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Sparks

Known for Shopping, Dining and Casinos

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

How do you get to Sparks?

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.

Things to do in Sparks

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. 

Reno Arch is a well-known landmark worth seeing in Reno. Experience the lively festivals or attend a sporting event in this romantic area.

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

An awesome peek into the world of automobiles — not just for speed demons, bikers and grease monkeys. 

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

Explore the great outdoors at Sparks Marina Park, a lovely green space in Sparks. Discover the lively festivals and casinos in this family-friendly area.

During your trip to Reno, you can find the perfect gifts to bring home at Riverwalk District. Stroll along the riverfront or visit the casinos in this family-friendly area.

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Kick your ski trip into gear with equipment delivery from the pros that know the mountain best. Get your skis, poles and boots custom fitted by a professional, so you can focus on being first in line to hit the slopes the next morning.

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Kick your ski trip into gear with equipment delivery from the pros that know the mountain best. Get your skis, poles and boots custom fitted by a professional, so you can focus on being first in line to hit the slopes the next morning.

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Outside of the amazing Sierra Nevada mountain range, a relaxing winter heaven awaits—South Lake Tahoe. While here, don’t miss the opportunity to go snowshoeing and trek through the fluffy snow. Whether you are out with your friends, family, or solo, there are many terrains to suit your skill level.

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Blast down the wintry slopes around North Lake Tahoe with high-quality rental skis set up to fit you perfectly. With your choice of packages ranging from high performance to sport models, there are plenty of options to suit your riding style, and experienced staff are happy to assist with custom fitting sessions.

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Using your smartphone, you'll be given nearly 150 objects to find during your scavenger hunt. You'll then wander throughout the downtown area searching for the items. Once you've found the object, you'll send a photo in to score points.

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Can you survive the zombie apocalypse… Zombie Scavengers leads you into the city to collect supplies to survive during this interactive scavenger game. With the whole world in chaos and zombies outnumbering the living 10 to 1, small colonies of the living are doing all they can to survive.