Sparks, Nevada

It’s known as Rail City, and just a brief glance at the history of Sparks, a busy town in the Truckee Meadows of northern, Nevada, makes it easy to see why. The town was originally established in the early 1900s by order of the Southern Pacific Railway Company to serve as a large switching yard. To entice workers, the company generously offered to its employees in the old Wadsworth yard deeds to land that would be laid next to the new roundhouse. As further incentive, the company promised to pack up and ship every house in Wadsworth to the new town, free of charge. So it was with great anticipation and goodwill that the town of Sparks was born.

Though the town has come quite a distance from its humble railroad roots, the positive feeling remains. Sparks is a magnet for great events, with a list of annual get-togethers that people can’t help but attend. Downtown’s Victorian Square draws hundreds of thousands of visitors for events like the gigantic Hometown Farmers Market, the downright delectable Nugget Best in the West Rib Cook-Off, Hot August Nights, traditional holiday celebrations like Hometown Christmas, various fun runs and marathons, and plenty more. Also lending to the atmosphere of Sparks is the well-designed parks and recreation system, which includes numerous neighborhood parks, a range of regional sports facilities and a great selection of recreational programs for children and adults alike. The Sparks Marina Park is one such spot, a lovely place to pass an afternoon. Just a few miles from downtown, the lake is ideal for a refreshing swim, and there are always boaters and fishermen out and about. Paddle-boarders, kayakers and even the occasional windsurfer are also common. Another family-friendly destination is Wild Island, home to an enormous water park, go-karts, miniature golf, bowling and more.

For other kinds of recreation, Sparks offers great golf in town, plus more than 50 courses within an hour’s drive. There’s no shortage of fantastic shopping at the Legends at Sparks Marina, the new outlet destination bursting with designer names, plus the adjacent sportsman’s paradise, Scheels. Sparks is also filled with plenty of great dining options that range from casino/resorts to breweries and grills.

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Wild Island
Sparks, NV

Northern Nevada's largest family amusement park features a seasonal outdoor waterpark, miniature golf courses, large arcade and redemption area, go-kart raceway and bowling.

Victorian Square Interactive Fountain
Sparks, NV

During the summer months, the interactive fountain in the Victorian Square Plaza offers an exciting way for children to stay cool while having fun in the sun.

Red Hawk, Hills Course
Sparks, NV

One of two spectacular courses at Red Hawk, a prestigious master-planned community in Spanish Springs, the Hills course is a private layout designed by three-time U.S. Open winner Hale Irwin and the centerpiece of Red Hawk’s private club. Characterized by its small, lush greens, wide open fairways, swooping elevation drops and deep white sand bunkers, the Hale Irwin Signature Design course is as beautiful as it is devious. The course is laid over what was once a working ranch, and the clever design incorporates the rolling terrain.

Holiday Inn Sparks
Sparks, NV
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Stay at the newly renovated Holiday Inn Reno - Sparks, located off I-80. The hotel is less than four miles from Reno-Tahoe International Airport (RNO) and provides a free airport and local area shuttle for your convenience.

Families will enjoy the hotel and the destination. A wonderland of exciting activities are all available within close proximity of this Sparks hotel. Nearby attractions include world-famous casinos, Outlets at Legends, National Bowling Stadium, University of Nevada, Reno, Nevada Museum of Art, Reno-Sparks Livestock Events Center and Wild Island Adventure Park.

Red Hawk, Lakes Course
Sparks, NV

One of just 35 Audubon International Signature Sanctuary courses in the world and the first in Nevada, the Lakes Course at The Resort at Red Hawk is truly a Robert Trent Jones, Jr. masterpiece. Set in the beautiful historic wetlands of the former Wingfield Ranch in the prestigious master-planned Red Hawk community of Spanish Springs, the public Lakes course stretches more than 7,100 yards. The magnificent course features over 100 acres of preserved wetlands and 13 acres of newly created wetlands. Ten lakes were also added to the course, adding to its challenge and beauty.