What to do and see in Minden, United States: The Best Places and Tips

July 23, 2017 Vivienne Hutton

Minden is an unincorporated town in Douglas County, Nevada, United States. The population was 3,001 at the 2010 census. It is the county seat of Douglas County and is adjacent to the town of Gardnerville. It was founded in 1906 by Heinrich Friedrich Dangberg Jr., who named it after the town of Minden, in the German state of North Rhine-Westphalia, which was near his father's birthplace. A large share of the first settlers were Germans. Minden was founded on company land of the Dangberg Home Ranch and Dangberg commissioned most of the town's early buildings. Minden has had a post office since 1906.
Restaurants in Minden

1. SoaringNV

1138 Airport Rd, Minden, NV 89423-8611
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5 based on 43 reviews

SoaringNV

SoaringNV provides • Glider rides • Glider pilot instruction • Aero-tow • Aero-retrieves • Oxygen • Flight currency reviews • Weather briefings ...and more! Visit SoaringNV in the friendly atmosphere of our hangar at 1138 Airport Road on the Minden-Tahoe Airport.

Reviewed By Linstrvlgems - Pennsylvania

First glider ride over Lake Tahoe. Cost $269 for one, cheaper for two. I was nervously excited about taking my first glider ride. It was a breeze and perfect weather to view the valley, mountains, ski areas and Lake Tahoe. A licensed pilot (I had Stefan who was awesome) - a lot of experience flying. (Very reassuring). He sat in the second seat behind mine. There are controls for the pilot and for the rider. I was given a brief type of beginner's lesson which was fun, and got to maneuver the glider and if I turned too far in one direction, the pilot is there to help.

Initially, a tow plane pulls the glider and once the necessary altitude is reach, we're cut loose from the tow plane and off we went!
Stefan provided a lot of history of the area and the view was breathtaking!!

Although no specific clothing was recommended when I booked in advance, I would wear something comfortable and ladies, I didn't bring a handbag as there is not much room where you sit, so pockets may be helpful. Sunglasses, a hat, sunscreen (lots of sun exposure) and a camera (I used my phone camera and there may be some sunglare on the pictures because of being enclosed). They
offered video services during the ride for an extra $49 and $69 (one edited, one not). The ride itself sas fairly smooth and periodically, the wind or an air pocket was felt.

Different rides are offered at different prices. The Tahoe ride lasts 45 minutes. Having done this one, I would consider the wild ride which is shorter duration and consists of different stunt maneuvers.

Highly recommend❤️❤️❤️

2. Lampe Park (County Park)

Waterloo Lane, Gardnerville, NV 89410
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4.5 based on 39 reviews

Lampe Park (County Park)

Reviewed By AnnieGaNe - United States

Has something for everyone. Playground, sand volleyball court, 4 lit tennis courts, a stream, pavilion, and par course. You lose a lot of open grassy area after work and weekends because of all the organized sports, though. And be careful of all the goose droppings.

3. Sharkey's Nugget

1440 Main Street, Gardnerville, NV 89410 +1 775-782-3133
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3.5 based on 88 reviews

Sharkey's Nugget

Reviewed By billnevada - Minden, Nevada

This was our second visit to the Jackpot Café. We were there for Sunday Breakfast. We both ordered separate items. I ordered their Giant Ham Steak and Eggs, eggs over easy. Service was slow, when my Breakfast was delivered, I found that my eggs were way over cooked, very firm. I bought it to the attention of our Busboy and he immediately removed them and shortly came back with two eggs properly cooked. They did recover rather quickly. Breakfasts were average. My Wife did like their coffee, they kept her cup full. Price was good, as we had a two for one coupon. We will probably be back to give them another chance.

