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Churchill Downs, Louisville

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Casino Horse Track
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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  • Was excited to attend this historic course and wager on some horses and their jockeys. Was pleased to see Calvin Borel and horses trained by Todd Pletscher. Stuck around to bet ont he Belmont stakes. ...  more »
  • This was our first trip to Churchill Downs. Beings were not normally part of the horse racing scene, we still enjoyed the history! I'm happy my kids have been exposed to such a tradition.  more »
  • This has been something I have always wanted to experience. Seeing the behind the scenes of this historical horse track was more then memorable. I loved the guided tour we had with Bob:). He was so kn...  more »
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  • I grew up up in Louisville and hand been going to The KY Oaks and The KY Derby for about 17 years now. I feel like the common fan of the track the one that gets the general emission tickets and bares the weather is being pushed out by increasing price hikes in everything from the price of admission to the price of food and drinks. All the while the infield is being cut off in more areas to make more room for even higher priced tickets. I know a lot of older people who used to live to come to the track but ticket prices have pushed them out to never return. A great service could be done by offering the citizens of the great city a better deal than what Churchill is giving us now.
  • This was a fun last minute excursion. We thoroughly enjoyed the video introduction, walking tour, and museum. We just happened to arrive in time to see a race! Then we stopped in the cafe for dessert and mint juleps, our server was kind enough to make a "virgin" version for my son with iced tea. Make time to visit and take in a race!
  • Fun place to visit. If you don't know - there is a dress code it you want 2 be inside. Also if you don't know how 2 bet the horses, there is no explanation. Food is average. Drinks are better but a little pricey. You are a captive audience so to speak.
  • It is so historical and a great place to watch the horses even if you don't bet. The staff is always there to help if you need anything. The food and drinks can be pricey tho. The original older parts show how it was in the beginning and it's cool.
  • Just not something that blows me away. If you love horse racing then, of course this is a cathedral. But, if you are just looking for a day out or something fun to do, there are much better and cheaper places around.