Churchill Downs is an institution of North American thoroughbred horse racing. It is home to the Kentucky Derby which is internationally known as one of the most important events in the sport. It was opened in 1875, the same year as the premier Kentucky Derby as well as the first Kentucky Oaks. With a capacity of 120,000 there is plenty of space here for serious enthusiasts and those out to make real money as well as for those who simply want to enjoy the atmosphere and maybe try their hand on the odd race.
Things to Do
- Every Saturday and Sunday during Live Racing Meetings there are family friendly events organized at the venue. Parents with kids between 3 and 12 are invited to enjoy activities, games and crafts. They may even be treated to a visit by the Churchill Downs' mascot Churchill Charlie! You can give your kids a Churchill Charlie coloring book to get them geared up for their visit!
- Tours organized by the Kentucky Derby Museum are available around Churchill Downs. The most basic of these is the historic walking tour which is free with museum admission and lasts for half an hour. Aside from this there are many other options available which cover different areas and aspects of the venue for you to choose from.
Churchill Downs Insider Tips
- For all events apart from Kentucky Oaks and Kentucky Derby days complimentary parking is offered on a first come first serve basis in the Longfield parking lot. During the Derby and the Oaks different rules apply due to the large nature of events. Details can be found here.
- For all events aside from the Oaks and the Derby children under the age of 12 are allowed into the Churchill Downs for free.