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Churchill Downs

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Address: 700 Central Avenue, Louisville, KY 40208-1200
Phone Number: +1 502-636-4400
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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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One of the Great Venues for thoroughbred horse racing

Visited Churchill Downs just after racing was over for the season, so it was a good time to take a tour. It was a facility that I have seen many times on Derby Day, but looked... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 2 days ago
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Barberton, OH
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Barberton, OH
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

Visited Churchill Downs just after racing was over for the season, so it was a good time to take a tour. It was a facility that I have seen many times on Derby Day, but looked better in person.

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Louisville, Kentucky
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

The Thanksgiving buffet had TWO healthy choices this year!! YEAH! Most choices (traditional Tgiving foods) are too heavy on salt. Friends and family for a total of 14 plus a toddler were there this year. We go for the experience more than the food. They did a good job this year of keeping the buffet well stocked. Busy day for... More 

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louisville
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

At least once in your life you should go to the track, and if you do - Churchill Downs should be the one. The history, the grandeur, the thoroughbreds amaze.

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Herrin, Illinois
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

Great to see, but once there you have to like horse racing. Food was a disappointment. Equal to what you would find at a carnival.

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Thank mw5five
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Churchill downs was everything I expected it to be and more. The facility is gorgeous. Betting on horses was fun and easy thanks to help from the kind staff members. We watched a few races back to back, sitting right at the finish line. It was so neat to see horses run at the same track that the Kentucky Derby... More 

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Bradford, Pennsylvania
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Was in town on vacation and decided to stop in and had the best time slot for the walking tour. We were able to see the horses and watch a race. Beautiful animals! The movie before the tour was phenomenal!!

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North Aurora
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Mark this one off the bucket list. Although we weren't there for the derby, it was still worth going. The racing is still exciting, although the view of the backstretch is obscured if you are close to the track level.

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Birmingham, Alabama
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Purchased tickets for Thanksgiving at Churchill downs. We had fun spending the day at the races. We were in the Stakes room- great views, food, and wonderful service by Jan! She is a longtime employee and obviously enjoys being there and makes the customer feel special. We appreciated the atmosphere and the flexibility to move from the stakes room to... More 

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Little Rock, Arkansas
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

I've watched the Kentucky Derby on TV almost without fail for the last 45 years or so. My wife and I enjoy visiting Oaklawn Park in Hot Springs and are casual horse racing fans. Churchill Downs is the epicenter of 3 year old horse racing, and is also a major training ground and showplace for 4 year olds and up.... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

The food isn't the best, it is very overpriced. I wouldn't recommend anything that has the nacho cheese on it because it tastes weird. I was sitting outside and all my family and I could smell cigarette smoke. Other than that it was a great experience.

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