The state of Louisiana is known for Cajun food and Zydeco music, but Louisiana casinos are helping to add to the state’s reputation. Louisiana casinos stretch from north to south and run east to west in the state. Louisiana became the fourth state to approve riverboat gambling casinos in 1991. The next year, Louisiana approved one land-based casino to be located in New Orleans. Louisiana is also home to three land-based Indian casinos. Visitors to Louisiana are in for a one-of-a-kind experience, and Louisiana casinos are a great way to begin a trip to the state.
Northern Louisiana casinos include Casino Magic, Horseshoe, Isle of Capri, and Harrah’s Louisiana Downs in Bossier City. Shreveport is home to Sam’s Town, and Hollywood Casino. Visit Shreveport on Memorial Day weekend and take part in Mudbug Madness, a festival featuring Creole cuisine, local crafts, and great music.
Paragon Casino is located in central Louisiana in the city of Marksville and is one of the three Indian casinos. Marksville is situated in Avoyelles Parish, which has plenty of historical landmarks like an ancient Indian mound and some Civil War battle sites.
South Louisiana casinos are Harrah’s, Isle of Capri, L’auberge du lac in Lake Charles, Grand Casino Coushatta in Kinder, and Cypress Bayou Casino in Charenton. There are two casinos located in Baton Rouge: The Argosy and Casino Rouge. Coushatta and Cypress Bayou Casinos are the other two land-based Indian casinos in Louisiana. Baton Rouge is the capitol city of Louisiana. Guests can find plenty of entertainment, from swamp tours to art exhibits.
The southeastern part of Louisiana has Boomtown in Harvey and Treasure Chest in Kenner. The two casinos in New Orleans, The Belle of Orleans and Harrah’s, have yet to reopen since Hurricane Katrina. Harrah’s casino plans to reopen February 17, 2006. This will be just in time for New Orleans’s ultimate party of the year, Mardi Gras. There is no official word yet when The Belle of Orleans will reopen. Rivertown in Kenner is located along the shores of the Mississippi River and is a great destination to take in the culture and history of Louisiana. This sixteen-block historic district is home to many museums and art galleries that give tourists a better education of the Pelican State.