Churchill Downs

Churchill Downs, Louisville: Address, Phone Number, Churchill Downs Reviews: 4.5/5

Churchill Downs
4.5
Historic Sites • Horse Tracks
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This beautiful racetrack has been the home of the Kentucky Derby since 1875.
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WTH9
Philadelphia, PA525 contributions
Fun 2 day festival for all
May 2021
The greatest two minutes in sports. A beautiful layout with some of the friendliest people (workers and attendees) you'll ever meet. Plenty of facilities, drinks, food and wager windows. Everyone should go at least once for the experience.
Written May 10, 2021
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Christine W
Mount Laurel, NJ120 contributions
Beautiful Facility
May 2021
The Kentucky Derby was amazing as expected. Beautiful facility, friendly staff. Well handled during COVID.
Written May 10, 2021
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Melissa M
Pensacola, FL7 contributions
Derby trip
May 2021 • Friends
Just got back and it was a beautiful day. We had infield tickets. Everything went without a hitch if you had plenty of cash. Drinks food and gaming was all cash only. I only saw a few ATMs and the line for the ATM midday on took over 2 hours. Infield ticket holders were not allowed to go to the stands for different food options or to see the museum or shops. Food services was limited to burgers and Nachos and they all ran out of food.
Plan accordingly if you are using Uber out of Churchill Downs even with the limited capacity it was over an hour to get an Uber or Lift. We were starving by the time we got back to our room. Next time I will have a prearranged car, dinner reservations and plenty of cash.
Written May 3, 2021
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Bill R
Washington DC, DC18 contributions
Kentucky Derby 2021
May 2021 • Friends
Amazing experience! Can’t wait to get to go back again! Museum is great as well! Put it on your bucket list!
Written May 2, 2021
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MD 2020
1 contribution
Disappointed
Apr 2021
We paid $210.00 for 3 tickets to opening night in section 324. The track suggested that we dress to impress, so we did. However when we got to our seats, they were covered in black soot and dust. I wish I had worn jeans. Then we had to walk a long way to place a bet. The inside areas by are seats were like a dead zone, no tellers to place bets with, no concessions. We walked a long way to the food court and purchased a barbeque sandwich and it was not good enough to eat. we took it back and they replaced it with a pretzel stick. Everyone was very nice, but Churchill Downs really messed up opening night with their lack of preparedness for the guest that were paying high prices for seats. I'm a local and have been to CD many times. This was definitely the worst experience.
Written April 27, 2021
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wednesdaygirlz
Michigan131 contributions
Got to watch the horses exercise the week before the derby!
Apr 2021
We were staying downtown and heard that you could watch the derby horses exercise in the mornings the week we were there. I was surprised how close it was to downtown. Easy to drive to. Lots of parking and beautiful property. We were greeted by very friendly people and one gentlemen walked us in, gave us a lot of history and there were only about a dozen people there to see the horses. It was also free to park and free to get in. What a great experience!
Written April 22, 2021
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Timothy T
Nashville, TN269 contributions
A Bucket List Must Do...
Apr 2021 • Couples
Whether a horse racing fan or not; if visiting Louisville, visiting and touring Churchill Downs is an absolute must on anyone’s bucket list. It’s an amazing walking tour and the museum is filled with memorabilia and videos of past winners. The museum is two floors and you can spend hours just in the museum. Recommend watching the film of the derby’s history while in the museum and then visit the gift shop and grab a bite to eat in the Derby Cafe. An amazing afternoon thing to do while visiting Louisville.

Tim Toepfer
Spring Hill TN
Written April 18, 2021
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Teakwo23
Dunedin, FL3,697 contributions
Great tour
Apr 2021 • Couples
Did the tour that’s included with the museum ticket. So beautiful and historic. Could only imagine it full of people during race day.
Written April 17, 2021
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Carey S
Schaumburg, IL69 contributions
Historic, it’s okkkaaayyyy
Apr 2021
Did the general tour for 30 minutes. As a brief overview, it’s ok. Good history on the site, horses, and racing.
Written April 5, 2021
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Al_n_Suzy_13
Estero, FL267 contributions
The Cathedral of Horse Racing
Apr 2021 • Couples
This was one of the highlights of our visit to Louisville. Make sure you plan. your trip here according as numbers are linited per hour.

There are several guided tours you can chose from that include the museum tour as well as a tour of Churchill Downs track and paddock area. The tour is really quite interesting.

Churchill Downs is the longest running sporting event in the US although last year was the first year with no spectators.

Although it is difficult to get tickets for the Kentucky Derby (both cost and availability), we learned that the price is so reasonable other times of the yeat.

Written April 4, 2021
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