El Reno’s Quality of Life
From its historic buildings to its museums and festivals, El Reno beckons you to visit, explore and enjoy!
There’s plenty to do in El Reno – hop on board the Heritage Express Trolley for unique downtown shopping, view the many historic Victorian structures, enjoy historic re-enactments at Fort Reno, explore over 150 acres of parks and the 300 acre Lake El Reno or play championship golf at the Pete Dye designed Crimson Creek Golf Course.
El Reno offers quality schools, easy access to major medical facilities and a cost of living that is 24% below the national average.
El Reno has recieved the Great American Main Street Award – a national designation recognizing El Reno’s historic commercial district revitalization efforts.
Thousand attend El Reno’s world famous “Fried Onion Burger” day in May which features the creation of the world’s largest fried onion hamburger!
The Only Rail Based Trolley in Oklahoma.
Fully restored 1924 Brill Motor Car that seats 48 people in heated and air conditioned comfort. Visitors will park and board at Heritage Park, on the grounds of the Canadian County Historical Museum, and travel through the downtown area where you can exit, then board again later, to enjoy a great meal at one of the unique restaurants or browse any of our specialty shops. Museum admission is free; trolley rides are $3 adults, $1.50 seniors, handicapped and children ages 12 and under.
El Reno’s Annual Fried Onion Burger Day Festival.
A tribute to the popular fried onion hamburgers that have been cooked daily in diners and cafes throughout El Reno since the early 1900s. Visitors from around the world converge in El Reno each year to witness the cooking of the world’s largest fried onion hamburger, weighing in at over 750 lbs.
An all-American event, the El Reno Fried Onion Burger Day Festival traces its origins back to Ross Davis, who owned and operated the Hamburger Inn on Route 66 in downtown El Reno. During the Depression, when onions were cheap but meat was expensive, Davis began adding shredded onion to five-cent meat patties in order to make the burgers look bigger. What resulted on the grill of the Hamburger Inn was a hamburger with a tremendous amount of flavor and the birth of a local tradition and delicacy.
El Reno’s Annual Small Town Weekend.
Bring the family to a weekend of festivities during El Reno’s Small Town Weekend celebration. Held rain or shine, the Small Town Weekend will cruise into town this June to celebrate everything nostalgic on the local strip of Route 66. Numerous events will be held throughout the weekend, from the only legal drag race and burnout on Route 66 to grass car races and an open car show.
The Small Town Weekend will also be filled with children’s activities, festival food, vendors, live entertainment and more. On Saturday, head out to the car show to admire classic …