One of the great places to overnight or even spend a few days that is many times overlooked by RV’ers are casinos. Twenty years ago there were really two major casino areas in the country – Las Vegas and Atlantic City. Now, over 40 states have some form of gaming activity occurring within it’s borders. These new casinos, for the most part, are receiving the RV community with open arms. Many are building dedicated RV parks and/or allowing overnight dry camping. Of course, they have either given away or offered rooms at discount rates for years to get people to the casinos, so it’s certainly not a stretch to offer these benefits to RV’ers.
The great thing about staying at a casino is that the RV parks are usually well maintained and reasonably priced or even discounted, always have great security, and the casinos usually have good restaurants and there is no requirement to gamble, although they hope that you will. Many of them also have great entertainment such as comedy and musical shows, if that interests you. There are at least a couple of guides to help you find a place to stay. One is a book called Casino Camping that has a listing and description of casinos by state. It can be found on Amazon. The other is an online resource – http://www.casinocamper.com. As with any resource, it is important to verify the information, in case something has changed since it was published.
For us, camping at casinos has been great. We use the RV parks in Louisiana and Mississippi all the time and dry camp in others from the midwest to the deep south. We enjoy the gaming and restaurants in the casinos so we do participate in activities while we are there. It is part of the entertainment we plan for on most trips. We both have players cards at many of them, which provides us free offers on everything from the cost of the RV park to complimentary meals. Of course, the more you play, the more “comps” you usually get. However, we have found that if we don’t visit an establishment for a period of time we usually get offers for free rooms and meals, with no strings attached. If the casino has an RV park, they usually give us a free site in place of the room.
On this trip we stayed a couple nights at one of the resorts in Tunica, MS (near Memphis, TN). This area has five or six casinos with the Hollywood casino and Sam’s Town having dedicated RV parks ($25 inc. tax). Sam’s Town offers all full hook up pull through sites and the Hollywood casino has a mix of both pull through and back ins. The Resorts casino allows dry camping, if you prefer not to rent a site so there is a little something for everybody. Over the winter we stopped at the Kickapoo Lucky Eagle Casino in Eagle Pass, TX. The RV park is less than a year old and you could pay your $19 at a kiosk in the park. No need to even visit the lobby to register. We also stop at Harrah’s casino in Metropolis, IL where we boondock. It is a wide open place where slides can be extended and generator use is not a problem. It even has a wedding chapel nearby and Superman is right down the street. What more could you ask for?
I’ve attached a link that shows where the majority of the casinos are located throughout the US. This is a list of all casinos, not just those that are RV friendly, but it gives you an idea of the number of potential opportunities.
So, if you haven’t tried casino camping, go ahead and roll the dice. You just might find that you come out a winner!