Since it opened in 1989, the National Automobile Museum has put the history of automotive travel on full display through exhibits, rare collections, and vehicular ephemera. The museum houses more than 200 cars in all, from the first horseless carriages to vintage and classic models to awe-inspiring oddities. Most hail from the garage of the Harrah?s Hotels and Casinos founder and legendary collector Bill Harrah, whose personal fleet reached approximately 1,400 vehicles. The automobiles are set against a backdrop of exacting street scenes, with set pieces and ambient audio recreating the world in which these artifacts roamed. This degree of detail, coupled with a lineup of permanent and rotating exhibits, has established the museum as among the class of the country's automobile museums. In fact, AutoWeek magazine placed it among its top five in the country.
High above the rink at Roller Kingdom sits a DJ booth where record spinners select new hits and 80s-night tracks to send through the thunderous sound system. The melodies fill the rink and sync up with lighting effects that glisten on the sleek surface of the skating floor. During roller-derby bouts, the announcer's voice booms through the speakers to call out point tallies or impressive hits. Roller Kingdom keeps its vinyl rotating and music libraries whirring throughout the week, with special events such as haunted attractions during Halloween and extra-spooky Armistice Days.
Fleischmann Planetarium and Science Center at the University of Nevada, Reno, fulfills a mission of public science education and K-12 outreach, serving 50,000 visitors per year including 15,000 students through field trip programs. The historic building houses a 60-seat Dome Theater, an Exhibit Hall, and a Science Store.
Within the walls of the Boomtown Hotel and Casino, kids and their parents can let loose among the Fun Zone Center's 30,000 square feet of multimedia activity. The hyperrealistic images and exhilarating Dolby Digital surround sound of the 3-D Motion Theater launch audiences into previously unimaginable worlds without the prohibitive cost of engineering a cross-dimensional tornado. Youngsters can live out piloting fantasies in the flight simulator, launch themselves as high as their quadriceps will take them in the newly installed inflatable bounce house, or vertically crawl their way to elevated glory on the climbing wall.
At Reno Riding, Cara—an avid horse enthusiast and USPC–certified instructor—tailors private lessons to suit all skill levels and saddles up mounts for trail rides backdropped by the peaks of the High Sierras. Learn the difference between a gallop, a canter, and the thoroughbred two-step with 60 minutes of private instruction atop a trusty steed. Beginner lessons impart basic horse-preparation knowledge and introduce riders to such styles as English and Western Pleasure, and lessons for experienced equestrians teach advanced equipment and preparation know-how. For more in-depth tutelage, riding lessons combined with horse-management lessons educate duos in the intricacies of full companion care, such as stable-management tidbits, trailering and maintenance basics, and how to color-coordinate bridles with manes.