Washington, D.C. is within a few hour's drive from several casinos and gambling destinations. In 2008, Maryland voters authorized the allowance of casino gambling at designated locations across the state. Since that time, several entertainment venues have opened around the capital region to offer the excitement of playing slots or blackjack or betting on the races. There are no casinos in D.C. or Virginia (although horse racing is legal in Virginia). There are also a variety of casinos within a short drive from the capital area in Delaware and West Virginia.
Whether you prefer to take a day trip or an extended getaway, you can find a variety of casinos and gambling venues near Washington, D.C.
Casinos and Harness Racing
Maryland Live! Casino at Arundel Mills: Arundel Mills, Maryland. Located between Baltimore and Washington, D.C., the casino is the largest gaming facility in Maryland. It features 4,750 slot and electric table games, including blackjack, roulette, craps, and poker as well as several upscale dining establishments and an intimate live music venue.
MGM Casino at National Harbor: National Harbor, Maryland. The resort casino is located on a prime destination along the Potomac River in Prince George's County and near Washington D.C. and Old Town Alexandria. The resort includes a casino with 3,600 slots, 140 game tables, a 308-room 4.5‐star quality hotel with luxury spa and rooftop pool, high-end branded retail, fine and casual dining, a dedicated 3,000-seat theater venue, and 50,000 square feet of meeting and event space.
Hollywood Casino at Perryville: 1201 Chesapeake Overlook Pkwy, Perryville, Maryland. Located a half hour north of Baltimore and about an hour and a half from Washington D.C., the casino has 1,500 slots and video poker featuring the latest technology with games such as The Princess Bride, Tarzan Lord of the Jungle, and Sphnix 3D.
Rocky Gap Casino Resort: 16701 Lakeview Rd., Flintstone, Maryland. Located in Western Maryland approximately two hours from Washington, D.C., 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, Jack Nicklaus Signature Golf Course, 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, West Virginia. Located about an hour and a half from Washington, D.C., 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 and roulette, live and simulcast horse racing, live entertainment, and a variety of dining options.
Dover Downs Hotel and Casino: 1131 N. DuPont Hwy., Dover, Delaware. The premier gaming and entertainment resort features 2,300 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 square feet 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 Blvd., Wilmington, Delaware. The gambling facility offers live seasonal thoroughbred racing, year-round simulcasting from around the globe, more than 2,300 slot machines, live table games including poker and blackjack, and sports parlay betting. It also features the White Clay Creek Country Club, which includes a world-class 18-hole championship golf course.
Harrington Raceway and Casino: 15 W. Rider Rd., Harrington, Delaware. Located near Dover, this casino 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 Rd., Berlin, Maryland. 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 area.
Horse Racing in Maryland and Virginia
Pimlico Race Course: 5201 Park Heights Ave., Baltimore, Maryland. Opened in 1870, Pimlico is the country’s second-oldest racetrack and serves as the annual host of the Preakness Stakes, which is the second leg in thoroughbred racing’s Triple Crown and one of the premier 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.
Laurel Park: 198 Laurel Race Track Rd., Laurel, Maryland. 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.
Rosecroft Raceway: 6336 Rosecroft Dr., Fort Washington, Maryland. The 5/8-mile racetrack located near Washington, D.C. offers live harness racing year-round. Emerging from bankruptcy, the raceway is under the new ownership and is open seven days a week.
Colonial Downs: 10515 Colonial Downs Pkwy., New Kent, Virginia. 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.