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Address: 1 Prairie Meadows Dr., Altoona, IA 50009-0901
Phone Number: 18003259015
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Description: Prairie Meadows is the premier destination for gaming and entertainment in...
Prairie Meadows is the premier destination for gaming and entertainment in the Midwest. With more than 85,000 square feet of casino action, we have every game you'll want to play this side of Vegas. Whether you enjoy the latest slot machine or your favorite table games, Prairie Meadows has everything you need to get your game on. Win place or show,there's nothing like the heart-pounding thrill of live racing on our one-mile racetrack. Join us for live Thoroughbred and Quarter Horse racing every April - October. It's pure excitement start to finish. Casino action, live horse racing, a variety of dining options and great entertainment are waiting for you at Prairie Meadows.
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Fun night at the casino

We went here after a long day at the Iowa State Fair. This is a very large casino which was surprising. Smoking is allowed at the casino so be prepared for that. There is plenty... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed August 16, 2015
Kim L
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Naperville, Illinois
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Fort Dodge, Iowa
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3 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 1, 2015 NEW

Lots of fun! Definitely will return when the horses run!!! Staff was great and lots of activities going on! Clean place!!

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Des Moines, Iowa
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 26, 2015

I ate at the buffet thanksgiving 2014 and it was awesome. Valet service and friendly staff. Food was fresh and hot. Only negative was catching wind of the smokers' while exiting and entering. The Marcydiner tantrum scale of 5/5-no screaming kids that day rocked!

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Naperville, Illinois
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 58 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 16, 2015

We went here after a long day at the Iowa State Fair. This is a very large casino which was surprising. Smoking is allowed at the casino so be prepared for that. There is plenty of parking and it seems very safe. There are plenty of large trucks, rigs and large RV's parked in their parking lot too. There is... More 

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Des Moines, Iowa
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 9, 2015

This a great adult and/or family friendly night out. If you haven't enjoyed an evening at the track you really should - it's great fun!

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 7, 2015

This place was great. I never had the chance to bet on the horses but tonight I did. I didn't win but had fun trying. The horses were beautiful. The casino was large with plenty of things to tickle you gambling fancy. So stop on in and have some fun.

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Des Moines, Iowa
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 30, 2015

My Wife and I were looking to go out. Surfed all the hotel/casinos within an hour of home. Found the Stay,Play and Dine deal at Prairie Meadows. Surfed the prices on the web.. Direct reservations worked the best. Clean room. Great service. The Comps on food and play were great. Web deals said $150 for the room. With the comps... More 

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Austin, Texas
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 43 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 30, 2015

Lots of of folks turned out for camel, zebra races. Enjoyed afternoon playing slots - low payouts but great atmosphere. Lots of game choices.

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Nashua
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed July 26, 2015

Had a great room with a comfortable bed, coffee pot and nice shower and the casino and horse racing at the track was exciting

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Grant City, Mssouri
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 23, 2015

We were in the area and decided to check it out! We took the grand kids and they loved seeing the horses. Very nice atmosphere.

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Bako
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 21, 2015

What a fun venue to gamble, drink, and watch the ponies race. My favorite part was the martini menu at the horse track bar. Lots of yummy drinks and friendly staff. It had been years since I bet in a horse and the ladies working the ticket counter were sweet and helpful. I would love to go back when they... More 

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