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Churchill Downs, Louisville

#1 of 87 in Historic Sites in Kentucky
Casino · Horse Track
The thoroughbred racetrack Churchill Downs is famous for hosting the Kentucky Derby. This arena, which opened in 1875 and can hold up to 120,000 people, has also hosted the Breeder's Cup eight times and features live racing on weekends. This site is home to the Kentucky Derby Museum, where you can learn about the arena, horse racing, and even watch the film "The Greatest Race" in a 360-degree movie theater. Choose to start, finish, or center your holiday on a trip to Churchill Downs by using our Louisville online holiday planner.
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  • Nice museum with well presented info on its history, and past to present jockies, and horses. Exhibits also included African American contributions to the derby as well as women. A tour was...  more »
  • This place oozes the history of horse racing. The volunteers working could not have been friendlier giving us stories about different horses. Go to the cafeteria and get a mint julep. You will get....  more »
  • We took the tour here and it was an amazing experience. It was well worth the money to see the history and the legend behind the Kentucky derby. If you are ever in Louisville I would stop by and take the tour. You would not regret it. The ladies giving the tour were also the best in the business and were super professional. Good job!
  • It’s one of the best things about being a Kentuckian is visiting Churchill Downs. It’s a great track with a lot of possibilities in terms of seating and experiences. I have been here dozens of times. I’ll definitely be back because of all the memories and experiences that I’ve had. I highly recommend if you’ve never been to Churchill.

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