The history of horse racing in Kentucky dates back to 1789 and no track embodies the spirit and legacy of the sport like Churchill Downs. Opened in 1875 by Colonel Meriwether Lewis Clark, Churchill Downs has become the center of the horse racing universe and is home to the Kentucky Derby, the longest continually running sporting event in America, as well as the Kentucky Oats. The track has undergone multiple massive renovations and expansions over the years to accommodate the more than 170,000 visitors on the day of the Kentucky Derby. To put that in perspective, attendance was just 10,000 in 1875. Even if you're unfamiliar with racing, you've likely seen the Twin Spires that have become a symbol for the track. Visit Churchill Downs for tours, races and the Kentucky Derby, the most exciting two minutes in sports.
Things to Know Before You Visit Churchill Downs
- Adress: 700 Central Ave, Louisville, KY 40208
- Omni Louisville is approximately 4 miles from the track
- General parking is complimentary | Valet is $10
- The track is also home to the Kentucky Derby Museum
- Yellow Cab offers surge free rates to and from the racetrack
- Check the Event Calendar for race days, museum tours and other events
- The 144th running of Kentucky Derby will be held on May 5, 2018
Learn more about the track.
Kentucky Derby Museum Admission
Experience the Kentucky Derby Museum at Churchill Downs through daily historic walking tours, two levels of family-friendly interactive exhibits, “The Greatest Race,” a 360-degree immersive sound and visual experience that’ll get your heart racing and emotions soaring, and a chance to meet the Museum's resident Thoroughbred and miniature horse. You will also have access to the Finish Line Gift Shop, Kentucky fare in the Derby Cafe, and much more!
Bed & Breakfast Package
Rise from your luxurious accommodations each morning to enjoy an a la carte breakfast in Neighborhood Services.
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