Nevada

Kayaking / Canoeing

Black Canyon National Water Trail, Lake Mead National Recreations Area – This is usually done as a full-day excursion, either guided or self-guided, embarking from the Nevada side of the Colorado River, just below Hoover Dam, and traveling almost 12 miles downstream to Willow Beach, Arizona. Parents will have to do most of the paddling, but there is a good downstream current with no white water. Foot trails beloved by children lead up the side canyons, some of them to hot springs, waterfalls, and sauna caves. There are several small beaches you will likely have to yourself, to stop and relax, have lunch, and of course swim in the chilly, yet refreshing, clear water. Sign up with an authorized outfitter through the National Park Service, for transportation through the dam’s security zone down to the launching area. Sundays and Mondays offer the most enchanting solitude and silence, as on those days no motorized boats are allowed north of Willow Beach. www.nps.gov/lake.

Tasting Spirits

The Public House tasting room at the Bently Heritage Estate Distillery in Minden is situated inside a restored 100-year-old flour mill full of historic charm and design splendor. Bently Heritage is an estate distillery, meaning Bently Heritage controls every step of the distilling process. The Public House welcomes visitors to taste the estate spirits and craft cocktails, learn about distilling, and enjoy a tour of the beautiful facility.

Ride the Train 

Starting in Spring, historic train rides go back more than 150 years. The V&T Railway takes passengers from the Eastgate depot in Carson City to Virginia City and back for an excursion through time. Each ride is fully narrated with historical facts and anecdotes. The trips meander across the scenic Virginia Range, through historic tunnels, adjacent to wildlife habitat that homes wild horses, and arrives at historic Virginia City, Nevada. Seasonal and theme trains are offered.

Try Indoor Climbing

Test new heights at one of Reno-Tahoe’s many indoor climbing gyms. Suitable for all ages, this rigorous workout is a great alternative to hitting the slopes. High Altitude Fitness in Incline Village has youth and beginner programs as well as technique clinics. Reno’s Base Camp Climbing Gym boasts the world’s largest outdoor climbing wall and is a great activity for guests staying in the adjacent Whitney Peak Hotel.