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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 83 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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Longview, Washington
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25 reviews 25 reviews
8 attraction reviews
20 helpful votes 20 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 22, 2014 NEW via mobile

We toured the downs today and even though we do not follow horse racing it was super. They take you everywhere and do a good job of keeping it lively. Soooo glad we went.

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South Pittsburg, Tennessee
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13 reviews 13 reviews
8 attraction reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 22, 2014 NEW

I couldn't believe how large Chruchill Downs was until I did the tour. Read how HUGE this place is, it will shock you. I loved every minute of it. It would be nice to offer tourist a horseback ride around the track one time for a minimal fee with a paid tour admission. Awww...I can still smell the scent of... More

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Bridgewater NJ USA
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336 reviews 336 reviews
141 attraction reviews
164 helpful votes 164 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 22, 2014 NEW

This was a great stop on our Louisville visit. We took the basic tour of the track and the museum and it was a really fun day Our guide, Bob, was a wealth of knowledge about the track and it history. The track itself, the twin spires, the grandstand, etc., all were great to see in person. The museum is... More

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San Antonio, Texas
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9 reviews 9 reviews
3 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 16, 2014

A tour of the Churchill Downs facilities and museum will warm your heart and you'll fall in love with the horses and their beauty and power. A monument to Barbaro greets you and you sense the majesty of the greatest horse on earth, Secretariat. The stories from the tour guide bring history to this moment. The museum is a very... More

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Jacksonville, FL
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69 helpful votes 69 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 16, 2014

The spires, brick courtyard and groomed infield are breath-taking sights. During racing season, the Downs are filled with families and business groups taking advantage of the great weather and this history-filled track. This is one of those places you feel the need to dress up. During Derby week, big hats for women and sports coat and tie for men are... More

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Washington, Pennsylvania
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290 reviews 290 reviews
151 attraction reviews
94 helpful votes 94 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 15, 2014

Just a so-so track in a neighborhood that is trying hard to renovate itself. Sure this is a horse racing mecca but unless you are here for a major event, the place is just another racetrack.

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Louisville, Kentucky
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5 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 14, 2014

The first few times we had guests visit us after we moved to Louisville, I suggested we do a tour of Churchill Downs . . . and they declined. So I kept waiting for someone to show interest before I went on the tour. However, now I all but insist! There is so much history behind this track, and the... More

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Chattanooga, Tennessee
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9 reviews 9 reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 14, 2014

The tour and grounds at Churchill Downs is everything you would expect of an icon. The tour guide was knowledgeable and fun, the setting and facilities are without compare and the overall experience is worth the time if you are anywhere near Louisville.

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Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
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12 reviews 12 reviews
6 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 8, 2014

Truly an experience! The horses, the races, the spectators, all worth seeing. The food was also very good. I can imagine this is quite different when the Derby happens

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Saint Louis, Missouri
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3 reviews 3 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 8, 2014

Churchhill Downs is a beautiful and amazing place. The staff are so friendly and helpful and smiling. This was our first trip during the actual derby. Very very large crowd but able to get from place to place within the property reasonably well. The mass exodus out of the park after the derby was so impressive...literally we were out of... More

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