Churchill Downs

Racetrack and Stables · South Louisville
700 Central Ave, Louisville, KY 40208, United States
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    • 11:00 AM–5:00 PM
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    • 9:00 AM–8:00 PM
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    • 8:00 AM–10:00 PM
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    • 11:00 AM–4:00 PM
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    • Noon–2:00 PM
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    Sage I.
    "Gotta try the infield at least once in your life time"(8 Tips)
    John S.
    "Mayor of Churchill Downs on Derby Day!"(5 Tips)
    Steve Cabeza / A.
    "Great place for mint juleps and horse races."(8 Tips)
    Marsha L.
    "atmosphere and the passion of horse racing"(3 Tips)
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  • Angela B.

    See the Museum and make sure you stay for a Race! It's one of those experiences you won't forget to be at such an old and historical sight! Secretariat was there! Barbaro! So many names!

    Angela B · November 8, 2012
  • Brianna B.

    A must see place while in Louisville! You get to interact with the horses and the jockeys! There is an amazing breakfast buffet in the club. And of course tons of hats to try on!

    Brianna Battista · February 20, 2012
  • Tim Q.

    Mint juleps are an absolute must. The "most exciting two minutes in sports" is best enjoyed with one [or two] of these in hand, right in the center of all the action; the infield.

    Tim Quirsfeld · May 9, 2011
  • Doc H.

    Infield can go to the rest of the park, however not as crazy as in years past. Still a great event and a lot people dressed to the nines and just as many dressed to the sixes. Read more

    Doc Haze · May 16, 2011
  • Meredith C.

    NO Credit cards in the paddock or infield. I wasn't in the clubhouse but from what I saw no credit cards for betting or food/drink. There are ATM's so make sure you at least have your debit card.

    Meredith Chalk · May 5, 2014
  • Marsha L.

    You will enjoy every minute at The Oaks & The Kentucky Derby @ Churchill Downs. Dress to impress, enjoy the atmosphere and the passion of horse racing at its best

    Marsha Lee · April 9, 2013
  • Melinda L.

    14 $ is a bit steep but it is interesting learning about the history. If you go once every 10-15 years then it's worth it. Great for young kids.

    Melinda Lee · February 14, 2015
  • Anuj M.

    luxury suites are surprisingly affordable outside of the derby -- book one ahead and ask for pat to man the room.

    Anuj Mathur · May 21, 2015
  • Tony H.

    Make sure you use the betting app. Makes for a much more enjoyable experience. Just don't ask the paramutual clerks about the app. They hate it because "it is taking their jobs."

    Tony Huntoon 🚬🐯 · July 1, 2013

    Perhaps our signature event, the Kentucky Derby! This event is a must for every sports fan, and we have the right package for you. With multiple options available, the Derby has never been so close! Read more · March 7, 2012
  • Steve Cabeza / A.

    Great place for mint juleps and horse races. I've been to 12 Derby's and I love the place

  • Amy W.

    Love the Oaks and Derby. Night racing is a blast during the summer, and love the fall meet. :) check out the museum if you're visiting.

    Amy W · September 23, 2010
  • Amy G.

    You owe it to yourself to go to the Kentucky Derby at least once, wear a big fancy hat, drink mint juleps and bet on horses.

    Amy Guth · October 2, 2011
  • The History Press

    Follow Kimberly Gatto as she chronicles the history of the world’s most famous racing venue as it revolutionized the “Sport of Kings” and created the Kentucky Derby! Read more

    The History Press · May 23, 2012
  • AT&T

    Ready for the Derby? We've made network improvements on site so you can share every second of the greatest two minutes in sports. Read more

    AT&T · May 3, 2013
  • Fred G.

    Order a mint julip at the bar. Be sure to visit the museum.

    Fred G. · January 7
  • VH1

    The Kentucky Derby is a classic sporting event. Make sure you dress to impress like me if you’re headed to watch the races. - Terrell, The T.O. Show

    VH1 · July 14, 2010
  • Christopher P.

    On oaks & derby day the food is $$$$, so bring a sack lunch with you and spend the money you save on a winning bet.

    Christopher Parrish · May 7, 2011
  • Barracuda Networks

    Don't wait for the Kentucky Derby ( which is awesome) ... enjoy the sport of kings at America's most famous place to race.

