Area 51 is called Area 51 because it is one of 51 areas the government used to test nuclear bombs and other weapons.
The closest town to Area 51 is Rachel Nevada, where one could stay at the Little A'le'inn, enjoy an Alien Burger, and go on UFO tours.
The Red Hats was an Air Force Squadron at Area 51 that flew Soviet fighters to teach dogfighting.
Area 51 has a baseball/softball diamond at the airbase.
Area 51 was an aerial weapon target range for the duration of World War 2.