Short on time or looking just for the highlights? Here’s our tips for making the most of your time while soaking in our good ‘ol Comstock spirit.
10 am: Arrive in Virginia City and stop by the Visitor’s Center to find out what’s open and purchase tickets to local attractions.
10:30 am – 3 pm: Explore Virginia City by strolling around the boardwalk and visit our many merchants. In between, take in our most authentic attractions.
For a true taste of Virginia City’s mining heritage plan on visiting the Fourth Ward School, touring the Comstock Gold Mill, and taking a ride on the Virginia & Truckee Train. If there’s time, a stop at the Virginia City Outlaws Comedy Show is always good for a laugh, especially for youngest family members. *note, these attractions are only available May-October
There’s plenty of time in between for lunch, a sampling of fudge or even a nice cold beverage.
Comstock Gold Mill
Virginia City’s mining history comes alive with an operating 1860s Joshua Hendy (built in San Francisco) two stamp Gold Mill. See how gold was processed from ore to recovery. This narrated tour is educational and fun. Fee. (30 minutes)
Historic Fourth Ward School & Museum
Guided or unguided. The last standing multi-story wooden school building of its kind in the United States. Sit in original wooden school desks, and learn a brief overview and history of the school. Various exhibits educate on the discovery and development of the Comstock Lode. (45 minutes – elevator available)
Virginia City Outlaws Wild West Comedy Show
The Virginia City Outlaws perform at a western themed outdoor theater, featuring comedy gunfights and stunt shows. Always good for a laugh and fun for the whole family.