If you want to take a chance on something really different to do in Florida, try the odds on favorite of many Floridians – casino gambling. You didn't know Florida has casinos? You're not alone.
A legal battle waged by the Seminoles in Florida and then California that cleared the way for gaming on Indian reservations set the stage. The Seminole Indians opened their first high-stakes gambling establishment in December, 1979.
Today, they have four casinos in different locations throughout West Central and South Florida. Their close kin, the Miccosukee Indians, have operated a casino in Miami for a couple of decades.
If you wish to plan your vacation around gaming, each Seminole location offers packages which include accommodations, meals, bingo sessions, and rebates for video gaming machines. The Miccosukee's operate a casino out of their own resort-style hotel and also offer package vacations.
Located west of Lake Okeechobee, on the Brighton Seminole Indian Reservation, the Seminole Casino Brighton is open daily. The multi-million dollar gaming facility features high stakes bingo, over 400 Vegas-style slot machines and a six-table poker room.
Dining can be a memorable experience at the Josiah Restaurant. The American-style menu has a few native items sprinkled in. Crowd pleasers are Rodeo Steak, Gator Tail, Catfish, Mo Jo Pork Chops and Chicken Broccoli Alfredo.
The overall atmosphere is casual and fun with the sounds of the casino excitement!
The Brighton Casino is located at 17735 Reservation Road, Okeechobee. It is seven miles north of Lakeport and 28 miles west of Lake Okeechobee on Highway 721. The casino and restaurant are closed on Mondays. Hotels, campgrounds, and RV parks are nearby.
Complimentary charter bus transportation and prepaid packages are available for groups with advance reservation. A minimum passenger count is required. Bus transportation is available.
Call 866-2-CASINO or visit www.seminolebrightoncasino.com for transportation information, jackpot balances, and additional information.
The Seminole Tribe's Coconut Creek Casino offers over 2,300 Vegas-style slots and over 65 table games, as well as a cafe and bar area. Located on almost five acres of tribal land in Coconut Creek the casino is always expanding.
For further information, call 866-2-CASINO or visit www.seminolecoconutcreekcasino.com.
Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino - Hollywood
The Seminole Casino Hollywood facility was the first high-stakes operation open in the country. In 1991, Seminole Hollywood became a 24-hour gaming facility and has been increased in size to accommodate the increasing number of patrons. Choose from round-the-clock Poker on 48 tables, Lightning Bingo (where you can make a fortune in minutes) and over 2,200 slots. The 12-story Mediterranean-style Hard Rock Hotel tower has 500 spacious guest rooms, including 63 suites with panoramic views.
Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Hollywood is located at 4150 North SR 7 in Hollywood.
Take I-95 to Stirling Road and go west to State Road 7. Call 866-2-CASINO or visit www.seminolehardrockhollywood.com for further information.
Miccosukee Resort & Gaming
Miccosukee gaming provides a thrill-a-minute action within the confines of a 302-room resort-type hotel that also contains a restaurant and lounge and features live big-name entertainment. The 24-hour gaming operation includes more than 1,700 gaming machines, 32 poker tables and high-stakes bingo.
Miccosukee Resort and Gaming is located at 500 S.W. 177th Avenue in Miami.
Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino - Tampa
Tampa's Seminole Hard Rock Hotel and Casino has been rocking the Tampa Bay area for just over a decade. The hotel features 250 four-star standard contemporary guest rooms and suites. The Vegas-style casino features hundreds of video gaming machines, a poker room, high-stakes Bingo and daily random giveaways, drawings and chances to win cash, cars and more!
Seminole Hard Rock Hotel and Casino is conveniently located off I-4 at Exit 5, is situated across the highway from the Florida Fair Grounds and the MidFlorida Credit Union Amplitheatre. It is open 24 hours a day. Call 866-2-CASINO or visit www.seminolehardrocktampa.com for further information.