Churchill Downs

Racetrack and Stables
South Louisville, Louisville
  • Amy W.
    "Night racing is a blast during the summer, and love the fall meet."(19 Tips)
    John S.
    "Mayor of Churchill Downs on Derby Day!"(5 Tips)
    Sage I.
    "Gotta try the infield at least once in your life time"(7 Tips)
    Paull Y.
    "Drink a Mint Julep, do a tour of the infield for amazing..."(7 Tips)
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    HISTORYApril 3, 2013
    Welcome to the birthplace of the Kentucky Derby! Churchill Downs and its signature race were launched in 1875 by Colonel M. Lewis Clark.
  • Brianna B.
    Brianna BattistaFebruary 20, 2012
    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!
  • Melinda L.
    Melinda LeeFebruary 14, 2015
    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.
  • Anuj M.
    Anuj MathurMay 21, 2015
    luxury suites are surprisingly affordable outside of the derby -- book one ahead and ask for pat to man the room.
  • Angela B.
    Angela BNovember 8, 2012
    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!
  • Marsha L.
    Marsha LeeApril 9, 2013
    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
  • Tim Q.
    Tim QuirsfeldMay 9, 2011
    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.
  • Russell H.
    Russell HirschornMay 12, 2016
    Derbyyyyyyyyyy. Bring food in plastic wrap and clear bags. Buy chairs to be used for Oaks and Derb instead of 100s for bench seats.
  • Doc H.
    Doc HazeMay 16, 2011
    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
  • David H.
    David HyltonMarch 19, 2017
    Take the tour. The museum is a fascinating history of the Kentucky Derby with a surround theatee that is a must see.
  • AT&T
    AT&TMay 3, 2013
    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
    SportsTravel.comMarch 7, 2012
    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
  • Barry A.
    Barry AustinMay 10, 2017
    I was fortunate enough to have dinner at the downs one evening, wow ! What a place ! Be sure to put this place on your bucket list !
  • Fred G.
    Fred G.January 7, 2016
    Order a mint julip at the bar. Be sure to visit the museum.
  • Metromix L.
    Metromix LouisvilleMarch 7, 2012
    Arguably the most famous of Louisville landmarks, the Downs and the Twin Spires draws folks from all around the world. Read more
  • Allen V.
    Allen VoglianoFebruary 23, 2017
    This place was palatial! And the tour of the grounds was both informative and impressive!
  • John S.
    John ShiversJune 28, 2014
    After a week of posting on FourSquare, I was The Mayor of Churchill Downs on Derby Day! Top THAT!
  • Emma
    EmmaSeptember 21, 2017
    Ask for a lemonade at the bar- it's a home made, hand mixed, made on the spot blend!
  • Amy G.
    Amy GuthOctober 2, 2011
    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.
  • JEM T.
    JEM TruelyMay 13, 2012
    Been here 5+ times
    Enjoy an affordable visit to Millionaire's Row for lunch during the regular racing season - but watch the races from the rail!
  • Amy W.
    Amy WSeptember 23, 2010
    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.
  • Barracuda Networks
    Barracuda NetworksSeptember 13, 2011
    Don't wait for the Kentucky Derby ( which is awesome) ... enjoy the sport of kings at America's most famous place to race.
  • 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."
  • Chad H.
    Chad HembreeJanuary 20, 2017
    The facility is very modernized and is great for events.
  • Christopher P.
    Christopher ParrishMay 7, 2011
    Been here 10+ times
    On oaks & derby day the food is $$$$, so bring a sack lunch with you and spend the money you save on a winning bet.
  • VH1
    VH1July 14, 2010
    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
  • Shawn
    ShawnAugust 5, 2013
    The hot brown sandwich in the derby cafe is amazing
  • Paull Y.
    Paull YoungMay 6, 2012
    Drink a Mint Julep, do a tour of the infield for amazing people watching, then put it all on number 9!
  • The History Press
    The History PressMay 23, 2012
    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
  • 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
  • Meredith C.
    Meredith ChalkMay 5, 2014
    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.
  • Louisville G.
    Churchill Downs was the perfect venue for our event! What an amazing evening! For pictures, check out our site: Read more
  • Sage I.
    Gotta try the infield at least once in your life time
  • Faris A.
    Faris AltorkiAugust 22, 2015
    Don't miss the tour👍🏼
  • Melanie G.
    Melanie GouldJune 17, 2016
    The Finish Line Suites are very nice and the food is delicious.
  • Jennifer N.
    Jennifer NewcomeDecember 1, 2015
    The museum is very fun and interactive
  • Jazzie C.
    Jazzie ChanelDecember 23, 2017
    I love this place! Construction currently in progress.
  • Anna-Lysa G.
    Anna-Lysa GayleAugust 23, 2014
    #JDRFWalk to cure diabetes underway. Watch #wlky tonight for a recap.
  • vineyard vines
    vineyard vinesSeptember 26, 2011
    The mother of all race tracks! Looking forward to returning!
  • Luis L.
    Luis LinaresJune 21, 2012
    Commuter options include public transit bus route 4 from down town. Read more
  • Vivek S.
    Vivek SurtiMay 5, 2012
    If its Derby day, go to the infield. Find the outdoor techno club. Rage.
  • mr w.
    mr wonderfulJanuary 28, 2011
    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
  • Ryan A.
    Ryan AmbsJune 14, 2015
    A+ people watching. Skip the mint julep
    Ask.comApril 29, 2010
    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
  • Robert
    RobertAugust 29, 2015
    Legendary venue
  • Amy W.
    Amy WMay 5, 2012
    Fastest two minutes in sports, and the most exciting!  go baby go!
