New Orleans is home to one of the most fun and celebratory cultures in America. From Mardi Gras to the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival, to the world renowned French Quarter and Bourbon Street, New Orleans is best known for its nightlife and rich history.
New Orleans is also a fantastic place for gamblers. With over 20 casinos in the state of Louisiana (4 of them in New Orleans), gamblers have their pick of casinos across the entire state. Because of its geological location, New Orleans is also home to some of the best riverboat casinos in the country offering a fun alternative to your average casino.
The city has seen its share of tragedy during Hurricane Katrina, when it was flooded and heavily damaged. Since then New Orleans has recovered greatly, continuing to offer tourists one of the premiere places to play.
So if you’re ready to gamble in the wildest party city in the United States, grab your good luck charm and a flotation device. These are the best riverboat casinos New Orleans has to offer.
With over 1,500 slots and video poker games, 30 table games, Boomtown Casino is the largest riverboat casino in Southeast Louisiana. Located approximately 15 minutes from the French Quarter, Boomtown originally opened in 1997 and has been one of the top picks for locals ever since.
Not only does Boomtown offer some of the best riverboat casino gambling, it also features five different dining options including the Bayou Market express, Bayou Market Buffet, Oyster Bar, Pier 4 bar and grill, and Asia featuring Chinese and Vietnamese dishes. Open 24 hours a day, Boomtown also includes a nightclub called “Boomers,” for those looking to take a break from gambling to “unwind and get a little crazy.” Keep in mind that the restaurants and nightclubs aren’t in the actual riverboat, but are in the building located adjacent to the casino.
In July of 2012, Boomtown announced their plans for a $20 million expansion which will include 150 rooms, suits, a fitness center and meeting space. The addition will be connected to the existing building and is
Treasure Chest Casino
Located on the west side of the New Orleans Metropolitan area in Kenner, Louisiana, Treasure Chest Casino has over 19,000 games for every type of player. The first thing you’ll notice is the beautiful exterior of the Treasure Chest, carrying all the charm and glitz you’d come to expect from New Orleans. A popular photo opportunity for tourists, you’ll have to weave your way through the crowds to get inside.
There are a few different dining options to choose from including the Treasure Island Buffet, your standard casino buffet menu items included, and the Café Pontchartrain, perfect for those of you looking to sup on authentic Nola cuisine like po-boys and fresh seafood.
Conveniently located nearby is Hotel Kenner, providing some very nice amenities for business and play at very reasonable rates. If you’re looking to spend a lot of time at the Treasure Chest, this hotel makes for a preferred stay.
This article was written by Tyler Thursby, a frequent contributor to Vagabond Summer.