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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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Like a pilgrimage

If you love horse racing, you must go to Churchill Downs. We went to the Racing Museum, and I wished we'd gone for the early tours. In the morning, you can watch the... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed May 20, 2015
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Euless, Texas
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Euless, Texas
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27 reviews 27 reviews
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8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 20, 2015 NEW

If you love horse racing, you must go to Churchill Downs. We went to the Racing Museum, and I wished we'd gone for the early tours. In the morning, you can watch the thoroughbreds working. Our tour guide was excellent, and the self-guided tour of the museum itself was fun and informative.

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Leitchfield, Kentucky
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 20, 2015 NEW

Churchill Downs is a beautiful place and, of course, world famous for the Kentucky Derby in May of each year. If you love horses. it is a "must see" place. People come from all over the world to enter their fastest horses in the derby plus celebrities are all over the place!!!!

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Chicago, Illinois
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35 reviews 35 reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 20, 2015 NEW

Took a overnight trip for Churchill's Thursday twilight racing. It was a beautiful evening at a historic place. Really enjoyed the evening racing and the crowd. Nice laid back place with world class racing. Got in free with my Twin Spires elite card but, I believe it was only $3-5 for others. Hung out in the paddock on a nice... More 

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Louisville, Kentucky
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7 reviews 7 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 20, 2015 NEW

Historic and great place to go ... while they are racing ... and while they are not. We especially love the Oaks, Derby and Friday nights everns.

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Louisville, Kentucky
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 20, 2015 NEW

The atmosphere is wonderful and the horses run like gazelles. I was able to walk around the facilities and watch the horses as they prepared them for there up coming race. It is something that everyone should put on the bucket list.

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Atlanta, Georgia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 20, 2015 NEW

Had the unique opportunity to join friends in a box at the 2015 Kentucky Derby. The box sat on turn one and was one of the better sports/cultural activities I have ever had the privilege to partake in. The venue itself is a perfect mix of the past (many of the betting windows appear to have been their for decades),... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 19, 2015 NEW

I'm not a gambler,a mint julep drinker or a hat wearer but still enjoyed the day at Churchill Downs. We were there on the same day the Preakness was run at Pimlico They showed it on the big screen at Churchill. We were inside for most of the day with a full buffet available for about four hours, all the... More 

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Louisville, Kentucky, United States
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed May 19, 2015 NEW

I had lunch in the Silks room. Very overpriced burger served by a very rude bartender. Next time I eat before I go to the track.

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Herndon, Virginia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 19, 2015 NEW via mobile

A day at Curchill Downs can get a bit pricey. $20 to park each car, $3 to enter, $3 for a daily 'program' (AKA a Tip Sheet), $8 for a sandwich...you get the idea. But if you can get box seats near the finish line, you are in for a real treat. Try to sit in level 3 - the... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 19, 2015 NEW

Greeted by women with Derby hats and samples of Derby pie. The museum was simply fantastic with lots of interactive exhibits. I did both the Barn and Backside tour and the Behind the Scenes tours. Both had excellent tour guides who were very informative. However the main lights were turned off through the whole building and it was difficult to... More 

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