Bet on Big Family Fun at Connecticut Casinos Last Updated 4/18
Connecticut’s world-class casino resorts, Foxwoods Resort Casino and Mohegan Sun, are known for grown-up fun. But they also have a not-so-very well-kept secret — unlike many casinos around the world, these casinos really do have something for the whole family, including those under the legal gambling age of 21. As a weekend destination, you can set up camp there and even visit Mystic Aquarium or Mystic Seaport, just a short drive away. But as for the casinos themselves, you should find lots to keep everyone entertained.
Foxwoods Resort Casino
Packed with restaurants, shopping, entertainment, activities and much more, the Foxwoods hotel and casino complex offers great, non-gambling options for everyone in the family. Stay in the Grand Pequot Tower, which has an indoor pool, or the Fox Tower, which has an outdoor pool. In fact, if it’s outdoor fun you enjoy, you can follow the Pequot Hiking trails to the Mashantucket Pequot Museum.
Although you must be 21 or older to be on the casino floor, the Tree House arcade offers classic games for the young (and the young at heart).Or, enjoy some bowling with the kids (before 8pm) at High Rollers Luxury Lanes. For older kids, there’s the Thrill Tower, which drops you more than ten stories in a white-knuckle free fall. And new this year there’s the High Flyers zip line, soaring 350 feet off the ground at nearly 60 mph! Not to mention the multi-level OnTrack Indoor Go-Karts opening this year.
Looking for a less strenuous adventure? Stroll through the on-site Tanger Outlet mall for great deals on your favorite designers. Be sure to set a family meeting place at the famous Rainmaker statue to catch up on your adventures.
Finally, don’t miss the chance to enjoy fantastic family dining, with a meal at Hard Rock Café, Fuddruckers or Junior’s— just a few of the many great choices. And don’t miss the sweet treats at Sugar Factory, a favorite with celebrities and Instagrammers alike, and sure to keep the energy high.
Kids may not be allowed on the gaming floor of Mohegan Sun’s three casinos, but they can still take a peek at Wombi Rock, a three-story high glowing crystal mountain made of alabaster and other imported stone. There’s also a planetarium-like domed ceiling complete with sun, moon and stars and plenty of indoor waterfalls to be discovered. In fact, at Mohegan Sun, the lobby itself is like something out of a theme park.
Check in to the hotel at Mohegan Sun, where both the Earth Tower and the Sky Tower have their own pools (and babysitting services.) As for fun, after the kids get waterlogged at the amazing indoor pools, take them to Cyber Quest, an arcade that’s perfect for all ages. If a little time apart is what you crave, KidsQuest is a 15,000 square-foot activity center where children aged 6 weeks to 12 years old can play safely while being watched by licensed staff members trained in CPR and first aid.
For a family meal, there’s no shortage of choices at Mohegan Sun, including Johnny Rockets, Summer Shack and even an outpost of New Haven’s original Frank Pepe Pizzeria Napoletana, consistently voted America’s best pizza. For dessert, kids will love something from TV’s “Cake Boss” at Carlo‘s Bakery.
You could also catch a concert, watch the New England Black Wolves play lacrosse or cheer on the WNBA’s Connecticut Sun at Mohegan Sun’s Arena. And be sure to watch out for the animatronic wolves that howl every half hour (or when a jackpot is hit.)
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