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Fair Grounds Race Course

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Address: 1751 Gentilly Boulevard, New Orleans, LA 70119
10:00 - 00:00
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Sun 10:00 - 00:00
Mon - Sat 09:00 - 00:00
Recommended length of visit: More than 3 hours

Popular track for thoroughbred horse racing.

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Fairgrounds Racetrack and Slots-A New Orleans Tradition for Thanksgiving

Our family opted to visit the Fairgrounds for the first time on Thanksgiving Day. It is fun and unique for the racing experts and novices alike. The facility is beautiful. Wait... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 25 November 2016
New Orleans, Louisiana
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San Francisco, Ca
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49 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 62 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Used to visit the Fairgrounds with family for years, but haven't been back in awhile. Visited over the holidays: the facility (the track, the paddock, the clubhouse) is nice and generally well maintained (and we liked that someone would come to the tables to take the bets) but man oh man the food, drinks, and service in the clubhouse are... More 

Thank Freebird2007
New Orleans, Louisiana
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25 reviews
13 attraction reviews
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 November 2016

Our family opted to visit the Fairgrounds for the first time on Thanksgiving Day. It is fun and unique for the racing experts and novices alike. The facility is beautiful. Wait staff and ticket agents are pleasant and helpful. The circular paddock offers opportunity to view the horses at close range. The Thanksgiving tradition is for men and women alike... More 

Thank kensmith40
New Orleans, Louisiana
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291 reviews
78 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 55 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 9 May 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!

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Jackson, Miss.
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 340 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 March 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 

Thank bradshawgirl
Ocean Springs, Mississippi
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56 reviews
11 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 26 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 March 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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79 reviews
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 February 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 22 February 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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69 reviews
9 attraction reviews
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 21 February 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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119 reviews
41 attraction reviews
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 January 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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191 reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 December 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 

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