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Churchill Downs

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Address: 700 Central Avenue, Louisville, KY 40208-1200
Phone Number: 502 636 4400
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This beautiful racetrack has been the home of the Kentucky Derby since...

This beautiful racetrack has been the home of the Kentucky Derby since 1875.

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Went to the derby in 2015 and seen American Pharoah win, it was awesome!

We had seats, which we overpaid for, but I could see the potential for a good time in the infield even though you would only see the races on the big screen vs live action. I must... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed yesterday
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

We had seats, which we overpaid for, but I could see the potential for a good time in the infield even though you would only see the races on the big screen vs live action. I must see, add it to your bucket list, don't forget your big hat!

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Thank Terri B
Louisville, Kentucky
2 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

Visit the historical location of horse racing and the home of the Kentucky Derby. Enjoy a day at the Downs with racing, sitting under the Twin Spires and enjoying the infamous Mint Julep!

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Thank Salzburg1013
Louisville, Kentucky
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

My husband and I attended one of the night racing events this past Fall. It was amazing. We took the whole family. We had a blast. everything was so nice. We had great seats, the food was good. The drinks were good, had a nice presentation, but were a bit pricey. In the end, we had an upscale evening and... More 

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Thank CAKeeney
louisville
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3 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

Have been going for years. Not just the Derby, but any time is good time. Betting on the races, people watching or just enjoying the scene. There aren"t that many tracks around the country let alone one with the history of Churchill downs. Passing through or here for a few days, it's a must see for all ages.

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Thank drjoeoms
Louisville, Kentucky
2 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

The moment you walk into to Churchill Downs, you know you have arrived at some place special. The brick paved walkway is historic. I love going to Churchill Downs with family and friends. You can walk to the paddock and see the horses before each race. It is a great place to unwind and maybe even win some money.

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Thank Lecia Y
Shelbyville, Kentucky
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

Everyone needs to go to the derby at least once and experience the in-field shenanigans. the derby festivities leading up to the derby are very much worth attending.

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Thank ThaBusShizzle
Jacksonville, Florida, United States
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

Legendary, hollow ground, and most of all Blessed. This was one of the best trips ever. Toured the entire facility. Make sure you say hello to resident thoroughbred

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Thank Beverly J
Louisville, Kentucky
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

Go as casual or dressy as you like! Enjoy a day of horse races combined with people- watching at a beautiful and famous landmark in Kentucky. I like to go casual, eat local foods, buy a few beers and bet small amounts of money just for the fun of it! Explore the beautiful old downs and the refurbished areas... wonderful... More 

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Spartanburg, South Carolina
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

Neither my wife nor I are race fans, and probably haven't watched a dozen of the Derbys on television. We had a few hours to burn in Louisville and drove over to the Kentucky Derby Museum. It was $14/each after AAA discount, which seemed a little steep, but turned out to be a good decision. You can go on and... More 

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Carneys Point, New Jersey
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

This place isn't anything special outside of the Kentucky Derby. The track is beautiful but there isn't anything to really appreciate outside of the races themselves.

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