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Memorial Day, Reno, Nevada, United States Memorial Day in 2021 will be observed on Monday, May 31. This three-day weekend (May 29 - 31, 2021) is the traditional start of the summer vacation season. With coronavirus restrictions loosening up, there are more things to do around the Reno region than there was last year.

Ride the V&T Railroad on Memorial Day Weekend

Canceled. Normal train rides will return in the fall.

Virginia City to Gold Hill on the V&T Railroad

Up in Virginia City, V&T "Historic Route" excursion trains run a 4-mile, 35-minute loop through Virginia City and Gold Hill. Hear the conductor narrate remarkable stories of the Comstock Bonanza, when the V&T was built, and Virginia City was the richest city on earth. Hourly departures from 10:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Reservations are not needed. Visit the website for route schedule and ticket prices or call (775) 847-0380.

The Discovery Museum

The Discovery (Terry Lee Wells Nevada Discovery Museum) will be open for Memorial Day weekend, including the Memorial Day holiday on Monday (from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.). Saturday, May 29 is College Savings Day and kids 17 and under receive free admission. There will be organized activities, but all kids (and adults) can enjoy the many things to see and do at this hands-on museum. Advance ticketing is required - visit the website to select your day and visit time. The Discovery is located at 490 S. Center Street in Reno. There is free parking next to the museum. The information phone is (775) 786-1000.

Memorial Day Weekend with the Reno Aces

Thursday through Monday, May 27 - 31, 2021. This series of games at Greater Nevada Field are all vs. the Tacoma Rainiers. Each game has fun promotions, including various food specials and fireworks on Friday. Come out to root for the Aces and enjoy baseball during this holiday weekend.

Wild Island Family Adventure Park

Scheduled to open May 22, 2021. The water park at Wild Island Family Adventure Park in Sparks will be open over the Memorial Day weekend, May 28 - 31, 2021 (weather permitting). The water park is open from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., except on May 28 when it's 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. The Coconut Bowl and other attractions will be open as well. For information about hours, rates, and all the things you can do, visit the Wild Island Family Adventure Park website. The park phone number is (775) 359-2927.

Picnic in a Public Park

Reno and Sparks have a nice variety of public parks, most of which have picnic facilities suitable for both small and large groups. Some picnic areas can even be reserved for groups of families and friends. Nearby state parks like Washoe Lake State Park are also good places to enjoy a Memorial Day gathering. Other parks in Washoe Valley that are nice for family activities are Bowers Mansion Regional Park and Davis Creek Regional Park.

Go Swimming at a Public Pool

Many public swimming pools and water play places in Reno, Sparks, and Washoe County will be open for Memorial Day weekend. The pools are inexpensive and some of the water play places are free.

Take a Memorial Day Hike

Numerous hiking and walking trails around the Truckee Meadows and nearby provide opportunities to get outdoors and enjoy the Memorial Day weekend. We have everything from easy strolls to hikes that can be quite challenging. One popular destination for families is the easy trails around Galena Creek Visitor Center.

Another possibility is "Discover Your Parks Walks in Washoe County," which visit a different park each Thursday evening through September. There is a walk just before and just after the Memorial Day weekend.

It isn't really quite summer yet, so we are not necessarily guaranteed nice weather for outside activities. If in doubt, check highway conditions and the weather forecast before heading out.

Memorial Day Events and Activities in Nearby Areas

Virginia City Celebration of Heroes Cruise

Instead of a parade this year, the cruise starts at noon on Saturday, May 29, 2021 and will travel down C Street, Virginia City's main drag. The cruise celebrates the heroism and sacrifice of those Americans who have died defending our nation. Colorful, patriotic decorations are encouraged. Call (775) 847-7500 for more information. While in Virginia City, check out the other fun things to do while visiting the Comstock, like riding on the V & T Railroad to Gold Hill and back.

Steam Trains at the Nevada State Railroad Museum

Saturday through Monday, May 29 - 30, 2021, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. A historic steam locomotive will be operating on Memorial Day weekend at the Nevada State Railroad Museum in Carson City. Round trips from Wabuska Station are $8 for adults and $4 for kids 4 to 11. Under 4 are free. This great museum is located at 2180 S. Carson Street in Carson City. Call (775) 687-6953 for more information.

Taylor Creek Visitor Center at Lake Tahoe

Taylor Creek Visitor Center opens for the 2021 season on Memorial Day weekend. This is a great (and free) family destination, with hiking trails, interpretive programs, a stream profile chamber on Taylor Creek and information about the big variety of natural ecosystems and features found in the Lake Tahoe Basin. Nearby are beaches on the shores of Lake Tahoe and the Tallac Historic Site.

Black Rock Rendezvous

Wednesday through Sunday, May 26 - 30, 2021. The 2021 Black Rock Rendezvous will be a combination in-person and online event. Join the BLM Black Rock Field Office, Friends of Nevada Wilderness, Friends of Black Rock-High Rock, and Nevada Outdoor School as we celebrate, explore, and learn together. There won't be any group camping, but you can always camp the Black Rock on your own both before and after events. There will even be a Selfie Scavenger Hunt. Visit the website to see the schedule, get more information, and sign-up for certain activities as needed.

Memorial Day service at Northern Nevada Veterans Memorial Cemetery

Monday, May 31, 2021, 11 a.m. This event remembers those who served our country and are buried at this cemetery. 14 Veterans Way in Fernley. It is about a 40 minute drive from Reno.

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