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Tunica in July - Need Advice

Pa
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Tunica in July - Need Advice

We're planning a trip to Tunica in July..Have never been there...Need advice as to the following:

Best overall hotel/casino for rooms, food, casino & location.

Any recommendations for local non casino restuarants...

Other attractions in area?

Any info or insights will be greatly appreciated........Thanks!!!

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1. Re: Tunica in July - Need Advice

The first thing you need to know is that, for the most part, the hotels/casinos are spread out and its easiest to see the area if you have a car. Harrahs recently closed, so forget about any tourist info you may read about that complex. However, since Harrahs has closed, the other casinos have put on their "A" game, trying to capture those customers. Resorts has been running ads that they're remodeling their hotel and casino, Horseshoe is in the process of remodeling their casino and Gold Strike has changed the second floor of their casino to non-smoking. Gold Strike remodeled their buffet last year. Also,i ts fairly easy to earn comps in Tunica for free meals. If you visit casinos regularly, you may be familiar with the MGM/Facebook game, My Vegas. Currently you can earn comps for Gold Strike on there.

Best hotel will depend on your price range. For convenience, I'd suggest staying at either Gold Strike, Horseshoe or Roadhouse as they are connected by sidewalks and give you some variety without driving. Some folks also walk over the levee to Ballys as well. Another grouping is Hollywood and Resorts are right next to each other with Sams Town right across the highway. You can walk across the highway from one to another. Fitz is quite remote and sits by itself. I would say the nicest hotels are Gold Strike and Horseshoe. The least nice are probably Resorts and Ballys with the rest falling somewhere in between. There are, of course, some chain non-casino hotels as well.

There aren't many choices for non-casino restaurants. I always recommend a visit to the Hollywood Cafe. Its not related to or located in the Hollywood Casino. Also, the Blue and White in the actual town of Tunica is very popular for diner type food. There are a few chain fast food places around as well. Most of the casinos have a buffet, a snack bar or diner type place and some have a steakhouse. I've eaten at all of them over the years at one point and time and would say probably the best buffets are Horseshoe and Sams. One friend of mine, who is a chef, swears by Noodles in Horseshoe.

http://thehollywoodcafe.com/

As for other attractions, there's a very good MS River museum near Fitz. They also offer riverboat sight seeing tours from that location. The town of Tunica has an old fashioned town square with a few antique shops, etc. If you can, I highly recommend spending a day in Memphis if you've never been here to see the sights. Clarksdale, about an hour south of Tunica, is famous for its juke joints, including one owned by actor Morgan Freeman. There are a few other nearby towns worth a day trip if that interests you. Some of the casinos have occasional concerts with big name performers. You'll have to check their websites against your dates. Also, Gold Strike has a Cirque du Soleil style show appearing for a couple of weeks this summer.

Edited: 20 June 2014, 23:31
Pa
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2. Re: Tunica in July - Need Advice

Deb, Thanks, your info is greatly appreciated!!

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You're so welcome.

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If I were you, I would avoid Hollywood casino. The employees, are not very friendly at all. The machines are way tighter, than they used to be there. You will most likely, lose your gambling money quickly there. I would highly recommend, Gold Strike, Horseshoe, and Roadhouse. They all have excellent customer service!

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This isn't the kind of advice you were looking for - but my advice is to take warm clothes! We went to Tunica over the 4th a couple of years ago and it was 98 degrees outside - and I FROZE inside, as the air conditioning was cranked to high! Luckily, I always have a zippered sweatshirt in my car - but I was still cold. And I'm an overweight 50 year old!

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If you are looking for casinos that are within walking distance there are Horseshoe, Tunica Roadhouse and GoldStrike grouped together and then Hollywood Casino, Resorts Casino and Sam's Town within walking distance.

While here you must try the Hollywood Cafe made famous in the song "Walking in Memphis" and with their fried dill pickles. Another local favorite is the Blue and While located in Downtown Tunica.

The must see local attraction is the Tunica RiverPark and Museum. Get an up close look at the Mighty Mississippi.

I hope this information helps. Please feel free to check out our website http://www.tunicatravel.com.

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7. Re: Tunica in July - Need Advice

I totally agree with Deb's post.

The Hollywood has awesome fried catfish and their fruit cobblers are really good too, Their food reminds me of my grandmothers southern cooking,

We enjoy staying at the Hollywood Casino Their beds have memory foam mattresses and are very comfortable.

As far as which casinos have the loosest / tightest slots, I say gambling is gambling and you never know.

Have a safe and fun trip.

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