For most people, Tunica attractions can mean only one thing: big-time casino action. The area’s nine casino resorts make Tunica the third-largest gaming destination in the United States, behind only Las Vegas, Nev., and Atlantic City, N.J. The resorts in the Southern casino capital have different themes – from old Hollywood to the old West – and provide plenty of glitz and games for any gambler.
Harrah’s Casino Tunica is the largest in the area with 140,000 square feet of gaming space. Gamblers will find 60 tables of games from blackjack and craps to poker and baccarat. In addition, the casino has more than 2,000 slot machines and runs daily poker tournaments – including no-limit hold ‘em and seven-card stud. Harrah’s guests can stay in one of nearly 1,200 rooms or suites at the casino, dine among seven resort restaurants, swim indoors or out, golf, play tennis, go target shooting or relax at Bellissimo, Harrah’s full-service spa and salon. Visitors can also take in a show at Harrah’s Event Center. Located at 13615 Old Highway 61 North, contact Harrah’s at 800.WIN.4WIN or 800.946.4946. www.harrahs.com/casinos/grand-casino-resort-tunica/hotel-casino/property-home.shtml
Gold Strike Casino Resort (1010 Casino Center Dr.; 888.245.7529) has a 50,000-square-foot casino, complete with a high limit gaming lounge, a 16-table poker room, more than 40 table games and 1,400 slots. Poker tournaments are also scheduled daily. Guests can stay in one of Gold Strike’s 1,100 rooms and suites, swim in the resort’s indoor pool or indulge in a workout or spa treatment at the Golden Reflections Spa. Dine in one of three restaurants, grab a quick bite at the food court or sip a cocktail in one of the resort’s two bars before you take in a concert at the Millennium Theatre. www.goldstrikemississippi.com/
Sam’s Town Hotel and Casino (800.456.0711) has two floors of slots, table games and tournament action. Check out the casino’s poker rooms or try your luck at the only live keno game in town. Catch headline entertainment at the 1,600-seat River Palace Entertainment Center or take in a lounge act at Roxy’s Live. Located at 1477 Casino Strip Resorts Blvd., the hotel has 850 rooms and suites, three restaurants and a snack bar, a fitness center, an outdoor pool, and Jacuzzi. www.samstowntunica.com/
With more than 1,700 slots and 70 gaming tables, Horseshoe Casino and Hotel’s (1021 Casino Center Dr.; 800.303.SHOE) 65,000-square-foot casino gives gamblers ample opportunity to hold ‘em, fold ‘em, roll the dice or spin the wheel to good fortune. Visitors can overnight in one of the 500 rooms or luxury suites, dine in a variety of restaurants, relax in the spa and fitness center or catch a headline show in the 1,500-seat Bluesville Showcase Nightclub. www.harrahs.com/casinos/horseshoe-tunica/hotel-casino/property-home.shtml
Fitz Casino and Hotel at 711 Lucky Lane (800.766.5825) has more than 1,350 slots and 34 table games ranging from blackjack, poker and Mississippi Stud to roulette and crapless craps on its casino floor. Catch special events like live boxing in Fitz Great Hall or hear local musicians at the Fitz Stage Bar. Dine in one of the resort’s three restaurants. Guests in one of the hotel’s 500 rooms or suites also have access to the indoor pool, Jacuzzi and exercise room. www.fitzgeraldstunica.com/tunica/
Hollywood Casino Tunica (1150 Casino Strip Resorts Blvd.; 800.871.0711) fills its 54,000-square-foot gaming area with 1,300 slot machines, 18 blackjack tables, craps, roulette and many varieties of poker. With 57 luxury suites in the nearly 500-room resort, guests can swim in the indoor pool, relax in the hot tub, dine in one of three restaurants, or order a nightcap at one of the two Hollywood-themed bars. www.hollywoodcasinotunica.com/
Guests at Bally’s Casino Tunica (800.382.2559) can check into one of 238 hotel rooms, then head straight for the action in the 40,000-square-foot casino. Plenty of slots and more than 40 games, including old favorites and new games such as Wild Hold ‘Em Stud, keep gamblers at the table. Live entertainment, three dining options, an outdoor pool, golfing at River Bend Links and a Jacuzzi in every room round out the guest’s experience at Bally’s, which is located at 1450 Bally’s Blvd. www.ballystunica.com/
Resorts Tunica Casino, located at 110 Casino Strip Resorts Blvd., has 35,000 square feet of gaming space for its wide variety of slots and video poker to its mix of table games like blackjack, craps, roulette, poker and Let It Ride. The casino has free live entertainment at its Center Stage on Fridays and Saturdays, three restaurants, access to River Bend Links golfing, and 200 luxury hotel rooms. For more information, call 866.797.7111. www.resortstunica.com/.
Sheraton Casino and Hotel (1107 Casino Center Dr.; 800.391.3777) is a Tudor-style mansion with a 33,000-square-foot casino. Thirty-six table games and more than 1,000 slots and video poker give gamblers of all kinds plenty to do. Check out live music at the Riverstage Showbar or play golf at the Links at Cottonwood. The hotel is an all-suite facility with 134 rooms including Jacuzzis, two restaurants and a sandwich/breakfast shop. www.harrahs.com/casinos/sheraton-tunica/hotel-casino/property-home.shtml
It may seem like it, but casinos aren’t the only attractions in town. Visitors to the area can head to the Tunica RiverPark at One RiverPark Drive (866.517.4837 or www.tunicariverpark.com). The RiverPark overlooks the Mighty Mississippi and includes an observation deck and a 130-acre riverside forest with walking trails. A museum has exhibits on the Mississippi Delta’s history, area wildlife and the levee system on the river. It also includes four large aquariums with native river plants and animals. River cruises aboard the Tunica Queen luxury riverboat are also available, as are 30-minute airboat cruises across the Mississippi River. For more information, call 866-805-3535 or visit www.tunicaqueen.com.
Get a feel for the history of Tunica County at the Tunica Museum (662-363-6631 or www.tunicamuseum.com) and the Tate Log House (south of casinos on Highway 61 or call
662-363-6631) near the historic downtown area.