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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. Choose to start, finish, or center your holiday on a trip to Churchill Downs by using our Louisville online holiday planner.
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  • Our tour guide was very knowledgeable of the Churchhill downs. We learned a lot a great history about the area. Even if you’re not a racing fan, it was great to learn how it all began. It was great...  more »
  • We had Bob as our tour guide, he was awesome! I highly recommend spending the $$ on the Morning Works Golf Cart and Walking Tour. I believe we saw everything plus the horses during their morning work....  more »
  • We made reservations in the Stakes Room for a group of 20 co-workers as a celebration day trip. The reservation process was very easy and we even had to move our date a week. The hostess and wait...  more »
  • We took the tour here and it was an amazing experience. It was well worth the money to see the history and the legend behind the Kentucky derby. If you are ever in Louisville I would stop by and take the tour. You would not regret it. The ladies giving the tour were also the best in the business and were super professional. Good job!
  • It’s one of the best things about being a Kentuckian is visiting Churchill Downs. It’s a great track with a lot of possibilities in terms of seating and experiences. I have been here dozens of times. I’ll definitely be back because of all the memories and experiences that I’ve had. I highly recommend if you’ve never been to Churchill.
  • Walk in and there is information to get tickets. You can watch a 30 minute about the KENTUCKY derby which was fun. We went on walking tour very interesting. Brought you very close to the track. Learn all about the racetrack. Museum and gift shop were good
  • I was really impressed. A beautiful place with a lot of history. A very well designed museum and put tour guide Barry was super informative, charming and clearly very passionate about the Derby. I'm not even a huge horse racing fan but had a great time and came away with a greater appreciation for the sport. They also serve mint julips and bourbon flights. A good amount of interactive exhibits. A cool 360 degree movie experience and pretty good food at the cafe.
  • We were on a trip & had a great time here. Saw some beautiful race horses out for a few fun runs & toured the museum underneath the grandstands. Fantastic place with gorgeous displays of the ladies fashions in various decades of races. So glad we went!!!!

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