Things to Do in El Reno, Oklahoma

Are you spending some time in El Reno, Oklahoma and looking for some fun things to do while you're there? Well, the town is known, of course, for its annual Fried Onion Burger Day Festival in early May, and you'll definitely want to grab an onion burger at one of the many joints in town. And it's a worthy stopping point on any trek along the famous Route 66. But that's not all there is to this small metro community. Here is a list of just a few entertaining and exciting things to do in El Reno.

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    Lucky Star Casino El Reno, Oklahoma
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    One of the top casinos in the Oklahoma City area, the Lucky Star Casino, just outside of El Reno, opened in the mid-1990's and offers over 1,000 electronic games and slots, including many of the Vegas-style favorites. In addition, the casino features blackjack and a 24-hour poker room. Live performances by local and regional bands are common on weekends, and the casino has a large restaurant and bar area.

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    Heritage Express Trolley

    The only rail-based trolley in the state of Oklahoma, El Reno's Heritage Express Trolley, a restored 1924 Brill Motor Car, allows riders to tour the city, including the historic downtown area. It runs Wednesday through Sundays. Call (405) 262-5121 for times, schedules and pricing information.

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    The historic Fort Reno began as a military camp in 1874. Today, the 6,000-acre spot outside of El Reno is a popular tourist attraction, featuring tours, re-enactors, a wedding chapel and the annual "Ghosts of Fort Reno" event with tombstone tales at the cemetery.

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    Canadian County Historical Museum

    Located in El Reno's Heritage Park, the Canadian County Historical Museum features a number of historic buildings on the grounds including the first Red Cross Canteen in the nation; General Sheridan's cabin, the oldest standing structure in Canadian County; a hotel and a jail. For more information, call (405) 262-5121.
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    Lake El Reno

    With 333 acres of open land and 300 acres of water, Lake El Reno is an excellent spot for outdoor recreation. Water skiing, jet skiing, swimming, boating and fishing are all allowed, and the area also includes a golf course, RV park, a remote control airplane field and a motorcycle dirt track. See online for permit information, and contact El Reno Parks & Recreation at (405) 262-7115.

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    Crimson Creek Golf Course in El Reno is a challenging, P.B Dye, Jr.-designed course with 18 holes located in a picturesque setting near Lake El Reno. It opened in 1998 and has quickly become a local favorite.
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    City Parks

    Crimson Creek above is one of the many El Reno city parks, featuring about 150 acres in total. There are pavilions for events, baseball fields, playgrounds, walking trails, basketball courts, tennis courts, picnic shelters, sand volleyball courts and a swimming pool. Contact El Reno Parks & Recreation at (405) 262-7115.

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    Reno 8 Movie Theatre

    Catch a movie at the B&B Theatres Reno 8 on south Country Club Road. The theater features an arcade, stadium seating and digital sound.
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    One of more than 10 OKC bowling centers, the El Reno Bowl has 16 bowling lanes, a game room and a snack bar, and it features open bowling, leagues and group reservations. Go on late Friday or Saturday for the All You Can Bowl special.

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    Catch the Cougars of El Reno's Redlands Community College in a number of exciting sports, from men’s and women’s basketball to baseball and women's golf and volleyball.
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    Annual Events

    Depending on the time of year you're in El Reno, you may just find one of the more unique and memorable events in the Oklahoma City metro area. For example, at Christmas time there's the Christmas on the Western Frontier event with a downtown parade and plenty of small town holiday cheer. There's the Friend Onion Burger Day Festival noted above, a Halloween Spooktacular downtown, the Oklahoma Indian Nations Pow Wow in August and the early summer festival event "A Small Town Weekend" with music, games, car show and more. But that's just scratching the surface. Keep up with the OKC area monthly event calendars to find out special events coming soon to El Reno.