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

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 23, 2014 NEW

So much fun! There is so much history here. We didn't even go on a tour & still had the best time! Every time I'm in Louisville, this will be a must!

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Baltimore, Maryland, United States
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6 attraction reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 18, 2014 NEW

We first arrived in the parking lot of Churchill Downs, parked our car, and were immediately greeted by a golf cart shuttle. We told the driver it was our first time, and he offered us free admission tickets. We made our way to our seats, helped along the way by a very attentive staff. The atmosphere was absolutely electric despite... More 

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14 attraction reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 16, 2014

No other way that can be explained if you are not a fan. Horses, bourbon wine and amazing food. Even better when you need a guide. I am the man... contact me through trip advisor only!!

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Willard, Missouri, United States
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10 reviews 10 reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 15, 2014

We went to see the horse races. We did not take the tour. We just went in to see the races. The staff was very helpful in showing us where to go and explaining what was happening. We asked a lot of questions. Then once the races started, we just sat back and watched. We had fun trying to guess... More 

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Washington DC, District of Columbia
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38 reviews 38 reviews
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14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 10, 2014

Churchill Downs is a race track. That's the short of it. The long of it is that if you have a guided tour with an expert at the grounds, you'll really learn about all aspects of the race itself. You'll see the plaques of every horse that's won the Derby, hear about the special stables, the most famous jockeys, and... More 

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Leitchfield, Kentucky
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 9, 2014

This Thanksgiving we did something different; a day at historic Churchill Downs in Louisville Ky. For an inclusive price, we were treated to an afternoon of horse racing (betting on the ponies is at your own expense) & a wonderful buffet (and mom didn't have to cook). Our table was in The Triple Crown Room, one of several areas set... More 

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Bush, Louisiana
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3 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 9, 2014

Pictures do not do this place justice. I never expected to see this kind of beauty. Absolutely stunning.

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Hayward, Wisconsin
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47 attraction reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 6, 2014

As soon as you see the steeples, you feel you are entering a part of history! The museum is a great experience for racing fans...seeing he legends of horse racing running like the champions they are. BUT make sure you take the early morning tour to the "backstage" of the operations of caring for and working these beautiful horses. We... More 

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Saint Louis, Missouri
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8 reviews 8 reviews
5 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 4, 2014

There is horse racing over Thanksgiving at the hallowed Churchill Downs! We decided to go the Friday after Thanksgiving, since it was half the price. We bought lunch tickets for the Skye Terrace. Skye Terrace is five floors up looking down on the race track. The buffet lunch was spectacular. The atmosphere is amazing. Every 30 minutes I went to... More 

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Louisville, Kentucky
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 3, 2014

Great for horse racing fans. The place has a lot of tradition and new additions, too. The new video screen is amazing. It is huge and very clear. Just a great place to spend the afternoon. Or if you prefer, the night racing under the lights is fun, too. They only do a few of these a meet, so be... More 

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