There’s a lot to explore in Reno and downtown Sparks, Nevada. From bustling nightlife and eclectic bars and restaurants to annual summer events and breathtaking views of the mountains, there’s something for everyone to enjoy. The surrounding areas also offer a variety of adventurous activities and destinations to explore. Unlike your typical small city with little to do, there’s an endless amount of fun to be had in the Reno-Sparks area from sunup to sundown.
Take a look at some of our favorite spots to visit and unique places to explore in Sparks, Reno, and Lake Tahoe by reading more below!
The Reno-Sparks area, along with Tahoe, are well known for their breweries and pubs. While some of these locations are limited to only serving drinks, there are plenty of breweries that serve up delicious food along with their microbrews. Whether you’re in the mood for an afternoon drink following a big day of exploring or want to grab some dinner and a beer, the local pubs never disappoint.
Some of our favorite breweries that also serve food are Great Basin Brewing Co. located in Sparks, NV, The Brewer’s Cabinet located in Reno, NV, and The Brewery at Lake Tahoe located in South Lake Tahoe, CA. Each of these breweries has a selection of traditional American pub food, pizza, beer, and a variety of other specialty drinks perfect for the whole family!
And if you’re just looking for a spot to grab a drink, then check out these local favorites and show them your support! Some of these spots are even pet-friendly, just give them a call before you head on over.
The Scheels located in the Outlets at Legends is the largest sporting goods store in the United States at a staggering 295,000 square feet. Not only will you find every piece of sporting equipment, hunting gear, and workout attire you could ever dream of, but there are also several other attractions that make visiting Scheels such a unique shopping experience. Within the store walls resides a 65-foot Ferris Wheel, two clear columns filled with live fish, 14 wax sculptures of past presidents, virtual reality games, a two-lane bowling alley, and a complete deli with specialty gelato.
Here in Reno, we don’t just have baseball games, we have “Aceball” games. The Reno Aces is our city’s AAA baseball team and the locals are always excited to show their support and attend a game at the Greater Nevada Field. The games are fun for fans of all ages and they even hold unique events and promotions like Star Wars Night and Fireworks Friday. You can also enjoy all of your favorite baseball treats such as hot dogs, candied apples, popcorn, and of course beer. All you have to do is grab a seat, bring your hat, and have a good time!
Last Chance Joe is a 32-foot cartoon character that adorns the outside of the Nevada Sparks Museum located right on Victorian Avenue. The massive made-up man was created by Roscoe E. “Duke” Reading in 1952 specifically for the Last Chance Cafe. The cartoon character was eventually transformed into a gold miner and was used in ads for the Nugget Casino. Later, Joe’s character was erected as a giant statue and put outside of the Casino which has now been turned into the Sparks Museum.
The Generator is a massive 34,000 square foot communal art space designated for the community of artists, builders, and more to come and create their masterpieces. The studio, which is located inside of a large warehouse, was created by Matt Schultz, an artist and serious Burning Man devotee. The Generator functions similarly to how Burning Man runs - as in your money is no good there. Instead, tools, materials, and skills are to be shared free of charge.
Here, artists, carpenters, builders, engineers, designers, and creators of all types come to create whatever they wish together at The Generator. These very large, very unique pieces are then held in the facility for guests to admire.
While rock climbing the side of an actual mountain may be too intimidating to try, Reno has the perfect solution for you. Basecamp at the Whitney Peak Hotel has the world's tallest artificial rock-climbing wall which the Guinness Book of World Records can prove. The wall stretches 164 feet high providing the ultimate view of the famous Reno Arch below. If you want a truly breathtaking view, try the wall at night when the sun is setting and the casino lights are illuminating your path. Beginners are welcome and if you’re an experienced climber, check out the 15-meter certified speed wall and indoor harness-free bouldering on large artificial rocks.
The Deco Apartments are perfect for luxury apartment living in Downtown Victorian Square. It’s close to several restaurants and bars, hosts a variety of concerts and events, and is completely booming with new life. If you’re considering relocating to beautiful Sparks, Nevada, our luxury high-rise and penthouse apartments are just what you’re looking for. Styled to fit the modern, avant-garde lifestyle, your new home offers spacious floor plans, floor-to-ceiling windows with incredible views of the valley, and private terraces.
