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Fair Grounds Race Course

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Address: New Orleans, LA
9:00 am - 12:00 am
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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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A day of fun betting on the ponies!

I'd never been to a race track before, and this place is a good one for a first visit! We had a great day at the New Orleans Fair Grounds Race Course! We came on a gorgeous day... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed March 27, 2016
Jackson, Miss.
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New Orleans, Louisiana
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 9, 2016

Great in the sun or in the rain. Bring your chair and hat. Stay cool and dry in the Jazz, Gospel, Blues or Economy tents. Ready for next year!

Thank harmsenom
Jackson, Miss.
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 27, 2016

I'd never been to a race track before, and this place is a good one for a first visit! We had a great day at the New Orleans Fair Grounds Race Course! We came on a gorgeous day, which is a big part of the experience. It's just lovely to be outside on a pretty day. Secondly, they were doing... More 

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Ocean Springs, Mississippi
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 14, 2016

We spent a very fun Saturday at the Races. Walking around was easy, the staff is friendly and helpful. You can get very close to the horses, grooms, and jockeys. The betting machines are easy to understand. The downside, we ate dinner in the clubhouse. The waitstaff was friendly and attentive, but the food was marginal and expensive. There was... More 

Thank Derrick C
Mansfield, Pennsylvania
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 29, 2016

My wife and I had not been to a horse race in years and we were in New Orleans on a beautiful late February day so we decided to take a chance and go the races. The track is very nice, very well maintained, and well run so it was an enjoyable day. The track is connected to a casino... More 

Thank Larry096
Durham, North Carolina
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 22, 2016

I admit that I've wanted to go to Fair Grounds Park since I read a kid's book about Black Gold fifty years ago. I was delighted to learn that the track's season coincided with my family's Christmas plans. The whole gang agreed to come along, and we couldn't have had a finer time. The club house was lovely. The betting... More 

Thank Ronco444
New Orleans, Louisiana
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 21, 2016

This review pertains to the casino area of the Fair Grounds Race Course and Slots. We made our first trip here in an effort to get out of the French Quarter on a Saturday night. While the gaming area is small, it was a lot of fun. They do not have a lot of the "themed" machines (Willy Wonka, Wizard... More 

Thank Blair D
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 23, 2016

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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5 of 5 bubbles 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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4 of 5 bubbles 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 

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Bossier City, Louisiana
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3 of 5 bubbles 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

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