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Fair Grounds Race Course

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Address: New Orleans, LA
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Sun 10:00 am - 12:00 am
Mon - Sat 9:00 am - 12:00 am

Popular track for thoroughbred horse racing.

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Afternoon At the Races including Dining in the Clubhouse

While certanly missing the charm post-Katrina, the races still keep the old lady alive. We used an excellent groupon that included $10 per person for dining and the races for the... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed 2 weeks ago

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75 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

While certanly missing the charm post-Katrina, the races still keep the old lady alive. We used an excellent groupon that included $10 per person for dining and the races for the day and the tip sheets. We went on a workday afternoon so we were able to get seated without reservations. Service was courteous but when you order a slider... More 

Thank glapril
New Orleans, Louisiana
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108 reviews
30 attraction reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 27, 2015

Keep it classy with an outing to the club house of the fair grounds. call for reservations in advance and don't worry about the seating, not a bad seat in the whole place. Each table comes with its own close circuit TV and they have folks coming to the tables to take your bet. The bartenders mix great drinks and... More 

Thank Motahari76
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99 reviews
32 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 41 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 29, 2015

I am from New England and only have Boston's Suffolk Downs and Rockingham Park to compare Fair Grounds with. For me it's like comparing a 5 star restaurant with BK or Mickey D's. The grandstand/clubhouse building was spotless. We sat upstairs in nice clean new stadium seats in the clubhouse and you could actually see thru the windows. We were... More 

1 Thank Bulldogsby3
Bossier City, Louisiana
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23 reviews
16 attraction reviews
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 25, 2015

It was a great day for racing. Just make sure you're there for the first race if you don't want to pay for valet parking. Parking fills up very quickly and if you wait until the derby race to find parking all that is left is valet.

Thank Carmen A
North Palm Beach, Florida
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330 reviews
103 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 90 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 17, 2015

Don't do the horse scene, but had a great time at Jazz Fest. Great music all day, of all types with that strong New Orleans influence. A super time. Lots of food, portapottys all over the place. Can be a bit crowded getting in and leaving. Shared a cab from Canal St for $5 per person. Major traffic jam leaving... More 

Thank Randy2353
Richardson, Texas
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369 reviews
90 attraction reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 17, 2015

The Fair Grounds Race Course is great venue to see the races. It is even better to visit during Jazzfest!!!! Great selection and variety of food, great music, and overall one of the best festivals in the US. Realize you are on the inside of a race track. Plan appropriately for sun, rain, and long lines on the weekend. Since... More 

1 Thank DeepBlueDives
New Orleans, Louisiana
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206 reviews
54 attraction reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 8, 2015

Superb location for Jazz Fest, plenty of bathrooms, good food, good music. From the stages to the tents, plenty of variety is to be had. A must do!

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Charleston, South Carolina
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162 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 89 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 2, 2015

If you're not an avid fan of horse racing or betting, then I would recommend skipping this track. There's not much to see or do here otherwise. It is very modest and small with very few food options, little to no shopping options, and nothing to see as far as history, monuments, or otherwise. It's literally a track and a... More 

1 Thank skylinedriveby
New Orleans, LA
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74 reviews
14 attraction reviews
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed January 25, 2015 via mobile

Eight of us made reservations for Sunday lunch & drinks. While the entrees weren't bad, we all received our entrees at different times. Service was very slow & understaffed. What we hoped would be a nice event, turned out to be quite disappointing.

Thank upt0wnN0la
New Orleans, Louisiana
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43 reviews
3 attraction reviews
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed January 17, 2015 via mobile

I went to the Fairgrounds (a literal icon here in New Orleans) years ago when I was, I guess about 24 or 25 (MANY years ago). This was before it burned down. The NEW Fairgrounds is all modern and classy and frankly, very attractive. Parking (at least the night we visited) was free (as you can see we are not... More 

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