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Address: 1 Prairie Meadows Dr, Altoona, IA 50009-2115
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+1 800-325-9015
00:00 - 00:00
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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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People were friendly. Amenities were good as well as cleanliness of the place. Overall good visit & satisfied.

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 17 November 2016
Alicia K
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

My wife and I stopped by to check out the facilities while we were visiting the area. Casino was clean and had all the options of different games and multiple choices of cuisine. The entire area was very clean well maintained. The spring-fall option of the horse track was a nice change to the normal casino scene.

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Abbey E, Marketing Coordinator at Prairie Meadows, responded to this review

Thank you for stopping by. We are glad to hear you enjoyed the gaming and dining options! We work hard to provide the best entertainment experience possible and appreciate the positive feedback. Come back for live racing this spring for even more excitement! More 

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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW via mobile

Slots are tight, drinks are expensive. It's clean. Wonderfully located for shopping and Adventureland. Fun place but don't expect to bring home the jackpot. We go here enough to know that it's not the best place to come home as a winner in Iowa.

Thank JOHN S
Des Moines, Iowa
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1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

If you have any problems with smoking, this is not the place for you. MarcyDiner tantrum scale of 2/5-loud environment, but no screaming kids. The machines make a lot of noise.

Thank init4keeps
Mary E, Manager at Prairie Meadows, responded to this review

I'm sorry the smoke seemed to bother you. We do have many areas of the casino that are delegated to non-smoking, as well as a non-smoking table games area and non-smoking Poker Room. We invest in the highest air quality systems to help alleviate this concern for our guests as much as we can. More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 November 2016 via mobile

I prefer this casino over all in the Omaha metro area. Clean, plentiful games, and friendly staff. Very large smoke-free area. Plenty of food to choose from on site. Worth the 2 hour drive from Omaha.

Thank rnvball
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 November 2016 via mobile

People were friendly. Amenities were good as well as cleanliness of the place. Overall good visit & satisfied.

Thank Alicia K
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 November 2016 via mobile

I actually went with my Mother to play slots. She likes to play pennies, I prefer to play quarters. I go every so often to play. My Mother & brother go more often. My brother really enjoys playing bingo. He likes the slots too. We enjoy just getting out for awhile. We don't go there planning on making it rich.... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 October 2016

We stop every time we come through town. Sometimes we win but sometimes we loose. They always have the latest games. The casino is always clean. Not too smokey and we'll air conditioned. You won't get a bonus very often and we never saw anyone with more than $100 on a machine.

Thank 495tammyh
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 21 October 2016 via mobile

Loud..stinks..air quality not good. Hot in places..cold in others...machines are too close and can not stand and watch your party play. Which Im sure its a marketing thing. Not enough videi poker machines that are different. About all the same pay outs. Nickles you cant win on..only 25cent max..No triple on them either. Too tight.People hit machines and shakes them..Food... More 

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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 October 2016

I live fairly close to this casino, but I have gone to others more and more because I never win much, if any. Went last night, happened to clear $20. That was a good night. They obviously are making BIG profits as the place looks like a gigantic castle. Multiply that with parking and grounds area that would make Yellowstone... More 

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Lindstrom, Minnesota
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 October 2016

Stopped in for a few hours while in the area and gambled and ate at the race track cafe. We appreciated the large no smoking area and the variety of machines. Wife and I played 2 machines for a few hours going up and down in money without loosing anything, We got bored and ventured into the smoking areas where... More 


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