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Churchill Downs

700 Central Avenue, Louisville, KY 40208-1200 (South Side)
502 636 4400
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Ranked #7 of 80 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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Iowa City, Iowa
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14 reviews 14 reviews
6 attraction reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2014 NEW

A must see for anyone visiting Louisville. We started in museum and enjoyed the exhibits and film. Our historic tour was led by gal who knew was very informative and friendly. I would love to return again for barn and backside tour, and the racing season!

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Plainville, Massachusetts
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7 reviews 7 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2014 NEW

The Churchill Downs museum and grounds are something you must see in Louisville. Take a day and explore all there is to know about horse racing and everything involved in this sport in a historic setting. Do not rush this visit because you will certainly miss something of interest. It's great to bring the entire family. If you're lucky, you... More

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Alton, Illinois
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25 reviews 25 reviews
7 attraction reviews
28 helpful votes 28 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 18, 2014 NEW

We toured Churchill Downs in the off-season and took 2 of their guided tours. The first one was free general tour of the grandstand area and came with our admission ($14.00) to the Kentucky Derby Museum. You are given a 30 minutes tour around the stand and out to the track. Yes, you get to see the twin spires of... More

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Omaha, Nebraska
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41 reviews 41 reviews
11 attraction reviews
26 helpful votes 26 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 17, 2014 NEW

We enjoyed our time here, spending most of it taking the "Inside the Gates" tour ($11) followed by the Historic Tour, part of museum admission. It was a good complement of tours, seeing things on the first tour inside the buildings that would be closed during offseason or requiring an admission fee during season (the tour is not available when... More

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Menomonee Falls, Wisconsin
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31 reviews 31 reviews
9 attraction reviews
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 17, 2014 NEW

Not normally a tour I would go on. Enjoyed seeing something in person that I saw on TV many times. Informative tour . Fun interactive museum

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Rockwall, Texas
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4 reviews 4 reviews
3 attraction reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 12, 2014

Real Horses practicing for race day. Jockey's stopping to show off for the crowd. I learned that race horses have stable companions in their stalls.

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Milwaukee, Wisconsin
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6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 12, 2014

When we came to Churchill Downs I didn't expect that I'd enjoy it as much as I did. The History of horse racing and the tradition of the Kentucky Derby is quite fascinating! There are many interactive exhibits to explore as well as information on all of the winnning horses dating back to the beginning of the Kentucky Derby! The... More

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Fairfield, Iowa
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 11, 2014

Churchill Downs is a worthwhile outing for everyone. Plenty to see and do for even the mildest horse racing fan. Historic & educational.

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Toronto, Canada
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116 reviews 116 reviews
40 attraction reviews
108 helpful votes 108 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 11, 2014

Had a visit here, on our way back into the city. It was an interesting place, and the tour needs to highlight more. Lasted about 40 minutes, and included a visit to a stable, with two horses, and then a walk to the track. I think that there were other tours offered, out to the paddocks and the like, and... More

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Alabama
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4 attraction reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 9, 2014

We both enjoyed this tour a lot--very informative. Our guide spoke a little too quickly for some of our Southern ears, but she was very knowledgeable and polite. The video presentation at the beginning of the tour is incredible--very dynamic and moving. Worth the time and the money!

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