Although the Indiana communities along the Ohio River proudly preserve their past, they have also embraced new developments, especially the introduction of riverboat casinos over the past 13 years.
Five casinos are located on the river between Evansville and Lawrenceburg. Initially required by state law to be riverboats that cruised on the river while gambling was being conducted, all are now permanently docked, with elaborate resorts attached to them.
Indiana’s Ohio River Casinos
Formerly the Argosy Casino, the 270,000-square-foot Hollywood Casino has 88 table games, 41 poker tables and 3,200 slot machines and electronic games. There is nightly entertainment and an on-site hotel with newly remodeled rooms, along with a steakhouse, a buffet, a cafe, a coffee bar and a sports bar.
888-274-6797, ext. 2
Grand Victoria Casino and Resort
Grand Victoria, a five-minute walk from downtown Rising Sun, has southern Indiana’s only Scottish links-style golf course, which has panoramic views of the Ohio River Valley. The casino, on a Victorian-style docked riverboat, has several table games and more than 1,300 slots. The resort has a 200-room hotel with indoor pool; the Grand Theatre, with top-name entertainment; and a buffet, a pub and a steakhouse.
800-472-6311, ext. 4
Belterra Casino Resort and Spa
In addition to its large casino with more than 1,500 slots, a poker room and table games, Belterra Resort has a Tom Fazio-designed golf course, a full-service spa, an indoor shopping promenade with a variety of stores and big-name entertainment in the 1,500-seat Centerstage Showroom. The Aquarium Cafe features a 60-foot-long aquarium, and Jeff Ruby’s Steakhouse offers an upscale dining option. There are also more casual grills, cafes, a coffee shop and an ice cream parlor. The 600-room hotel has views of the Ohio River.
Horseshoe Casino Hotel
Horseshoe Casino’s newest offering is a Paula Deen Buffet and a Paula Deen Gift Store. The buffet is one of several dining options, which also include a steakhouse, a casual cafe, a coffee cafe and bar, a sports bar and an ice cream parlor. The resort has more than 100 gaming tables and 2,000 slot machines, live entertainment in the Showroom, retail shops, a 500-room hotel and a golf course.
Located at Riverfront Park in downtown Evansville, Casino Aztar has slots in all denominations, video poker and 50 table games on a 2,700-passenger riverboat. There is live entertainment seven nights a week; eight dining options, from casual to gourmet; retail shops; a 250-room hotel; and a 96-room boutique hotel.