Discover Why Canterbury Park Is the Most Unique Gaming Destination in Minnesota

Horses On A Racetrack At Canterbury Park

Canterbury Park is taking this thing old school. You can’t really call it a racino, since it lacks slot machines. But you will find Thoroughbred horse racing and table games. So if you can forgo the slots and instead stick adrenaline-pumping racing and the good old table games, check out this race track.

Tracing its roots to 1985, Canterbury Park runs its races from roughly May Day until a week or two after Labor Day Weekend, from Thursday until Sunday. It often totals around 70 racing events per year during its five month season.

Featuring indoor and outdoor seating options, you’re looking at the best seats in the house, whether you’d rather immerse yourself in the grandstand, or if you’re cool with watching from the restaurants and bars lining the track.

Ready for the grand tour?

Let’s get started.

A Look Ahead

Okay, so your primary attraction is the 7-furlong turf course and one-mile racetrack. But as mentioned in the intro, they also feature several fun card games, including all of your favorite table and poker games. But more on that in the following section.

Also mentioned above, they feature several trackside food and drink options, with nine at the venue. You have six total restaurants to immerse yourself in your favorite comfort foods, plus three additional bars for the finest drinks and cocktails while you cheer your favorite horses onto victory.

Canterbury Park also features many card and race-based promotions throughout the season, and apart from horse racing and card tournaments, they feature several spectacular events. So be sure to keep your eye on their event calendar.

They have also partnered with over a half-dozen area hotels, fun attractions for the entire family, and so much more. So if you’re thinking of heading to Minnesota and making Canterbury Park part of your next vacation destination, then this is a post you want to keep reading.

The following sections will break down our overview above and go in-depth. From the horse racing, you can expect quick descriptions of the restaurants and bars at Canterbury Park, and so much more.

Racing and Cards

You’re probably interested in Canterbury Park’s racing, right? Then this is the section for you.

Featuring live, Thoroughbred Racing from May until September, learn how to bet at Canterbury Park before you make your spring or summer trip to the venue.

Closeup of Two Racing Horses

If you’re at the casino and aren’t interested in racing, don’t sweat. They have a card room like you wouldn’t believe. Featuring 24/7 dealing, table gaming at Canterbury Park has become every bit of an attraction as the horse racing.

Featured games include Blackjack, Freebet Blackjack, EZ Baccarat, Face Up Pai Gow, Criss Cross Poker, Blazing 7’s Blackjack, Three Card Poker, Mississippi Stud, I LUV Suite, and Ultimate Texas Hold ‘em.

But if you’re looking for poker and poker tournaments, Canterbury Park has them too.

They have your staples like Texas Hold ‘em, Seven Card Stud, and Omaha Hi-Lo. They also feature mixed games. So if you’re into uniqueness, be sure to try them out.

Classic Meal Favorites and Great Variety of Beverages

Canterbury Park features several dining options. Many of which give a good view of the track or are playing the simulcast so that you won’t miss a minute of the horse racing action.

Best yet, most of the food options featured here provide your favorite comfort foods. So expect concession or classic style staples, and even grab and go.

Chips Express features just about everything, including pick up, delivery, and tableside dining. Their menu includes several fine breakfast options, appetizers, pizza, burgers, sandwiches, and even Far East options like fried rice.

Chips Bar and Restaurant is a great place to find epic comfort foods. You’ll find this one in the Card Casino, and they feature a menu identical to what you’ll discover at Chips Express.

On Level 3, you’ll find Triple Crown Buffet. This solid dining option is your potluck featuring your favorite foods from around the world. Whether it’s traditional American soup, seafood, or even pasta, you’ll find what you’re looking for at Triple Crown. Ditto for the Triple Crown Restaurant.

If you’re looking for classic sides and appetizers, head over to Canterbury Classics on Level 2. Open during racing and special events, it’s the perfect grab-and-go option that will fill you up while you cheer your favorite horses on.