  • Nichole
    NicholeAugust 6, 2014
    This is a must see if your passing through.
  • The420Cab
    The420CabMay 3, 2012
    Been here 25+ times
    The Kentucky Derby is decadent and depraved!
  • Adriane S.
    Adriane SchererApril 27, 2012
    Come check out the cold water sea spa!
  • Todd C.
    Todd CollignonSeptember 14, 2011
    Don't miss Downs After Dark when racing season is in. Huge Party!
  • Ellen B.
    Ellen BeckemeyerMay 15, 2010
    If you love people watching, history, horses and a great day at the track. Read more
  • nick h.
    nick huhnApril 30, 2014
    Been here 5+ times
    Spend more on good bourbon than losing tickets
  • Tiffany A.
    Tiffany AdkinsDecember 12, 2014
    Kentucky Derby is where it's at!!
  • Hector R.
    Hector RodriguezMay 3, 2015
    Mint Juleps
  • Amy W.
    Amy WMay 5, 2012
    Get your Derby or Oaks hat made at Dee's!
  • Jake S.
    Jake SmithMay 5, 2013
    Sing along with "My Old Kentucky Home."
  • Frank L.
    Frank LizzadroMay 5, 2012
    Been here 10+ times
    I sure do love the Derby!
  • Mallory
    MalloryMay 5, 2012
    Been here 5+ times
    beware of drunk hooligans....but enjoy the races :-)
  • Dan R.
    Dan RuncieMay 3, 2013
    Beers are $8 inside, fyi.
  • Binky B.
    Binky BearAugust 23, 2011
    Nice! The track is huge!
  • Alex J.
    Alex JenkinsApril 13, 2012
    Backside is the best side.
  • Diane
    DianeMay 1, 2013
    Been here 5+ times
    Why are the drink lines longer than the betting lines?
  • Thomas M.
    Thomas MaxwellMarch 29, 2015
    I absolutely love you Churchill Downs! Check out Freebie today! Read more
  • Christine C.
    Sit in the stands.
  • Deb F.
    Deb F.January 20, 2012
    Ok, always get the classic Derby pie.
  • Malinda W.
    Malinda WalcottOctober 8, 2014
    always glad too see my friends that come to my bar
  • Charlie
    CharlieMay 4, 2013
    Drink more bourbon.
  • @ryandrake
    @ryandrakeMay 19, 2013
    Bet from your phone!
  • Donald L.
    Donald LamptonAugust 16, 2012
    song big party
  • Mac
    MacMay 4, 2012
    Try the Horse Racing!
  • William H.
    William HuntNovember 30, 2014
    Racing atmosphere
  • Candice C.
    Candice CurtisNovember 23, 2012
    Been here 25+ times
    Always box your exactas.
  • Evan[Bu]
    Evan[Bu]May 5, 2012
    Mint Juleps FTW!
  • Town and Country M.
    T&C editors enjoyed their mint juleps at this year's Kentucky Derby.
  • Barbara R.
    Barbara RussellMay 17, 2014
    4th horse, 4th race
  • SND
    SNDOctober 31, 2013
    Site of the SND LOU opening reception
  • Christy L.
    Christy LeonardDecember 11, 2013
    Cool place!
  • Gareth H.
    Gareth HedgesJuly 26, 2010
    HullabaLOU was amazing. very fun
  • Chazz D.
    Chazz DabbsMay 1, 2011
    Your lungs will not appreciate a trip to the races.
  • Ardvaark
    ArdvaarkOctober 18, 2015
    "Never tell me the odds!" – Han Solo
  • William H.
    William HuntSeptember 12, 2015
    People watching
  • Christopher P.
    Christopher ParrishMay 6, 2011
    Been here 10+ times
    You can find all the crazy drunk people in the infield...
  • Jason S.
    Jason SankovitchMay 7, 2011
    Bet on #4.
  • red collar photography
    red collar photographyJune 28, 2014
    Been here 5+ times
    I hate this large bright screen.
  • Binky B.
    Binky BearAugust 23, 2011
    The tour is interesting.
  • Butch E.
    Butch EkstromMay 5, 2013
    Tip: don't play the ponies, dude.
  • Bri K.
    Bri KindigNovember 4, 2011
    Juvenile sprint official at 6-5-7!!!
  • Eric E.
    Eric EatherlyJanuary 13, 2010
    Been here 100+ times
    Get a tour from the Kentucky Derby Museum
  • Steve C.
    Steve CosmanMay 15, 2017
    Some nights have $1 beers. Be sure to check which nights before you book. And horse 5 in race 3 is a winner.
  • Brian G.
    Brian GroceMay 7, 2011
    Go big or stay home.
  • Linda M.
    Linda MSMay 2, 2010
    Derby Day was a success even with the rain.
  • Mark B.
    Mark BlumhardtOctober 14, 2010
    Don't eat at the cafe off-season. They are S L O W and the food is nothing special.
  • Jo-An M.
    Jo-An McDowellNovember 30, 2010
    Been here 5+ times
    Great fun
  • Samantha S.
    Samantha ShepardMay 1, 2010
    Follow #kentuckyderby and #derby2010 on twitter!
  • Eric S.
    Eric SatterlyApril 27, 2010
    Need to make it to the track for Derby week.
  • Jimmy C.
    Jimmy CarterMay 7, 2011
  • Madelyn
    MadelynApril 30, 2010
    Kentucky Oaks!
  • mprussian
    mprussianApril 21, 2010
    Derby Week!
  • Mehmet Y.
    Mehmet YaziciogluMay 11, 2015
    Dünyanın bir numarası
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