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Idlewild Park

This park has something for everyone. You can find several interconnecting lakes in this beautiful, tree-lined park. There is no better way to spend an afternoon than strolling through the City of Reno Municipal Rose Garden. Smell the sweet aroma as you walk through this incredibly beautiful garden that houses 2400 rose plants, representing 560 different varieties. The park offers picnic facilities equipped with benches and barbecues. There is a large playground for the kids with baseball diamonds, a volleyball pit and municipal pool. No admission is charged.

Wilbur D. May Museum

Having traveled around the world more than 40 times, Wilbur May amassed an astounding collection of artifacts. He was a philanthropist and left a marvelous legacy for generations to enjoy. His collection includes T'ang Dynasty pottery, primitive African treasures and Egyptian artifacts and a genuine shrunken head. The trophy room displays big game from around the world; the tack room is loaded with western memorabilia. The arboretum contains hundreds of plants native to the high desert.

Truckee River Walk

This river flows from Lake Tahoe to Pyramid Lake nourishing farmland along its journey. Starting at Wingfield Park, you can walk for miles in either direction. Going east toward downtown Reno, you will pass the place where thousands of divorcees have thrown their wedding rings into the flowing waters. Birds of all kinds including Canadian geese, hawks and kingfishers can be seen foraging for food. Anglers can also enjoy the superb fishing the river offers.

Nevada Historical Society Museum

Learn more about the great State of Nevada at this neat place. You can see early gambling devices, slot machines, cards, and casino chips and learn about Dat-So-La-Lee and her million dollar baskets. Get a feel for how the Native Americans lived and survived this unforgiving land long before the European settlers arrived. Learn how silver played such an important part in Nevada's bid for statehood. The museum offers a full research desk and library to help you with all your research needs. The changing gallery offers different displays by Nevada artists and photographers. At the gift shop you can buy books and Nevada-made products that range from bookmarks to handcrafted jewelry.

Victorian Square

Whether it is local culture that you want to experience in the form of cafe-bars, recreation, shopping and sport, or whether it is the numerous open-air concerts that catch your attention, Victorian Square is the place for it all. Summer time is best when one can relax by the bubbly fountain or do some street shopping. Friendly to pedestrians, this square is conveniently located in the downtown area of the city which is what makes it crowded at most times.

Bowers Mansion Museum

This beautiful sandstone mansion was the home of Sandy Bowers, one of the first people to strike it rich on the Comstock. When the mansion was built in the late 1800s, it was the most fabulous home in all of Nevada. There are fine antique furnishings, brocades, silver tea services and even silver door hinges and knobs. The mansion has guided tours during the summer months. One can stroll the grounds, have a picnic, or take a dip in the nearby Bowers pool.

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