Location: 777 Harrah’s Blvd; Chester, PA 19013
Driving Distance: 15 miles south of Philadelphia; 84 miles north of Baltimore, MD
Open Since: 2007
Hotel Accommodations: None
Harrah’s Chester Casino and Racetrack is a virtual treasure of great entertainment including of course slot machines, live entertainment like Tony Orlando, Air Supply and countless others, horse racing a lot more. It’s literally a gambler’s paradise, and for those who don’t like to gamble, there’s a lot for you to do too.
The slot floor consists of 100,000 square feet of gaming space with 2,500+ slot machines for those who like to play them. The slot denominations range from 1 cent to $100 for those who are high rollers and with the racing season set to begin in April, there’s literally something to do for almost everyone. Though Pennsylvania’s Governor has recently signed into law the ability for the casinos to offer table games, at the time of this writing (April 2010), Harrah’s Chester has made no mention as yet as to whether or not they will add these games to their offering.
When it comes to racing, the casino offers both live horse racing and simulcast racing. With the live racing, the season runs from April through December and post time is 12:45 sharp. Live racing is available Sunday, Wednesday, Thursday and Fridays. Simulcast racing offers a buffet of choices including races from Belmont Park, Del Mar, The Meadowlands and many more.
After you’ve spent a few hours playing grab some dinner at one of the venues such as:
- Cove at Riverview
- Riverview Terrace
- Temptations Buffet
- End Zone Sports Bar & Grill
Enjoy your choice of a large selection of great dinners on their expansive menus then after dinner hit one of the upcoming shows or head to the End Zone Bar & Grill to listen to some great music from one of the many great bands available locally featuring all different types of good music.
There are plenty of things to do for the whole family outside of the casino property since it’s relatively close to Philadelphia. Things you might want to check out include:
- The famous Liberty Bell
- The Philadelphia Zoo
- Penn’s Landing
- Independence Hall
- Valley Forge
- Camden Aquarium
And there’s a lot more too that’s just too much to list here. You get the idea though. There’s a lot to do so you can bring the whole family and do more than gambling.
The racetrack and casino does not currently offer accommodations but there are several motels in the nearby vicinity just a couple of minutes drive away such as the Best Western and others. If anything, this is probably the one downfall that they might have. They do offer meeting rooms however and can easily accommodate your wedding receptions among other things including the catering end of it with some fantastic food. You need to contact the banquets and sales manager in order to get more information as to what types of packages the casino offers in reference to renting the banquet rooms.
Howard is a writer and a frequent visitor to Pennsylvania casinos [http://www.pa-gambling.com]. He enjoys gambling and is looking forward to the day when table games are legal in Pennsylvania.
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