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Churchill Downs

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Address: 700 Central Avenue, Louisville, KY 40208-1200
Phone Number: 502 636 4400
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Description: This beautiful racetrack has been the home of the Kentucky Derby since...
This beautiful racetrack has been the home of the Kentucky Derby since 1875.
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I visited Churchill Downs and thought the museum, staff, Barn and Inside the Gates tours were all very well done. Lee Ann was the guide for the barn tour. She was delightful and... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed August 30, 2015
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Upper Marlboro, Maryland
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Upper Marlboro, Maryland
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 30, 2015 NEW

I visited Churchill Downs and thought the museum, staff, Barn and Inside the Gates tours were all very well done. Lee Ann was the guide for the barn tour. She was delightful and very knowledgable. Although we only got out of the van at one point, near the track, we were able to see many barns, the Chapel, farriers working... More 

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Columbus, United States
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 29, 2015 NEW via mobile

Great place to visit. ..do it all. We went early morning, had breakfast, sat h horses workout, toured the Downs, made hats at "Hat-attitude". & toured the museum. A full day and we'll worth the time. Learned a lot about the horses AND the track & it's history. Lunch at Derby restaurant was good...try the Kentucky favorites.

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Louisville, Kentucky
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 29, 2015 NEW

Downs after dark is really cool and everyone should check it out when in town. It was a lot of fun even though we didn't win any money.

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Columbia, Kentucky
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 29, 2015 NEW

What else can be said about The Downs. There is nowhere else like them. They are I conic to Lousiville, and if you are lucky the clear blue sky and white steeples will yield some beautiful horses being walked by trainers....better yet, some of the famous jockeys riding in off-season races for practice. Yep, it really does happen. You can... More 

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Arnhem, The Netherlands
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 29, 2015 NEW

You have to love Churchill Downs. Hosting such an old event in a state and city that are 100% thoroughbred minded ensures a great atmosphere through continuous attention to detail and hospitality. The museum is well done and if you are there for the races they come in all flavored from infield to VIP treatment. Happy to have added this... More 

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Berea, Kentucky
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 28, 2015 NEW

Visited this location during Christmas break last year. The museum was great and had interactive exhibits. The tour to the race area was fun and now I will not be satisfied until I have attended a Kentucky Derby

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Morristown, Tennessee
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 25, 2015 NEW

My husband and I and 2 grandsons visited here and loved it! They have a great guided tour that takes you out in the stands and the museum is wonderful. There is a 360-degree film about the Derby and the races that is so good. You don't have to be a "horse person" to enjoy this place.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 24, 2015 NEW

Great tour and amazing history behind it. Spent two days there-one day in museum, the next, tour of the track. A lot of fun.

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Lanham, Maryland, United States
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 22, 2015

Nothing can really explain the electricity of a possible Triple Crown contender. The atmosphere was spine tingling. If you haven't been to a derby, you have to do it at least once.

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Edmonton, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 22, 2015

The derby museum has lots of interesting artifacts...especially the hats! Introduction via a movie before the tour was informative. Great tour guide who knew so much trivia. Wanted to have a mint julep after the tour but were told the restaurant was closed at 3 pm.

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