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“If you're a racetrack connoisseur then you should check out Tampa Bay Downs” 4 of 5 stars
Review of Tampa Bay Downs

Tampa Bay Downs
11225 Race Track Road, Tampa, FL 33626
(813)-855-4401
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Ranked #23 of 60 Attractions in Tampa
Type: Horse Tracks, Casinos & Gaming
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Louisville, Kentucky
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4 attraction reviews
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“If you're a racetrack connoisseur then you should check out Tampa Bay Downs”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 24, 2012

I generally try to visit any horseracing track that I come across whether it's for horse related business or just for fun. Tampa Bay Downs ranks with my favorites because I'm not a big gambler and just like to enjoy the spectacle in a fun environment, which this tracks delivers. Admission is free on weekdays and draft beer is $2 until 3pm! Best to come early by noon because the parking lots fill up fast.

Lots of huge picnic tables right on the track rail get you close to the action and encourages strangers to sit together, so it's easy to meet and talk to people. There's even a big tent with picnic tables and concessions outside of the grandstand right on the turn for home, where you can bring your own picnic food! You won't see any of this at big corporate tracks like Churchill Downs or Gulfstream Park (as of Feb 2012 anyway).

Interesting that Tampa Bay Downs has a Poker Room but no slot machines or other table games, and it has big windows looking over the racetrack. I loved sitting in there at the bar watching the races while my husband tried his skills at Texas Hold'em. The food in the Poker Room is an excellent value, with waitress table service, and something for every taste on the menu. This spot called "The Silks Room" gets a huge favorable review from me.

Visited February 2012
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New Port Richey, Florida
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“Great Fun, Rain or Shine”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 17, 2012

If you like thoroughbred racing in a comfortable setting, this is the place to come. Ten races every afternoon, Wednesday through Sunday. The larger purses seem to be scheduled for Saturdays, and many of the restaurants are only open Friday, Saturday or Sunday.

Parking is free, there is a $3 fee to enter the Clubhouse, and there’s an additional $3 fee if you wish to eat in the Sports Gallery or the Skye Terrace. We were not appropriately dressed for the Terrace, which was disappointing, since the website doesn’t tell you what the dress code is, but the food at the Sports Gallery was similar, excellent, and a bit cheaper, although neither restaurant is exorbitant. They offer a wide range of snacks and appetizers, salads, sandwiches and limited entrees. Service in the Sports Gallery was adequate. I would hope the Terrace would be more professional.

You can also order box items in the clubhouse and eat there while you watch the races. The Sports Gallery offers television access to the Tampa Bay races, as well as racing from many other tracks, including the Meadowlands in New Jersey. Skye Terrace, up two levels, overlooks the track and also provides TV support.

There is also a facility for poker, and a golf center. The track opens at 11am, racing begins at 12:25pm. And, because of the nature of the business, this is an adult-friendly environment.

Visited February 2012
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Southington, Connecticut
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“Good Change of Pace”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 16, 2012

If you're looking for a break away from shopping or beaches, try your luck at Tampa Bay Downs. During a recent visit to the Tarpon Springs area my wife and I found this horse track to be just the place to spend the afternoon. With the paddock right next to the track, it's a convenient place to view these thoroughbreds up close and personal. Indoor and outdoor seating (or standing) is generous. On weekdays admission is free. Draft beer is $2.00 before 3 PM. All in all, a fun visit and you might win a few $$$.

Visited January 2012
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