NATIVE AMERICAN CASINOS IN MINNESOTA
All casinos in Minnesota are located on Native American reservations, and all have reached an agreement (compact) that allows them to offer live table games. Though the only only table games permitted in Minnesota casinos are card games similar to blackjack and poker. There is also a restriction on slot machines, you will not find any mechanical slots that have traditional reels, only the electronic video variety.
There is no public record regarding Minnesota casino slot machine payback percentages. Though, according to the compact between the state and the tribes, the minimum and maximum payouts for casinos in Minnesota are regulated as follows: slot machines – 80% to 95%, keno – 75% to 95%, video poker, and video blackjack – 83% to 98%. Each tribe is allowed to freely set its machines to pay back anywhere within those limits, and the tribes are not required to release any information regarding their slot machine percentage paybacks. This means that there is no way to tell which Minnesota casino have the best payouts.
Though Minnesota does not release slot machine payback percentages to the Public. Many U.S. states’ slot machine payback statistics are released as public record. Click here to see a full list of slot machine payback statistics for all U.S. casinos.
Minneapolis, Minnesota does not have any casinos, but there are two with in 25 miles. To the southwest is Mystic Lake Casino, which is the largest casino in Minnesota. Additionally, the Little Six Casino, which is affiliated with Mystic Lake, is within a one-mile drive.
All casinos in Minnesota offer: video keno, video poker, video slots, and blackjack. Unless otherwise noted, some Minnesota casinos also offer games such as: Caribbean stud poker, pai gow poker, poker, Mississippi stud, ultimate Texas hold’em, three-card poker, let it ride, and bingo.
Most casinos in Minnesota are open 24-hours a day, though it is best to check the hours of operation for any Minnesota casinos you are interested in going to.
The minimum gambling age at all casinos in Minnesota is 18.
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Shown below is a list of all casinos in Minnesota. Click on a casino name to see a page of detailed information about that particular Minnesota casino.
- Black Bear Casino & Hotel
- Canterbury Park
- Cedar Lakes Casino Hotel
- Fond-du-Luth Casino
- Fortune Bay Resort Casino
- Grand Casino Hinckley
- Grand Casino Mille Lacs
- Grand Portage Lodge & Casino
- Jackpot Junction Casino Hotel
- Little Six Casino
- Mystic Lake Casino Hotel
- Northern Lights Casino & Hotel
- Prairies Edge Casino Resort
- Running Aces
- Seven Clans Casino Red Lake
- Seven Clans Casino Thief River Falls
- Seven Clans Casino Warroad
- Shooting Star Casino – Bagley
- Shooting Star Casino Hotel – Mahnomen
- Treasure Island Resort Casino
- White Oak Casino
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TOP THINGS TO DO IN MINNESOTA
Minnesota is also referred to as the land of 10,000 lakes. Bordering Canada and Lake Superior, the state is a paradise for nature enthusiasts. The state has diverse attractions which range from historical tourism to national parks. There are lots of activities to try, whether you are going city hopping or exploring hidden gems, some of the best things to do in Minnesota are listed below.
Brainerd is the best place to go if you want to enjoy lakeside fun. This attraction is a great place to go if you are searching for a weekend resort getaway where you can pamper yourself. There are a variety of outdoor activities that you can try here like picnicking at a state park, exploring the hiking trails, or just relaxing and taking in the fresh air. Brainerd is also home to many shops with a woodsy backdrop that you can explore if you don’t want to go into the wild. Golfing is popular, and the Brainerd Golf trail offers 180 holes to play, or you can book yourself a room at the Grand View Lodge to relax.
Superior National Forest and Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness
This national forest spreads over large areas in northeastern Minnesota and features pristine lakes and rivers. You can start exploring this park from the International Wolf Center located in the town of Ely. The highlight of the park is the Boundary Waters Canoe Wilderness Area which is located along the boundary of the United States and Canada. It is a great place to go if you want to try out backcountry canoeing and kayaking trips, or fishing. You will also get to see a great deal of wildlife such as bears, wolves, and moose.
North Shore Scenic Drive
The North Shore Scenic Drive can be found close to Duluth and the route follows the north shore of Lake Superior from Duluth to Thunder Bay in Canada. There are several state parks along this route to explore including Tettegouche, Split Rock Lighthouse, and Grand Portage State Park. There are varieties of recreational activities that you can try out along the route such as boating, mountain biking and fishing. If you are here during the winter, you can try out activities such as snowshoeing, ice-fishing, snowmobiling and skiing. If you are adventure seeker, you can hike the 300-mile Superior Hiking Trail which extends along the Minnesota shoreline and it is only accessible by foot.
International Wolf Center
This is an educational center close to Ely and its sole aim is to support and promote the survival of wolves. The center features hands-on exhibits, all types of information on wolves, and the demonstration of wolf tracking methods. This center is a great place to go if you want to learn about the natural history of wolves as you observe the resident wolf pack. There are also programs and visitor experiences not to miss here such as Geocache Adventures, Wolf Photography Workshops, and overnight tour for groups of eight or more.
Minnesota State Capitol Building
This building was built between 1896 and 1905 and has recently gone through extensive renovations, restoring the building to its former glory. Restoration included the exterior marble, interior furnishings, and creation of additional public spaces. You can go on guided tours here every day of the week. You can also go on a self-guided tour of the areas such as the Rotunda, the second grand floor, and the Governor’s Reception Room. At the base of the Capitol’s dome, you will find the Quadriga which is a golden four-horse chariot statue created by Daniel Chester French and Edward Potter, completed in 1906.
Munsinger and Clemens Gardens
This garden can be found in St. Cloud and it is a great attraction to visit while in Minnesota. The garden features about 80,000 annual plants surrounded by benches, fountains, trees, swings, and ponds. The garden is popularly known to have over 1,100 rose bushes, and also houses an all-white garden filled with flowers and flowering shrubs. The garden also hosts several events like Music in the Gardens every Sunday in the summer or the annual Art Fair in the Gardens, annually in mid-July.
Duluth Aerial Lift Bridge
This bridge was originally built between 1901 and 1905 as an aerial transfer bridge with a cable car before it was expanded into a roadway in 1929. It has since then become a popular tourist icon in Duluth. The bridge offers resident of Minnesota Point access to the mainland and it is also listed on the National Register of Historic Places. The bridge is operated every day and you can come here to watch as it is raised and lowered so that sailboats, freight ships, and tour boats can pass.