Seminole Hard Rock Casino#14 in Best Things To Do in Fort Lauderdale
The Seminole Hard Rock Hotel and Casino in Hollywood, Florida, underwent a massive $1.5 billion expansion in 2019, making it more than just a great place to stay. Travelers should head to the Hard Rock for dining, nightlife and – of course – gambling. The Seminole Hard Rock is a 10-mile drive southwest of downtown Fort Lauderdale and offers ample parking for visitors. At the more than 140,000-square-foot casino (the largest in South Florida), patrons can choose from 2,000-plus slot machines and 100-plus table games. Games include blackjack, Texas Hold 'em, minibaccarat, three-card poker and more. The award-winning poker room is fitted with flat-screen TVs and a large-screen projector for watching live sports games while you play. The casino also features a high-limit table room (and a high-limit slot room) where serious gamblers can test their luck. Recent visitors said the casino was clean and fun, but one common complaint was that it smelled strongly of cigarette smoke (smoking is permitted in all but the smoke-free room).
Those who aren't willing to risk it all on the blackjack table will still find plenty do. Seminole Hard Rock has dining establishments fit for all palates, ranging from fine dining at Council Oak steakhouse and Kuro (Japanese) to contemporary Asian cuisine at The Bol and the iconic Hard Rock Cafe. What's more, a brand-new food court features pizza, burgers, hot dogs and an all-day breakfast kiosk. You can grab a drink at the Center Bar, the L Bar and various other lounges, too. The property also boasts the 7,000-person Hard Rock Live arena, which is a great place to see visiting entertainers like Maroon 5, Andrea Bocelli, Sting and more.
The casino at the Seminole Hard Rock is open 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Hours of the various dining and entertainment establishments on the premises vary. For more information and to plan your visit, check the official website.
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