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Churchill Downs

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Address: 700 Central Ave, Louisville, KY 40208-1200
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This beautiful racetrack has been the home of the Kentucky Derby since...

This beautiful racetrack has been the home of the Kentucky Derby since 1875.

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A piece of history

My husband comes from a long line of horse farm managers, trainers, and farriers, so this was a bucket list visit. Visited the museum, walking tour, and backfield/barn tour. Lots... read more

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22 reviews
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Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

My husband comes from a long line of horse farm managers, trainers, and farriers, so this was a bucket list visit. Visited the museum, walking tour, and backfield/barn tour. Lots of history and interesting facts/details.

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Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

Wow.....everyone should go at least once! Fantastic atmosphere, history and fun. The food was good and the Mint Juleps were fantastic !! Of course there are tons of people but there's plenty of bathrooms and the seats are not too tight. We will definitely return!

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Thank Julie S
Louisville, Kentucky, United States
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Reviewed yesterday NEW

Watch sun come up. Peaceful in a place, you know can be roudy and loud. Attention to details is evident.

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Thank Theresa H
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Great time. Great atmosphere. Tasty food. Easy to place your bet at the machines or at a window. I love the paddock area and getting to see the horses up close. And there weren't ANY rude people. The best!

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Thank Erina D
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Reviewed yesterday NEW

I actually spent my first Derby in my mothers womb. I was told we sat in on the grass on the outside of the first turn....now long-covered with corporate box/tents. AT one point had a streak of 23 Derbys attended and another of 15...and I'm not that old. They are a blast and should be on everyone's bucket-list. The Infield... More 

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Thank Randy Dominic R
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Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

Loved the fashion hats that are worn to the derby. Tried a few on. Some on display from past derby's. Nice presentation of the race history in panorama theater and swivel stools. Energizing. Very knowledgeable guide with sooo much history and facts.

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Thank Ivanka911
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Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

This was my second time here. My friends, it was their first. We took the walking tour and the riding tour. Cost 30.00 for both. Walking tour was great even in the rain. It is a very good way to learn about how the derby started and what takes place. On the riding tour we were able to see the... More 

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Louisville, Kentucky
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Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

Churchill downs is a great location for date night, fun time with friends or business get together. Churchill downs offers general admission seating, box seats and also private suites. You can't go wrong. They have spent a lot of time and money revamping certain parts of the grounds which really looks great. The staff are helpful, the food is great... More 

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Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

Okay....if you're already in Louisville, you MUST do this. It's a great way to spend an hour or two, rain or shine. Been racing there since 1875. So much majesty and history. You can almost hear the sound of "My Old Kentucky Home" emanating from the stands. GO! Even if you don't like racing, the thought of standing where Secretariat,... More 

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Family trip with two teens . We all were very impressed . Very informative . Really makes you want to come see a derby .

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