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The downtown area of Sparks, NV, known as Victorian Square, has become a hot spot for locals and visitors alike. The location is booming with life from the newly developed apartments, restaurants, and structures such as an outdoor amphitheater. For years, Victorian Square has hosted several notable events including the renowned Rib Cook-Off and Hot August Nights, and has been regularly visited by locals even during off-times. The community of Victorian Square is also home to several small businesses run by local families and includes some of Sparks’ favorite spots to eat, shop, and explore.
Over the years, the area has been almost completely renovated and now includes luxury apartments nestled in the tight-knit community. With many walkable options to choose from for entertainment and restaurants right outside your door, it’s easy to see why so many are flocking to Victorian Square. Learn more about life at The Deco in downtown Sparks, NV below!
Annual events and holidays in Victorian Square are unlike any other in the city of Sparks. Some of the most well-known summer events in the United States are held right in the heart of downtown Victorian Square. And holidays are highly celebrated in the area with one casino usually putting on a show for onlookers taking part in the festivities.
The Nugget Casino, located in Victorian Square, has been around for over half a century and is a staple feature of the Sparks area. Its success has been noted in several publications and truly has a special place in the heart of native Nevadans. Each year, The Nugget celebrates New Year’s Eve and the Fourth of July with the city’s only firework show. When locals mention fireworks in Reno or Sparks, everyone’s mind goes to Victorian Square.
At The Deco, you’ll have a front-row seat to these firework shows without ever having to leave your home. And you can always walk down to join the action and go right back home once it’s over as you won’t have to worry about parking or traffic.
Each year, locals and visitors look forward to the summer events that are hosted in downtown Victorian Square. Events like the world-famous Rib Cook-Off and the nationally acclaimed Hot August Nights are put on annually by the city of Sparks - more specifically in Victorian Square. For years, guests have been able to walk through the crowds to enjoy delicious food, live music, and much more during these events.
Other popular events held in the area include Reno Craft Beer Week, the Great Victorian Craft Fair, Pumpkin Palooza, and Street Vibrations.
Breweries, pubs, and restaurants have been popping up everywhere in the Reno/Sparks area and locals can’t get enough. Located in and around Victorian Square are more than 30 restaurants and bars all within walking distance of The Deco. Some of our favorite restaurants include Anthony’s Chophouse, The Oyster Bar, Great Basin Brewery, Pinion Bottle Company, Mari Chuy’s Mexican Kitchen, Engine 8 Urban Winery, Pietro’s Famiglia Italian, and The Blind Onion Pizza.
Popular bars in Victoria Square are commonly flooded with locals looking to grab a drink with friends. Some include Mummer’s - a Sparks classic, Packs and Pints, and the Oak Room which is great for dancing.
Along with all of the amenities and entertainment found right in downtown Victorian Square, there are several other locations close by that provide even more fun and adventure. The world-renowned Lake Tahoe is less than an hour’s drive from Sparks. The lake is most known for its clear blue waters and panoramic views. The community thrives off of tourism during the hot summer months and has recently garnered attention from celebrities as a winter getaway destination because of the tall snow-capped mountains and large pine trees.
Other popular areas near Victorian Square include The Outlets at Legends, which is less than 10 minutes away. The Outlets offer some of the best shopping in the area with retailers such as Scheels, Gap, Oakley, Adidas, Nike, and many more. Also found in the shopping center are some of our favorite restaurants including Grimaldi’s Pizza, Habit Burger, Olive Garden, BJ’s Restaurant & Brewhouse, Dunkin’ Doughnuts, Chick-fil-A and many others.
The Deco is the perfect location for luxury apartment living in Victorian Square. It’s close to several restaurants and bars, hosts a variety of concerts and events, is booming with new life. If you’re considering relocating to beautiful Sparks, Nevada, our luxury high-rise apartments are just what you’re looking for. Styled to fit the modern, avant-garde lifestyle, your new home offers spacious floor plans, floor-to-ceiling windows with incredible views of the valley, and private terraces.