4. Genoa Courthouse Museum

2304 Main Street, Genoa, NV +1 775-782-4325
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4.5 based on 40 reviews

Genoa Courthouse Museum

Reviewed By G-Whz - Fresno, California

Great taste of Local history from the early 1900's. Like taking a walk back in time to the outlaw days when horses and buggies were the mood of transportation. Nice tour guide and friendly staff. Small fee

5. Carson Valley Inn Casino

1627 Highway 395 North, Carson Valley Inn, Minden, NV 89423 +1 702-782-9711
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4 based on 98 reviews

Carson Valley Inn Casino

Reviewed By LV2KNOW - Centreville, Maryland

Carson Valley Inn (CVI) is located in one of the nicest small towns in America. CVI offers an incredible range of amenities that bely its small town location. There is an RV park, motel with swimming pool and workout equipment, restaurants, and a casino. All are well maintained and staffed with friendly and helpful people. Katy's, the 24 hour cafe/restaurant provides a varied menu of solid, American dishes at reasonable prices. Many locals have been eating at Katy's for generations. We haven't visited the Steak House for a while so I can not offer an informed rating. The Casino offers a wide range of slots, video poker and table games. CVI has changed management a few years ago and things have changed over the years in regards to the number of freebies offered. However, the quality of the facilities and the friendliness of the staff have remained. If you are traveling through Minden or wish to enjoy Lake Tahoe without staying at the Lake and its touristy environment, CVI is a good alternative.

6. Carson Valley Museum & Cultural Center

1477 US Highway 395 N, Gardnerville, NV 89410-5570 +1 775-782-2555
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4.5 based on 23 reviews

Carson Valley Museum & Cultural Center

Reviewed By deBorges - Gardnerville, Nevada

Just finished up the Young Chautauqua Program with 3 wonderful performances. 18 students from 5-15 years old did a short skit as historical characters, wrote wonderful essays & learn to love history and their amazing cultural center. The YCP is just one of many lectures, school programs & performance at the Carson Valley & Genoa Museums besides the very well put together exhibits.

7. Skydive Lake Tahoe

1128 Airport Rd, Minden, NV 89423-8611
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5 based on 14 reviews

Skydive Lake Tahoe

Tandem Skydiving over Lake Tahoe. Serving the Tahoe, Reno, and Northern California areas. Most amazing views!

Reviewed By USnHK - Hong Kong, China

The team at Skydive Lake Tahoe were professional, knowledgeable and made us feel comfortable for our very first jump. Batman and Kat took great care of us and made it a truly fun and memorable experience. If you aren't sure skydiving is for you, take the plunge with this crew, you'll regret it if you don't. Afterward, you'll be thinking about your next jump.

8. Genoa Bar

2282 Main Street, Genoa, NV 89411 +1 775-782-3870
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4.5 based on 32 reviews

Genoa Bar

Reviewed By reg v - Washington DC, District of Columbia

Fun little stop in a cute small town. Several locals, several tourists, several skiers stopping for a drink at this old school saloon. Not an upscale joint, but very fun stop. A vew slots to play. lots of outside seating on a sunny mild day will accommodate families too.

Staff was friendly and helpful.

9. Genoa Lakes Golf Club

1 Genoa Lakes Valley Drive, Genoa, NV 89411 +1 775-782-4653
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4.5 based on 37 reviews

Genoa Lakes Golf Club

Framed by the spectacular backdrop of the Sierra Nevada Mountains, this track has been consistently rated third of the "Best Courses in the State" and annually rated one of the top courses in the West.

Reviewed By Barbara J - Palm Desert, CA

It's a little dry in some areas of the fairway or else I'd give a top rating, but the greens were smooth and true. Amazing views from the valley floor and especially entertaining when we saw cattle grazing, deer, coyotes, and an eagle. Driving range and practice area are great. Afternoon rate (1:00) was just $85 and we had the entire course to ourselves. Played in just over 3 hours. Very nice pro shop and friendly staff.

10. Dangberg Home Ranch Historic Park

1450 Highway 88, Minden, NV
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4.5 based on 24 reviews

Dangberg Home Ranch Historic Park

Reviewed By Elizabeth R - Reno, United States

After two event and currently buying tickets for a third tonight, I can say this venue the Dangberg Home Ranch provides great entertainment and awesome environment. Twice the stage has been graced by lovely ladies in period costuming portraying historical figures. The last presentation a cowboy on horseback rode past within view. The Sierra Nevada mountain range provides a backstop to the farm land landscape. The dusty, bumpy road into the ranch house area where the big tent is set up has been crossed thousands of times over the years. I recommend the reader drive this road and pull up a chair to sample this great Nevada treasure!

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