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Key Info

1265 Deerlodge Road

Price & Hours

$11 for adults; $7.50 for kids 3-12
Hours vary seasonally, see website for deals

Details

Parks and Gardens, Zoos and Aquariums Type
2 hours to Half Day Time to Spend
3.8scorecard
  • 4.0Value
  • 2.5Facilities
  • 4.5Atmosphere

Not all wild animals are found in Reno's nightclubs; some are found in Animal Ark. Sitting on 38 acres 25 miles north of Reno, this facility is not a zoo, but rather a "safe haven for nonreleasable wildlife," according to its website. Animals from all over the world have taken shelter within the ark's enclosures because they lack the necessary skills to live in the wild, often because they were injured or abandoned. Visitors have the opportunity to watch the ark's residents – which include several species of North American predators and some exotic species from other geographic areas – interact and play.

Though visitors admit the sanctuary is a bit of a drive from downtown Reno, reviewers said it was worth the extra effort, especially if you're traveling with young kids. If you can, plan to get there in the morning when it's still cool; recent visitors said that's when the animals are most active, especially the bears (they're fed at 10:30 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. – a highlight for many travelers). Aside from seeing the animals interact in their constructed habitats, you'll also have the chance to learn how each creature came to be at Animal Ark – another aspect visitors appreciated. Another tip from travelers: bring a picnic lunch to take advantage of the facility's many outdoor tables and play areas.

Animal Ark is open to the public from the end of March to the beginning of November and the wildlife refuge welcomes visitors Tuesdays through Sundays from 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Admission is $11 for adults and $7.50 for children between the ages of 3 and 12. For more information, visit the ark's website.

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#1 Riverwalk

Downtown Reno's updated Riverwalk area – located along the Truckee River between Arlington Avenue and Lake Street – draws art lovers and gourmands alike with its collection of galleries and restaurants. You'll find most of these up-and-coming establishments lining the southern end, which residents have come to refer to as CalAve. And if you're not sure where to begin, tag along on a Wine Walk. This event – hosted by the Riverwalk Merchants Association for $20 per person  takes place the third Saturday of the month from 2 to 5 p.m. and includes wine tastings at more than a dozen galleries and specialty stores.

Recent visitors frequently described this area as a clean, pleasant reprieve from the casinos (especially during the fall and spring) and highly recommend it for those traveling with kids.

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