TYPES OF IOWA CASINOS
Iowa has three types of casinos: pari-mutuel (racetrack) casinos, riverboat casinos, and native American casinos. All Iowa casinos have a minimum gambling age of 21, but only 18 for pari-mutuel wagering or bingo. All casinos in Iowa are open 24 hours a day.
Riverboat Casinos in Iowa
Iowa was actually the first state in the U.S. to legalize riverboat casino gambling. Iowa riverboats began operating in mid 1991, and originally limited passengers to a $5 bet and a $200 maximum loss per cruise. Three years later, in 1994, the Iowa state legislature voted to eliminate these gambling restrictions. Later that year Iowa passed another law that no longer required casinos to be on riverboats that cruise, this allowed casinos to be built on floating barges on man-made bodies of water. Today there are 16 river boat casinos located in Iowa.
Pari-Mutuel/ Racetrack Casinos in Iowa
Today three Iowa Racetrack Casinos offer both live table games and electronic gaming machines, such as slots and video poker. Electronic gaming machines were legalized at pari-mutuel racetracks in 1994 and, in 2004, an additional provision was added to bring live table games to these tracks.
Des Moines, Iowa does not have a casino within the city, although just 11 miles northeast is Prairie Meadows Racetrack & Casino located in Altoona.
The payback percentages on electronic gaming machines at all Iowa casinos (riverboats and pari-mutuels) are released as a matter of public record. Just click here to see a list of slot machine payback statistics for all Iowa casinos.
Native American Casinos in Iowa
There are three Native American casinos in Iowa, and all of them offer live-table games, as well as electronic gaming machines. Iowa gaming laws do not require Native American casinos to release the payback percentages on their gaming machines to the public.
All Iowa Native American casinos offer: blackjack, craps, pai gow poker, roulette, ultimate Texas hold em, Mississippi stud, video poker, and slots. Select casinos in Iowa also offer such games as: poker, pai gow poker, Caribbean stud poker, mini-baccarat, let it ride, big six, bingo, keno, Mississippi stud, Spanish 21, three card poker, four card poker, and off-track betting.
Many casinos in Iowa offer hotels for guests. Eleven out of the 16 Iowa riverboat casinos have a hotel, while all of the racetrack casinos have hotels, and two Native American casinos have hotels.
If you are looking for a Casino in Iowa off of I-35, you will find three: Prairie Meadows Racetrack & Casino near Des Moines, Diamond Jo Casino Worth in northern Iowa, and the Lakeside Casino & Hotel in the southern most part of the state.
NOTE: If you win a jackpot of $1,200 or more at any Iowa casino, the casino will collect 5% of your winnings for the Iowa Department of Revenue. You may be eligible to get some of that 5% refunded. However, to do so you must file an income tax return with the state. The $1,200 threshold also applies to any cash prizes won in tournaments or casino drawings.
All Iowa casinos are open 24 hours and the minimum gambling age is 21, 18 for pari-mutuel wagering or bingo.
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Shown below is a list of casinos in Iowa. Click on a casino name to see a page of detailed information about that particular casino.
- Ameristar Casino Council Bluffs
- Blackbird Bend Casino
- Casino Queen Marquette
- Catfish Bend Casino- Burlington
- Diamond Jo Casino Dubuque
- Diamond Jo Casino Worth
- Grand Falls Casino Resort
- Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Sioux City
- Harrah’s Council Bluffs
- Horseshoe Casino – Council Bluffs
- Isle Casino – Bettendorf
- Isle Casino – Waterloo
- Lakeside Hotel & Casino
- Meskwaki Bingo Casino Hotel
- Prairie Flower Casino
- Prairie Meadows Racetrack & Casino
- Q Casino
- Rhythm City Casino
- Riverside Casino & Golf Resort
- Wild Rose Casino & Resort – Clinton
- Wild Rose Casino & Resort – Emmetsburg
- Wild Rose Casino – Jefferson
- WinnaVegas Casino
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For more information on visiting Iowa call the state’s tourism department at (800) 345-4692 or visit their web site at www.traveliowa.com
TOP THINGS TO DO IN IOWA
Iowa can be found in the heart of the United States between the Missouri and Mississippi rivers. The state’s landscape is filled with cornfields and rolling plains, and features diverse attractions that you can enjoy like the National Mississippi River Museum, numerous state parks, and lots of scenic landscapes. Some of the top places to visit in Iowa are listed below.
National Mississippi River Museum and Aquarium
This museum is operated by the Dubuque Historical Society and it features a wide range of collections and animal exhibits reflecting the cultural and geological importance of the mighty Mississippi River. The aquarium displays collections that showcase the importance of the Mississippi River, its watershed environment and the people. Also featured are permanent exhibits such as the immersive 4D Theater and the Mississippi River Discovery Center. The museum includes many temporary exhibits that both children and adults will love.
National Czech & Slovak Museum & Library
This museum is located in Cedar Rapids and it is dedicated to sharing the histories and culture of the Czech & Slovak people. Exhibits honor immigrants and their hard work, skills and vision that contributed to building our great country. At this institute, you will also get to understand the contributions of immigrants to both the arts and culture of today’s society. The experience includes permanent exhibits, different varieties of special events, and educational traveling displays.
Maquoketa Caves State Park
Located in Jackson, Iowa, this park is a great place to get an insight into the world under your feet. The park is filled with a variety of hiking trails that you can explore, plus there are woodlands and natural wonders like the Balance Rock. The highlight of the park are the caves like the Dancehall Cave and the Maquoketa Caves, however, the caves are closed seasonally during the bat hibernation season. The park also features a large campground which is set up for tents, and RVs if you plan to stay overnight.
The Amana Colonies located in Eastern Iowa consists of seven villages and serve as a great escape into the past and away from the hustle and bustle of the city. The colonies date back to the mid-19th century. The community experienced no outside influence or interference for many years after German Pietists first broke soil in this isolated area. The Amana Colonies are now listed as a National Historical Landmark and are a great place to go if you want to experience the slower pace of life while visiting iconic structures, shopping and dining around the colony. You should also make sure you explore the area bike paths, walkways, and be sure to experience the annual festivals.
Des Moines Art Center
This attraction is a hotspot for art lovers (both locals and tourists) since 1948. The center features rotating exhibits including painting, photography, sculpture, and mixed-media displays, it also houses permanent collections that range from Georgia O’Keefe to Edward Hopper. This art center is a top attraction in Iowa and admission is free.
Field of Dreams Movie Site
Located in Dyersville, this is a great place to go if you are movie lover. This site was used for shooting the movie Field of Dreams, starring Kevin Costner in 1989. The movie site also offers interactive exhibits, scenic backdrops, and lots of photo opportunities. If you are lucky to be here on select Sundays throughout the year, the site hosts a Ghost Sunday Show where the baseball players from the past will come out of the cornstalks for a family-fun show which will surely entertain movie and baseball fans of all ages.
Grotto of the Redemption
This is a unique attraction in Iowa that you do not want to miss while in the state. The Grotto of the Redemption is also known as the West Bend Grotto and it consists of nine separate grottos depicting the life of Jesus, and all are built from precious stones and gems. It was handcrafted by a local pastor with the help of few locals for immortalizing the story of Jesus Christ. This is a fascinating place to go, no matter your religion or denomination as it is a great example of what one man with a mission can accomplish.