It’s beginning to look a lot like summer. Reno is heating up, and tank tops, flip flops and shorts are starting to appear everywhere. Summer is a time where I find myself wanting to spend every moment I can outside, and it’s a time where I want to change my normal routine a bit and go on new adventures. That’s what this family guide is all about.

We have a round-up of information about what Tahoe expert Tim Hauserman thinks are the best things for families to do outdoors up at Tahoe—from hiking in the Tahoe Meadows to zip lining at Granlibakken’s Tree Top Adventure Park. Mother and writer Jessica Santina shares some wisdom about the best places for day trips. We’ve also found some great ways for your kids to learn about sustainability and local farming in the area and some great bike trails to keep your family fit and healthy. And just in case you’re as short on cash as I am, we’ve looked into seven cheap family activities for summer.

But we didn’t only focus on families with human children. We’ve also found fun and worthwhile events for you to take your four-legged kids to as well. And, just in time for the Reno River Festival, May 11-12, I spoke to kayak guru Charles Albright about kayaking and things families should know about the Truckee River. After reading this guide, you should be prepped and ready to fill your family’s summer free time with adventures.

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