Playtime in Reno: Where to Climb, Bike, and Shop in the City

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Playing in Reno used to mean hitting some of the gaming tables or pulling a few slot handles, but now, hanging out in the Biggest Little City can mean jumping on giant trampolines, hunting for vintage clothing, and braving the world’s tallest climbing wall while dangling over the Reno Arch. Here's where to climb, bike, and shop on your next trip to Nevada. 


Climb, Jump & Break Through

Along with outdoor sports like hiking and kayaking, Reno has some additional adrenaline-fueled activities that will get your heart pumping. Warm up with a trip to BaseCamp at the Whitney Peak Hotel. This 7,000 square foot indoor bouldering park has the only official 15 meter speed wall in the world, beginner and expert routes, and yoga and Boot Camp classes. Once you're brave enough, the 164 foot tall climbing wall overlooking the Reno Arch and Virginia Street beckons. 

If you want to be a kid again (or an FBI agent) head to the EZ AIR indoor trampoline park with its 3,000 square foot jumper and 1,000 square foot foam pit. Break Through Reno offers escape games for 3-6 people. Your team has 60 minutes to figure out various puzzles, catch a famous killer, or solve an international crime.

Biking & Brews

Fun and games in Reno usually includes a couple of drinks. The popular Reno Wine Walk is still held every third Saturday and gives visitors a peak into downtown life. If you get tired of walking, the Reno Brew Bike will give you a tour of Reno’s best tasting establishments—you just have to help pedal the 15 passenger party cycle.

If you enjoy city biking, rent a bike from Sierra Adventures on the Truckee River and bike the Tahoe-Pyramid Bikeway. The Bikeway runs along the river from downtown west to Verdi or east to Vista Boulevard in Sparks. Join the Slow Roll group from the Reno Bike Project and visit various Reno landmarks.

Taxidermy, Recycled Records & Burner Gear

If your playtime is a little less active, grab your shopping bag and head to the MidTown shopping district. Junkee Clothing Exchange was a catalyst in the Renossance and is still one of the best shops in Reno. The store sells thrift items, vintage clothing and antiques, costumes and Burner gear in a fun and funky atmosphere. Be sure to download their Radionomy station after you visit.

Get more Burner gear at The Melting Pot World Emporium, unusual toys and gifts at Happy Happy Joy Joy, 1940s retro clothing at Dressed Like That, jewelry at the The Neon Dragonfly, Mexican art at Micano, or taxidermy items at Natural Selection. For books and music, head to Sundance Books and Music in a beautifully restored building at the Corner of Sierra and California or the tried and true Recycled Records—serving Reno since 1978.