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8 Kid-Friendly Casino Resorts
If you're looking for gaming and family-friendly fun, look no further than these properties.
Plan a getaway the whole gang will enjoy at these family-friendly retreats across the U.S., Mexico and the Caribbean.(Getty Images)
While some hotels and resorts focus on kids and family-friendly fun, others cater to the adult crowd. But, what if you're traveling with both youngsters and grown-ups? Fortunately, you don't have to choose to please one group or the other. Across the globe, a variety of hotels offer activities for kids, along with on-site casinos and adult-themed entertainment. So, if you're looking for a vacation that will please the entire family – including those who love to try their luck at roulette or slots – consider these spots.
Atlantis Paradise Island Resort
Atlantis is an iconic resort and water park that sits on Paradise Island in the Bahamas. Less than a half hour from the airport, Atlantis offers fun for children and adults alike. Kids can stay busy at the resort's famous water park, on the beach or while exploring the property's famous aquariums. Adults, on the other hand, can dive into some adult fun at the property's 100,000-square-foot casino with 85 gaming tables and 700 of the latest slot machines. Adults who want to try their luck can play baccarat, Texas Hold' Em, craps, roulette and more, all while bringing the family to one of the world's most recognizable properties.
Black Oak Casino Resort
Black Oak Casino Resort is a small, family-friendly property that can be found on the way to Yosemite. Surrounded by lush forests, the property is owned and operated by the Tuolumne Band of Me-Wuk Indians. Black Oak features a 165,000 -square-foot gaming area with dozens of gaming tables and slot machines, along with a 24-lane bowling alley with occasional late-night bowling, an underground arcade with dozens of kid-friendly games and two family-friendly restaurants. While parents play the slots, kids can stay busy playing interactive games with friends.
Tropicana Casino & Resort Atlantic City
Atlantic City, New Jersey
Atlantic City's Tropicana Casino & Resort is open year-round, featuring its own spot on the Atlantic City boardwalk, shows, dining and entertainment for guests of all ages. While adults can gamble all night at the property's famous casino, activities for kids abound. Not only can children see family-friendly shows in the Broadway-style theater, but they can watch free fireworks every Saturday during summer, see the hottest new movies at the hotel's giant IMAX theater or play classic games like Skee Ball at the property's arcade. The Tropicana recently underwent a $100 million renovation, making now the perfect time to visit.
St. Kitts Marriott Resort & The Royal Beach Casino
Basseterre, St. Kitts and Nevis
If you're dreaming of a tropical gaming getaway, consider this luxury resort. At St. Kitts Marriott Resort & The Royal Beach Casino, you can play in the largest Vegas-style casino in the Caribbean, with 34 gaming tables including roulette, blackjack, craps and poker. The slot parlor offers 350 machines on its own, but you can also bet on sports and racing. Younger guests can play on the beautiful beach or head to the Island Adventurer's Activity Club for kids. Once in the supervised club, kids can get crafty, make their own Build a Bear stuffed animal or play board games with new friends.
Inn of the Mountain Gods Resort and Casino
Mescalero, New Mexico
The Inn of the Mountain Gods Resort and Casino in Mescalero is a family-friendly resort and casino with outdoor recreation for the whole family. In addition to an on-site casino, the property offers its own lakefront ZipRider, a boat dock, an arcade and a top-rated golf course, along with opportunities for horseback riding and fishing. Inn of the Mountain Gods also offers a summer activities program tailored to kids, with special activities from Memorial Day weekend through Labor Day.
Pechanga Resort & Casino
Pechanga is already the largest resort and casino in California, and it's plans for a $285 million renovation this year will make it the largest on the West Coast. This property offers a wide range of activities for adults and kids, including an 18-hole golf course, Native American cultural tours and a sprawling casino with plentiful gaming tables and slots. Once the expansion is complete, the property will include a 4.5-acre resort pool complex complete with a family lagoon and two waterslides. While Pechanga isn't too far from Las Vegas, it's a lot more affordable than the swanky properties along the Strip. What's more, the resort offers no parking fees, no resort fees, no Wi-Fi fees and no city hotel taxes.
Courtyard Isla Verde Beach Resort
The Courtyard Isla Verde Beach Resort sits on one of the most gorgeous beaches along the San Juan coastline, offering family-friendly pools, beach hammocks, pingpong and beach games. Adults can cozy up to a gaming table or slot machine at the 24-hour, on-site Casino Del Sol. And parents can rest assured that hotel rooms at the Courtyard Marriott were created with families in mind, with in-room minifridges and microwaves, spacious balconies and plenty of indoor storage. When families aren't busy gaming or relaxing on the beach, they can get away to nearby San Juan for sightseeing.
Hyatt Regency Lake Tahoe Resort, Spa and Casino
Incline Village, Nevada
If you're aching for the water, the mountains, kid-friendly fun and some gaming, look no further than the Hyatt Regency Lake Tahoe Resort, Spa and Casino. This four-star hotel offers beautiful lakefront scenery, proximity to skiing and snowboarding rentals, boating and diving, plenty of family-friendly pools and an on-site casino of its own. A stay in one of the 422 guestrooms, suites or cottages can help you and the kiddos escape the hustle without giving up any fun. And when it comes to gaming, this Hyatt outpost has you covered. The 20,000-square-foot Grand Lodge Casino features more than 250 slots, video poker, 22 table games and fun for all.
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