Washington, DC is within a few hours drive from several casinos and gambling destinations. You don’t have to drive 3.5 hours to Atlantic City to enjoy the excitement of playing slots or blackjack, or betting on the races. Whether you prefer to take a day trip or an extended getaway, you can find a variety of casinos and gambling venues near Washington, DC.
Casinos and Harness Racing
Maryland Live! Casino at Arundel Mills
Arundel Mills, MD. Opened in June 2012, located between Baltimore and Washington DC. The largest gaming facility in Maryland features 4,750 slot and electric table games, including black jack, roulette, craps and poker as well as several upscale dining establishments and an intimate live music venue.
MGM Casino at National Harbor
National Harbor, MD. The resort casino will soon be built at this prime location along the Potomac River in Prince George's County and near Washington DC and Old Town Alexandria. The resort will include a casino with 3,600 slots, 140 table games including poker, a 300‐suite 4.5‐star quality hotel with luxury spa and rooftop pool; high-end branded retail; fine and casual dining; a dedicated 1,200-seat theater venue; and 35,000 square feet of meeting and event space.
Hollywood Casino at Perryville
1201 Chesapeake Overlook Pkwy, Perryville, MD. (410)378-8500. Located a half hour north of Baltimore and about an hour and a half from Washington DC, the casino has 1,500 slots and video poker featuring the latest technology with games such as Rockin’ Olives™, I Love Lucy®, and the Reel Tall Tales™ Collection with Pecos Bill and Paul Bunyan.
Rocky Gap Casino Resort
Flintstone, Maryland. Located in Western Maryland approximately 2 hours from the Washington DC, the award-winning mountain resort has beautiful scenery as well as 550 slot machines, 10 table games, and a casino bar. The resort includes a 200-room hotel, four restaurants, a Jack Nicklaus Signature Golf Course, a spa, indoor/outdoor pool, fitness center, pro shop, and a variety of outdoor recreational activities.
Hollywood Casino at Charles Town Races
750 Hollywood Drive, Charles Town, WV. (800) 795-7001. Located about an hour and a half from Washington, DC, the world-class gambling and entertainment venue is one of the fastest growing destinations in the region. The facility features more than 5,000 slot machines, 85 table games including Blackjack, Craps, Roulette, live poker, Mini-Baccarat and Pai Gow Poker, live and simulcast horse racing, live entertainment and a variety of dining options.
Dover Downs Hotel and Casino
1131 North DuPont Highway, Dover, DE (800) 711-5882. The premier gaming and entertainment resort features 2,600 slots and a full complement of table games including poker. The hotel is Delaware’s largest with 500 luxury rooms/suites and amenities including a full-service spa/salon, concert hall and 35,000 sq. ft. of multi-use event space. Live, world-class harness racing is featured November through April, and horse racing is simulcast year-round. Professional football parlay betting is accepted during the season. Several restaurants, bars/lounges and retail shops are on-site.
Delaware Park Racetrack & Slots
777 Delaware Park Boulevard, Wilmington, DE (302) 994-2521. The gambling facility offers live seasonal thoroughbred racing, year-round simulcasting from around the globe, 2,500 slot machines, live table games including poker, blackjack, craps and roulette, sports parlay betting, and White Clay Creek Country Club, featuring a world class 18-hole championship golf course.
Harrington Raceway and Casino
U.S. Route 13, Harrington, DE. (888) 887-5687. Located near Dover, Delaware, Harrington features more than 1,800 slots, a variety of table games, dining options, first-class entertainment and the excitement of live harness racing. The raceway is one of the nation's oldest racetracks dating back to 1946.
Casino at Ocean Downs
10218 Racetrack Road, Berlin MD (410) 641-0600. The premier gambling and entertainment facility, located just outside of Ocean City on Maryland's Eastern Shore, features 750 slot machines and live seasonal harness racing. Ocean Downs Racetrack offers night racing and draws some of the biggest audiences for harness racing in the U.S.
Horse Racing in Maryland and VirginiaPimlico Race Course
5201 Park Heights Ave., Baltimore, MD (410) 542-9400. Opened in 1870, Pimlico is the country’s second oldest racetrack and serves as the annual host of the Preakness Stakes, the second leg in thoroughbred racing’s Triple Crown and one of the premiere sporting events in the United States. Pimlico features a one-mile oval track, a 7/8-mile turf course and fixed seating for approximately 15,000 spectators.
Route 198 and Racetrack Road, Laurel, MD. (301) 725-0400, (410) 792-7775. Laurel Park, the sister track to Pimlico, opened in 1911 and features a 1 1/8 mile oval track and a one mile turf course with fixed seating for approximately 5,000 spectators.
6336 Rosecroft Drive, Fort Washington, MD (301) 567-4000. The 5/8-mile racetrack located near Washington, DC offers live harness racing year-round. Emerging from bankruptcy, the raceway is under the new ownership and is open seven days a week.
10515 Colonial Downs Parkway, New Kent, VA. Colonial Downs is Virginia’s only pari-mutuel horse racetrack. It is located off of I-64 between Richmond and Williamsburg. The track features a summer thoroughbred racing season, a fall harness racing season, and year-round special events.