What Are Some Free Things to Do in Reno, Nevada?


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The Nevada Museum of Art offers free admissions on certain days, while general admission is free in the Fleischmann Planetarium and Science Center, as of 2015. Tourists visiting Reno, Nevada, in late summer also enjoy watching the Great Reno Balloon Race in Rancho San Rafael Regional Park in September.

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The city of Reno is mostly known for its casinos, golf courses and first-rate hotels, but it also boasts and encourages a rich artistic culture. Every second Saturday of each month, the Nevada Museum of Art holds a free hands-on activity where parents and children ages 3 and up make art together. Each July, the city hosts month-long art festivals that feature over 400 events. Most of the admissions to the events are free. The Fleischmann Planetarium and Science Center's main hall contains permanent exhibits that are open to the public in a daily basis. Some of the exhibits include a 6-foot rotating Earth and moon globes as well as a collection of meteorites found in Nevada. General admission to the center is also free of charge.

Every September Reno holds the Great Reno Balloon Race. The race gathers more than 150,000 spectators every year. The event starts early for the Glow and the Dawn Patrol. Kid-friendly activities are also held during the three-day event.

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