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Prairie Meadows

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1 Prairie Meadows Dr, Altoona, IA 50009-2115
+1 800-325-9015
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Very good food at AJ's.

The food was wonderful and it was so exciting to be able to watch horse races from all over the... read more

Reviewed 2 weeks ago
Risata1951
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Jones, Oklahoma
Don't expect to win

My husband and I go through Altoona about 6-8 times a year, very seldom do we win. My husband won... read more

Reviewed 2 weeks ago
pigtails65
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Cedar Rapids, IA
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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.
  • Excellent29%
  • Very good40%
  • Average17%
  • Poor8%
  • Terrible6%
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“horse races” (21 reviews)
“live racing” (5 reviews)
“triple crown” (5 reviews)
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1 Prairie Meadows Dr, Altoona, IA 50009-2115
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+1 800-325-9015
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

The food was wonderful and it was so exciting to be able to watch horse races from all over the country while enjoying a luscious meal. Service was great also!

Thank Risata1951
Abbey E, Marketing Coordinator at Prairie Meadows, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

Thank you for dining with us! We're glad you enjoyed the races, your meal, and the service. We look forward to your next visit!

Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

My husband and I go through Altoona about 6-8 times a year, very seldom do we win. My husband won once. The slots are super duper tight! Last time, my husband was lucky enough to break even! We don't plan on coming back.

Thank pigtails65
Abbey E, Marketing Coordinator at Prairie Meadows, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

Thank you for visiting. Unfortunately, we can't guarantee a jackpot for everyone, but our payback percentage is comparable to other Iowa casinos. You can view the payback percentages by visiting https://irgc.iowa.gov/document/casino-payback-percentages. We hope you give us another try.

Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We spent some time at this casino recently and enjoyed the atmosphere, the variety of slots and the friendly staff. What we didn't enjoy was the low rate of payback we experienced. It may be that we were playing the wrong machines or just not...More

Thank daleccccc
Abbey E, Marketing Coordinator at Prairie Meadows, responded to this reviewResponded 2 weeks ago

Thank you for visiting us and taking the time to review our property. We're sorry to hear about your luck and hope you give us another try.

Reviewed 24 July 2017

what a great entertaining place to meet with friends....the horse races, restaurants, casino, the bands...EVERYTHING!!! It never disappoints!!

Thank Mary S
Abbey E, Marketing Coordinator at Prairie Meadows, responded to this reviewResponded 24 July 2017

Thank you for coming out! Our goal is to be the best entertainment destination around, and are glad you enjoy all of the entertainment options we have to offer. We look forward to your next visit!

Reviewed 21 July 2017

The facility is nice but couple years ago they started programming the slots for the lowest possible payouts. You simply can't win squat now. They claim they have the "highest percentage" but if you play a two dollar pull and get 3 cents it's considered...More

Thank lilwolffy
Abbey E, Marketing Coordinator at Prairie Meadows, responded to this reviewResponded 26 July 2017

Thank you for visiting. We are sorry to hear about your luck. Please note our payback percentages are comparable to other casinos in the state. You can view them by visiting the Iowa Racing and Gaming Commission website. We hope you give us another try.

Reviewed 17 July 2017

This is a popular, once a year event at the race track/casino. Plan to be early as it fills up quickly leaving standing room only indoors and out. Amenities look great if only we new what was what. Few employees to guide you through the...More

Thank allbeers
Abbey E, Marketing Coordinator at Prairie Meadows, responded to this reviewResponded 24 July 2017

Thank you for joining us for Camel, Zebra, and Ostrich races! We are glad you had fun and appreciate your feedback for future events. We hope to see you again soon.

Reviewed 17 July 2017

We went to Prairie Meadows today because they advertised that this was a "family day" with camel, zebra, and ostrich races. But unfortunately, there was no place for anyone under the age of 21 to watch the races except outside . . . fifteen people...More

Thank GrandStayAmes
Abbey E, Marketing Coordinator at Prairie Meadows, responded to this reviewResponded 24 July 2017

Greetings. Thank you for joining us for Camel, Zebra, and Ostrich races. We understand your frustration with the large crowds. Novelty races are some of our most popular events and we do our best to communicate the importance of arriving early to get the best...More

Reviewed 14 July 2017

We spent 2 days here in June and stayed at the casino hotel. Loved the hotel and the staff there, but not the bartenders in the casino itself. Every single bartender we ordered drinks from was as rude as they could be. We travel a...More

Thank Lisa K
Abbey E, Marketing Coordinator at Prairie Meadows, responded to this reviewResponded 24 July 2017

Thank you for staying with us. We are very sorry to hear about this happening at our casino bars. We constantly strive to provide our guests with the best customer service around. I have passed along your comment so we can address these concerns with...More

Reviewed 13 July 2017

Have to come early as every spot will be filled. Nice fireworks display. Lots of adult fun. Spend lots of time on the horse race betting.

Thank 881lizp
Abbey E, Marketing Coordinator at Prairie Meadows, responded to this reviewResponded 18 July 2017

Thank you for joining us for fireworks and live racing! We're glad you had fun and hope to see you again soon.

Reviewed 6 July 2017

I've been coming for the past year at different times, some of the staff at night will speak and others after you speak just to say hi because they are staring will not speak but just stare at you which I think is rude. Kind...More

Thank Malcolm N
Abbey E, Marketing Coordinator at Prairie Meadows, responded to this reviewResponded 11 July 2017

Thank you for visiting us. We are sorry to hear about your experience with some of our staff. We constantly strive to provide our guests with the best customer service around, and it looks like we failed to do that for you. We value your...More

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CRB78
6 July 2017|
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Response from riderhorse | Reviewed this property |
Around 10:30 pm
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Meghan M
1 March 2015|
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Response from Guitarjess | Reviewed this property |
At the times of the year races happen, they go until about 11pm.
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