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Fair Grounds Race Course

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Open Now: 9:00 AM - 12:00 AM
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Excitement and Entertaining

Fair Grounds is landmark, but it is not the original building, the first one burned down, this is a... read more

Reviewed April 2, 2018
New Orleans, Louisiana
Horse racing in person is such a treat

We have watched many horse races on TV over the years and my wife has become an avid fan. While in... read more

Reviewed January 16, 2018
Apopka, Florida
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America's 3rd oldest horse racing track located in the heart of New Orleans! Thoroughbred & exotic animal races, slots and simulcasting year-round!
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1751 Gentilly Blvd, New Orleans, LA 70119-2133
Mid-City District
+1 504-944-5515
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Reviewed August 7, 2018

We love to go to the races. You can play all day and not spend a lot of $$$. It's a beautiful building with places to see the horses before the race and pick your choice. Options of spending $$$ in the penthouse for lunch...More

Date of experience: December 2017
1  Thank Pat M
Reviewed April 2, 2018

Fair Grounds is landmark, but it is not the original building, the first one burned down, this is a rebuild and you can tell Churchill Down took them over, the trademark is all around. Casino is nice and clean, staff friendly. If you have nothing...More

Date of experience: June 2017
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Reviewed March 22, 2018

The last time I visited the track was about 15 years ago. So when I went to New Orleans on my most recent trip I made it priority number 1 on my to do list. A few things have changed over the last 15 years....More

Date of experience: March 2018
3  Thank Christian P
Reviewed January 16, 2018

We have watched many horse races on TV over the years and my wife has become an avid fan. While in New Orleans over the Christmas holidays, we took in a live race at the Fair Grounds track. What a great experience! First the size...More

Date of experience: December 2017
1  Thank PapaRob
Reviewed December 17, 2017 via mobile

12-16-17 Supa Sunday. My kids ages 9 and 12 has never been to a race. They were welcomed with open arms and had a great time Everyone was beyond nice. Great family fun

Date of experience: December 2017
Thank DiamondDoug44
Reviewed November 29, 2017

By far the best kept secret in N.O. No entrance except for a few special days. Even then $5 gets you in the door. Want to see N.O. characters and maybe win some money? This is the place. Good food and excellent horse quality. Food...More

Date of experience: November 2017
Thank Ron B
Reviewed November 20, 2017

We went to the Fair Grounds Race Course during horse racing season. Its fun to go to. This horse track is the third oldest in the US and has been around since 1852.

Date of experience: November 2017
Thank mini
Reviewed August 9, 2017 via mobile

They have horse racing but the day we went the track was closed but we were able to watch it on the tvs and also place bets. But it was uncomfortable. The chairs were straight back. And pub style seating. If you put your feet...More

Date of experience: July 2017
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Reviewed June 30, 2017 via mobile

Very classy, I felt out of place. Was fun watching the ostriches races but other then that was not my scenario. Very high scale place, very clean, very nice!

Date of experience: July 2017
Thank Heidi M
Reviewed June 20, 2017

We went on their biggest day of the year --- the Louisiana Derby, and actually the day before as well. We were a little letdown I suppose but at the same time happy that we could get amazing seats at cheap prices. Having said that,...More

Date of experience: April 2017
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Sarah M
July 3, 2018|
Response from LeslieM2367 | Property representative |
Hi, We don't offer Thoroughbred racing until November. Although these dates won't correspond to your New Orleans travel dates, we do host a 10-day Quarter Horse Racing meet in August & September. The 2018 dates are Aug... More
May 5, 2018|
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Response from LeslieM2367 | Property representative |
Hi, Backpacks are not regularly allowed on property during normal Fair Grounds working hours. You are allowed to bring backpacks to the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival which is held here, but it will also be searched... More
January 2, 2018|
Response from Ron B | Reviewed this property |
Not year round. Starts week before Thanksgiving through last week of March.