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If you’re looking forward to playing the slots or taking your chances at the tables, you’re in luck—Foxwoods and Mohegan Sun casinos are just minutes from Mystic, Connecticut. A huge draw to the area, these two casinos offer travelers everything from luxury accommodations to late-night entertainment. Here’s a basic rundown from our Forbes Travel Guide editors on what you’ll find at these casinos minutes from Mystic.
The Foxwoods complex is home to six casinos, fine-dining restaurants, hotels, spas and state-of-the-art theaters and entertainment complexes. The Grand Pequot Tower is the main lodging option, and the Paragon gourmet restaurant is located on the 24th floor of the tower. If you want to stay as close to the casino floor as possible, Foxwoods’ Great Cedar Hotel sits atop one of the resorts’ gaming rooms. For a more quiet place to retreat to at the end of the evening, head to the Two Trees Inn at Foxwoods located just across the street. For a more luxury experience, check in at MGM at Foxwoods, the resort’s most high-end accommodations. The casino-resort has dozens of restaurant options, ranging from fine dining and gourmet steakhouses, to more casual spots such as California Pizza Kitchen. There are nine different nightlife venues including bars, dance clubs and theaters, and Foxwoods’ eight entertainment venues, which have hosted everyone from Maroon 5 to Bill Maher. You can buy tickets to the shows at Foxwoods online, or when you arrive the resort. For the larger acts, we suggest you book your seats in advance.
Mohegan Sun is located just across the street from Foxwoods. It is the newer of the two casinos, built in 1996 by the Mohegan Tribe of Connecticut. Here you’ll find three casinos, a 1,200-room luxury hotel, 20,000-square-foot spa by Elemis, over 40 restaurants and three entertainment venues, including a cabaret theater. Poker players can hone their craft in the casino’s Poker Room, while kids take advantage of the massive property in the Kids Quest/Cyber Quest family entertainment room. Connecticut’s WNBA team, the Connecticut Sun, play here, as well as major headlining acts, including the American Idol Live 2012 Tour. You can take a break from the tables and soak up the sun on the 17,500-square-foot outdoor sun terrace or get a quick workout in at the resort’s Olympic-sized indoor pool.
The biggest difference between Foxwoods and Mohegan Sun is the size. Foxwoods is a larger complex, with more hotel and dining options, but Mohegan Sun offers more accommodating options for families and nighttime events that cater to all ages.