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Tampa Bay Downs

#39 of 132 Activities in Tampa
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Address: 11225 Race Track Road, Tampa, FL 33626
Phone Number: (813)-855-4401
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Great visit to the Downs!

I had a great visit to Tampa Bay Downs. There was no gate fee or parking fee on the day I went (a weekday), but I did purchase a race program for $3. I also had to learn the... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed January 28, 2015
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Minnesota
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55 reviews 55 reviews
8 attraction reviews
18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 28, 2015 NEW

I had a great visit to Tampa Bay Downs. There was no gate fee or parking fee on the day I went (a weekday), but I did purchase a race program for $3. I also had to learn the wagering system, which is 100% automated, but it is fairly easy to learn. The track itself is very nice, especially on... More 

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Port Jefferson Station, New York
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30 attraction reviews
59 helpful votes 59 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 16, 2015

Nice grandstand and you can also find picnic tables and benches in front of the grandstand on the ground level. You can also step up to the fence to watch the race and horses that are about 150 feet away from you. You can buy food and beverages inside and eat at the picnic tables during the races. TBD is... More 

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Camano Island, Washington
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29 reviews 29 reviews
11 attraction reviews
19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 12, 2015

Had a few extra hours on a recent travel experience to Tampa and took that time to bet the nags at this middle of the run oval. It's a comfortable, uncrowded track in an okay setting. It ain't Churchill Downs or Saratoga but you can still enjoy yourself. Free parking only a short walk to the track and a cheap... More 

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Port Charlotte, Florida
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6 reviews 6 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 12, 2015

TBD always attracts top quality horses and good purses. I just wish the actual building could be upgraded, but given the tough times the industry faces, it will probably not happen. We will still go back for the racing though.

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Crystal River, Florida
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18 reviews 18 reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 5, 2015

Thanks to a groupon we had a great day out at the races. The children love the up close personal experience of the horses in the parade ring and found great pleasure in learning how to study the form of horses in the different races - won some, lost some but had a great time. Considering the amount of people... More 

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Bay City, Michigan
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76 helpful votes 76 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 29, 2014

We wanted to check out the track in Tampa and was really impressed. The track and viewing area are BIG. They also have a poker room with blackjack and 3 card poker . It was hot the day we were there , so we stayed inside in the nice air - conditioned viewing area. NO fee to park and was... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 29, 2014

I love horse racing and this was my first visit to a track out of my home state. Small charming place. Most of the tellers very friendly. Good jocks, some well known trainers as well. Not much for amenities in terms of food choices and seating and inner track video board. A solid choice if you love horse racing.

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Odessa, Florida
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12 reviews 12 reviews
3 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 9, 2014

It was just OK, nothing special. I did not like the food, Might have been good for kids, rides and games!

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Tampa, Florida
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6 attraction reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 29, 2014

This is such a fun time with family or a group of friends. Make reservations and go upstairs for better food at the restaurant, better view of the horses, and better service with bets. When you make reservations, request the tables along the window and nearest the middle. When you do, be sure to remember the name of the hostess... More 

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New York City, New York
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26 reviews 26 reviews
13 attraction reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 14, 2014

This place was so nice too bad they didn't have any live races but it was nice to visit This place is kept clean People were great

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