TYPES OF CASINOS IN FLORIDA
There are three types of Florida casinos: casino boats, Indian casinos, and gaming machines at pari-mutuels in two south Florida counties.
The casino boats offer gamblers the opportunity to board ships that cruise offshore where casino gambling is legal. From the west coast the boats travel nine miles out into the Gulf of Mexico. From the East coast they travel 3 miles out into the Atlantic Ocean.
Unless otherwise noted, all Florida casino boats offer: blackjack, craps, roulette, slots and video poker. Some casinos also offer: mini-baccarat, poker, pai gow poker, three-card poker, Caribbean stud poker, let it ride, big 6 wheel, bingo and sports book.
The minimum drinking age on all boats is 21. Due to security restrictions, you must present a photo ID at all casino boats or you will not be allowed to board.
INDIAN CASINOS IN FLORIDA
There are eight Florida Indian casinos. The Seminole Tribe has seven and the eighth is on the Miccosukee Tribe’s reservation.
The Seminoles signed a compact with the state that allows them to offer traditional Class III gaming machines. As part of their compact, five Seminole casinos are also allowed to offer blackjack, baccarat, mini-baccarat, three card poker, let it ride and pai gow poker.
The Miccosukee Tribe has not signed a compact and they only offer Class II gaming machines at their casino. Class II video gaming devices look like slot machines, but are actually bingo games and the spinning reels are for “entertainment purposes only.” No public information is available concerning the payback percentages on any gaming machines in Florida’s Indian casinos.
The other games allowed in all Indian casinos in Florida are: high-stakes bingo, video pull tabs and poker. All of the casinos are open 24 hours (except Big Cypress) and all offer bingo except for both Seminole Hard Rock Casinos and the Seminole Casino Coconut Creek. The minimum gambling age is 18 at all Indian casinos for bingo or poker and 21 for electronic gaming machines.
PARI-MUTUEL CASINOS IN FLORIDA
There are eight pari-mutuel casinos in Florida.
In early 2005 voters in Broward County (home county of Fort Lauderdale) passed a referendum to allow slot machines at four pari-mutuel facilities within that county and all are now in operation..
In January 2008 voters in Miami-Dade County also passed a referendum permitting slot machines at four pari-mutuel facilities.
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South Florida’s pari-mutuel facilities (as well as most pari-mutuels throughout the state), also offer poker. Admission to all casinos is free and they are allowed to be open a maximum of 18 hours per day during the week and 24 hours on the weekends and some holidays.
If you want to order a drink while playing, be aware that Florida gaming regulations do not allow pari-mutuel casinos to provide free alcoholic beverages.
The minimum gambling age is 18 for pari-mutuel betting or poker and 21 for gaming machines.
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Visit our Florida casinos map page to see a detailed map showing all casinos in that state.
Shown below is a list of all casinos in Florida. Click on a name to see a page of detailed information about that particular casino.
- Big Easy Casino
- Calder Casino
- Casino at Dania Beach, The
- Casino Miami
- Gulfstream Park Racing & Casino
- Hialeah Park Casino
- Isle Casino Racing Pompano Park
- Magic City Casino
- Miccosukee Resort & Gaming
- Seminole Casino Brighton
- Seminole Casino Coconut Creek
- Seminole Casino Immokalee
- Seminole Classic Casino
- Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino – Hollywood
- Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino – Tampa
- Tropical Breeze Casino
- Victory Casino Cruises – Cape Canaveral
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TOP THINGS TO DO IN FLORIDA
Walt Disney World
This is a great place to go if you want to enjoy the ultimate amusement park experience and it can be found in Orlando. The amusement park attracts millions of tourist every year and it is filled with a wide variety of things to do. Some of the top things to do here are to visit the waterparks like the Typhoon Lagoon and Blizzard Beach, go see exotic animals at Animal Kingdom Park or visit the Disney Hollywood Studios. This park is a family-friendly attraction and it is filled with all kinds of shopping areas, dining experiences, and shows that you can also explore.
Miami Beach and the Art Deco Historic District
Miami beach is a magnificent wide stretch of golden sands which lines the Atlantic. The beach is an iconic destination to visit while in Florida and it is more popular because of the Art Deco Historic District. This district features magnificently restored buildings which are mainly from the 1930s and early 1940s and it is a perfect place to go if you want to get an insight into the history of the city. One of the best things to do in Miami is to drive along the Ocean Drive which is the legendary oceanfront street that overlooks the South Beach. On the drive, you are going to find varieties of magnificent Art Deco buildings like Hotel Breakwater South Beach, the Park Central Hotel, and The Carlyle. You should also stroll along the Collins Avenue which features numerous classic buildings like National Hotel Miami Beach, and the Delano South Beach.
Daytona 500 International Speedway
The Daytona 500 race is among the most popular and the most crucial race in the NASCAR Cup Series and it kicks off every February. This race is held in Daytona Beach at the Daytona International Speedway and it is a great place to go if you are lucky to be here during February. The speedway was constructed in 1959 so as to move the racing off the beach. Even if you can’t make the race, you can also come here and explore the speedway.
The SeaWorld is just like the Disney World and it is a mega amusement park and it is a great place to go for a family vacation in Florida. The highlight of the complex is the classic dolphin and whale shows and you will also get to meet other animals like cats, ducks, sea lions, and otters. Some of the highlights here are Antarctica: The Empire of the Penguin display and lots of aquarium exhibits where you will see varieties of marine life. There are also thrilling rides that you can also enjoy here.
Dry Tortugas National Park
This park homes the magnificent Fort Jefferson and it was constructed by the US Government in the 1800s. The highlight of the park is the mesmerizing reef island which is seven in total and it makes it a great place to go. The best thing to do here is to tour the fort while you can enjoy the rest of the day relaxing on the soft-sandy beaches or snorkeling in the shallow waters.
Everglades National Park
This is a national park which protects 1.5 million acres of marsh and swamp and it is filled with a plethora of animals like alligators, Florida Panthers, turtles, deer, American crocodiles, egrets, river otters, manatees, and numerous other species. This park is a great place to go if you want to see some of the wild creatures. You should also make sure that you visit the Tamiami Formation which is a limestone over the top of bedrock base located under the bottom of the Lake Okeechobee. The best way to get around the park is to go on an airboat ride where you will see alligators and other wildlife.