Casinos can be a surprisingly great choice for a place to stay on a family break in the United States. The accommodation tends to have amazing amenities for adults and children alike, as well as boasting fantastic locations, which means they make an ideal base for exploring the local area. For anyone who is considering booking a stay at a casino in America, we have picked out six places that are definitely worthy of your consideration. Check them out below.

Hard Rock Hotel & Casino – Lake Tahoe, Nevada

The heated outdoor pool is a fantastic daytime spot for adults and children alike. | Courtesy of Grand Sierra Resort

Our first recommendation is the Hard Rock Hotel & Casino in Lake Tahoe. Based on the south side of the lake, the casino is just moments away from the border between Nevada and California. The location of the casino could hardly be better with The Heavenly Ski Resort gondola a couple of blocks away, while the boating and beaches of Lake Tahoe itself are even closer to the site.

At Hard Rock Hotel & Casino, families can take advantage of the heated outdoor pool, which is the perfect place to relax during the day. Day beds and cabanas are available to be reserved.

Naturally, there is quality entertainment available at the Hard Rock Hotel & Casino. Most weekends see a top live event hosted at the casino, while there are a few bars and restaurants to pick from inside the complex as well. Right next to the hotel’s lobby is the William Hill Sports Bar, with an interactive video wall and 80-inch LCD screens making it the perfect place to watch the big game with all the family.

Grand Sierra Resort and Casino – Reno, Nevada

Family-friendly hits like Frozen 2 are regularly shown at the Grand Sierra Cinema. | Courtesy of Grand Sierra Resort

Another fantastic family-friendly place to stay in Nevada can be found in Reno, with the Grand Sierra Resort and Casino boasting nearly 2,000 hotel rooms. Casino Player Magazine has voted the Grand Sierra Resort and Casino the best place to stay in Reno four years in a row, so its quality is undoubted.

Just like at the Hard Rock Hotel & Casino, the Grand Sierra Resort and Casino has a great pool where children are welcome, though there is an infinity pool for adults only, plus a full-service spa. Splash Pad is a dedicated area for little ones, while there are plenty of other options for keeping children entertained during a stay at this accommodation too.

Among them is Grand Sierra Resort and Casino’s Grand Adventure Land, where there is go-karting and the Ultimate Rush thrill ride. Kids also will love Fun Quest, which has more than 100 video, arcade and ride games to pick from, while the casino complex is even home to its own cinema. There are two screens and family-friendly films are often on the schedule along with Hollywood hits.

Harrah’s Resort Southern California – Funner, California

Kids are sure to absolutely adore the Lazy River at Harrah’s Resort Southern California. | Courtesy of Harrah’s Resort Southern California

Without a doubt one of the top family-friendly casinos in the United States, Harrah’s Resort Southern California is located within easy reach of both San Diego and Los Angeles. Not that you will necessarily want to leave, as the complex has everything you need under one roof.

As well as more than 1,500 slot games on the 59,000 square-foot casino floor, there is plenty for the kids to do at Harrah’s Resort Southern California too. The Lazy River is an ideal spot for children to while away some time and there is also a swim-up bar at Harrah’s Resort Southern California. Lazy River, in particular, is among the casino’s amenities that are guaranteed to impress due to the fact it won the 2019 Readers’ Choice Travel Awards prize for Best Pool.

For off-site day trips, the nearby Palomar Mountain is certainly a must-visit spot while the astronomical observatory which is inside Cleveland National Forest is worth checking out too.

Pechanga Resort and Casino – Temecula, California

Pechanga has everything, even its own golf course that offers lessons for youngsters. | Courtesy of Pechanga Resort and Casino

Not far to the north of Harrah’s Resort Southern California is Pechanga Resort and Casino, which can be found in Temecula – a small city that is popular with tourists. Pechanga, a Native American casino site, has gaming available 24 hours a day. It is the biggest casino in the state, with around 4,500 slot machines available to pick from, as well as poker and off-track betting.

There are more than 1,000 hotel rooms in the complex, which opened back in 2002, and many of them boast stunning views from their floor-to-ceiling windows. Spa Pechanga offers treatments that use Native American healing botanicals while there are plenty of restaurants and bars within the resort to try. Pechanga Showroom Theater regularly hosts top-level acts with world-famous bands such as Journey having played at the venue in the past.

Coveside Grill is one of the best at Pechanga Resort and Casino for casual dining. Right next to the Cove – which has a family pool boasting a brace of water slides – the restaurant serves dishes like pulled pork sandwiches and caters for all kinds of dietary requirements too.

Inn of the Mountain Gods Resort & Casino – Mescalero, New Mexico

The Spa at the Inn is the perfect place to relax during a family-friendly holiday. | Courtesy of Inn of the Mountain Gods Resort & Casino

Right on the banks of the Mescalero Lake is Inn of the Mountain Gods Resort & Casino, one of the best family-friendly places to stay in the state of New Mexico. 

The 45,000-square-foot casino will be the prime draw for many guests, with an on-site sportsbook and poker room also included among the first-class gambling facilities. There is even bingo that can be played in Club 49 at the Inn of the Mountain Gods Resort & Casino.

Cirque Zuma Zuma and Sunday Under the Stars are two of the top family-friendly activities available at this casino. The latter, held every Sunday, includes a family-friendly movie shown outdoors. Restaurants at the resort include the Gathering of Nations Buffet, where kids can hopefully be persuaded by their parents to test out lots of lovely food from all over the globe.

Nearby things to do within a short trip from the Inn of the Mountain Gods site include the Hubbard Museum of the American West and the Ski Apache resort.

Tropicana Casino & Resort Atlantic City – Atlantic City, New Jersey

Tropicana Casino & Resort Atlantic City has its own on-site sweet shop. | Courtesy of Tropicana Casino & Resort Atlantic City

Last but not least, the recently renovated Tropicana Casino & Resort Atlantic City demands inclusion on any list of the top family-friendly casino resorts in America. 

Situated right on the Boardwalk in Atlantic City, the Tropicana Casino & Resort underwent extensive work just a couple of years ago including the addition of new restaurants and the welcome addition of an outdoor Multimedia Light and Sound Show, open seasonally between Memorial Day and Labor Day weekends.

There are four indoor and outdoor swimming pools to pick from for guests at Tropicana Casino & Resort Atlantic City, including the 21+ Cabana Five Bar and pool deck. Kids who love movies will love staying at Tropicana as the casino complex is home to its very own IMAX screen, which is five-and-a-half stories high.

Tropicana Casino & Resort has a few amenities that make it stand out from the crowd, including a selection of Escape Rooms. Each of them is Atlantic City-themed and all of the casino’s Escape Rooms must be solved within 60 minutes. 

Food lovers are spoiled for choice at Tropicana, with highlights including Chickie’s and Pete’s Crab House and Sports Bar, Casa Taco & Tequila Bar and Okatshe, which is a Japanese speakeasy eatery that is hidden behind the storefront of a sweet shop.

All of these resorts are great options for people searching for a family-friendly casino break. Which of the six of them will you choose for your next holiday?


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