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Churchill Downs

700 Central Avenue, Louisville, KY 40208-1200 (South Side)
502 636 4400
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Ranked #8 of 78 attractions in Louisville
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Horse Tracks, Historic Sites
Description: This beautiful racetrack has been the home of the Kentucky Derby since 1875.
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Seymour, Indiana
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66 reviews 66 reviews
15 attraction reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 25, 2014 NEW

I loved being able to wear a big hat. The derby was clean and very high energy. I won a little bit of money.

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Atlanta, Georgia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 24, 2014 NEW via mobile

Unbelievably fun. Kids club for your children, many food selections, races are all day long. Great for family fun. 👪

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Cambridge, Minnesota
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17 reviews 17 reviews
3 attraction reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 24, 2014 NEW

Ok so sometimes family vacations with a lot of driving with your mom can make your teenagers less than excited to get up early to go see a horse track. However, Churchill Downs is a piece of history so we were definitely going! Reading the other reviews I wanted to do the barn tour but we didn't have reservations so... More

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Saint Louis, Missouri
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22 reviews 22 reviews
14 attraction reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 24, 2014 NEW

Went on a family day, but still found that my 2 year old son didn't have much that he was big enough to do. The place is massive and is a marvel to just take in the size of the facilities. We stayed for 5 of the 10 races, and placed several losing wagers on the races. Had a mint... More

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Pawnee, Illinois
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68 reviews 68 reviews
19 attraction reviews
19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 24, 2014 NEW

The free tour that comes with the Kentucky Derby Museum admission was interesting but a little short. I would definitely pay for the other tours available. We arrived late in the day so we were not able to take part in them.

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Bedford OH
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12 reviews 12 reviews
4 attraction reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 24, 2014 NEW

Churchill Downs, the Kentucky Derby - American classics. Just had to go there, watch a few races and have a Mint Julep. I think it might be illegal to visit Louisville and not go to Churchill Downs. Nice facility - very clean.

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Cleveland, Ohio
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10 attraction reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2014 NEW

When we arrived we had just missed the barn tour, which I was pretty bummed out about but we still got to see Churchill Downs and all of its glory on a different tour! You could tell the tour guide and other staff members loved their jobs! I even got teary eyed listening to the stories they told of some... More

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Chattanooga, Tennessee
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77 reviews 77 reviews
19 attraction reviews
38 helpful votes 38 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2014 NEW

We visited Churchill Downs on a recent Saturday. I am really not a huge racehorse fan and to be honest, I don't know that I have ever watched a whole Kentucky Derby on TV before, but I really did enjoy this place. They have a Kentucky Derby Museum there and admission is about $14 for an adult. It includes a... More

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Northfield, OH
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41 reviews 41 reviews
16 attraction reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2014 NEW

We arrived at 8am for the first tour. We took the smaller one. They walked us through the courtyard where the horses are staged and where the bets are taken outside. Our tour guide was very knowledgeable of the history of the derby. If you take the early tour you can see the horses train on the track. That was... More

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Greensboro, North Carolina
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20 reviews 20 reviews
8 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2014 NEW

After watching the derby on TV for many years, it was great to be able to see where the derby takes place live.

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