Location: 77 Sands Boulevard; Bethlehem, Pennsylvania 18015
Driving Distance: 85 miles west of New York City, 50 miles from Philadelphia
Open Since: Opened in 2009 after a delay
Hotel Accommodations: 300 hotel rooms scheduled to expand and will also include a planned 1,200 loft apartments.
The Sands Casino Resort in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania was granted one of 5 licenses granted for a stand-alone casino in 2006 with the casino slated to open on the old Bethlehem Steel property in 2008. There were some delays however and the casino ended up opening its doors in the second quarter of 2009.
It currently features 300 guest rooms in the hotel part of the resort and boasts a whopping 139,000 square feet of casino floors comprised of slots games. Future plans include expanding the hotel accommodations as well as adding 1,200 loft apartments, and a complete shopping complex. The theme of the casino is an industrial theme.
Presently you will find 7 notable restaurants including:
- Emeril’s Chop House
- St. James Irish Pub and Carvery
- The Market Gourmet Express
- Cobalt Café
- International Food Buffet
These restaurants offer a wide variety on their menus with enough different selections to satisfy any appetite. Bus services are presently available from key locations in New York, Philadelphia and New Jersey and they are encouraging more bus operators to register their service with the resort so that they may expand the service in the future to other areas.
The resort like most other casinos offers a wide variety of entertainment selections so for those who don’t necessarily want to gamble, you’re sure to find plenty to do even though the entire resort is not yet completed at the time of this writing. Once it is complete, in addition to the loft apartment expansion, the owners of the property are adding a complete shopping area for those who wish to do so that will be called The Shoppes at Sands that will include a variety of different retail stores.
The site sits on a total of 126 acres which allows plenty of room for the resort to expand. They have already donated a portion of the property to ArtsQuest who will be building a 3,500 seat theater and there will also be the National Museum of Industrial History located on the property, which will honor Bethlehem Steel.
For those who want to perhaps get away from the casino for a while, the local area is known well for its 39 different parks, and the well-known Musikfest that attracts more than a million people every year to the 10 day event. The city is also the home of the Southside Film Festival, which is a non-competitive film event and NEARfest, a highly popular 3 day progressive rock music event.
So if you want to get away for a while and have a good time while you’re doing so, the Sands Casino resort in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania is a good choice for some place to relax and to get out and have some fun too.