult
92% of travellers recommend
Guided Lake Tahoe & Olympic Valley Luxury Shuttle Tour
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Guided Lake Tahoe & Olympic Valley Luxury Shuttle Tour

$60
Per adult
80% of travellers recommend
Reno/Tahoe International Airport One Way Transfer
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Reno/Tahoe International Airport One Way Transfer

$24
Per adult

Reviews of Sparks

3.9

Guest rating

5 - Excellent
307
5 - Excellent 25.143325143325143%
4 - Good
587
4 - Good 48.075348075348074%
3 - Okay
272
3 - Okay 22.276822276822276%
2 - Disappointing
38
2 - Disappointing 3.112203112203112%
1 - Terrible
17
1 - Terrible 1.3923013923013923%

2/5 - Disappointing

Verified traveler

Jun 3, 2020

We usually stay at Western Village, disappointed in Fairfield Inn

4/5 - Good

Verified traveler

Mar 25, 2020

It was ok , just stayed at the motel and went to skin cancer doctor in Reno

3/5 - Okay

Korie310

Mar 19, 2020

There are way to many cops everywhere, just posted waiting watching, as if they Dont have ANYTHING ELSE TO DO WITH THE TAX PAYERS MONEY! AS WELL AS THE AREA IS GOT 24/7 CONSTRUCTION GOING ON, AND THE MAIN ROADS HAVE ABSURD SPEED LIMITS 15MPH.

4/5 - Good

KorieButler

Mar 17, 2020

Do not use Expedia Expedia is fraudulent and they will rip you off at any chance he can furthermore they lie and they falsified information I please trust me Expedia sucks it is absolutely the worst travel thing I’ve ever ever dealt with ever and

4/5 - Good

Verified traveler

Feb 26, 2020

They have a Lotta good choices places to go eat that is not suspensive

4/5 - Good

Verified traveler

Feb 8, 2020

Plenty of good eats

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