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Churchill Downs, Louisville

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The thoroughbred racetrack Churchill Downs is famous for hosting the Kentucky Derby. This arena, which opened in 1875 and can hold up to 120,000 people, has also hosted the Breeder's Cup eight times and features live racing on weekends. This site is home to the Kentucky Derby Museum, where you can learn about the arena, horse racing, and even watch the film "The Greatest Race" in a 360-degree movie theater. A visit to Churchill Downs represents just the start of the adventure when you use our Louisville vacation planner to plot your vacation.
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  • Anyone who is familiar with the Kentucky Derby should enjoy this tour. It begins with a great 360 movie about the race. This is followed by a tour of the facility with lots of information on the facul...  more »
  • Went as a Mother's Day event. Had a great time. Nothing expensive. Just sat in the bleachers and enjoyed the racing and atmosphere and also the beer is very good on hot day. Kids got to pet the horses...  more »
  • If you have any health condition, this is not the place to be. The staff and facilities are ill prepared for medical emergencies; there are no first aid trained employees, I saw no defribrillators, no...  more »
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  • Loved my time here...Stayed in Louisville for a few days on a short working vacation. Had so much fun the first day I had to return a second time before I left. The history and atmosphere are something everyone should experience even if you are not into horse racing. I definitely hope to be able to return someday and would be even better to catch a big race...who know maybe the Kentucky derby one day! Its on my bucket list
  • We are not big fans of the Kentucky derby but our whole family enjoyed the tour and learning about the racing and the history. It was also fun to see where the horses are trained and see what goes into the whole thing! Highly recommend this to anybody even though we would probably not do it again. It was great for a one time visit!
  • Churchill Downs is an elegant, historic place that is always a fun time with friends! Food and drinks can be pricey, so check it out on a dollar beer night. The biggest complaint is that there is no recycling onsite, and the vendors won't even let you use the same cup for your beers. This is way behind the times, and the management needs to get with the program when it comes to sustainability.
  • I have only had the chance to get here one time but it was a great race a group of us attended.
  • Place for Kentucky derby! I went in 1973 and witnesses the great Secretariat run the 1 1/4 mile in record time of 1.59 .25 and that record stands even today! The Oaks and Derby days are the best, and the pomp and show and mint julep drink and my ole Kentucky song all are traditions of Derby day and even today the same the glamour exist. Enjoy the king of sports at Churchill down!