Today is National Dice Day, a day in which we recognize intimate objects that might have done more to build an entire industry, and the iconic city that goes with it, than anything else. Okay, so the mob may have also had something to do with creating the casino industry and building Las Vegas. Yet without dice, it might have been an entirely different story. Dice has been around for centuries, harkening back to a time when brightly colored paint on a specialized plastic known as cellulose acetate took a backseat to the original dice made of animal bones and wood.
Nearly all of us grew up playing Monopoly, Trouble, and other board games that were powered by dice. For those that never grew out of the ritual, there’s places in Orlando you can still throw the dice around on hundreds of board games both classic and modern. Only here, you’ll also get to savor the perks of being an adult. This includes The Cloak & Blaster, which bills itself as “A Gaming Pub for Geeks.” This allows you to cross off the line item on your bucket list of angering your friends by ruthlessly owning both Boardwalk and Park Place while sipping on hard cider.
For a true, all-around adult experience, you could visit one of the area’s casinos. While you won’t find any casinos in Orlando, just a short drive to Port Canaveral will have you balancing chips and throwing dice while out at sea. With perfect sailing weather coinciding with two cruises today, departing at noon and 7:00 p.m., there’s no better way to celebrate Dice Day than hitting the gaming waters with Victory Casino Cruises. It costs $13 per person to board, with dining packages available. Instead of boating, Central Florida land lovers can endeavor the roughly 90-minute pilgrimage along I-4 to Tampa to experience the Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino. In addition to a full casino, visitors can enjoy fine dining, quality entertainment, and a relaxing spa and salon. So, celebrate National Dice Day today with your two favorite imitate objects, a stiff drink, and a small fortune on the line. What could possibly go wrong?