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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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  • October 4, 2017
    We spent five hours here doing the walking tour with an fabulous guide who shared the history and personal stores of this great venue. Learned so much about the Downs, the horses and the background of...  more »
  • October 3, 2017
    What a fabulous time for a first time visit to Churchill Downs. We enjoy the full service in the Stakes Room and met some great new friends from Melbourne Austrailia who are avid racing buffs. They sh...  more »
  • October 3, 2017
    What a wonderful feeling when you walk out near the actual racetrack and see the horses doing their routines. The stands are grand and you can imagine yourself participating at the Derby. The museum i...  more »
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  • June 17, 2017
    I love coming out here every so often to watch the races and have a good time. They offer a little something for everyone - from the Family Adventure Sundays to the Downs After Dark and the party scene. It's a lot of fun to sped time at such an important part of Kentucky history. Food and drinks are a little overpriced. But if you go into it knowing you're going to have to spend a little money, you won't be disappointed.
  • July 8, 2017
    The Churchill Downs is an impressive place full of history and great architectural structures. The Churchill Downs have a museum as well with tours of the derby. The tour takes you into the derby field where the horses run and you can watch the horses while they exercise with their trainers. They also have a big parking area and the seats are confortable. The tour also gives you the history of all the horses that have won and what their odds were. Overall I recommend for anyone of any age to go visit the Churchill Downs. One thing I could not wrap my head around was how the Churchill Downs has house 157,000 people in the past.
  • June 27, 2017
    Drive around back and park in lot 1 at gate 10 for free. Cheap entertainment for an afternoon. It wasn't crowded, so we were able to find seats in the shade at the finish line quite easily. It wasn't as pretty as I expected, but it was still a fun experience.
  • May 14, 2017
    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!
  • June 14, 2017
    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.

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