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Churchill Downs

700 Central Avenue, Louisville, KY 40208-1200 (South Side)
502 636 4400
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Ranked #11 of 73 attractions in Louisville
Certificate of Excellence 2013
Type: Horse Tracks, Historic Sites
Description: This beautiful racetrack has been the home of the Kentucky Derby since 1875.
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Akron, Ohio
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 21, 2014 NEW

We took the stables tour, there were only 5 of us. The guide was very informative. The museum is very interesting.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 21, 2014 NEW

We were in Louisville and decided to visit Churchill Downs. Immediately, the breath taking architecture greeted us as we pulled into the driveway. So much rich history. Barbaro's gave and monument is at the front entrance. We took a tour and were in awe the entire time. Funny how Churchill Downs was the highlight of our trip, that was unexpected.... More

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San Diego, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 21, 2014 NEW

Friendly staff, very clean and organized tours. The Derby Cafe is only open until 3pm. They will let you stay to finish your food but be there before 2:30pm

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Canyon Lake, Texas
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 18, 2014 NEW

We took the Inside the Gates Tour and got to see some behind the scenes places that only the rich and famous get to see. Wanted to do the stables tour but didn't have time. It's very beautiful and there's a lot that goes into making a 2 min race happen.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 18, 2014 NEW

Whenever we have friends or family in from out of town we always like to take them to Churchill Downs. Churchill Downs is so much a part of what Louisville is known for. The tour is very informative for adults and great for kids as well with the interactive area in the Museum.

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Louisville
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 17, 2014

I have been going to Churchill Downs since 1980. I have been to over 20 KY Oaks and Derby's and its always a thrill when the gates open! If you've never been in the in-field for a Derby then I'd recommend trying it at least once. I myself like the 3rd floor clubhouse the best. The paddock area is also... More

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Louisville, Kentucky
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 16, 2014 via mobile

Churchill Downs is a must-see Kentucky experience! Incredible history here that you will definitely enjoy. Don't miss this venerated landmark!

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 16, 2014

The 1st weekend in May is the Kentucky Derbyshire,,people from everywhere come to bet on horse racing,and also to see all the famous people, it is really amazing to be at this event,,I recommend this event to anyone who plan on in Kentucky in May.it's an event that would make you come every year for the Derby

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Louisville, Kentucky
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 15, 2014

Churchill is a beautiful old track and the century old areas are my favorite but the sparkling new additions blend right in. If you can go to Dawn at the Downs, do it! Night Racing is a HUGE party and loads of fun! Of course, everybody should experience the spectacle of either the Oaks or Derby at least once. Don't... More

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Louisville, Kentucky
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 15, 2014

The early tour is a fun time and you see the track from the perspective not many see. The Derby museum is a good way to see the history of the greatest race/2 minutes of racing from the start to present day. If you get a chance to go when the races are running enjoy the atmosphere, fun, noise and... More

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