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Churchill Downs

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Neighbourhood: South Side
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Address: 700 Central Ave, Louisville, KY 40208-1200
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+1 502-636-4400

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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Angela Merici High School 1965 50th Anniversary

The food was good and the atmosphere was great. It was nice seeing some of my former classmates. Even a little side betting didn't hurt. Could not go back further. It actually... read more

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Yorkshire Uk
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266 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 289 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

We went for breakfast as part of a tour. I had been really looking forward to this and was expecting something a bit special. What we got awful. We had to queue up for a dismal buffet served on paper plates with cheap plastic cutlery. The choice was very limited. Scrambled eggs bacon sausage and a bread roll. Had to... More 

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Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

The food was good and the atmosphere was great. It was nice seeing some of my former classmates. Even a little side betting didn't hurt. Could not go back further. It actually took place in June of 2015.

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Wheatland, Wyoming, United States
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41 reviews
16 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

Beautiful grounds. We were there during the Kentucky Derby and it was a definite bucket list experience.

Thank Cindy W
Monte Sereno, California
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

A true "must do" experience! The Oaks racing day was full of positive energy and anticipation - for cancer survivors and their loved ones plus the Oaks race itself. The pink theme was powerful and stylish. A wonderful day. The Derby is Churchill Downs at its finest. Fashion showcase, revelry, drama and excitement on the track, friendly track personnel and... More 

Thank ThomasandKelly
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Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

All the employees we encountered were friendly and helpful, especially with a group of rookie gamblers! The kids especially liked going to the paddock and how close they were to the horses.

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Franklin, North Carolina
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155 reviews
51 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 44 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

Mainly just wanted to get in to Churchill Downs to experience this historic landmark. We had box seats at the finish line but spent most of our time walking around and exploring. Lots to learn, great fun.

Thank Barbara H
Louisville, Kentucky
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5 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

Louisvillians love horse racing and we love Churchill Downs. If you've never been, take a few minutes to go to the museum onsite, there you can learn about the history of horse racing in Kentucky. Then sip on Mint Julep while you watch the races. The restaurant is wonderful, drinks are fabulous, Kentucky should be high on your list of... More 

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Lexington, KY
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60 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

Churchill Downs is one site everyone should visit at least once in a lifetime. (whether you like to bet or not) The atmosphere is truly amazing.The history of the site and the horse racing industry is something to behold. Whether you are a Kentuckian or not I recommend a trip to Churchill Downs at least once. You will not be... More 

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Mississauga, Canada
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43 reviews
19 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

Having been raised with a horse race nut Grandfather - we needed to come to the track and bet a few races here (so iconic). First I was disappointed that after paying 14.00 entrance to the museum - we needed to pay to get into the track (tracks free admission in Ontario Canada). The track is not in a nice... More 

Thank TTTravels
Orlando, Florida
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141 reviews
32 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 35 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

I was here for both the Oaks and the Derby and I was expecting a nicer venue. The upper floor bathrooms and food stands are cleaner so try to visit those if your tickets allow. Most of the stalls on the ground floor didn't lock in either women's bathroom that I went in. By the afternoon of the Derby the... More 

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