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Address: 1 Prairie Meadows Dr, Altoona, IA 50009-2115
Phone Number: 18003259015
12:00 am - 12:00 am
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Sun - Sat 12:00 am - 12:00 am

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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Clean pretty fun

Prairie Meadows is a good clean place with a lot of options surrounding the casino. They have horse racing as an option and Adventureland nearby and a campground is attached to... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed 2 weeks ago
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Prairie Meadows is a good clean place with a lot of options surrounding the casino. They have horse racing as an option and Adventureland nearby and a campground is attached to Adventureland. I like it I'll come back

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Ankeny, Iowa
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Large private parking lot. A shuttle available from your car to the door. The lobby is nicer than it used to be. Make your way to the casino and it is pretty dated. There is a steakhouse and a buffet available. The buffet is mediocre at best. Honestly, if I never step foot n here again I would be ok... More 

Thank Suzan H
Spencer, Iowa
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128 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 39 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

It was raining, we had not been to. Casino in 20 years so we went to eat at the buffet then went upstairs and played the slots for an hour Or two. Did not win, but didn't loose much either the idea was for some new entertainment.. Service was good and we were treated well by all staff we meet..

Thank Mike M
Fort Dodge
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18 reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We enjoy the casino at Prairie Meadows as the casino is huge and offers a variety of gaming. The employees are very friendly and eager to offer assistance should help be needed.

Thank Sarah S
Valley View, Texas
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

There is a non-smoking area of the casino which is really nice. They have a wide assortment of slot machine games - my favorite is video poker and they had a large selection of those. Have been there several times when I visit Iowa and it's always a fun time. Have had some good pay outs there!

Thank suecarr1111
Altoona, Iowa
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3 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 weeks ago

Very nice casino, however don't expect to stay long unless you have unlimited funds!!!!! I don't expect to win anything but it would be nice to be able to play alittle bit. But going though $100.00 in 30 minutes on penny and quarter machines is very sad. The hotel is nice alittle on the pricey side though.

Thank Blumel58
Olathe, Kansas
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 21, 2016 via mobile

A fun place to go to see some horse racing. The food and beer is pretty spend, but it's still pretty fun. The casino portion is very typical and doesn't seem to offer anything special over any other casino

Thank Adahm F
Warsaw, Illinois
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147 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 20, 2016

We had a great time in the casino and track. Casino is very large (surprisingly so to us) clean and well kept. Floor staff were quick to respond is assistance was needed.

Thank TLC62379
Adams, Minnesota
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 8, 2016

First time here and was anxious to check out the horse racing. That was fun and something different!

Thank 997thanson
Wake Forest, North Carolina
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2016

Went to see the races for the first time and really had a great time. The employees we came in contact with were nice and patient with us, as first timers. The kids had a really great time and liked to see the horses. This was a fun and fairly inexpensive way to spend an evening. The only thing I... More 

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