The Fleischmann Planetarium and Science Center has the honor of being the world’s first full-dome movie theater, capable of horizon-to-horizon images in a 360-degree hemisphere. Built in the mid-1960s, this iconic design has landed it on the National Register of Historic Buildings.
A good way to get the most out of your visit is to head to the science center before enjoying shows in the planetarium which are mostly shown in the afternoons and evenings. There are numerous exhibits that focus on aspects of space, including meteorites, our solar system and black holes. Check out the half-ton (450-kilogram) meteorite found in Nevada in 1908. There is also a Foucault Pendulum that demonstrates the rotation of the earth. Some of the exhibits change on a regular basis so return visits usually offer something fresh. Entrance to the science center is free; come back as many times as you like.
Once you’ve explored the wonders of the science center, venture into the planetarium for an immersive and spectacular display of photography, videography, lighting and sound. Shows rotate periodically and vary in subject, from the solar system to Mayan astronomy, climate change and even educational cartoons designed for a younger audience. There are numerous screenings of each film daily, so it’s a good idea to check out show times and get tickets online before you go.
Look out for the Live SkyTonight Star Talk, a show with guest astronomers showing visitors “what's happening in the sky tonight.” These lectures are held on the first Friday of each month. Afterwards, you can gaze through powerful telescopes and venture to the universe’s most distant stars.
The Fleischmann Planetarium and Science Center is open every day. It’s located on the University of Nevada Reno campus, about five minutes' drive north of downtown. There’s free parking nearby, or catch the Sierra Spirit bus from downtown.
Located just over 3.5 miles from Reno-Tahoe International Airport and covering an entire city block in downtown Reno, Circus Circus Hotel & Casino is connected by skyway to the Silver Legacy and Eldorado hotels.
A skywalk connects this downtown Reno hotel to the Circus Circus and Eldorado casinos; Nevada Museum of Art and Performing Arts Center are less than a half-mile away.
An icon since 1955, this 1,382-guestroom resort is in downtown Sparks, 3 miles from downtown Reno and a 10-minute drive from the Reno-Tahoe airport.
This destination resort is adjacent to the Truckee River Recreation Trail, 2 miles from Reno-Tahoe International Airport, and less than 3 miles from downtown Reno. Mt. Rose Ski Tahoe is 30 minutes away.
Located in the heart of Reno, this motel is within a 15-minute walk of Reno Events Center and National Bowling Stadium. Nevada Museum of Art and National Automobile Museum are also within 1 mi (2 km).
Situated in Reno, this motel is steps from Fleischmann Planetarium and Science Center and Nevada Historical Society. Great Basin Adventure and National Bowling Stadium are also within 2 mi (3 km).
Located 1 block from Bowling Stadium and within 3 miles of the convention center, this downtown Reno hotel first opened as a bingo parlor in 1943. It now occupies both sides of North Center Street.
This 830-room hotel and casino is 2 blocks from Reno Arch, 4 blocks from the National Bowling Stadium, and 6 miles from Reno-Tahoe International Airport.