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Prairie Meadows

#2 of 6 things to do in Altoona Features Animals
1 Prairie Meadows Dr, Altoona, IA 50009-2115
+1 800-325-9015
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Like to gamble, watch live races, and have a great time?

Prairie Meadows is a clean, fun, and great place to visit. They have non smoking areas and are... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
Carolyn M
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Omaha, Nebraska
Great Place to stay if visiting for the weekend

Never been to Iowa before and flew in for a wedding for the weekend. This was where everyone... read more

Reviewed 2 weeks ago
Jbos373
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Boston, Massachusetts
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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 good41%
  • Average17%
  • Poor7%
  • Terrible6%
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“horse races” (20 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 1 week ago

Prairie Meadows is a clean, fun, and great place to visit. They have non smoking areas and are constantly upgrading. The live races are exciting to attend and I've done pretty well betting the ponies!

Thank Carolyn M
Management response:Responded 1 week ago

Thanks for the review and we are glad you enjoyed your time out here. We hope to see you again soon!

Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Never been to Iowa before and flew in for a wedding for the weekend. This was where everyone stayed. Rooms were very clean and modern (very impressed); Food was great, Really enjoyed having multiple things to do in one place, casino, horse races etc. Not...More

Thank Jbos373
Management response:Responded 1 week ago

Thank you for your review and we are glad you enjoyed your stay!

Reviewed 2 weeks ago

First visit to this casino. Has a huge selection of slot machines in all denominations. All employees encountered on the gaming floor were very nice and pleasant. Lots of room to move around as well. They also have several dining options and you can also...More

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

Thank you for visiting us! It's great to hear you enjoyed the variety of slot and dining options. See you next time!

Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Don't go to Prairie Meadows. Their slots don't pay out!! I go there alot. I usually lose a thoasand dollars. I don't like their set up in the casino. The people that spend their hard earned money supports Prairie Meadows and all their fancy remodeling...More

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

Greetings, First, thank you for choosing to play at Prairie Meadows. We value your loyalty since we opened, and are disappointed to hear about your frustrations. However, we value your feedback and appreciate you taking the time to let us know how we're doing. We...More

Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

The Casino portion of PM has made some location changes and is disjointed. Slot selection decent but poorly laid out. The Racetrack area has standard simulcast operation and is ok. Live racing helps. Food throughout is pretty average but dinner menu better on weekends.More

Thank RecTrvl
Abbey E, Marketing Coordinator at Prairie Meadows, responded to this reviewResponded 3 weeks ago

Thanks for coming out. You're correct - We have made many renovations. We are constantly striving to improve the entertainment experience for our guests, and are sorry to hear you were not satisfied with some of the changes. If you're looking for a specific slot...More

Reviewed 3 weeks ago

There is plenty of seating inside and out to enjoy the horse racing. The complex is very clean .. The casino area is large and also very clean. There are large no smoking areas in the casino also. They have all the casino games that...More

Thank Treyfus
Abbey E, Marketing Coordinator at Prairie Meadows, responded to this reviewResponded 3 weeks ago

Thank you for visiting us! We're glad you enjoyed King Explosion - what a show! The Sport's Pit on Level 3 is an additional table games area, and we are sorry to hear you didn't know about it until it was too late. We hope...More

Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Prairie Meadows is a beautiful facility with a casino, hotel, concert venue and a horse track. There are plenty of restaurants to eat at too. We went to the horse races and had a great time. It's a clean, and well taken care of facility...More

Thank caweber4
Abbey E, Marketing Coordinator at Prairie Meadows, responded to this reviewResponded 3 weeks ago

Thank you for visiting! We're thrilled to hear your feedback on our dining options, cleanliness, and horse races. We hope to see you again soon!

Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

There is lots to do at Prairie Meadows. There is plenty of seating inside and out to enjoy the horse racing. The complex is very clean which is unusual for a racetrack. There is no smoking in the seating area inside which makes it enjoyable....More

Thank RRH01
Abbey E, Marketing Coordinator at Prairie Meadows, responded to this reviewResponded 4 weeks ago

Thank you for visiting us. We're thrilled to hear all of your positive feedback on our cleanliness, dining options, and variety of gaming options! We hope to see you again soon.

Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

I played VP 2 nights in a row, couple hours each night and couldn't get 1 4 of a kind. That's ridiculous. And when I tried to switch machines it couldn't pay me out because the machine was out of paper. It took them almost...More

Thank biggsy3
Abbey E, Marketing Coordinator at Prairie Meadows, responded to this reviewResponded 4 weeks ago

Thank you for visiting us and providing feedback. We apologize for the delay in providing you with your receipt. Our team is aware of the situation and will take steps to prevent it from happening in the future. We hope you give us another try....More

Reviewed 5 weeks ago

We visit Prairie Meadows Casino and Hotel often. It is a beautiful facility with great restaurants. One of our favorite restaurants in the Des Moines area is AJ's Steakhouse at Prairie Meadows. Great food and great service.

Thank Traveler13333
Abbey E, Marketing Coordinator at Prairie Meadows, responded to this reviewResponded 4 weeks ago

Thank you for choosing Prairie Meadows as your entertainment destination. It's great to hear AJ's is a favorite of yours! We appreciate your business and hope to see you again soon.

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Meghan M
How late does the horse racing go on?
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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