Fall is an excellent time to plan a trip to Reno, Nevada, thanks to the mild weather and numerous seasonal outings. Historically, temperatures hit the low 70s or 60s during the day and hover around the 40s or 30s at night. Celebrate everything that fall has to offer in the Reno area with these autumn-themed activities.
1. Navigate the Corn Maze at Ferrari Farms
Located off Mill Street, Ferrari Farms hosts a monthlong fall festival that incorporates multiple seasonal activities. The festival begins on September 29th for the 2018 season and lasts through October 31st.
Start your day by getting lost in the 5-acre corn maze. Once you find the exit, rest your feet on the hayride and see everything that this 23-acre farm has to offer. Visit the pumpkin patch for all of the essentials that you need to decorate your home for fall.
If you prefer fall outings with a bit of fright, check out the zombie hunt. Ferrari Farms supplies paintball guns and ammo so that you can take down the zombies with your friends and family. End the night by huddling around a campfire, roasting marshmallows, and making s'mores. You can even reserve your own campfire area if you prefer a bit of privacy to reminisce or tell ghost stories.
2. Scare Yourself Silly at a Haunted House
Reno hosts multiple haunted houses, ensuring your crew can find a spot to get your hearts racing. Situated in downtown Reno, the Slaughter House has the designation of being northern Nevada's largest haunted attraction.
With movie-quality scenes and intense jump scares, this outing is suitable for older kids and adults. This spooky option is open Thursdays through Sundays during October and on the 30th and 31st of October as well.
Kingdom of Horrors is another option for a terrifyingly fun outing. Nestled on the property that comprises the notorious Kilburn Estate, this chilling spot even has an interesting backstory to accompany its plethora of frights. You can visit the Kingdom of Horrors every Friday and Saturday in October; additionally, it will be open on Thursday, October 25th, and Wednesday, October 31st.
3. Go Leafing at Lake Tahoe
If you are in the mood to take in gorgeous fall foliage, take a short drive to Lake Tahoe. Lake Tahoe hosts some of the region's most colorful leaves. Take a leisure drive through the autumn colors, or opt for a more active outing, such as hiking, kayaking, or mountain biking. Multiple trails exist in and around the Lake Tahoe area.
The Mt. Rose Meadows trail is a popular spot thanks to its easy access and relatively smooth terrain. If you have mobility challenges or travel with kids, this trail is an excellent choice.
Generally, the leaves start to turn towards the end of September and peak sometime in October. Keep an eye on the weather reports to see when forecasters expect the colors to peak.
4. Take a Ghost Walk
Harness autumn's spooky energy with a Carson City ghost walk. Though the walk operates year-round, a special event booked for October 20th also incorporates tales regarding the city's legendary vampires. Expect to see costumed characters and theatrical skits as you traverse through these mysterious streets. You are also encouraged to wear your own costume for the event.
These walks combine fact with frightening fun, as you have the opportunity to learn more about Reno's unique history and supernatural legends. During your excursion, your guide will regale you with historical tidbits and paranormal stories.
You will also have a chance to see multiple landmarks, including the Bliss Mansion, the Governor's Mansion, and the Rinckel Mansion, some of which you can also tour the interior.
Do you want to start planning your Reno vacation? Start by booking your accommodations with the Pony Express Lodge.