A Safe & Easy Way To Camp For Free – At A Casino Of All Places! Day 151

Who knew you could camp for free at a casino!

We have stayed at quite a few camping sites during our travels across the country. For many of the nights, we are able to use traditional RV camp sites. And honestly, we have been quite surprised at how many quality clean and nice sites exist throughout all of the states.

But sometimes, especially in remote areas, traditional campsites are simply hard to find. And when they are, we have turned to some pretty cool and interesting alternatives for overnight stays.

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We have stayed a few nights at some interesting and beautiful places, including Fluffy Fields Winery in North Dakota. This Harvest Hosts’ site was definitely one of our favorites!

One of our favorites we use is Harvest Hosts. With it, for a $79 annual fee, we have the opportunity to stay overnight at all kinds of interesting places. All for free.

Overnight Stays Everywhere – And Camping For Free

It has certainly led to some pretty awesome experiences at horse farms, wineries, museums – and even an Alpaca farm. (See : Harvest Host Membership)

In a few days, we will even be using our membership to stay at an Alligator Farm as well! That should should be interesting for sure!

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We are really hoping to get a chance to see a few alligators on an overnight stay soon. But from a distance of course!

But this past week, we found ourselves in a bit of a bind for a few nights in Mississippi between campground stays. Unfortunately, with “snow-bird” season now in full gear, we were striking out with most of our usual options.

And that is when we learned we could stay for free in the safe and secure parking lots of many of the casino’s that dot the Gulf Coast!

staying for free at a casino
We never knew that many casinos offer free overnight parking and camping in their parking lots. They are well lit, and patrolled for security as well.

Camping For Free At Casinos

As we were looking at options to the fill the two gaps in our schedule, Mary happened to discover the casino option for overnight stays.

How It Works

The process is simple. First, we simply pulled into the Island View Casino and parked in their designated lot for campers. After that, all we had to do was walk inside, register our vehicle, and place a registration tag in our window. Yes, it really is that easy, and all for free!

They even offered to shuttle us back out to our camper, and offered us multiple nights if we needed them.

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The Island View Casino where we camped for free. Not only was the parking lot secure and patrolled by their security, the staff was so friendly! (Photo courtesy of Island View Casino)

Even better, we were even able to head inside for an incredible dinner inside after setting up – at a fantastic price!

And one more venue to add to the overnight stay list. Happy Traveling – Jim and Mary.


  • Day 151 of 36, States : 19/50
  • National Parks / Monuments : 20
  • Stayed In : Biloxi, Mississippi
  • Miles Driven : 44.3
  • Total Trip Miles To Date : 16,435.9, Total Gallons Used : 1,182.44
  • Biking Miles : 0.0, Biking Miles To Date : 158.4
  • Hiking Miles : 2.4, Hiking Miles To Date : 340.2

About Our Living Simple Tour

On September 9th, 2019, we set out in our NuCamp T@B 400 Teardrop Camper to travel to every state. You can check out all of our dates here : Dates for the States

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5 thoughts on “A Safe & Easy Way To Camp For Free – At A Casino Of All Places! Day 151

  • February 8, 2020 at 1:03 pm

    I enjoy camping at Casinos as they are usually quiet. There is a book published about the Casinos that have camping and the details; electric, water, fee, free, etc. Cabelas is also a great place to camp free and some have a dump and potable water.

    • February 9, 2020 at 7:46 pm

      Do you know the name of the book?

    • February 9, 2020 at 9:06 pm

      Great tips! Thank you so much.

  • February 8, 2020 at 8:33 pm

    Some casino’s are free and some are not… usually good services even if you have to pay and an opportunity for a new menu at the casino.

    • February 9, 2020 at 10:00 am

      You are absolutely right – lots of food options at a casino.


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