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Scarborough Downs

Address: 90 Payne Road, Scarborough, ME 04070
Phone Number: (207) 883-4331
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Ranked #12 of 20 things to do in Scarborough
Type: Horse tracks, Casinos & Gambling, Fun & Games
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Type: Horse tracks, Casinos & Gambling, Fun & Games

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Portland, Maine
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 7, 2014

I just recently went to Scarborough Downs with my wife and sun right before the local fairs starting racing. While it is true that the facility is old and dated, we had a great time. A bright sunny day full of Maine State Bred Stakes races. A small crowd. Maybe 500 people on a beautiful sunny Maine day. Watching the... More 

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Hilton Head, South Carolina
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22 reviews 22 reviews
4 attraction reviews
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 18, 2014

It costs nothing to get in. Live harness racing on week-ends Inexpensive fast food, although I understand there is also a full service restaurant. We went on a Saturday night and racing started at 4:30 and was over by 8:00 PM Lots of benches by the track and an enclosed grandstand in case of bad weather, I love horses so... More 

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Belmont, New Hampshire
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80 reviews 80 reviews
11 attraction reviews
28 helpful votes 28 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 19, 2014

great harness racing has a lovely dining room with views of the racing food is above average if you just want a burger/dog/beer there is a pub on the 1st floor wrap around windows plus you can bet on other tracks MANY TVS

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Brimfield, Massachusetts
1 review
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 10, 2014

I was new to the horse betting game on a trip to Old Orchard beach and decided at 67 years old I should at least take a look. I had never put a bet on a horse race in my life and was so excited to see the horses you could not imangine. The very first horse I bet on... More 

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Portland, Maine
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193 reviews 193 reviews
52 attraction reviews
85 helpful votes 85 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2013

I have been going to Scarborough Downs for years and continue to watch it decay. The place was a great harness racing facility up to the end of the 1980's. Since then, not a dime has been spent on the place. Some of this is due to the city's refusal to allow this track to have slot machines. Most of... More 

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Quincy, Massachusetts
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63 reviews 63 reviews
16 attraction reviews
32 helpful votes 32 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 15, 2013

Nothing beats a great meal and playing the ponies. The food & service is beyond compair--and if you're able to win a few quid--all the better!!!

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Concord, New Hampshire
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10 reviews 10 reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 3, 2012

Fun place to go for a few hours! Sad to see it somewhat empty. Minimum bets of $2 allow you to cheer for your picks without getting too stressed about not knowing what you're doing. 10 races at 2 bucks a race if you choose equals 20 bucks for 3 hours of entertainment. Unless you win, then they're paying you!... More 

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Merrimack, NH
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46 reviews 46 reviews
22 attraction reviews
18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 31, 2012

didn't have to take off my shoes to count the "crowd". Without people betting and cheering there wasn't much excitement

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35 attraction reviews
92 helpful votes 92 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed July 14, 2012

Back in the 1980s I frequented the Downs regularly, when facilities were still fairly good and crowds still came to watch horse racing on weekends. Sport has steadily been dying off for some time, the Downs looks no different than it did then, just older and outdated. Grandstands are not even open any longer, gross bathrooms and food areas. Ok....so... More 

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