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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 60 Attractions in Louisville
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Historic Sites, Horse Tracks, Casinos & Gaming
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Owner description: This beautiful racetrack has been the home of the Kentucky Derby since 1875.

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Hamel
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44 reviews 44 reviews
26 attraction reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 26, 2014 NEW

Something for everyone here! Start with a movie presentation. See the exhibits, including life size horse statue with tack and horseshoe rose winner's wreath. Recently there was a Breyer horses traveling display. Fun also is being able to sit on the back on a horse and view a screen to give the illusion of riding in the Derby! Tour the... More

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Boston, Massachusetts
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40 attraction reviews
97 helpful votes 97 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 25, 2014 NEW

While visiting Louisville we decided to tour Churchill Downs, the home of the Kentucky Derby. We were welcomed upon entering this hallowed space and after paying a relatively modest admission fee of $13.00 were directed to a room to watch a 15 minute (360 degree) video of the derby. The video was professionally done and provided background for our tour.... More

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Clearwater/Tampa Bay Florida
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39 helpful votes 39 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 21, 2014 NEW

We were in Louisville for a couple of days and knew we had to stop here. This is a beautiful track - although this time of year does not compare to the spring and summer. It was very cold the day we where there and that may have contributed to the place being empty. Seating is mostly outdoors and it... More

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Washington DC, District of Columbia
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73 reviews 73 reviews
13 attraction reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 20, 2014 NEW

I visited with local friends and it was entertaining and fun. The races run every 30 minutes or so and you can go down to the display paddock to see the horses pre-race and the jockeys come out to mount up. (The jockeys work all day, just changing out the horses for each race). I also liked hearing the trumpet... More

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Ballwin, Missouri, United States
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 19, 2014

First time my wife and I have ever been to Horse Races. Loved churchill Downs. It's beautiful, and everyone there was willing to explain how things worked and help with our day. We didn't bet a lot but we had fun and I think we actually won a little bit of money.

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Hawley, Pennsylvania
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25 helpful votes 25 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 19, 2014

I was in Louisville for a conference but got to visit Churchill Downs on an off day (no racing). That turned out great because we got a full tour of the racetrack from a knowledgeable guide. I have been watching the Kentucky Derby for 55 years and the Derby Museum next door is a must see for a Derby fan.

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Abilene, Texas
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 17, 2014

our group really enjoyed touring Churchill Downs with Em as our tour guide. We also enjoyed lunch at the restaurant here. I recommend this attraction to anyone visiting Louisville.

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20 helpful votes 20 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 17, 2014

Went to the Kentucky Derby in 2013 and it was one of the best experiences. The day was a mess it rained and was muddy and just what you would think enough to ruin the trip. The experience of the historical race, people, atmosphere put that all to rest.

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Boston, Massachusetts
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51 reviews 51 reviews
12 attraction reviews
32 helpful votes 32 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed November 17, 2014

I understand I am voting against the grain here. Let me explain to you why I think the Churchill Downs experience is a 2 star trip with the caveat that I think anyone visiting Louisville should go. I just think you should do it differently than me. First and foremost: DO NOT GET SUCKERED INTO PAYING $14 FOR ADMISSION TO... More

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Kihei, Hawaii
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23 helpful votes 23 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 16, 2014

Fall Season horse racing allowed us to experience all of Churchill Downs without the crowds or restrictions. We entered during the last 2 hours on General Admission tickets and pretty much had a run of the place - including standing at the Finsh Line, lower level, higher level, above where the horses entered, the paddock, museum and gift shop with... More

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