TYPES OF INDIANA CASINOS
Indiana is home to three types of casinos: pari-mutuel casinos, riverboat casinos, and one Indian casino.
Riverboat Casinos in Indiana
In 1993 Indiana became the sixth state to legalize riverboat gambling. All Indiana riverboat casinos are open 24 hours a day (unless otherwise noted), and offer dockside gambling. The minimum gambling age in Indiana is 21.
All Indiana casinos offer such games as: blackjack, roulette, craps, Caribbean stud poker, slots, video poker, and video keno. Some casinos in Indiana offer games like: poker, three card poker, four card poker, baccarat, mini-baccarat, pai gow, pai gow poker, Spanish 21, Mississippi stud, big 6 wheel, and let it ride.
Indiana state gaming laws require all riverboats and pari-mutuels casinos to release their payback percentages on electronic gaming machines to the public. To see a full list of payback percentages for Indiana casinos click here.
Pari-Mutuel Casinos in Indiana
There are two pari-mutuel casinos in Indiana, they are Hoosier Park and Indiana Grand. All Pari-Mutuel casinos in Indiana are open 24 hours a day, and the minimum gambling age is 21. The minimum age for Pari-mutuel betting is 18.
In 2007 the Indiana state legislature approved the state to allow two Indiana horse tracks to have up to 2,000 slots and electronic gaming machines.
There are no traditional casinos in the capital city of Indianapolis. The closest casinos to Indianapolis would be the racetrack casinos, both are within 50 miles. 30 miles south of Indianapolis is Indiana Grand Racing & Casino, and 45 miles northeast of Indianapolis is the Hoosier Park Racing & casino.
Native American Casinos in Indiana
There is currently only one Native American casino in Indiana. The Four Winds Casino South Bend opened in early 2008 and offers Class II electronic gaming machines. These gaming machines have the appearance of slot machines, but are actually games of bingo. The spinning reels on Class II gaming machine are for entertainment purposes only.
Indiana gaming regulations do not allow casinos to provide free alcoholic beverages to guests.
NOTE: In Indiana, if you happen to win a jackpot consisting of $1,200 or more, the casino will have to withhold 3.4% of your winnings. This 3.4% will be taken by the Indiana Department of Revenue, you may be eligible to get some of it back but filing out a state income tax retune form. Keep in mind this $1,200 threshold is applied to any cash prizes that are won in tournaments or casino drawings.
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Shown below is a list of all Indiana casinos. Click on a casino name to see a page of detailed information about that particular casino.
- Ameristar East Chicago
- Belterra Casino Resort and Spa
- Blue Chip Casino & Hotel
- Caesars Southern Indiana
- Four Winds Casino South Bend
- French Lick Resort & Casino
- Hollywood Casino & Hotel – Lawrenceburg
- Hoosier Park Racing & Casino
- Horseshoe Casino Hammond
- Indiana Grand Casino
- Majestic Star Casinos & Hotel
- Rising Star Casino Resort
- Tropicana Evansville
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TOP THINGS TO DO IN INDIANA
Indiana offers a balanced mix of art, entertainment and educational venues with serene natural getaways, attracting diverse tourists from all over the world. The state is home to vibrant cities like Indianapolis and charming small towns like Santa Claus. Indiana offers a variety of outdoor activities that you can explore, or you can go sightseeing in the many museums and historical towns. Some of the most popular things to do in Indiana are listed below.
Fort Wayne Children’s Zoo
This is among the top attractions in Fort Wayne and one of the top 10 zoos in the country. The zoo spreads over 40 acres and offers four distinct experiences: the African Journey, Australian Adventure, Indonesian Rainforest and Central Zoo. The zoo is home to many varieties of animals from Tasmanian devils, Komodo dragons, red pandas to Amur leopards. Other highlights include the endangered species carousel, and opportunities for close-up interaction with animals like giraffes, ponies, and goats.
The Children’s Museum of Indianapolis
This is the largest children’s museum in the world and it covers 472,900 square feet. The museum includes five floors of exhibits and more than 100,000 artifacts to see. The museum is divided into three different sections: the Cultural World Collection, American Collection, and the Natural World Collection. Kids will surely love their time here, especially the opportunity to enjoy a simulated dinosaur at the Dinosphere exhibit. The museum also houses the largest water clock in the world. Visitors will be amazed by the interactive displays at this museum which are both educational and entertaining.
WonderLab Museum of Science
This is among the best family attractions in Bloomington, and it offers hands-on and immersive learning experiences. The muѕеum fеаturеѕ fаmоuѕ реrmаnеnt exhibits whісh іnсludе thе Bubblе-Aіrіum, the Fitzgerald Hall of Nаturаl Sсіеnсе, and thе outdoor WonderGarden. The museum also maintains an active events calendar with events like STEM Sundays, science talks, and the WonderLab After Dark series. Some of the other adventures you can enjoy here are the children’s Discovery Garden, coral reef aquarium, and meeting facilities that can be used for birthday parties or events.
Falls of Ohio State Park
The park can be found in Clarksville and it is located on the banks of Ohio River, across from Louisville, Kentucky. This location was the meeting point for Lewis and Clark before they embarked on their famous expedition. One of the many highlights of the park is the fossil bed of Jeffersonville Limestone which dates back to the Devonian period. The park also has wildlife, including rare visitors like crocodiles and alligators. This attraction is a great place to go if you want to take Instagram-worthy pictures while you are in the state. You should also make sure you do not miss the interpretive center where you will gain insight into the natural history of fossil beds as well as the history of early settlements of the surrounding areas.
Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore
This is a unique landscape that you will not find anywhere else in the state. It can be found near the border of Illinois overlooking the shores of Lake Michigan. The dunes offer tourists a wide array of activities to try out like hiking, beach-going, and biking. If you are lucky to be here during the winter season, you can also try out activities like cross-country skiing and snowshoeing. Some of the other notable activities include fishing and boating at the lakeshore and camping at the seasonal Dunewood Campground. Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore offers mesmerizing sunset views over Lake Michigan.
This cave system is located beneath the town of Marengo and is a popular tourist destination for both locals and tourists. It was discovered by two young children that entered the grotto by candlelight in 1883. The cave is located on private land but a company was established for protecting and preserving this unique landmark in 1900. The caves were designated a National Historic Landmark in 1984. At the original entrance of the cave, there is a 160-step staircase to climb if you want to explore the cave. A new entrance was created in the early 1900s and you can easily explore the cave by a self-guided tour. You are going to find mind-blowing formations and interesting ecosystem in this cave, which maintains a year-round temperature of 52 degrees.