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.

The Links at Kiley Ranch
Sparks, NV

One of northern Nevada’s newest golf courses, the Links at Kiley Ranch has gained serious attention. Situated in the master-planned community of Kiley Ranch in Sparks, the nine-hole, executive link-style course was co-designed by the impressive duo Mark Miller and LPGA Hall of Famer Patty Sheehan in 2006. Shortly after its debut, the Links at Kiley Ranch played host to the annual Sparks Mayor’s Junio Cup and the PGA of America’s First Tee Program.

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.

Outlets at Legends
Sparks, NV

The entertainment and outlet complex is anchored by the 245,000-square-foot Scheels All Sports.

Scheels, Sparks
Sparks, NV

It’s no secret that Nevada is the destination of choice for outdoor enthusiasts, with its virtually limitless selection of adventure possibilities. So it seems only fitting that the world’s largest selection of outdoor gear can also be found here. The nearly 300,000 square foot Scheels, an anchor for the Legends at Sparks Marina in northern Nevada, is a retail shopping experience unto itself.