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Free attractions in Reno

Reno may be small in size, but it's big on fun. The destination is situated along the Sierra Nevada mountain range, offering plenty of opportunities for outdoor adventure. It's also a gambler's paradise, serving as home to nearly a dozen casinos. But you don't have to empty your bank account to have a good time here. Start your budget-friendly vacation by stopping at Thrifty Car Rental, which offers money-saving Reno deals on it's diverse line of Reno rental cars, then hit the road to explore these free sites:

Fleischmann Planetarium and Science Center

Park your Reno car rental at the University of Nevada campus, which houses the Fleischmann Planetarium and Science Center. Patrons can gaze up at the spectacular display of stars before perusing the hands-on exhibits, like a 30-pound meteorite and "Our Solar System," a working model of the sun and planets. The planetarium also features educational and space-related films in its Star Theater, which has a massive dome-shaped screen. While admission is free to the planetarium, there is a $1 fee to watch a film.

Truckee River Walk

To take in the some of the most picturesque sites in the "Biggest Little City in the World," leave your Reno car rental behind and traverse the pedestrian-only Truckee River Walk by foot. The downtown path lines the waterfront and is a meeting place for foodies and art lovers. You'll find an array of casual, affordable eateries alongside upscale restaurants, not to mention galleries open for the public to peruse. Keep in mind that, during winter, the River Walk is largely empty, and many stores close their doors early during this season. However, this is also one of most beautiful settings in the city, offering a stunning snowy backdrop for your vacation pictures.