We noticed that you're using an unsupported browser. The TripAdvisor website may not display properly.
We support the following browsers:
Windows: Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome. Mac: Safari.

Emerald Downs

Certificate of Excellence
Features Animals
Map updates are paused. Zoom in to see updated info.
Reset zoom
Updating Map...
Get directions
Address: 2300 Emerald Downs Drive, Auburn, WA 98001-1633
Phone Number:
+1 253-288-7000
09:00 - 17:00
09:00 - 20:30
Closed now
See all hours
Sun 09:00 - 17:00
Mon - Tue 09:00 - 16:30
Wed - Thu 09:00 - 20:00
Fri - Sun 09:00 - 20:30

TripAdvisor Reviewer Highlights

Read all 105 reviews
Visitor rating
  • 56
  • 39
    Very good
  • 6
  • 4
  • 0
Confusing at first but had a lot of fun!

Betting in the horses was confusing at first. But once you get the hang of it it is so much fun! Not only that but the views from the track were gorgeous. Parking is pretty far... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
Lexi D
via mobile
Add Photo Write a Review

105 Reviews from our TripAdvisor Community

Traveller rating
Traveller type
Time of year
Showing 105: English reviews
Level Contributor
14 reviews
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Betting in the horses was confusing at first. But once you get the hang of it it is so much fun! Not only that but the views from the track were gorgeous. Parking is pretty far away so that wasn't pleasant. But if you want to park closer you can shell out $7.00. Overall and awesome experience.

Thank Lexi D
Level Contributor
14 reviews
5 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

I am a seasoned Emerald Downs go-er, and have been there 20+ times. I recently went for opening day 2017. Typical of many sporting event venues, the food and drinks are pricey. Getting assigned seats in the grandstands is good to have a better view of the track and to keep you from getting rained on. It makes for a... More 

Thank Lori E
Level Contributor
8 reviews
6 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 24 helpful votes
Reviewed 23 February 2017

Emerald Downs is a good venue for race track patrons, small scale reunions, extended family get-togethers, or similar events. Easy to get to, great view of Mt. Rainier and the grounds from all floors, especially from the upper floors with restaurant, etc. Plenty of betting windows and friendly tellers for newbies. If you have a group of 5 to maybe... More 

Thank JimAndLori
Maple Valley, Washington
Level Contributor
40 reviews
7 attraction reviews
Reviewed 15 February 2017

the dinner was very good the race where ok they had to put down a horse so it was hard on some of us

Thank rlhouser01
Auburn, Washington
Level Contributor
13 reviews
3 attraction reviews
Reviewed 13 February 2017

Fun fun fun for the whole family - they have an arcade for the kids! And on a sunny day it is absolutely beautiful....Views of Mount Rainier and you can be in the sunshine! Drinks & food are expensive! But watching the horses run is always fun!! The Quartershoot cafe is a great place to eat first before going in... More 

Thank Michelle M
Kent, Washington
Level Contributor
262 reviews
115 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 57 helpful votes
Reviewed 17 September 2016

We went for the first time with Grandkids. It was inexpensive as they got in free. The food was more reasonable that other venues in the area, and very good. A recommendation, pay the extra 2.50 and get reserved seats. It is a much better view of the track and the races.

Thank Senioronabudget
Casper, Wyoming
Level Contributor
87 reviews
12 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 25 helpful votes
Reviewed 15 September 2016

We visited Emerald Downs on Italian Day. It was very fun! Valet parking was $10 and $6 self-parking. In between races there were entertainment (Italian dancers, band (singing in Italian), and pizza eating contest). Easy to bet on races. The was instructions in the program ($2.50) made it easy to make a wager on the race. It was worth purchasing.... More 

1 Thank drmueller07
Level Contributor
137 reviews
70 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 62 helpful votes
Reviewed 28 August 2016

Apart from a few minor frustrations, this is a great place for a day at the races... vastly superior to Hastings in Vancouver. I particularly appreciate the design of the facility, with the paddock so easily accessible from the grandstand. But I'm puzzled why they have so few staff at the betting windows: I've never waited so long to bet... More 

Thank pds209
Seattle, Washington
Level Contributor
6 reviews
3 attraction reviews
Reviewed 23 August 2016

Fields are to small and favorites win 75% of the races. Food is expensive and not very good. People working at windows are inattentive.

Thank nelsons889
EmeraldDowns, Manager at Emerald Downs, responded to this review

Sorry about the service you received but your statistics are far from accurate. Favorites are winning 35% of the races this year, not 75%. And our field size is about 7.5 average per race. Not sure what day you visited. There are days when a lot of favorites win. More 

Level Contributor
4 reviews
Reviewed 23 August 2016

Went to the race track on one of my few days off. Fast parking, good food and won some money!!! It was Elvis day so the wife was happy too...

Thank Siegmund K

Been to Emerald Downs? Share your experiences!

Write a Review Add Photos & Videos

Is This Your TripAdvisor Listing?

Own or manage this property? Claim your listing for free to respond to reviews, update your profile and much more.

Claim Your Listing

Questions & Answers

Here's what previous visitors have asked, with answers from representatives of Emerald Downs and other visitors
1 question
Ask a question
over a year ago

See all questions (1)

Questions? Get answers from Emerald Downs staff and past visitors.
Posting guidelines
Typical questions asked:
  • Will you pick up and drop off at my hotel?
  • I have a family of 7. Can your tour accommodate all of us together?
  • How should I dress for this tour?