Mohegan Sun casino in Uncasville, Connecticut, has for many years been a bit in the shadow of its nearby neighbor, Foxwoods, the largest casino in the world, which is just a short 15-20 minutes away. However, the completion in 2002 of a two-year, $1 billion expansion project known as "Project Sunburst" marked the opening of a whole new chapter in the competition between the Connecticut casinos.
Not only does the expansion bring Mohegan Sun's gambling square footage to just shy of that offered by Foxwoods, it also adds unique attractions that appeal to gamblers and non-gamblers alike, including the world's largest Planetarium Dome (pictured), a 10,000-seat arena, a 300-seat Cabaret and more than 40 new shops and restaurants, including celebrity chef owned or run eateries such as Michael Jordan's Steak House and Todd English's Tuscany.
The completion of Project Sunburst also means that Mohegan Sun finally has its own hotel. The 34-story, 1,200-room hotel is also complemented by the largest ballroom in the Northeast, state-of-the-art meeting space and a spa.
The Mohegan Sun's original "Casino of the Earth" reflects the four seasons, and as one wanders the circular layout of the casino, the carpet pattern changes from bright spring flowers to summer hues to orange and gold fall leaves to a winter walkway, and the leaves overhead change with the seasons, too! If you can't get to New England during peak fall foliage season, it's fall year round at the Mohegan Sun's autumn casino. In September of 2001, the casino added the similarly circular, 115,000-square-foot "Casino of the Sky," with the distinctive Planetarium Dome and onyx and glass Wombi Rock structure at its center, becoming one of the largest casinos in the world.
Whether or not you're a serious gambler, Mohegan Sun is an entertainment extravaganza that is more than just 6,000 slot machines, table games and horseracing. The resort complex is home to great dining options including irresistible buffets and gourmet eateries, the Wolf Den and other entertainment venues, unparalleled shopping and more. Plus, a Mohegan Sun getaway puts you in the heart of Connecticut, close to dozens of other nearby restaurants, outdoor activities and attractions, including Foxwoods if you're interested in "casino hopping."
Here's all the information you need to plan your Mohegan Sun casino day trip or extended vacation. Good luck and win big!
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