    Barracuda Networks · September 13, 2011
  • Metromix L.

    Arguably the most famous of Louisville landmarks, the Downs and the Twin Spires draws folks from all around the world. Read more

    Metromix Louisville · March 7, 2012
  • JEM T.

    Enjoy an affordable visit to Millionaire's Row for lunch during the regular racing season - but watch the races from the rail!

    JEM Truely · May 13, 2012

    Welcome to the birthplace of the Kentucky Derby! Churchill Downs and its signature race were launched in 1875 by Colonel M. Lewis Clark.

    HISTORY · April 3, 2013
  • Home Run 1/2 Marathon

    Another landmark along the route of October's Home Run 1/2 Marathon & roughly the half-way point of the race. You're heading toward the home stretch! Read more

    Home Run 1/2 Marathon · May 23, 2011
  • Louisville G.

    Churchill Downs was the perfect venue for our event! What an amazing evening! For pictures, check out our site: Read more

    Louisville Guerrilla · July 15, 2011

    Q. How do you make a Mint Julep?A. Water, sugar, mint leaves, whiskey...and some good old Kentucky fresh air! ENJOY THE RACE! Read more · April 29, 2010
  • John S.

    After a week of posting on FourSquare, I was The Mayor of Churchill Downs on Derby Day! Top THAT!

    John Shivers · June 28, 2014
  • mr w.

    if you live by the track the ky derby is a pay day made eight hundred dollars parking cars in my yard on derby day

    mr wonderful · January 28, 2011
  • Mark B.

    Don't eat at the cafe off-season. They are S L O W and the food is nothing special.

    Mark Blumhardt · October 14, 2010
  • Shawn

    The hot brown sandwich in the derby cafe is amazing

    Shawn · August 5, 2013
  • Paull Y.

    Drink a Mint Julep, do a tour of the infield for amazing people watching, then put it all on number 9!

    Paull Young · May 6, 2012
  • Sam W.

    The finest place to watch the Derby? From the infield.

    Sam Wakim · March 31, 2015
  • Sage I.

    Gotta try the infield at least once in your life time

    Sage Izadi-Moghadam · May 6, 2012
  • Ellen B.

    If you love people watching, history, horses and a great day at the track. Read more

    Ellen Beckemeyer · May 15, 2010
  • Vivek S.

    If its Derby day, go to the infield. Find the outdoor techno club. Rage.

    Vivek Surti · May 5, 2012
  • Jennifer N.

    The museum is very fun and interactive

    Jennifer Newcome · December 1, 2015
  • Luis L.

    Commuter options include public transit bus route 4 from down town. Read more

    Luis Linares · June 21, 2012
  • Todd C.

    Don't miss Downs After Dark when racing season is in. Huge Party!

    Todd Collignon · September 14, 2011
  • vineyard vines

    The mother of all race tracks! Looking forward to returning!

    vineyard vines · September 26, 2011
  • The420Cab

    The Kentucky Derby is decadent and depraved!

    The420Cab · May 3, 2012
  • Ryan A.

    A+ people watching. Skip the mint julep

    Ryan Ambs · June 14, 2015
  • Faris A.

    Don't miss the tour👍🏼

    Faris Altorki · August 22, 2015
  • Anna-Lysa G.

    #JDRFWalk to cure diabetes underway. Watch #wlky tonight for a recap.

    Anna-Lysa Gayle · August 23, 2014
  • Nichole

    This is a must see if your passing through.

    Nichole · August 6, 2014
  • Amy W.

    Get your Derby or Oaks hat made at Dee's!

    Amy W · May 5, 2012
  • Town and Country M.

    T&C editors enjoyed their mint juleps at this year's Kentucky Derby.

  • Dan R.

    Beers are $8 inside, fyi.

    Dan Runcie · May 3, 2013
  • Christopher P.

    You can find all the crazy drunk people in the infield...

    Christopher Parrish · May 6, 2011
  • Diane

    Why are the drink lines longer than the betting lines?

    Diane · May 1, 2013
  • nick h.

    Spend more on good bourbon than losing tickets

    nick huhn · April 30, 2014
  • Amy W.

    Fastest two minutes in sports, and the most exciting!  go baby go!

    Amy W · May 5, 2012

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