And if you’re looking for a glorified comfort food option, head over to Home Stretch. Here, you’ll find made-to-order burgers, sandwiches, soup selections, daily specials, and more.

As mentioned, they also feature three fine beverage options. So if you’re in the mood for fine crafts and cocktails, you have three dynamic options at Chips Bar, Horseshoe Bar, and Paddock Pub.

Alcohol Bottles on Bar Stand

If you’re looking for a break from the card action, Chips Bar is the place to be. But if you’re looking to sit trackside, head over to Horseshoe Bar. Paddock Pub features the year-round racebook service. So if you’re looking for the racebook, you know where to go.

Events & Promotions

Whether it’s racing promotions or card promotions, Canterbury Park has you covered. The aforementioned links will tell you a little about what’s going on when you make your journey to Canterbury Park.

Check Canterbury Park’s events overview to discover what’s going on when you make your trip to the casino. Events like Snocross National, Twin Cities Summer Jam, and others have been featured at Canterbury Park.

It gives you an idea of what to look for if you’re thinking of attending an event.

Oh, and they also feature several customizable spaces for you to host your next entertaining event. Whether it’s galas, corporate meetings, weddings, or even high-end racing events, the Triple Crown Club has you covered. The Mezzanine is another solid option, featuring a more upscale flair.

They have a 24,000 square foot expo center for trade shows and an additional 60,000 square feet for even larger events. If there’s a trade show coming up and you’re looking for space, consider exposing your business at Canterbury Park.

You can also take your event track level, where you can watch and enjoy the races before or after your conference, reception, event, or meeting. Silks, the Balcony Suites, Longshots, the Clubhouse, and the Wild Horse Saloon all feature outstanding trackside meeting options.

If you’re looking to host an event at Canterbury Park, the aforementioned link will tell you everything you need to know regarding features, location, capacity, and catering.

Family-Friendly Entertainment

Looking for family-friendly entertainment?

Immerse yourself in family fun activities at Canterbury Park. They feature an incredible Pepsi Park Playground that was originally designed for the hit 20th-century movie Jingle All the Way. Kids can also interact with the horses and jockeys.

And they even host family days that include face painting, Pony Rides, and Old Dutch Kids Race the Track.

Racing Horses Running Around a Bend in the Track

Do you need accommodation for your stay?

Canterbury Park’s hotel options include several partner hotels, with the top being Mystic Lake. Located just 5 miles from Canterbury, relax in luxury while you enjoy the casino gaming, dining, entertainment, and more right at the venue.

Mystic Lake features all the amenities like complimentary valet parking, free Wi-Fi, free trolley service, and an indoor pool.

But, you don’t need to relax in luxury if you’re in the mood for a more economical stay. And they feature several economical-friendly options, including Fairfield by Marriott, Americinn Lodge and Suites, Baymont by Wyndham, Hampton Inn, Hilton Hotels, My Place Hotels, Sandalwood Studios and Suites, and the Holiday Inn Express.

Looking for more fun activities to immerse yourself in outside the casino?

Explore Shakopee, Minnesota. This small but vibrant area features attractions like the Valleyfair Amusement Park, Badger Hill Brewing Company, Sever’s Corn Maze, The Landing – Minnesota River Heritage Park, Mazomani Trail, and the Shakopee Brewhall.

It’s a fine place to explore, so be sure to set aside a day or so from the casino gaming at Mystic Lake or the horse racing and table gaming at Canterbury Park to explore one of the finer areas in the Great State of Minnesota.

Canterbury Park Overview

So there you have it, a fine racetrack slash card room hybrid that’s fit for any horse racing enthusiast or serious table gamer.

If you’re into Thoroughbred racing or if you’re just looking for a place to engage in a few poker or Blackjack games, Canterbury Park is where it’s happening.

Along with another nearby hot casino and an exciting area to explore, make a day or two at Canterbury Park a part of your next vacation destination to the Shakopee, Minnesota, area.

And have you been to Canterbury Park? If so, tell us about your experience at the track in the comments. We’re looking forward to reading your stories.