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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 81 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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Ormond Beach, Florida
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25 reviews 25 reviews
13 attraction reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 17, 2014 NEW

Beautiful place with beautiful horses. Went with family & stayed all day. Watched all 10 races and bet on all of them. Didn't win very much but didn't lose too much either. The main point is we had a blast. Great place to people watch too. You see all kinds of sights. When you're in Louisville, make sure you go... More

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Centerville, Ohio
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23 reviews 23 reviews
5 attraction reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 15, 2014 NEW

We had a group of 12 and visited Churchill Saturday during the day. We sat in the Witt Box for lunch-The food was fantastic! Our server, Tammy was lovely! I ordered a Mint Julep- to die for! We tried Pappy 23 year bourbon, which is difficulty to find! Betting on horses was a breeze! Definitely recommend for a birthday/ Girls... More

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Lebanon, Ohio
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6 reviews 6 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 14, 2014 NEW

Plenty of elbow room during the fall meets. Tickets, food, and drink reasonably priced. Well staffed & clean. Horses are gorgeous. Opportunities to socialize between races; football on the big screen also engages the folks in the stands.

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Bogota, Colombia
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15 reviews 15 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 14, 2014 NEW

If you like horses, this is a must see atraction. Take care of parking prices, let your car 2 o 3 blocks away (is a local bussines) and save 5 or 10 bucks... Races are allways espectacular, no matter the date allways yo will have beatufull horses and exiting enviroment. Don't miss it!!

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newport,nc
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14 reviews 14 reviews
3 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 13, 2014 NEW

races are around some weekends, ck. web site. for great time sign up for matt winn dinner which includes reserved table in side and seats undercover at finish line just outside dining room. good food either buffet or order. buffet was $37 per person and stays open a long time.

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North Carolina
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35 reviews 35 reviews
23 attraction reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 13, 2014 NEW

First time at Churchill!!! Loved every second of it! It WAS hot, end of June, temps mid-90's. Lot of parking. We parked at gate 1 because we visited the museum before the evening races. We splurged and purchased tickets to the dinner buffet on Millionaire row, dinner selection was decent and we had access to A/C. Lines to place bets... More

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Simpsonville, Kentucky
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14 reviews 14 reviews
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7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 13, 2014 NEW

We took family to see the downs and tour the trackside and derby museum. Even the 5&6 year old paid close attention and loved the hands-on experience. They all learned something about horses, horse race history, Kentucky AND Louisville during the two hour visit. Tip; you do go outside, track side- so dress according to weather and what you personally... More

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 12, 2014

The race I went to was ordinary. There was vert few people. The place is filled with story and history. I wish I could come back for the Kentucky Derby someday.

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Milwaukee
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28 reviews 28 reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 8, 2014

If you have EVER watched the Kentucky Derby and found yourself yelling 'Run baby run!' then you have to go to Churchill Downs. It's more awesome and inspiring in person than I thought it would be.

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Bloomington, Indiana
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13 reviews 13 reviews
5 attraction reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 8, 2014

A must in Louisville. Lived up to my expectations. The horses are incredible. The rhythm of the event. Fun to people watch. Free parking and the $3 general admission tickets provide a good seating possibilities on a not too crowded day. Will return next time I am in town

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